When most folks hear the term "comic book," they think of superheroes like Batman, Iron Man, Superman, the X-Men, and all the other costumed characters of Marvel and DC. There are, however, countless graphic novels worth reading that don't feature super-powered saviors. Although stories like Chew and Preacher, from Image Comics and DC's Vertigo respectively, feature protagonists with unusual abilities, they don't fall into the same category as the Avengers when it comes to superhero stories.
There is a vast selection of graphic novels that are not about superheroes at all. Countless comics are actually sci-fi books, suspense stories, and crime classics. There is even the Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus, which tells the story of Art Spiegelman's father's experience as a Holocaust survivor through the lens of anthropomorphic animals. Many of these non-superhero books touch upon politics, morality, relationships, religion, and other societal issues.
If you're new to the nerd scene and don't know what to read outside of the popular hero stories, if you're looking for the best non-superhero indie comics, or even if you're interested in Marvel and DC books from a different genre, this list of the best graphic novels without superheroes will reshape the way you view the medium. These are the stories for people interested in comics, but not capes.