The Ten Best Graphic Novels of All Time 

Graphic novels and superheroes have been seeing a lot of time in the spotlight lately. There are too many superhero movie adaptations and new exposure for lesser-known heroes. We decided to look at them and determine the ten best graphic novels of all time. Keep reading to find out which ones made out list! 

The Ten Best Graphic Novels of All Time 
The Ten Best Graphic Novels of All Time 

Like any genre, a few big names dominate the list and a majority are overshadowed. That is even truer for graphic novels because a few big companies dominate the industry and have most of the influence. That doesn’t mean other great works don’t see the spotlight but they have to be really good to do so. That is the case for the ones that did end up making our list.  

The Ten Best Graphic Novels of All Time 

  • Maus by Art Spiegelman  
  • From Hell by Alan Moore  
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore 
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller  
  • Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth by Grant Morrison  
  • V for Vendetta by Alan Moore  
  • Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore  
  • The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman 
  • The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi 
  • A Contract with God by Will Eisner 

Classics and Great Writers

Alan Moore is a name that most graphic novel readers know. He has written countless graphic novels and shaped many heroes. But he isn’t the only one. Frank Miller is also a big name that has worked on many classics. Neil Gaiman also makes the list with The Sandman, a critically acclaimed graphic novel. 

Other graphic novels that have had a big impact are Maus by Art Spiegelman and The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. A Contract with God by Will Eisner is also a great read and worth checking out.  


That is all for our ten best graphic novels of all time. What graphic novels would you have added to the list? Let us know in the comments below. Until next time, happy reading! 

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3 thoughts on “The Ten Best Graphic Novels of All Time 

  1. Kyle S says:

    Immensely boring list by someone deeply disconnected with comics. Sandman isn’t even a graphic novel, it’s a collected edition of an ongoing series. If you’re going to go that route, you’re missing a representative volume of Akira, or Usagi Yojimbo (especially Grasscutter, but basically any trade is equally good). Honestly, you can ditch DKR and 3/4 of the Moore titles in favor of actual, good comics like Megahex, Copra, As The Crow Flies, and Like A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron.

  2. Steve Goodson says:

    I’d definitely add we3 to the list, and probably some Junji Ito. Uzumaki is an absolute classice, and would top the list of weirdest or most disturbing graphic novels

    1. DMJ3724 says:

      Those are Manga, different list. And although he’s unnecessarily rude and disrespectful, the first commenter isn’t wrong, this list is incredibly flawed. Any comic fan worth a damn would tell ya that The Killing Joke isn’t a top 100 comic/graphic novel nevermind a top 10 one. And some of these are collected editions not graphic novels so if you just make the title “Ten Best Graphic Novels/Collected Editions of All Time” you won’t have to worry about that problem anymore. You’ll also have to add Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing (I don’t make the rules).


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