100 Best Graphic Novels and Comics - The List

The Top 100 Comics and Graphic Novels Complete List


This website is all about finding the 100 best graphic novels ever written. I had to choose between thousands of graphic novels to compile this list, and it is no small feat choosing one hundred books out of thousands of others that could all be argued as good enough to enter the list.

That why we don't ever try to say that this list is definitive, and that any comic left out isn't great. It is a starting point, a place to begin for the rookie comic book fan who is new to the genre and is looking for something to read. It will also serve existing graphic novel fans well because there's no way you will have already read all the books on this list (feel free to tell me I'm wrong though!).

Below are links to all the comics on the list so far. I recommend you start at #100 and read through the graphic novel reviews, but that's completely up to you. If you want you can just skim the list and then click of a comic you like the look of, or you can just jump in at number 50. Or number 25. It's completely up to you. As long as you find a new graphic novel to read, I'm happy.

I'd also like to know if you think we got it wrong. Maybe you're a fan of superheroes and think I haven't put enough Superman or Batman comics on the list. Maybe your comics of choice are crime thrillers, and you think we've given too much priority to people running around wearing capes. Whatever your graphic novel taste, I'd love to know if you disagree with our choices. It's a difficult thing to make a list of graphic novels and call them the best, so if you think we're talking rubbish then leave a message below.

The main goal of doing this list was to help you find out which graphic novels to buy, whether they be DC, Marvel, Spiderman, Dark Horse or Batman. I include links to online stores that sell the books in question, but I always recommend that you go and support your local comic shop if there is one near you. There are lots of Forbidden Planet stores scattered around the UK and US, but if you do a bit of searching you will also find lots of independent shops, and these guys really need your support. They'll probably have some cool vintage editions on offer too that you might not find any where else.

 All comics on this list are available at Amazon or Forbidden Planet in case you want to buy them.. Happy reading graphic novel fans.

#100 - Jinx
#99 - X-Force
#98 - The Punisher Max
#97 - Justice League: A New Beginning
#96 - Eightball
#95 - Wolverine: Blood Debt
#94 - Safe Area Gorazde
#93 - American Flagg!
#92 - Y: The Last Man
#91 - Love and Rockets

#90 - Ghost World
#89 - Alice in Sunderland
#88 - Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters
#87 - Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files: V1
#86 - Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga
#85 - Elfquest
#84 - Box Office Poison
#83 - The Power of Iron Man
#82 - Stormwatch: A Finer World
#81 - Daredevil: Guardian Devil

#80 - The Coffin
#79 - Starman: Sins of the Father
#78 - Hellblazer: Hard Time
#77 - Usagi Yojimbo Book 6: Circles
#76 - Avengers: Under Siege
#75 - Fantastic Four Visionaries - John Byrne
#74 - Incredible Hulk
#73 - Neil Gaiman's Midnight Days
#72 - Conan
#71 - Ex Machina

#70 - Cerebus
#69 - Batman: Dark Victory
#68 - Cages by Dave McKean
#67 - The Authority by Warren Ellis
#66 - Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis
#65 - Green Lantern / Green Arrow by Dennis O'Neill
#64 - Bone Series by Jeff Smith
#63 - Spiderman: Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut
#62 - Fables by Bill Willingham
#61 - The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman

#60 - Solar Man of the Atom: Alpha and Omega
#59 - X-Men: E is for Extinction by Grant Morrison
#58 - Fantastic Four: The Trial of Galactus by John Byrne
#57 - Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller
#56 - Lone Wolf and Cub by Kazuo Koike
#55 - Torso by Michael Bendis
#54 - The Invisibles by Grant Morrison
#53 - Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin
#52 - Sleeper by Ed Brubaker
#51 - The Ultimates by Mark Millar

#50 - Powers by Brian Michael Bendis
#49 - The Tale of One Bad Rat by Bryan Talbot
#48 - Earth X by Jim Krueger and Alex Ross
#47 - Criminal by Ed Brubaker
#46 - Blankets by Craig Thompson
#45 - Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley
#44 - DMZ by Brian Wood
#43 - Wanted by Mark Millar
#42 - Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore
#41 - Epileptic by David Beauchard

#40 - Violent Cases by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
#39 - Pedro and Me by Judd Winick
#38 - WE3 by Frank Quitely and Grant Morrison
#37 - Tank Girl by Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett
#36 - Black Hole by Charles Burns
#35 - Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
#34 - Superman for All Seasons by Jeph Loeb
#33 - Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb
#32 - Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
#31 - Death: The High Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman

#30 - Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth by Grant Morrison
#29 - Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo
#28 - Building Stories by Chris Ware
#27 - Planetary by Warren Ellis
#26 - Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
#25 - Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? by Alan Moore and Curt Swan
#24 - Hellblazer: Original Sins by Jamie Delano
#23 - Daredevil Visionaires by Frank Miller and Roger McKenzie
#22 - The Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman
#21 - 100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello

#20 - V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
#19 - The New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman
#18 - From Hell by Alan Moore
#17 - Miracleman by Alan Moore
#16 - Astro City by Kurt Busiek
#15 - 300 by Frank Miller
#14 - Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross
#13 - Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle
#12 - Swamp Thing Volume One: Saga of the Swamp Thing by Alan Moore
#11 - Top Ten by Alan Moore

#10 - Hellboy: Seed of Destruction by John Byrne and Mike Mignola
#9 - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore
#8 - Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon
#7 - Batman: Year One by Frank Miller
#6 - Marvels by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross