What are the best essential graphic novels of all time?

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    Zack Snyder directs this raw and disenchanting film based on acclaimed Alan Moore's graphic novel. It tells us the story about a group of superheroes that are part of everyday life in an alternate 1985 America. 

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    Allen Ye
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This movie was suprisingly close to the original source which was very refreshing. If you like most people today like the comic/suprehero genre today this movie and the graphic novel its based on are fantastic."
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    #2Batman: The Long Halloween

    Batman: The Long Halloween
    Batman: The Long Halloween is a graphic novel created by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. The story follows Batman during the early years of his career fighting crime and facing off against a mysterious killer that kills during the holidays.

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    Larry Carlson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I have long been a fan of comics, but this book seemed to transcend the genre. I was enthralled by the story line, and enjoyed it greatly. "
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    #3Batman: The Killing Joke

    Batman: The Killing Joke

    Alan Moore and Brian Bolland brought us in 1988 a revisitation of the Joker's origin in one of the most remembered graphic novels of the character. In the Killing Joke, Moore shows us Joker like a psychopath with no remorse and salvation. 


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    Samuel Powell
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is a legendary Batman story. It is very dark and interesting. The whole tone of the story has an ominous undercurrent. I really enjoyed the story and the art in this. It is definitely a must read for all fans of Batman and DC comics."
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    #4Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is a graphic novel created by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson. An old and weathered Bruce Wayne must put on the cowl once again to save his city that sunk into chaos and decadence since his retirement.


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    Rakesh Jhadav
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Absolute classic. This is one of the most important graphic novels, one of the most famous stories ever told. If you like comics, how can you not love this?"
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    #5Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is an LGBT themed non-fiction book written by Alison Bechdel that tells the story of Alison's father. He is a closeted professional old man who had his own struggles but conquered all of it.

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    Anthony Meyer
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a decent recommedation because it has a wonderful story, and some very interesting drawings. The word graphic novel, however, is usually related to comic books, so I wouldn't say this is the best recommendation. Maybe for an illustrated book though."
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    #6V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta is set in a totalitarian world, without freedom and identity. A defining work by author Alan Moore and illustrator David Llyod, it remains one of the highest achievements of comics or graphic novel today.


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    Christian Hicks
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A new trade paperback edition of the graphic novel that inspired the hit movie! A powerful story about loss of freedom and individuality, V FOR VENDETTA takes place in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet. In a world without political freedom, personal freedom and precious little faith in anything comes a mysterious man in a white porcelain mask who fights political oppressors through terrorism and seemingly absurd acts. It's a gripping tale of the blurred lines between ideological good and evil. This new trade paperbackedition features the improved production values and coloring from the 2005 hardcover."
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    Blankets by Graig Thompson is one of the best coming of age stories on comic ever made. This autobiographical story tells the love story between Graig and his first love Raina, who fall in love during a winter Church Camp. Blankets won of two Eisner and three Harvey Awards, and is a portrait of adolescent yearning and growing up leaving the pain behind.

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    Brittany Welch
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Traditional coming of age story in graphic format. Engaging, interesting, will keep your attention. Nice and entertaining."
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    #8Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman)

    Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman)

    1: The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes - Book I is a Sequential Art, Fantasy, Horror, Graphic Novel Fiction written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Sam Keith. It was published December 1, 1998.


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    Harry Spencer
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Preludes and Nocturnes pulls together all the grahic subjects we love to read about - death, mythology, power, and much more. This is story telling at its best. You'll be drawn into the dream sequence as you escape from reality in this unique experience."
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    #9The Complete Persepolis

    The Complete Persepolis
    The Complete Persepolis is a compilation of  Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, graphic memoir about her childhood and coming of age during the Islamic Revolution. The book was published by Pantheon Books on  October 30th, 2007.

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    Gloria Reynolds
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Graphic novels are my favorite form of media. This novel is taken into a unique stratosphere of its predecessors by being historical fiction making for an enjoyable read. "
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    #10Saga (Vol. 1)

    Saga (Vol. 1)

    Saga, Vol. 1 is a space opera/fantasy comic book series written by Brian K. Vaughn and illustrated by Fiona Staples. It made the Time Magazine's top 10 graphic novels for 2013 and won the 2013 Hugo award for Best Graphic Story.


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    Kyle Harvey
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "When I picked up Saga (Vol. 1) I didn't expect much of a graphic novel involving opera/fantasy. This is a well written comic for adults with such imagination that I could not stop reading once I started. This was also very humorous and won 2013 Hugo awards for best graphics story. If I liked it, everyone will like it. It really made me open my mind to this kind of story."
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    #11Miracleman (Vol. 1)

    Miracleman (Vol. 1)

    Miracleman is a superhero comic book created by Alan Moore. With one word Mike Moran regains his alter-ego, Miracleman, who returns to consciousness and must find his place in a world much darker than the four-color, superhero dream he remembers


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    Gerald Herrmann
    Written on March 6, 2019
    "alan moore´s miracleman is the big bang of the modern comicbookworld. i would rank it among the first three, alongside sandman and watchmen. no miracleman, no watchmen. no miracleman, no dark knight. no miracleman, no superheroes whatever after."
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    #12Assassin's Creed: Templars (Vol. 2)

    Assassin's Creed: Templars (Vol. 2)
    Assassin's Creed: Templars (Vol. 2) is a graphic novel and a comic book written by Fred Van Lente. It was published on May 23, 2017 by Titan Comics. It follows the story of a man as his life transforms and becomes an agent of honor.


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    Judy Torres
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This Assassian's Creed graphic novel is not exactly the epitome of graphic novels. I think that if you want more quintessential graphic novels you should go elsewhere but in general this is a good comic to fill your time with."


Best What are the best essential graphic novels of all time
1WatchmenMovies 29 Paid
2Batman: The Long HalloweenBooks 26 Paid
3Batman: The Killing JokeBooks 25 Paid
4Batman: The Dark Knight ReturnsBooks 23 Paid
5Fun Home: A Family TragicomicBooks 21 Paid
6V for VendettaBooks 19 Paid
7BlanketsBooks 18 Paid
8Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman)Books 16 Paid
9The Complete PersepolisBooks 14 Paid
10Saga (Vol. 1)Books 13 Paid

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