What are the best mindblowing graphic novels for adults?

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    #1From Hell

    From Hell
    From Hell is the investigation about Jack the Ripper made by Alan Moore and drew by Eddie Campbell. This comic book is the theory of Alan Moore about who was Jack The Ripper. His hypothesis results in a spectacular investigation in comic book form in which Alan Moore tells us that Jack the Ripper is the tool for hiding a large conspiracy.
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    Virginia Burke
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "From hell is a cool story about Jack the Ripper. I love how it is in comic book form and the illustrations are quite a site. I also love how Alan Moore managed to research Jack the Ripper to see what made him tick and what made him kill. Great read."
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    #2Primates

    Primates

    Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas is nonfiction science book written by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks. This nonfiction science book was published on June 11, 2013 by First Second.

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    Judith Ross
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I just loved Primates! I only recently discovered graphic novels for adults and this one was mindblowing! The characters and so inspiration and the story was so well told. Love the artwork as well!"
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    #3Embroideries

    Embroideries

    Embroideries is another witty and entertaining novel from the author of the bestselling Persopolis. This self-published graphic novel looks into the sex lives of Iranian women. 

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    Felipe Durán
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This paperback book is great for many different reasons. First of all, it is by the author of persepolis which was a great book and movie... also, I think that it is shocking to get a look into iranian women's sex lives and it really changes your perception! highly recommended"
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    #4El Deafo

    El Deafo
    El Deafo is a story by Cece Bell about a young deaf girl who struggles with finding friendship and fitting in a peer. Her bulky hearing aid will give her super powers that will make her a super hero.
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    #5Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama

    Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama
    Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama is a nonfiction graphic memoir authored and illustrated by Alison Bechdel herself tackling her relationship with her father. This autobiography is a companion piece for her earlier book, Fun Home.


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    Melissa Patel
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Are You My Mother is a weird comic book. I don't really consider this a graphic novel because the story was just so "out there". I enjoyed other books by this author "Fun House", but this one just is not for me. I don't think it would have wide appeal for many readers out there."
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    #6March: Book One

    March: Book One

    March: Book One is a Sequential Art, Autobiography, History, Non-fiction graphic novel written by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. It was published August 13, 2013 by Top Shelf Productions.

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    #7Smile

    Smile
    Smile is a graphic novel about the struggles of a girl named Raina after losing her two front teeth in a camp. The story revolves around the journey of a typical young girl that experiences typical problems growing up. 





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    #8Hyperbole and a Half

    Hyperbole and a Half

    Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened is a nonfiction graphic memoir written by Allie Brosh. Published in 2013 by Touchstone.

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    Thomas Elliott
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "An amazing book with bright colors but deep context that will keep you hooked until the end. Anybody and everybody will love this book, I would recommend it to anyone for a great weekend read. I really loved how every page was a different color as well, made it very fun!"
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    #9Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

    Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

    Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art is an art instructional book written by Scott McCloud. In Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, Scott McCloud provides tips and explanations for artists who want to make their own comics.

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    Norma Parra
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book is just a must have. I'm not all that talented artistically (wish I was), but I do appreciate comic art and this is just so important. My Aunt lent me her copy (she is an artist and actually made a comic as part of her portfolio during art school). In turn, I've given it to my daughter - who LOVES it. She uses it for school. It's full of information and so accessible. "
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    #10The 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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    Juan Antonio Mercado
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up."
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    #11Fun 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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    #12Black Summer

    Black Summer

    Black Summer is a graphic novel written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Juan Jose Ryp. This comic book is a limited series that was published between May 2007 to July 2008. There were eight issues released.

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    Harini Chopra
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "We all need to laugh, So to read a comic book would be refreshing."
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    #1330 Days Of Night

    30 Days Of Night
    30 Days of Night by Steve Niles is a horror fiction graphic novel published in 2017. This comic follows the secluded land of Barrow and the haunting mystery that lurks in their frozen, dark town.
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    Jesse Young
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This was a decent graphic novel, but I think the vampire genre has been done to death. I thought that the artwork enhanced the story and ultimately increased my interest in the characters and plot. The plot and the artwork tended to be quite dark, but I thought it was appropriate in the context of the story the author created."
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    #14Dragons Of Winter Night (Dragonlance Chronicles)

    Dragons Of Winter Night (Dragonlance Chronicles)

    Dragonlance Chronicles: Dragons Of Winter Night is a graphic novel written by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, and Andrew Dabb. This comic book was illustrated by Steve Kurth and it was published in 2015.

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    Carlos Zúñiga
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I read this novel recently-just about a month ago-and I have to say it was really good. The characters have some depth to them. That's something you don't always get from this genre. Its quite dar and has a lot of action scenes which were top notch. Id recommend this to any Dragonlance fans."
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    #15A Contract With God

    A Contract With God

    A contract with God is another masterwork by Will Eisner. This comic defined the graphic novel term and set the standards for a new way of storytelling with the story of a little street in the Bronx Called Dropsy Avenue. The story of common people in a common neighborhood with all the joy, tragedy, drama and fun of life.

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    Charlotte Fu
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "If you are a true graphic novel fan, you must have it in your library. I borrowed it from the library just to check it out, and end up buying my own copy. The book is amazing. The art is amazing. Its very rich and full of author's personality. Highly recommended."
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    #16A Drifting Life

    A Drifting Life

    A Drifting Life is a gekiga manga written and illustrated by the legendary Japanese mangaka Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This slice of life and drama graphic novel was originally published in 2008. It has a 2011 film adaptation entitled Tatsumi.

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    Diane Hicks
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I just finished reading A Drifing Life and it was one of the best graphic novels for adults I have read. That being said, I think you would have to be a fan of this genre to enjoy this book. I would call this book a Manga classic, so if this your genre of book, read it as Tatsumi does not disappoint with this novel. "
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    #17A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

    A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

    A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel is a breathtaking compilation of illustrations of an equally breathtaking fiction novel, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. This graphic novel was published by Margaret Ferguson Books on October 2nd, 2012. 

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    Eugene Bates
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "So far this has been a decent read. I kept hearing this book was mind blowing and there was nothing like it. I'm left kinda confused as I don't really see the hype around it. It's good, but not insane like people want you to believe. That doesn't mean it should be ignored, I've really enjoyed reading it an the art is pretty good. "
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    #18Abandon the Old in Tokyo

    Abandon the Old in Tokyo
    Abandon the Old in Tokyo is a gekiga manga written and illustrated by Japanese cartoonist, Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This graphic novel is the second in Yoshihiro's three-volume series of his compiled works. It was originally published in 2006.
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    #19Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale

    Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale

    Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale is a horror fiction graphic novel by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. It tells the story of the Archie gang as they try to escape from an unfortunate event that threatens the safety of Riverdale.

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    Navya Mehta
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I am not sure that I would consider this a great book for adults as the underlying story line is geared towards teenagers. The story about a teenage witch has been done too many times to count. Also, the thought of bringing back a beloved pet is derivative of Pet Sematary. That being said, I thin that the illustrations are topic notch and definitely fits the bill as a graphic novel."
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    #20American Splendor

    American Splendor
    American Splendor by Harvey Pekar was a revolution in the American comic book industry in the 70's. It was the first comic that drew attention to the graphic novels telling the own autobiographical story of Pekar in his hometown of Cleveland. Harvey Pekar counted with the best artists of the underground comic books scene including Robert Crumb, Kevin Brown, Greg Budgett, Sean Carroll, Sue Cavey, Gary Dumm, Val Mayerik, and Gerry Shamray.
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    Anna Cheng
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I wouldn't say that American Splendor was mindblowing. I read it and I didn't see what all of the hype was about. But then again, I am not a huge comic book fan. I don't plan on reading it again."
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    #21Anya's Ghost

    Anya's Ghost

    Anya's Ghost is a young adult graphic novel created by Vera Brosgol. This sequential art fantasy paranormal book is first published in 2011 by First Second. 

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    Megan Reynolds
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is a book full of surprises and as it states..for adults. The illustrations are enjoyable. Overall, I enjoyed it more than I expected to."
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    #22Coraline Graphic Novel

    Coraline Graphic Novel

    Coraline Graphic Novel:  A book about a girl who moved in a new house with her parents. She gets bored and discontented with her family until she found a door in their new house that leads her in a parallel world that will give her surprises and nightmares. 


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    Andrea Piña
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I wanted to explore graphic novels as a new way of reading and chose Coraline as my first. Boy, was I glad that I did. This was a great graphic novel with imaginative story telling and drawings. Really made me feel like I was in the story."
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    #23Daredevil: Born Again

    Daredevil: Born Again
    Daredevil: Born Again is a graphic novel comics written by Frank Miller released in 2014. It was centered on the story where Matt Murdock's former partner Karen Page sells out his secret identity as Daredevil to the Kingpin.
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    Raymond Jenkins
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I've felt that the Daredevil story was floundering but Frank Miller has managed to turn it around. By introducing his hard-boiled crime drama into the Daredevil world he has brought new life to the story."
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    #24Darth Maul (Star Wars)

    Darth Maul (Star Wars)

    Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir is a Star Wars Disney canon graphic novel by Jeremy Barlow. It is illustrated by Juan Frigeri, inked by Mauro Vargas, colored by Wes Dzioba, lettering by Michael Heisler, and cover art by Chris Scalf.

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    Kathy Woods
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This paperback book has great illustrations and really helps you get into the star wars world through the graphics and illustrations. I felt like the colors were vibrant and the illustrators did a great job capturing all the story's feelings and themes."
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    #25The Mad Reader (Mad Readers)

    The Mad Reader (Mad Readers)

    The Mad Reader (Mad Readers) is a humor filled sequential art non-fiction comics illustrated by Harvey Kurtzman, Roger Price et al. It was published March 1, 2002 by Byron Preiss Graphic Novels.

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    Kathleen Lynch
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Awesome graphic novel! One of the best I've read."
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    #26Mad's Don Martin Forges Ahead

    Mad's Don Martin Forges Ahead

    Mad's Don Martin Forges Ahead is a humor filled sequential art non-fiction comics illustrated by Don Martin. It was published March 1, 1990 by Grand Central Pub.

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    Norma Parra
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "In my opinion it is not the best mind blowing graphics. It is a nice humorous book but in this day and age there is probably better adult graphics now. It may nice graphics that illustrate the humour of the story."
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    #27The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics

    The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics
    The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics is a humor filled sequential art non-fiction comics illustrated by Denis Kitchen and Paul Buhle. It was published June 1, 2009 by Abraham ComicArts.
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    Jason Newman
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The solution is actually a book about a specific illustrator/comic maker and is more focused on comics. This is not specifically about graphic novels and may not fit the topic."
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    #28Greasy Mad Stuff

    Greasy Mad Stuff

    Greasy Mad Stuff is a humor filled sequential art non-fiction comics illustrated by William M. Gaines. It was published September 1, 1963 by Signet.

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    John Soto
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is a little below average to me. It tries, and I mean I can't blame it. But it's also a very dated book and that date happens to show up a lot. So if you can take it for what it is, nab it. Otherwise move on, you miss nothing."
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    #29Mad Art : A Visual Celebration of the Art of Mad Magazine and the Idiots Who Create It

    Mad Art : A Visual Celebration of the Art of Mad Magazine and the Idiots Who Create It
    Mad Art : A Visual Celebration of the Art of Mad Magazine and the Idiots Who Create It is a humor filled sequential art non-fiction comics illustrated by Mark Evanier. It was published November 1, 2002 by Watson-Guptill.
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    Mary Stevens
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Why is this under graphic novels? it's a glorified adult coloring book! Returning ASAP."
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    #30Sing Along With Mad

    Sing Along With Mad

    Sing Along With Mad is a humor filled sequential art non-fiction comics illustrated by Frank Jacobs. It was published October 1, 1987 by Grand Central Pub.

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    Tammy Wallace
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "So this is an interesting graphic novel that is also a sing along. I found it to be light hearted and enjoyable, and definitely has good graphics for people to enjoy. I guess I was looking for something a little different when I picked this up, so I was a bit surprised by the content. It is funny and entertaining though, and can likely be enjoyed by anyone who takes it with a grain of salt and enjoys the amusement."

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Best What are the best mindblowing graphic novels for adults
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1From HellBooks 64 Paid
2PrimatesBooks 54 Paid
3EmbroideriesBooks 51 Paid
4El DeafoBooks 47 Paid
5Are You My Mother?: A Comic DramaBooks 45 Paid
6March: Book OneBooks 40 Paid
7SmileBooks 40 Paid
8Hyperbole and a HalfBooks 36 Paid
9Understanding Comics: The Invisible ArtBooks 30 Paid
10The Complete PersepolisBooks 28 Paid
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