What are the best superhero graphic novels?

We've come a long way since the days of comic books when we eagerly anticipated for the next issue of your favorite superhero story to come out. Since the popularity of graphic novels, we've seen some dramatic changes in art and in the way stories are told. In case, you haven't checked them out yet, here are some of the best superhero graphic novels that you can read today.

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    #1Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

    Frank Miller and Klaus Janson created this novel in commemoration of the caped crusader's 30th anniversary and stands as one of the best superhero graphic novels ever made as well being influencing The Dark Knight film trilogy reboot.

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    Jeffrey Salazar
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "Comics lift up my spirits anytime and especially those that have superheroes.I also love the storyline and can't wait to watch it."
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    #2Watchmen

    Watchmen

    Considered as one of the greatest superhero graphic novels of all time, this story chronicles the fall from grace of a group of superheroes with the concept of superheroism becoming blurred, all the while with them being hunted by an unknown assassin.

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    Russell Gutierrez
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "With the latest comic book hero movie craze aside, nothing actually quite beats reading the original comic. I have been a fan of reading superhero graphic novels for many years. The best graphic novel I have read so far was the Watchmen comic which has an amazing story to it. "
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    #3Batman: The Long Halloween

    Batman: The Long Halloween

    The Long Halloween continues the story that started with Batman: Year One. It's one of the best superhero graphic novels set early in Batman's career early on as he fights crime as well as deal with the appearance of real supervillains.

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    Tyler Kelly
    Written on February 23, 2018
    "As far as Comic Novels go, this is average at best, but it is among the better Batman graphic novels. Still waiting for an outstanding Batman novel, but this one is pretty solid. If only the novels were as good as the books, but they seemingly are just average at best. "

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that "The Walking Dead" started out as a comic book? Way before, the creation of the famous 2010 AMC TV series, it started as a black-and-white comic book series. It was written by writer Robert Kirkman with art by Tony Moore. The comic book series was first issued in 2003 by publisher Image Comics. The Walking Dead received the 2007 and 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series at San Diego Comic-Con International. Whether the TV series shows the same things as seen in the comic book is another story. People seem to be more engaged with the TV series which overshadowed the impact that the comic book has had in pop culture.

Today, comic books or the long-form, graphic novels are considered a legitimate form of literature. These types of novels are more than just literature. They are artworks that usually tell stories about mythical beings. Take the different Marvel comics series for example. These graphic novels offer an escape into worlds and circumstances far removed from our own experiences. Visual storytelling through drawing is appreciated because it offers a means of enjoyment that is rare nowadays. Comic books have also propelled Superhero movies to a huge extent. Superhero movie viewers seem to be more influenced by their familiarity with the comic book franchise than by critic reviews of the film. Whatever the case may be, it’s clear that graphic novels are here to stay. The best superhero graphic novels are out in the market for everyone to see and appreciate.

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    #4Superman: Red Son

    Superman: Red Son

    Red Son is one of the best superhero graphic novels ever and one of the best stories about the Man of Steel that drastically changes the way we see Superman with a simple shift in events and having him become less than the hero that we know him to be.

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    Mark Butler
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "I love to read superhero graphic novels. My favorite right now is Superman: Red Son. It's an awesome graphic novel about Superman growing up. I love the in-depth story and the art is amazing. It goes really in-depth about Superman's history and growing up. Definitely check this out if you love Superman. It's really fascinating stuff!"
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    #5All-Star Superman

    All-Star Superman

    All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely tells the ultimate story of Superman's origin story. Witness how Clark Kent became the World's First Superhero as he faces off against his greatest enemy yet, time itself.

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    Virginia West
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "All Star Superman is one of the best superhero graphic novels. This novel has all of the superman characters including Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Bizarro, and more. You will learn how clark kent became the world's first superhero."
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    #6Batman: Year One

    Batman: Year One

    The ultimate story about the origin of Batman by Frank Miller and David Mazucchelli made in 1986. This new revision of the origin of one of the most seminal superheroes of all time has never been topped and shows the fantastic storytelling of both Miller and Mazzucchelli.

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    Thomas Rice
    Written on February 25, 2018
    "This is far and away the best Batman book ever, and in a lot of ways the character we think of when we hear Batman (for example, Batman Begins was largely based on this). It's got fantastic twists and turns, and Mazucchelli and Miller are at the top of their games."
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    #7Kingdom Come

    Kingdom Come
    Kingdom Come is a riveting story, written by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, with artwork by Alex Ross, pitting the Justice League against a new generation of crime fighters and their harder brand of justice, leaving people terrified.
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    Paul Stanley
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "This is an incredible reboot of the classic that was made over 20 years ago! The advancement in graphic novel art is really apparent in this anniversary edition. Any true fan would be crazy to not have this one."
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    #8Daredevil: 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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    Vishal Shah
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I love this series"
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    #9Identity Crisis

    Identity Crisis

    Identity Crisis is a seven-issue comic book limited series published by DC Comics.  When the spouse of a JLA member is brutally murdered, the entire superhero community searches for the killer, fearing their own loved ones may be the next targets.

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    Peter Perez
    Written on February 26, 2018
    "Not as interesting as Infinity Crisis or Crisis on Infinite Earths, there's still a lot to love in Identity Crisis. Some new readers may be disappointed, if they've recently watched JLA and expect Super Woman to have a larger role, as this hails from before the rah rah women must be superior in everything current year theme. Personally, I find it a refreshing reminder that not that long ago, everything didn't have to be politically correct."
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    #10Black 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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    Heather Watson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This was a short run series that lasted for only eight issues. In that time you will develop an interest in the characters and when it ends you will be left feeling a little lost."
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    #11Wolverine: Weapon X

    Wolverine: Weapon X
    Wolverine: Weapon X is a graphic novel comics written by Barry Windsor-Smith which explains in detail how Wolverine got his adamantium skeleton wherein his memory was wiped. 
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    Lauren Hunt
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "There are better superhero graphic novels out there, especially if you aren't a fan of the X-Men fandom. "
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    #12Green Lantern: The Siniestro Corps War

    Green Lantern: The Siniestro Corps War

    The Siniestro Corp Wars tells the story of the former Hal Jordan mentor, Siniestro, gathering a force of supervillains from all the galaxy destined to end with the Green Lantern Corps. 

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    Larry Simpson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "There is so much going on in this story that the book seems to struggle to contain it in each of its pages. The art feels a bit frantic at times which causes the story to feel rushed but there is so much detail that it likely requires a few rereads. It is however a great exploration of an older IP and is a great addition which adds a lot of tone to the DC universe. "
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    #13Batman: Poison Ivy

    Batman: Poison Ivy

    Batman: Poison Ivy is a comic book series written by John Francis Moore. Published in 1997 by DC Comics, Batman: Poison Ivy is illustrated by Brian Apthorp and Stan Woch. Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy guest stars in this Batman comic series.

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    Rafael Escobedo
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Batman: Poison Ivy is not my favorite batman story, but the artwork is quite good. My issue is with the pacing. It seems like nothing happens for quite some time and then POOF, the story just seems to end. If you're a poison ivy fan this is one of the better arcs, but if not, you can give it a pass"
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    #14Adapt or Die (Avengers Volume 5)

    Adapt or Die (Avengers Volume 5)

    Adapt or Die (Avengers Volume 5) is a sequential comic book series written by Jonathan Hickman. First published in 2014 by Marvel Comics, it is the 5th book in the Avengers (2013) comic book series.

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    Vincent Weber
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Adapt or Die was a very intense novel. I was left in shock after reading this masterpiece."
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    #15Batman: Harley & Ivy

    Batman: Harley & Ivy

    Batman: Harley and Ivy is a comic book series written by Paul Dini and Judd Winick. Illustrated by Bruce Timm and Joe Chiodo, it was published in 2004 by DC Comics. This issue is a part of the Batman Adventures comic book series.

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    Christine Pena
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Not the best graphic novel in this category by far. It establishes character relationships."
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    #16Batman Arkham: Poison Ivy

    Batman Arkham: Poison Ivy

    Batman Arkham: Poison Ivy is a Sequential Art, Action, DC Comics written by Gerry Conway. It was published on September 13, 2016, by DC Comics.

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    Margaret Gilbert
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Poison Ivy used to be a normal woman in Batman Arkham: Poison Ivy. Then her professor and trusted friend used some of his sorcery on her and she became something else. Now she walks the earth as a thorn in Batman's side using her poisonous toxins to touch anyone she desire to destroy."
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    #17Gotham City Sirens Book One

    Gotham City Sirens Book One

    Gotham City Sirens Book One is a comic book series by written by Paul Dini, Tony Bedard, Scott Lobdell, Marc Andreyko, and Guillem March. Published in 2014 by DC Comics, it features three female supervillains, including Poison Ivy.

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    Ronald Henry
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I am a big super hero comic fan so I really wanted to make a big purchase. Gotham City Sirens is a must have for any fan of Marvel or DC comic books."
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    #18Secret Invasion

    Secret Invasion

    Secret Invasion is a graphic novel written by Brian Michael Bendis wherein shapeshifting aliens calles Skrulls have vanished key figures on earth including some Marvel superheroes. 

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    Laura Perry
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "My son wanted this graphic novel so bad, since he's a huge fan of Marvel. It's been so pleased with it, he hardly puts it down! He especially loves that there's a shape shifting alien race included. "
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    #19Gotham City Sirens: Strange Fruit

    Gotham City Sirens: Strange Fruit

    Gotham City Sirens: Strange Fruit is a comic book series written Tony Bedard and Peter Calloway, and illustrated by Andres Guinaldo and Jeremy Haun. Published in 2010 by DC Comics, it features female supervillains, including Poison Ivy.

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    Jean West
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Anything Gotham is going to be good. I wasn't expecting much but was hopeful as I do love Gotham city. I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. "
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    #20World War Hulk

    World War Hulk

    World War Hulk is a graphic novel comics written by Greg Park which is returning to his origin to take revenge on the four men who vanished him into space where he found love and made a new world but was wiped away. 

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    Sofía Cabrera
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "World War Hulk is a really good superhero novel, but I wouldn't put it among the best. Part of that is Hulk is not my favorite superhero though. So if he's your guy, this is a must read."
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    #21Gotham City Sirens Vol. 2: Songs of the Sirens

    Gotham City Sirens Vol. 2: Songs of the Sirens

    Gotham City Sirens: Songs of the Sirens is a comic book series written by Paul Dini and illustrated by Guillem March. Published in 2010 by DC Comics, it features female supervillains, including Poison Ivy.

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    Martha George
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I love superhero comic books. This one in particular features on of my favorite supervillains, Poison Ivy."
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    #22Miracleman (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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    Harry Young
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book would make a great gift for my son Cooper. He loves superhero stories and this dark superhero story is something I really think he would enjoy."

Summary

Best What are the best superhero graphic novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Batman: The Dark Knight ReturnsBooks 11 Paid
2WatchmenBooks 10 Paid
3Batman: The Long HalloweenBooks 6 Paid
4Superman: Red SonBooks 6 Paid
5All-Star SupermanBooks 5 Paid
6Batman: Year OneBooks 4 Paid
7Kingdom ComeBooks 4 Paid
8Daredevil: Born AgainBooks 2 Paid
9Identity CrisisBooks 1 Paid
10Black SummerBooks 0 Paid
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