Watchmen by Alan Moore
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The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is known for American Gods, Coraline, … and his graphic novel series of 12 …
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
I became addicted to The Walking Dead graphic novels. Currently 25 books available.
Between the issues, books, and compendiums, it can be difficult to know where to start or how to continue reading the series. This website really clears up that relationship and was definitely my most visited site while I was knee deep in The Walking Dead issues. If you’re interested in starting the series, find Issues #1-90 as a PDF here (you’re on your own for the rest!)
Stray Bullets by David Lapham
Stray Bullets is a comic book series written and drawn by David Lapham. The series takes place mostly in the 1980’s and follows a large cast of characters over 6 volumes. Their stories weave together by related incidents involving drugs, crime, and sex. A “dark crime story about the lasting impact of violence on the victims,” Lapham doesn’t “ignore humor, real-life minutiae, or the complexity of human emotion.”
“Stray Bullets doesn’t adhere to hard-edged noir stereotypes — it deconstructs them, with fully-realized characters with depths and idiosyncracies that confound the genre’s traditions. Even the bottom-feeding wastes of life have someone or something that they care about; unrelenting monsters have fears and insecurities; the most morally-bankrupt scumbag is still the life of the party. These are complete people who refuse to be defined by their worst traits, and even a few who try to re-shape their lives into something approximating normalcy. But try as they might to escape their bloody pasts, they’ve been so stained by violence that it’s the only way they know how to affect change in the world.” —John R. Parker
Maus by Art Speigelman
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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis is a graphic autobiography written by Marjane Satrapi about growing up in Iran during and after the Islamic revolution. A series of two books takes you through her early years as a young girl in Iran, where she tries to understand her family’s political resistance in an oppressive regime by learning all that she can separate from the one-sided propaganda taught in school. Satrapi left her family and moved to Vienna, Austria in her young adult years, escaping the revolution but now surrounded by a massive shift in cultural perspectives, where she struggles with fitting in and her identity.