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50 Best Comic Books To Read: Our selection of the best Comics and Graphic Novels of All Time


50 best of comic books to read
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What’s a comic books blog without a best comic list? One that will always be a source of dissatisfaction, of controversies, and of discoveries. Yes, it’s an impossible exercise to list the best comic books to read, and it’s also a personal one.

We can all agree that we will never agree on what the best comics are. With that in mind, don’t forget that this is our list and we are just here to share our love for comic books. We invite you to leave a comment with your favorite comics, because those who came here to find new and interesting things to read certainly can do with even more suggestions.

What you’ll find here is probably too much Grant Morrison (sorry for those who don’t like his work), not enough older books (I’m working my way to previous dedaces too slowy, sorry), no European comics or Manga because it’s a different ballpark imho.

Here is our selection of what we consider ar 50 of the best comics to read!

Looking for an Amazon alternative? You can find most books from this selection on our list of Best Comic Books on our new Bookshop page.

WatchmenWatchmen Reading Order Delux Edition by Alan Moore with art from Dave Gibbons

The Classic. Someone’s killing our super heroes. The year is 1985 and super heroes have banded together to respond to the murder of one of their own. They soon uncover a sinister plot that puts all of humanity in grave danger. The super heroes fight to stop the impending doom only to find themselves a target for annihilation. But, if our super heroes are gone, who will save us?

MausThe Complete Maus Best Comics To Read by Art Spiegelman

A brutally moving work of art—widely hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever written—Maus recounts the chilling experiences of the author’s father during the Holocaust, with Jews drawn as wide-eyed mice and Nazis as menacing cats.


BoneThe Complete Bone Best Comics To Read by Jeff Smith

Meet the Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone, three misfits who are run out of Boneville and find themselves lost in a vast uncharted desert. They make their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures. With the help of the mysterious Thorn, her tough-as-nails Gran’ma Ben and the Great Red Dragon, the boys do their best to survive in the middle of brewing trouble between the valley’s denizens. It will be the longest – but funniest – year of their lives! 

SandmanThe Sandman Reading Order Box Set by Neil Gaiman with art by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, and more

Upon his escape from an embarrassing captivity at the hands of a mere mortal, Morpheus finds himself at a crossroads, forced to deal with the enormous changes within both himself and his realm. His journey to find his place in a world that’s drastically changed takes him through mythical worlds to retrieve his old heirlooms, the back roads of America for a twisted reunion, and even Hell itself—to receive the dubious honor of picking the next Devil. But he’ll learn his greatest lessons at the hands of his own family, the Endless, who—like him—are walking embodiments of the most influential aspects of existence.

MIND MGMT Best Comics To ReadMind MGMT by Matt Kindt

Meru’s obsession with Flight 815 leads her to a much bigger story of a top-secret government Mind MGMT program. Her ensuing journey involves weaponized psychics, hypnotic advertising, talking dolphins, and seemingly immortal pursuers, as she hunts down the flight’s missing passenger, the man who was Mind MGMT’s greatest success–and its most devastating failure. But in a world where people can rewrite reality itself, can she trust anything she sees?

The Goon Best Comics To ReadThe Goon by Eric Powell

The Nameless Man, the Zombie Priest, has come to town to build a gang from the undead. Yet even with an unlimited supply of soldiers, the Priest cannot move in on the territory controlled by the crime boss Labrazio and his unstoppable enforcer-the Goon. But when the Priest discovers Goon’s most closely held secret, the balance of power threatens to change forever!

Asterios Polyp Best Comics To ReadAsterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli

Meet Asterios Polyp: middle-aged, meagerly successful architect and teacher, aesthete and womanizer, whose life is wholly upended when his New York City apartment goes up in flames. In a tenacious daze, he leaves the city and relocates to a small town in the American heartland. But what is this “escape” really about?

My Favourite Thing is monstersMy Favourite Thing is monsters Best Comics To Read by Emil Ferris

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold.

From HellFrom Hell Best Comics To Read by Alan Moore with art by Eddie Campbell

From the squalid alleys of the East End to the Houses of Parliament, from church naves to dens of the occult, all of London feels the uniquely irresistable blend of fascination, revulsion, and panic that the Ripper offers. The city teeters on the brink of the twentieth century, and only the slightest prodding is necessary to plunge it into a modern age of terror.

The Left Bank GangThe Left Bank Gang Best Comics To Read by Jason

Set in 1920s Paris, The Left Bank Gang is a deliciously inventive re-imagining of these four literary figures as not only typical Jason anthropomorphics, but… graphic novelists! Yes, in Jason’s warped world, cartooning is the dominant form of fiction, and not only do these four literary giants work in the comics medium but they get together to discuss pen vs. brush, chat about the latest graphic novels from Dostoevsky (“I can’t tell any of his characters apart!”) to Faulkner (“Hasn’t he heard of white space? His panels are too crowded!”), and bemoan their erratic careers.

The Left Bank Gang is my favorite Jason, but a lot of people seem to have a preference for the also very good I Killed Adolf Hitler.

CriminalCriminal Best Comics To Read by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips produced a lot of excellent comics, and still do it (see Reckless). Their best is still Criminal, this almost anthology is about different dark and violent characters who live in Center City, frequent the same bar, and share a common history of two generations of crime (often with a member of the Lawless family connected to the plot). It’s noir at its best.

FablesFables Best Comics To Read by Bill Willingham with art by Mark Buckingham and more

When a savage creature, known only as the Adversary, conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, the famous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of a modern New York, these magical characters created their own peaceful and secret society, which they called Fabletown. But when Snow White’s party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it’s up to Fabletown’s sheriff — the reformed Big Bad Wolf, Bigby — to find the killer.


PreacherPreacher Best Comics To Read by Garth Ennis wirth art by Steve Dillon

Jesse Custer was just a small-town preacher in Texas…until his congregation was flattened by powers beyond his control and the preacher became imbued with abilities beyond anyone’s understanding. Now possessed by Genesis–the unholy offspring of an angel and demon–Jesse holds Word of God, an ability to command anyone or anything with a mere utterance. And he’ll use this power to hold the Lord accountable for the people He has forsaken.

TransmetropolitanTransmetropolitan Best Comics To Read by Warren Ellis with art by Darick Robertson

After years of self-imposed exile from a civilization rife with degradation and indecency, cynical journalist Spider Jerusalem is forced to return to a job that he hates and a city that he loathes. Working as an investigative reporter for the newspaper The Word, Spider attacks the injustices of his surreal 21st century surroundings.

Berlin Best Comics To ReadBerlin by Jason Lutes

Berlin is an intricate look at the fall of the Weimar Republic through the eyes of its citizens―Marthe Müller, a young woman escaping the memory of a brother killed in World War I, Kurt Severing, an idealistic journalist losing faith in the printed word as fascism and extremism take hold; the Brauns, a family torn apart by poverty and politics. Lutes weaves these characters’ lives into the larger fabric of a city slowly ripping apart.

Giant Days Best Comics To ReadGiant Days by John Allison

Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird.

HellboyHellboy Omnibus Volume 1 Seed of Destruction Hellboy BPRD Reading Order by Mike Mignola

Hellboy is a half-Demon who was summoned from Hell to Earth as a baby by the “Mad Monk” Grigori Rasputin for the Nazi. Adopted by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, the man behind the United States Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (also called the B.P.R.D.), Hellboy grew up with humans and learned to hunt monsters. Adult, he is easily identifiable. After all, he is red-skinned, huge with a tail, horns, cloven hooves for feet, and his right is hand made of stone. Working with the B.P.R.D., he hunts Nazis, witches, and other types of Lovecraftian monsters, teaming up with the amphibian humanoid Abe Sapien, and pyrokinetic Liz Sherman. As years passes, Hellboy must confront who he really is and fulfilled his destiny as the B.P.R.D. becomes the first line of defense against cosmic menaces.

ConcreteConcrete best of comic books to read by Paul Chadwick

Part man, part…rock? Over seven feet tall and weighing over a thousand pounds, he is known as Concrete but is in reality the mind of one Ronald Lithgow, trapped inside a shell of stone, a body that allows him to walk unaided on the ocean’s floor or survive the crush of a thousand tons of rubble in a collapsed mineshaft…but prevents him from feeling the touch of a human hand.

The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuckThe Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck best of comic books to read by Don Rosa

From his shoeshine stand as a plucky young lad to his globe-spanning quests for long-lost treasures as an adult, Uncle Scrooge McDuck has lived a life of legend. Join Scrooge, a very young Donald Duck, the Beagle Boys, Flintheart Glomgold, and more for Scrooge’s epic life story ― with plenty of guest stars along the way, including P.T. Barnum, Buffalo Bill, Geronimo, Jesse James, Jack London, Czar Nicholas II of Russia, Annie Oakley, Robert Peary, and President Theodore Roosevelt!

Also recommended, the complete Don Rosa Library published by Fantagraphics and, of course, the complete Carl Barks Library too!

March best of comic books to readMarch by Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell, and John Lewis

Before he became a respected Congressman, John Lewis was clubbed, gassed, arrested over 40 times, and nearly killed by angry mobs and state police, all while nonviolently protesting racial discrimination. He marched side-by-side with Martin Luther King as the youngest leader of the Civil Rights Movement that would change a nation forever. This is the story of how a poor sharecropper’s son helped transform America, from a segregated schoolhouse to the 1963 March on Washington and beyond.

American VampireAmerican Vampire best of comic books to read by Scott Snyder with art by Rafael Albuquerque

Cunning, ruthless, and rattlesnake mean, Skinner Sweet is a thoroughly corrupt gunslinger. When European vampires come to the American Old West, they turn Skinner into a true monster: the very first American vampire. Skinner becomes something entirely new–a stronger breed of vampire immune to sunlight, who hates every last one of his aristocratic European ancestors. Follow this dark symbol of the New World’s bloody path as he moves through American history’s most distinctive eras–from the Wild West in the 1880s to the glamorous classic Hollywood of the 1920s to mobster-run Las Vegas in the 1930s, and beyond. But as Skinner’s war with his predecessors inspires a mysterious society to rise and fight them both, his most upsetting decision might involve the first person he chooses to join his vampiric ranks: a struggling young movie star named Pearl Jones.

Saga of the Swamp ThingSaga of the Swamp Thing best of comic books to read by Alan Moore with art by Stephen R, Bissette, John Totleben, and Rick Veitch

Coming from Alan Moore, this is a thedeconstruction of the classic monster stretched the creative boundaries of the medium and became one of the most spectacular series in comic book history. With modern-day issues explored against a backdrop of horror, The Swamp Thing stories became commentaries on environmental, political, and social issues, unflinching in their relevance. The book begins with a haunting origin story that reshapes Swamp Thing mythology with terrifying revelations that begin a journey of discovery and adventure that will take him across the stars and beyond.


Doom PatrolDoom Patrol best of comic books to read by Grant Morrison with art by Richard Case, John Nyberg, Doug Braithwaite, Scott Hanna and Carlos Garzón.

Originally conceived in the 1960s by the visionary team of writer Arnold Drake and artist Bruno Premiani, the Doom Patrol was reborn a generation later through Grant Morrison’s singular imagination. The new Doom Patrol puts itself back together after nearly being destroyed, and things start to get a lot weirder for everybody. The Chief leads Robotman, the recently formed Rebis and new member Crazy Jane against the Scissormen, part of a dangerous philosophical location that has escaped into our world and is threatening to engulf reality itself.

Love & RocketsLove & Rockets best of comic books to read by Gilbert and Jamie Hernandez

The long running comic series written by Gilbert and Jamie Hernandez is a kind of an anthology, each brother working independently from the other, so there are two stories and more. On Jaime side, it’s been one long story named Locas for the last decades. It’s about a group of punk rockers and their transition into adult life. On Gilbert side, there are more ongoing stories and some short stories too. The bigger one is Palomar & Luba, the inhabitants of Palomar, about a poor central American town and the inhabitants as they go on to live in America. And then, there are even more.

All Star SupermanAll-Star Superman best of comic books to read by Grant Morrison with art by Frank Quitely

A reimagining of the Superman mythos, from The Man of Steel’s origin to his greatest foes and beyond. Witness the Man of Steel in exciting new adventures featuring Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Bizarro, and more! The Man of Steel goes toe-to-toe with Bizarro, his oddball twin, and the new character Zibarro, also from the Bizarro planet. And Superman faces the final revenge of Lex Luthor – in the form of his own death!

Batman: Year OneBatman Year One best of comic books to read by Frank Miller with art by David Mazzucchelli

A reinterpretation of the origin of Batman—who he is, and how he came to be. Sometimes careless and naive, this Dark Knight is far from the flawless vigilante he is today. In his first year on the job, Batman feels his way around a Gotham City far darker than the one he left. His solemn vow to extinguish the town’s criminal element is only half the battle; along with Lieutenant James Gordon, the Dark Knight must also fight a police force more corrupt than the scum in the streets.

Batman: The Long HalloweenBatman The Long Halloween best of comic books to read by Jeph Loeb with art by Tim Sale

A story taking place after Batman: Year One. Christmas. St. Patrick’s Day. Easter. As the calendar’s days stack up, so do the bodies littered in the streets of Gotham City. A murderer is loose, killing only on holidays. The only man that can stop this fiend? The Dark Knight. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon, Batman races against the calendar as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month. A mystery that ties into the events that transform Harvey Dent into Batman’s deadly enemy, Two-Face.

Also recommended, the sequel titled Batman: Dark Victory.

Fun Home: A Family TragicomicFun Home A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the “Fun Home.” It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.

Strangers In ParadiseStrangers In Paradise best of comic books to read by Terry Moore

Katchoo is a beautiful young woman living a quiet life with everything going for her. She’s smart, independent and very much in love with her best friend, Francine. Then Katchoo meets David, a gentle but persistent young man who is determined to win Katchoo’s heart. The resulting love triangle is a touching comedy of romantic errors until Katchoo’s former employer comes looking for her and $850,000 in missing mob money. As her idyllic life begins to fall apart, Katchoo discovers no one can be trusted and that the past she thought she left behind now threatens to destroy her and everything she loves, including Francine.

LuciferLucifer Reading Order Omnibus Vol 1 by Mike Carey with art by Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly

Stepping out of the pages of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, the Fallen One begins his own epic journey in this first of two oversize omnibus collections featuring Mike Carey’s acclaimed, Eisner Award-nominated series. Since resigning his throne and abandoning his kingdom, Lucifer Morningstar has filled his days supervising a considerably reduced staff at Lux, Los Angeles’ most elite piano bar. The arrival of a once-in-an-eternity job offer, however, is about to put an end to his quiet retirement. The contract comes straight from the Creator Himself, and if Lucifer successfully completes his task, the former lord of Hell can name his own price. But negotiating this particular razor’s edge between opportunity and catastrophe will require all of his legendary subtlety and will–and no small amount of sacrifice. For his part, the Lightbringer is prepared to risk everything to win the power of Heaven’s reward. The Devil’s hands have been idle long enough.

Essex County best of comic books to readEssex County by Jeff Lemire 

Where does a young boy turn when his whole world suddenly disappears? What turns two brothers from an unstoppable team into a pair of bitterly estranged loners? How does the simple-hearted care of one middle-aged nurse reveal the scars of an entire community, and can anything heal the wounds caused by a century of deception?

Batman by Grant MorrisonBatman by Grant Morrison best of comic books to read with art by Andy Kubert, Tony S. Daniel, and J.H. Williams III 

Batman receives the shock of his life when he discovers that he has a son, Damian! After violent conflict with Robin and Damian, Batman must teach his son what it means to carry the legacy of Gotham’s Dark Knight. Meanwhile, mysterious Batman imposters begin to appear on the streets of Gotham. One of these imposters begins to kill cops, working his way towards Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. But after failing in his pursuit and being captured, Batman falls into a coma and his mind flashes back to a defining adventure in the life of a young Bruce Wayne…the hunt for his parents’ killer!

DC: The New FrontierDC The New Frontier best of comic books to read by Darwyn Cooke

Welcome to the DC Universe in 1950s America — a land of promise and paranoia, of glittering cities and segregated slums, of dizzying scientific progress and simmering Cold War conflict. A land without the Justice League–Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Or so it seems. The masked mystery men who fought for freedom in the Second World War have been outlawed. The soldiers and spies who conducted top-secret missions into the unknown now work in the shadows. And those icons who do still fight on — Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman — operate under hidden agendas and dueling ideologies. Yet this America needs its heroes more than ever. With darkness gathering on the horizon once more, only a bold new generation of adventurers — young, daring, and dedicated to the better angels of our nature — is equal to the challenge of the New Frontier.

EightballEightball best of comic books to read by Daniel Clowes

Daniel Clowes made his name from 1989 to 1997 by producing 18 issues of the beloved comic book series Eightball, which is still widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential comic book titles of all time. In those pages, we find such seminal serialized graphic novels/strips/rants as “Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron,” “Ghost World,” “Pussey,” “I Hate You Deeply,” and so many more.


PatiencePatience best of comic books to read by Daniel Clowes

A psychedelic science-fiction love story about time travel, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness. It describes the misadventures of a man, Jack, after he finds his pregnant wife, Patience, murdered in their apartment. Many years later, when grief has destroyed his life, chance leads him to discover a time machine, which he plans to use to save Patience.

Thor by Jason AaronThor Vol. 1 The Goddess of Thunder Thor by Jason Aaron Reading Order with art by Esad Ribić, Russell Dauterman, and more

A truly epic saga of Thor! Across the ages, gods are vanishing — and the God of Thunder must unite with his past and future selves to stand against Gorr the God Butcher! Meanwhile, Malekith the Accursed begins a bloody rampage that will spread war throughout the realms. Which makes it a terrible time for the Odinson to be rendered unworthy of lifting Mjolnir! Another hero will hold the hammer high, fighting for Asgard and Midgard as Thor — the Goddess of Thunder! She’ll battle Malekith, Loki, Roxxon…and even Odin! But who is she under the mask? And what is this new Thor’s terrible secret?

Animal Man by Grant MorrisonThe Animal Man best of comic books to read with art by Chas Truog

Buddy Baker is more than just a second-rate super hero–He’s also a devoted family man and animal rights activist. Now, as he tries to jump-start his crimefighting career, he experiences visions of aliens, people transforming into strange pencil-like drawings, and hints of a terrible crisis lurking around the edges of reality. And as his odyssey of self-discovery gives way to spiritual enlightenment as well as the depths of despair, Buddy meets his maker: a writer named Grant Morrison.

Parker by Darwyn CookeRichard Stark's Parker best of comic books to read

Darwyn Cooke crafted four universally acclaimed Parker graphic novels, adapted from the works of Richard Stark (A pseudonym for Donald Westlake), before his untimely death. Parker returns to New York to settle the score with his wife and partner in crime after they betray him in a heist gone terribly wrong. After evening the field and reclaiming his prize, the Outfit decide to do some score settling of their own… and learn much too late that when you push a man like Parker, it had better be all the way to the grave.

Locke and KeyLocke & Key best of comic books to read by Joe Hill with art by Gabriel Rodriguez

Following their father’s gruesome murder in a violent home invasion, the Locke children return to his childhood home of Keyhouse in secluded Lovecraft, Massachusetts. Their mother, Nina, is too trapped in her grief–and a wine bottle–to notice that all in Keyhouse is not what it seems: too many locked doors, too many unanswered questions. Older kids Tyler and Kinsey aren’t much better. But not youngest son Bode, who quickly finds a new friend living in an empty well and a new toy, a key, that offers hours of spirited entertainment. But again, all at Keyhouse is not what it seems, and not all doors are meant to be opened. Soon, horrors old and new, real and imagined, will come ravening after the Lockes and the secrets their family holds.

The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-first Century best of comic books to readThe Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-First Century by Frank Miller with art by Dave Gibbons

A comics masterpiece from Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons. The story begins in the squalid corridors of a maximum-security housing project, where a young girl will rise from the war-torn streets of Chicago to battle injustice in a world insane with corruption. Her fight will take her far, from the frontlines of the second American Civil War, to the cold, unforgiving reaches of space. She will be called a hero, a traitor, and nearly everything in between, but all along the way, her courage, her integrity, and her unwavering commitment to that most valuable of rights-liberty-will inspire a movement that will never surrender.

DaredevilDaredevil The Man Without Fear Frank Miller Era Reading Order Comic Book Treasury by Frank Miller with art by Klaus Janson

The run that made of Daredevil more than a second rate Marvel hero. Follow the Kingpin and Bullseye’s efforts to rob the Man Without Fear of everything he holds dear. Featuring the first appearances of Elektra, Stick and the Hand! The daring discovery that drew Ben Urich into Daredevil’s domain of darkness! And such forgotten-yet-formidable foes as Death-Stalker and the Gladiator!

X-Statix best of comic books to readX-Force/X-Statix by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred

Peter Milligan and Michael Allred reboot X-Force into the reality stars X-Statix in their bright and bold 21st-century deconstruction of the X-books! Sex. Money. Power. Fame. That’s what drives these mutant heroes! But what really happens when an X-team becomes huge media stars? Find out in this wild examination of celebrity culture -with a far higher body count than any reality TV show! Fall in love with the Orphan, the Anarchist, Dead Girl, Phat, Vivisector, U-Go Girl, the incomparable Doop and more -but don’t get too attached, as there’s no guarantee that any of them will make it out of each battle alive! And when the team relaunches their brand as the X-Statix, will it propel them to even greater fame? Or will the interactive O-Force become the hot new thing?

The EternautThe Eternaut best of comic books to read by Hector German Oesterheld with art by Francisco Solano López

Seminal Argentinian science fiction graphic novel whose main character is still viewed as a symbol of resistance in Latin America. This originally appeared as weekly installments from 1957-59. Juan Salvo, the inimitable protagonist, along with his friend Professor Favalli and the tenacious metal-worker Franco, face what appears to be a nuclear accident, but quickly turns out to be something much bigger than they had imagined. Cold War tensions, aliens of all sizes, space—and time travel—this one has it all.

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on EarthJimmy Corrigan best of comic books to read by Chris Ware

This first book from Chicago author Chris Ware is a view at a lonely and emotionally-impaired “everyman” (Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth), who is provided, at age 36, the opportunity to meet his father for the first time. An improvisatory romance which gingerly deports itself between 1890’s Chicago and 1980’s small town Michigan, the reader is helped along by thousands of colored illustrations and diagrams, which, when read rapidly in sequence, provide a convincing illusion of life and movement. The bulk of the work is supported by fold-out instructions, an index, paper cut-outs, and a brief apology, all of which concrete to form a rich portrait of a man stunted by a paralyzing fear of being disliked.

Calvin And HobbesCalvin and Hobbes Reading Order Bill Watterson by Bill Waterson

Calvin and Hobbes is unquestionably one of the most popular comic strips of all time. The imaginative world of a boy and his real-only-to-him tiger was first syndicated in 1985 and appeared in more than 2,400 newspapers when Bill Watterson retired on January 1, 1996.

The MaxxThe Maxx best of comic books to read by Sam Kieth

As one of the earliest creators for Image Comics, Sam Kieth created The Maxx–a homeless superhero who lives in a box. Both Maxx and his social worker friend Julie share adventures in both the real world and in “the Outback,” a fantasy realm inhabited by their jungle-inspired totems.

Jessica Jones Alias best of comic books to readAlias by Bryan Michael Bendis with art by Michael Gaydos

Meet Jessica Jones. Once upon a time, she was a costumed super hero…but not a very good one. Her powers were unremarkable compared to the amazing abilities of the costumed icons that populate the Marvel Universe. In a city of Marvels, Jessica Jones never found her niche. Now a chain-smoking, self-destructive alcoholic with a mean inferiority complex, Jones is the owner and sole employee of Alias Investigations – a small, private-investigative firm specializing in superhuman cases. When she uncovers the potentially explosive secret of one hero’s true identity, Jessica’s life immediately becomes expendable. But her wit, charm and intelligence just may help her survive through another day.


Scott PilgrimScott Pilgrim best of comic books to read by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Scott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, he’s in a rock band, he’s “between jobs,” and he’s dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes.

I Kill Giants best of comic books to readI Kill Giants by Joe Kelly with art by J. M. Ken Niimura

I Kill Giants tells the story of Barbara Thorson, an acerbic fifth-grader so consumed with fantasy that she doesn’t just tell people that she kills giants with an ancient Norse warhammer ― she starts to believe it herself. The reasons for Barbara’s troubled behavior are revealed through the course of the book, as she learns to reconcile her fantasy life with the real world.

The Sixth Gun best of comic books to readThe Sixth Gun by Cullen Bunn with art by Brian Hurtt

During the darkest days of the Civil War in the 1880s, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. In time the Sixth Gun, the most dangerous of the weapons, vanished. When the gun surfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark forces reawaken. Vile men thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing the girl. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a shadowy past, stands in their way.

More to come…

We had to start somewhere. We chose 50 books. In the near future, we will add more comics to read, but I’d recommend reading all of those first 50 for now! … If you didn’t already, of course.

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