There are some people who don’t take graphic novels seriously. There are some people who are wrong. Graphic novels are their own artistic expression, not quite novels, and above your average comic book. Here are some that you must read before you die.
The greatest graphic novel of all time. If nothing else, this one is a must-read. Created by Alan Moore as a colourful rendition of an alternate American history in the 1940′s and 60′s. It is a place where superheroes have become a reality, and the dark and twisted consequences that follow. It was originally created to feature DC’s characters, but it would render them unusable in the future. Thus, Watchmen was born, with new original characters and a fantastic story.
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Published by Dark Horse, the story is about a man whose brain has been transplanted into the body of a stone giant by aliens. It sounds a bit far fetched by it is a sweet story of a man trying to find himself, fighting his battle and archenemies’ not through his fists, but through his thoughts and feelings. Never before or after has there been such a story about finding oneself.
Neil Gaiman gave us this amazing graphic novel. It has a number of different artists, including Merc Hempel, Sam Keith, and Shawn McManus. The story focuses on Dream, one of the seven Endless. The others are Death, Desire, Despair, Destiny, Delirium, and Destruction. It blends history and mythology, while at the same time in a horror setting that will shake you to your bones.
An epic, touching space drama that was written by Brian K. Vaughan. It draws heavily from Star Wars, and Vaughan’s own thoughts on being a child and a parent. It is beautifully illustrated by Fiona Staples and it continues to grow. It is one of the greatest graphic novels you can continue to read today.