Comics I Recommend

A short list of my recommended Comics that you should read! I've split this into three sections. Graphic Novels are single books, Serialized Comics have multiple volumes, and Manga is Japanese comics. You can use the navigation above to jump to different sections.

If you're looking for my DC comics timeline article, please check it out here.

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Graphic Novels

V for Vendetta

Alan Moore & David Lloyd

Alan Moore is one of the best artistic minds on the planet and you'll see his name quite a few time on the list. No other artist comes close to the way his stories, characters, and concepts interlace to elevate the experience of reading his books. You may have seen the movie, (which is a great adaptation) but the comic takes you deeper into the themes it tries to dissect. The pacing is phenomenal and not a single page is wasted. Absolute masterpiece and I actually prefer this over Moore's other fawned over work - Watchmen.

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Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

One of the very few comics that lives up to its gargantuan hype. An amazing deconstruction and satire of the superhero genre and superheroes themselves. The story deals with a time when it is illegal for them to use their powers, until one of their own is murdered.

If you like this genre, check out another book - The Boys, also available as a show on Prime.

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Amruta Patil

Kari is poetry in visual form. Breathtaking visuals belie the intensity of character's thoughts and the fury with which she goes about her life. A little dark but a great novel nonetheless.

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Art Spiegelman

If we had to pinpoint a single book responsible for making graphic novels count as literature in the western world, this is the one. The book deals with a son painstakingly interviewing and documenting the story of his parent's survival of the Holocaust. Equal parts shocking, moving, and harrowing, Spiegelman doesn't flinch from shining a light on his parents' flaws and the long term effect it has had on the family.

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Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis is set during the Islamic Revolution of Iran and documents a coming-of-age story. Satrapi intertwines personal moments with political ones with such ease, it really helps bring alive what she went through while growing up. It also got me really interested in Persian culture which is as multi-faceted as ours.

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Munnu: A Boy from Kashmir

Malik Sajad

A novel that depicts the story of the land of Kashmir from the eyes of a boy's childhood. Drawn in the same vein as Maus, it is equally enlightening and heartbreaking.

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Legends of Halahala


Appupen's visual mastery is reason alone to buy this book. Kaleidoscopic visuals married with the visionary world of Halahala makes this an extremely impactful story to read. Appupen has another book that explores the world of Halahala but this one is my favourite so far.

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Other book set in Halahala: Moonward

On a Sunbeam

Tillie Walden

A heartfelt and beautiful story about a girl who crosses the universe (literally) to find love. The art is stunning and I personally love the limited colour palette across pages and how that changes with the story being told. Beautifully perceptive.

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Fun Home

Alison Bechdel

Written by THE Bechdel of the Bechdel test fame, this is a heartbreaking and a darkly humorous family memoir over the ages. Like Persepolis (and the millennial generation), the book uses humour to deal with serious issues poignantly.

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Noelle Stevenson

In a refreshing twist, Nimona deals with our protagonist wanting to become a villain and put down the heroes of the town. Stevenson lends great energy to the story which makes it an absolute joy to read.

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The Dark Knight Returns

Frank Miller, Klaus Janson & Lynn Varley

Possibly the ultimate Batman story - a middle-aged Batman coming out of retirement to battle crime in Gotham again. We come face to face with a very grizzled, tormented version and you can see how he's evolved over the years including the way he fights against his old foes and that guy in red, blue, and yellow. Worth it for the finale alone.

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Batman: The Killing Joke

Alan Moore & Brian Bolland

Alan Moore's take on Joker and his origins have now become legendary. Be warned though - this isn't for the faint hearted and goes to some very dark places and should come with content warnings. The book gives us a glimpse into Joker's psyche and how he came into being. It was way ahead of its time (like almost all of Moore's work) and the artwork is to drool for.

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Batman: Year One

Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli

Unlike his other seminal work that revolves around a retired Batman, Frank Miller takes a shot at his origin story. Mazzucchelli's rendition of Gotham is now its eternal version - dark, grimy, and gritty almost making it a character in the story. Miller's script, equally gritty, gives such a great backbone and purpose to the characters, it stands the test of time.

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Serialized Comics


Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

Grand, gruesome, and unforgettable. Takeda's art combining gothic, steampunk, and Mucha-inspired visuals are eye-popping and Liu's script drives this momumental story with some amazing world building and a gamut of well fleshed-out characters.

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Locke & Key

Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

A beautifully engaging comic with a very interesting premise - keys scattered in a haunted mansion unlock superpowers for an individual. Netflix tried to adapt this failed horribly. The comic is far more appealing, visceral, and plotted with great ingenuity.

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Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber

A riveting murder mystery set in the cold, desolate land of Antarctica? Sold.

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Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples

Combine Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Romeo + Juliet with Fiona Staples' gorgeous artwork and Vaughn's script and you get the runaway hit Saga. Easily the most imaginative and the most difficult to put down book on the list.

You could buy the invidiual volumes (9 so far), but it's just cheaper to pick up the compendium listed below

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Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III & Sam Kieth

A dark, fantastical take on ancient mythology brought forth with a modern view, Sandman is one of the most critically acclaimed stories of all time for a reason. Gaiman's unique take on magical realism, fantasy, and legend pervades all of his work putting him in the top echleon of fantasy writers and Sandman is one of his best work.

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Calvin and Hobbes

Bill Watterson

A hug of sunshine on a gloomy day.

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Stand Still Stay Silent

Minna Sundberg

This is actually a webcomic but is so good, it's a must read. Beautifully drawn, the story is set in and steeped with Nordic mythology interweaving horror and magic so well it defies genres.

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The Incal

Alexandro Jodorowsky and Moebius

Must-read if you're a sci-fi fan!

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Black Science

Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera, Moreno Dinisio & Dean White

One of the most mind-boggling sci-fi stories of our time. Remender's story complimented by Scalera's art is a new frontier in visual storytelling.

Single Volumes: Vol 1 Vol 2 Vol 3 Vol 4 Vol 5 Vol 6 Vol 7 Vol 8 Vol 9
Collected Volumes: Vol 1 Vol 2 Vol 3

Y: The Last Man

Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra

This has been done a lot of times before but in hands of Vaughn, it becomes endlessly compelling, humourous and charming. Like the title suggests, we tag along with our protagonist to find out why he is the last surviving man on Earth, where a plague has wiped out males of all species. The comic manages to answer the what-ifs it sets up beautifully.

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Many Deaths of Laila Starr

V. Ram & Filipe Andrade

Ever wondered what would happen if the avatar of death was banished to living in a mortal body in Mumbai? Aside from the odd name choice, MDoLS is a beautifully drawn comic strewn with very interesting concepts encapsulating transcendence, cycle of life, and humanity. There is also an innate joy of reading books set in my hometown.

Ongoing: Issue 1 Issue 2 Issue 3 Issue 4

The Department of Truth

James Tynion IV, Martin Simmonds & Aditya Bidikar

This is an ongoing series but the quality is so high and the premise so great, I can't leave it out. Imagine if the wildest conspiracy theories came true simply if enough people believed in it. Also imagine if there was a Men-in-Black style government agency tasked with controlling public's perception of the truth. This is Black Mirror levels of storytelling.

Ongoing: Vol 1


Lone Wolf and Cub

Goseki Kojima and Kazuo Koike

This epic is almost 9,000 pages long and is heralded as one the most iconic manga of all time, leaving its mark on a lot of pop culture we consume. Meticulously researched and drawn with extraordinary flourish, this Samurai tale of vengenace is violent, dark, and oddly philosophical. Not for the faint hearted!

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Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind

Hayao Miyazaki

The manga started in 1982 and yet is still relevant today. An epic adventure pervaded by complex characters, suspense, and a sense of homecoming. If you're a fan of Studio Ghibli movies and their art (who isn't?), pick this up and admire it for hours.

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Katsuhiro Otomo

Another piece of art that has had ramifications on almost every pop culture piece put out since its release. This cyberpunk thriller is Otomo's magnum opus chronicling the adventures of a biker gang in Japan's wasteland. It is slightly dated now but still worth getting up to speed on.

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One Piece

Eiichiro Oda

One of the longest running comics in the world, Eiichiro Oda has been writing One Piece for 24 years now. A monumental task to start reading now, but the payoff is HUGE. I didn't start reading One Piece until 4-5 years back and recently caught up to its 1000th chapter and I cannot believe Oda has managed to not just retain, but better the quality of the story he's telling. His world building is bar none and he'll sow seeds of an idea in chapter 200 that comes to fruition in chapter 800. There is no wasted concept or storyline here. It'll be a slow start but I promise it will be worth it.

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Fullmetal Alchemist

Hiromu Arakawa

Set in an alternate steampunk-like reality where alchemy exists and is bound by its rules, Fullmetal Alchemist takes us on a journey with two brothers trying to undo the damage they did after flouting one of alchemy's foundational rules. Profoundly philosophical, the manga also is a social commentary on human greed.

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Death Note

Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

If there's only one book you pick up from this whole article, make it this one. Yagami Light, a genius student one day comes across a book that lets him kill people just by writing their name in it. Read this for the sheer drama and one of the most ingenious and original cat and mouse stories ever, or even better, watch the anime adaptation on Netflix (not the movie).

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One Punch Man

ONE & Yusuke Murata

The new runaway manga hit, One Punch Man's setup is simple. There's a man who can end any fight with a single punch. Even with such a simple premise ONE and Yusuke Murata manage to craft a fun, entertaining story that became a sensation.

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Eyeshield 21

Riichiro Inagaki & Yusuke Murata

Yep, that Yusuke Murata. Well before he came onboard for One Punch Man, Yusuke Murata was involved in drawing Eyeshield 21 - a story about a bullied wimpy boy who enters the American Football club because of his freakish running speed. This is not one of the greatest comics ever but the story is heartfelt, the action is insane, and the characters are beautifully developed with an amazing story arc. It made me read on even though I had absolutely zero interest in American Football.

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