After much debate as to what qualify as a graphic novel, we at Dreamwallets have decided to include series with a definite ending. Graphic novels not only help you to develop your own thoughts while reading but they also contain same literary themes as a classic literature. So, have a look at the top ten amazing graphic novels which will leave you spellbound!
From hell – Alan Moore
Taking its name from the letter that is allegedly written by Jack the Ripper it follows the notorious killer and examines his sinister motivations rather focusing on the mystery of the rivers identity which is no near the very beginning of the novel.From hell tells you the tale of the broken and twisted psyche of a murderer. The story embraces the theory that the murders were part of an elaborate cover-up orchestrated by the royal family and it serves as the commentary of the Korean wars. In so much as they helped shape prevailing theologies and events in the 20th century.
Persepolis- Marjane Satrapi
Despite autobiographies not typically being associated with graphic novels, this tale of survival and bravery is perfect for the medium. Split into two volumes, the first concerns with childhood as she grows into a fierce independent rebel and is eventually sent to Austria by her family. The second volume completes this coming of age story, telling you the story of her return and continue rebellious attitude. The story is praised for bringing in the Roman Georgia to graphic novels and off courses its message of fighting for one’s beliefs.
Alice in Sunderland- Bryan Talbot
It should come as no surprise that intricate magnum opus of one of Britain’s comic artist has been placed on this list. Both historical and autobiographical the novel tells you the story over the course of 3 million years touching on many important events that took place in the Sunderland region in a strange and unique journey through time. Involving complex ideas too numerous to list, Alice calls back to many of northeast Britain’s most famous arguments.
Y:the last man – Brain K. Vaughan
As the title would suggest this graphic novel begins with the apparent death of every male mammal on earth with the exception of the protagonist York and his pet monkey. The plot follows York crisscrossing the globe combining sci-fi, adventure, trauma and comedy as he encounters a number of female characters each handling the devastating play differently. Through the story, you will encounter various possible explanations for the plague are given, including everything from biological warfare to mysticism. A definite answer is never given leaving readers to draw their own conclusion.
Sin city – Frank Miller
Trying inspiration from film wars and comics, sin city uses its unique visual style, including the drunken black and white characters to great effects to highlight the more ambiguity of the characters. What colour is used is done sparingly and to great effect, highlighting various characters and elements of the story. With this graphic novel being adapted faithfully recreating miller visual style on the big screen only for you.
Maus – Art Spiegelman
Drawn simplistic in black and white of epic versions of various ethnicities in Maus, Spiegelman recounted first-hand accounts of the Holocaust as told to him by his father. With his unique visual style, Spiegelman made the comment about the distorted reality of accounting such terrible events, as well as dividing people based on race. The powerful story not only examines the horrors of the Holocaust, but you also encounter far reaching effects of it as well as the troubled relationship between father and son. Maus went on to earn a quarterly prize making it the first graphic novel to win the award.
V for Vendetta –Alan Moore
V for Vendetta is that future ravaged by nuclear war with a totalitarian government having risen from the ashes. Opposing them is the only survivor of the horrific experiment done by the government. The novel poses a very important question for you about individual freedom and personal identity as well as a number of other complex topics and has been hailed as the part of a new movement in the 1980’s that brought a new sense of maturity to the comics.
The sand man –Neil Gaiman
Sandman is filled with dark fancy elements and complex symbolism that prolific novelist Neil Gaiman is famous for. It features a story which follows the literal personification of dreams known by many names. Graphic novel explores both past and present and incorporates both mythological themes and historical events. The story chronicles about 70 years and what intrigues you is the subsequent development of sandman from a dark character to a tragic hero.
The dark knight returns- Frank Miller
This dark masterpiece not only redefined and reintegrated batman but superheroes as a whole. Featuring a 55-year-old batman coming out from his retirement to fight Gotham’s many super villains. Perhaps more important than the batman battles with his usual foes was his ongoing conflict with superman highlighting their different ideologies. It’s nearly impossible for you to overstate the importance of Miller’s take on batman with almost every subsequent version of the character drawing from it.
Watchmen- Alan Moore
‘Watchmen’ is often hailed as not only the greatest graphic novel of all time but is one of the best pieces of literature from the 20th century. The graphic novel follows the murder of a costumed hero during the height of nuclear tensions between America and the USSR. The story acted as a commentary on the superheroes and the genre as well as commentary on the human nature as a whole, often touching on really dark themes.
Did you know? Watchman received critical praise for both its storytelling and intricate structure, even appearing on the times magazine list of 100 best novels. The only graphic novel to do so!
The above list of these scintillating novels will make sure that you are intrigued enough to read them. So, which one is your favorite graphic novel?