Top 10 Best Graphic Novels of all time
Jimmy Corrigan Book and 300 Novel and DVD on Amazon.com
Gerald Butler in 300
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
This is a very strange story about a boy who escapes into his imaginary world from his very depressing life. The story of the graphic novel flows as if writer / illustrator has tried to make it a more physical experience. Various diagrams and craft ideas have been interspersed to push the imaginary world. While the narrative flows aloud seamlessly back and forth, tracking past. Present and parallel it gives you a holistic perspective on the line “the sins of the father pass down to the son” and so on.
This novel was going to make it to the list. The novel was adapted into a very stylish movie of the same name. 300 is written by one of the reigning super gods of graphic novel medium, Frank Miller, who is responsible for greats such as Ronin and Hard Boiled among others. Miller is a master of sequential, and uses panels of art, close-ups, and vistas to tell a gripping tale. Sometimes for pages and [ages you will find nothing but images and suddenly there would be one well placed speech bubble that sends you into the goosebumpsland. 300 is the story of a small group of 300 Spartans led by their king Leonidas against the billion – strong Persian army of Xerxes.
From Hell by Alan Moore and Joe Sacco's other best selling novels
Alan Moore. Eddie Campbell
No. Not the movie starring Johnny Depp, which is an insult to the genius that is From Hell. Alan Moore is the most iconic writer that’s ever walked the face of the planet. He is considered the father of the graphic novels genre and is unsurpassed to date. From Hell chronicles the tale of Jack the Ripper. There has been many a book about the infamous serial killer, but this one is different. It explores the world through the eyes of ripper himself, and jumps to everyone who’s affected by him. Moore creates complex characters and sets them in gritty, unapologetic, uncensored London. He also draws in the major writers of that era and the political scenario. Grotesquely beautiful, a must read.
If hunter S Thompson invented the concept of Gonzo journalism then Joe Sacco is his illustrative disciple. This book is a very sharp piece of graphic novel journalism about the writer / illustrator’s stay in the Gaza strip and the West Bank. Where he chronicles his meeting with the people about the tense situation there. Somehow, the illustration style hits home as he goes from topic to topic as a silent observer. His other work, Notes from a Defeatist and War Stories come close, but this is his best.
Batman: Arkham Asylum Series on Amazon
Arkham Asylum: A serious house on a Serious Earth
Grant Morrison, Dave McKean
Set in DC’s Batman universe, arch-enemy Joker has taken the entire asylum hostage and lures Batman in. where the writer Grant Morrison paints a never-brfore-seen thin line between madness and vigilantism, and master illustrator Dave McKean creates the circus hall of mirrors that will make you question your heroes. Running parallel to the main story is the story arc of how Amadeus Arkham went about forming the asylum. A very dark body of work and an experiment in madness. And with a heavy play of symbolism to push the point through.
The Preacher Series by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon
Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon
Preacher Jesse Custer finds himself possessed and bound to an entity known simply as Genesis – and offspring of a demon and an angel. On his birth God abandons heaven. Which leads Jesse in search of God across America, where he is joined by his girlfriend and a drunk vampire named Cassidy. His journey is not without encounters with strange characters, but also both angelic and demonic enemies intent on stopping them from reaching their goal. The preacher uses religious symbolisms and writings without prejudice that might offend few religious people. However this is a brilliant graphic novel that stands from the crowd.
Epic performance of Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Returns Novel by Frank Miller
The Dark Knight Returns
This is undoubtedly one of the best Batman graphic novels currently in existence. A middle aged Bruce Wayne returns to his cape and cowl, in a future dystopian, middle-of-cold-was Gotham city, which is on a brink of destruction as Joker, Two Face and a bunch of criminals known as the Mutants reign supreme. Frank Miller has used TV news programmes within the story to clue the reader on what's going on in the world. The Dark Knight Returns is a wild ride that never lets up, and ends in a climatic battle between Superman and Batman. If you think this has given away the ending, read it to believe how deep a simple superhero comic book can really go.
Frank Miller's Sin City series novels and movie by Quentin Tarantino
A bunch of stories across volumes set in the noir city of Sin City. Each story follows a specific character, and all of the stories intersect at some point of time. Illustrated by Frank Miller himself, the art style is stark black & white with the only color being primary colors for blood, satin and eyes. Be it the enigmatic tank of a man Marv, the righteous Hartigan, the agile and deadly Miho or the resourceful Dwight, all of there characters live and breathe in Sin City, which makes you want and not want to live there at the same times.
Frank Miller's SIN CITY directed by QUENTIN TARANTINO
The Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman on Amazon!
The Sandman Series
The Sandman series has always been an iconic and inspiration in the graphic novel world. The main protagonist is Morpheus, the God of dreams, the keeper of the dream realm. From the first book Prelude and Nocturnes, which sees Morpheus (just freed from imprisonment by a mad magician) seeking to restore dreams back to world. From there on you are led down to rabbit hole, into the brilliant mind of Neil Gaiman. You are introduced to Dream’s siblings: Death, Despair, Destruction, Destiny and Desire. Across all the volumes you will follow Morpheus as he encounters mythological, religious, real and even popular characters from carious other comics, on his ethereal travels. Truly a masterpiece. A must own.
Who Watches the Watchmen? This very line sends shivers and goose bumps down the spine of anyone who’s read what is undoubtedly the best graphic novel in the history. Alan Moore has done for the sequential genre what Shakespeare did for story telling. The Watchmen was set and written around the time of the cold war, where nuclear war was eminent, and countries just needed an excuse to press that big red nuclear button. With vigilantism outlawed, the death of a former superhero (The Comedian) brings out the Watchmen from hiding to uncover a conspiracy that spans the space – time continuum itself. All started by a yellow smiley badge lying in a pool of blood. Ladies and Gentlemen, this then is the best graphic novel.
The Watchmen Trailer
Few more recommendations from fellow hubbers
Recommendations from eslevy17
by Craig Thompson
beautifully, sensuously illustrated, about a first romance while growing up in an unwelcoming town.
by Marjane Satrapi
set during the Iranian Revolution, told through the eyes of the author as a young girl, about lost innocence, persecution, and the value of family (ironically running counter to the "family values" pushed by the regime).
by David Mazzucchelli
one of the most groundbreaking works I've seen in the field, experimenting with page design, surreal imagery, non-linear narrative, and communicative character design.
V for Vendetta Movie Trailer
V for Vendetta
I just saw the movie last night. Wondering how the Alan Moore novel must be. The movie was a great piece of art.
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