I’ve put together a list of my all time favorite comics and graphic novels. I hope you enjoy this list of books I’ve read across twenty plus years! I’ve organized them by publisher for a more organized look at stuff. For simplicity, I’ve categorized the books by publishers since publishers generally represent their own respective universe.
Since I was little I’ve been a fan of both Superman and Batman. When I started to read comics as a teenager, I read more of the Vertigo line of comics which had Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and Books of Magic, both amazing pieces of fantasy.
- All Star Superman
- Batman: The Long Halloween
- Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
- Batman: Hush
- The Books of Magic
- Superman: The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus
- Green Lantern: Blackest Night
- Kingdom Come
- The Sandman Omnibus Vol. 1
- The Sandman Omnibus Vol. 2
- The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition
The biggest and most intriguing story arc in the Marvel universe has to be the Infinity Gauntlet series, or rather sets of series since there are so many.
- Civil War
- House of M
- Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus
- Infinity Crusade - Volume 1
- Infinity Crusade - Volume 2
- Infinity War
- Marvel Universe: The End
- Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix Saga
I’m a fan of Robert Kirkman’s work with The Walking Dead and Invincible. I highly recommend Invincible, I consider it to be an under-rated comic that pays tribute to a lot of superhero comics past and present. It’s a bit violent though.
- Invincible: Compendium 1
- Invincible: Compendium 2
- Saga Vol. 1
- Saga Vol. 2
- Saga Vol. 3
- Saga Vol. 4
- Saga Vol. 5
- The Walking Dead: Compendium 1
- The Walking Dead: Compendium 2
- The Walking Dead: Compendium 3
A lot of the hidden gems of story-telling comics are in the independent comics. Valiant Entertainment has always has a special place in my set of comics. They’re the only publisher where it was possible for a new comer of comics to sit down and read just about everything in their known universe without breaking the bank.
- Big Damn Sin City (omnibus)
- Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume
- The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
- Harbinger: Children of the Eighth Day
- Locke and Key
- Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels
- Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form
- Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
- Unity Saga: Volumes 1-4
- X-O Manowar: Retribution
Last Updated May 10, 2016.