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10 Best Graphic Novels

For newbies and veterans

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1. The Private Eye by Brian Vaughan

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Written by Brian K. Vaughan, the graphic novel takes place in the future where everyone on Earth has had their biggest secrets revealed through the internet. After the worldwide scandal, people now continue their lives with secret identities. The Eisner winner for best digital comic focuses on an unlicensed P.I. as he tackles the most crucial case of his life.

2. ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End of Times by Andrew MacLean

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It's the end of the world and Aria and her cat, Jelly Beans, are alone. In the graphic novel by Andrew MacLean, Aria has been on a mission to find an ancient artifact with immense power, but with no luck. However, she eventually meets someone who leads her in the right direction, but it will not be easy. Can Aria find her way through the depths of post apocalyptic madness to finish her quest and get back home?

3. Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine

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In a collection of short stories compiled into a graphic novel, Killing and Dying gives readers a wry but funny look at life itself. The stories touch on loss, family, identity, parenthood, and mortality among many more. Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine is a masterful work for the ultimate realist.

4. Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

This coming of age story has touched many readers for almost two decades. Ghost World tells the story of two teenage girls, Enid and Becky, as they embark on an important journey: growing up apart. Clowes captures the struggles of being a teenager and bracing the end of a friendship with pastel colored pages and quirky characters. Ghost World won an Ignatz Award in 1998 and was adapted into a film by Terry Zwigoff where it eventually won an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay.

6. The Divine by Boaz Lavie, Asaf Hanuka, and Tomer Hanuka

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Working as a civilian explosives consultant, Mark's military days are far behind him. But when an old army buddy calls with a dangerous job opportunity, Mark finds himself wanting the good ole military days back. The job takes place in Quanlom, a country on the brink of a nasty civil war, Mark agrees to go but he must also adhere to the top secret agendas. When he lands in Quanlom he discovers something weird: the brutal civil war is being led by ten-year-old twins who carry immense magical powers.

7. Black River by Josh Simmons

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A group of women accompanied by one man and two dogs are journeying through a post apocalyptic world in the hopes of reaching a city that is rumored to still have electricity and some civilization left. Along the way, they try new drugs, go to a comedy club, and clash with a bevy of lunatics and murderous. This wild apocalyptic story is told in stunning black and white ink.

8. March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

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In 1963, John Lewis was the youngest speaker at the March on Washington. In the second book to this eloquent series, readers travel with Lewis as he goes to Washington D.C., and endures Freedom Riders, violent protests, and makes his way to Selma. In a book filled with parallels to the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Lives Matter movement today, March is the perfect graphic novel for those who seek justice.

9. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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Noelle Stevenson is best known for Eisner award winning comic series, The Lumberjanes, but she also has an impressive graphic novel on the shelves as well. Nimona tell the story of a young girl who is not the hero but the sidekick of the story. However, her wit and mischievous behavior will pull readers in and have them rooting for her until the very end. This medieval themed comic is filled with knights, old timey technology, and superpowers.

10. The Story of My Tits by Jennifer Hayden

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The Story of My Tits is an honest and raw of account of Hayden's battle with breast cancer. While there are plenty of heartfelt, tearful moments, Hayden manages to capture a painful hardship with moments of as well. The graphic novel also touches on loss, survival, and bravery. The Story of My Tits is a graphic novel every woman should read.

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