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22 Beautiful Graphic Novels That Will Make You Fall In Love With The Genre

Guys, it's time to get into graphic novels.

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Recently we asked members of the BuzzFeed Community what graphic novels they'd recommend for newcomers to the genre. Here are some of the best answers:

1. Mad Love and Other Stories – Paul Dini and Bruce Timm

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This Batman spin-off was written by the creators of the animated series, and is a collection of stories about characters in the universe.

"It's got Harley Quinn's origin story in there and a bunch of other awesome Batman stories." – emilyem-lemb

2. Paper Girls Vol.1 – Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang

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"This novel is a complete homage to Spielberg's '80s adventures, so it's a good read for Stranger Things fans. The protagonists are four girls who are huge fans of old-school punk-rock style who encounter aliens and witness strange vanishings, which is just the start of their problems. These girls are tough, smart, and resourceful. It's an incredible read which I highly recommend." – enchanteddreamer

3. Nimona – Noelle Stevenson

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"It has a gorgeous, flowy art style and a lot of humor attached. It's got a fantasy theme and pokes fun at the heroes vs. villains trope. It's only one book too, so it's not an overwhelming amount to start with if you're still getting into the idea of graphic novels." – Tricia Marie, Facebook


4. Habibi – Craig Thompson

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"It's a tale of two orphans navigating their way through a complex life in the Middle East. While it's a rather contemporary story, the artwork and narrative makes you feel like it's an Arabian fairy tale of sorts, and transports you into a different world. Thoughtful, sad, and hopeful all at once." – mrsandman29

5. Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi

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"It's a fantastic story about an Iranian girl who grew up during the Islamic Revolution. I had to read it for school but it captured my attention from the first page. There's a sequel which is equally good as well." – leahw4b7f1837d

6. March – John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

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"For anyone who thinks graphic novels are for kids, this powerful series about the Civil Rights Movement from the point of view of Congressman John Lewis as a young man will certainly change their minds, if not their lives." – ravynns


8. Seconds – Bryan Lee O'Malley

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This book follows Katie, a chef whose life has gone very much downhill. One night a mysterious girl arrives in her life and gives Katie a chance to have a complete do-over.

"Such a funny and relatable book that'll put a guaranteed smile on your face." – riannal3

9. Incognegro – Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece

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"It's about this mixed man who looks white during a time of lynching. He goes undercover to figure out a mystery in his town surrounding a lynch mob and a shifty police officer. The ending is insane and amazing it's such a twist. Highly recommend." – kxxksrxsie

10. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

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"It's basically the same story as the text novel version. It helped my friend get into manga and other comics too because she loved this story and it was easier to read because it was familiar to her." – ianahg

11. Scott Pilgrim vs The World – Bryan Lee O'Malley

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"This series is a perfect starting point with brilliant art and colouring, funny storylines, and great characters. Now they're all available in colour, which really brings them to a new level. They add a lot of overlooked details and information not seen in the film and I think they compliment each other perfectly well." – shmeller


12. Blue is the Warmest Colour – Julie Maroh

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This graphic novel, originally published in French, details the love story between two teenage girls.

"It's infinitely better than the movie, it's full of emotion and its art style really draws you in." – KaiJones

13. Bone – Jeff Smith

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Bone is a nine-part series which has now been released combined into one book.

"Beautifully drawn, set in an incredible fantasy world rooted in a mythic past, it has all the grand, sweeping elements of Lord of the Rings, but interspersed with childlike love and perfectly used humor. It appeals to all ages, with deeper complexities you only appreciate the more times you read." – natef4a12b7aa2

14. Maus – Art Spiegelman

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"This book made me truly realize how horrible it was to have been involved in the Holocaust. The animals help truly explain the differences both the Jews and Nazis felt from each other, and help further the story. This graphic novel truly changed my life." – LoreLiar

15. Fun Home – Alison Bechdel

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"It is about the true coming of age story of Alison growing up and realizing she's a lesbian and that her dad is gay too. Soon after she comes out to her dad he dies in a mysterious way, possibly by suicide. It's so so good with incredible drawings and an amazing story." – saraha449d9c28b


16. A Drunken Dream and Other Stories – Moto Hagio

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"It's a collection of stories that are incredibly striking in both artwork and story. There are 10 stories in total and each one is so different than the last. I recommend you read it twice, or even three times just to have it stuck in your mind forever." – ow74

17. Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me – Ellen Forney

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"This memoir has a gripping and quirky art-student approach to diagnosis, therapy, and adjustment to a mental illness, and it's done in the most adorable comic strip style imaginable. A quick read but I've already put it on my list to revisit." – davidcrose89

18. In Real Life – Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

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"It follows the story of a girl who gets into online gaming and the people she meets. The book also addresses real life situations and stuff about bullying, strangers on the internet, and more." – Ugly Satanist

19. SuperMutant Magic Academy – Jillian Tamaki

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"It's one of the funniest graphic novels that I've ever read! It depicts high school incredibly accurately through the stories of different teenagers at a boarding school for the paranormal. I love the dry humor, and it made me laugh and contemplate life at the same time." – katherines47d29a01a


20. Frankenstein – Gris Grimly

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"It has exactly the right amount of text to fully appreciate the tone and depth of the story, accompanied by killer artwork that highlights the social and political (and scientific and religious) relevance of Mary Shelley's version. Gris Grimley's fun but familiar approach bridges the gap between what people have been taught literature is 'supposed' to be and what it can be." – Caitlin Samara, Facebook

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