Ten of The Best Comics of All Time

If you’re looking for a new comic to dive into, you’ll find your next favorite series below.

  1. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic is an award-winning comic book series written by Alan Moore. The story itself is a complex tale of the lives of various fictional literary characters, most of whom are Victorian-era fictional characters. It made use of a vast number of characters from various works, including fictional and historical characters, and from other comic books such as Tom Strong and The Tomorrow Men.

  1. The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead, a popular comic book series, was authored by Robert Kirkman. Image Comics published the series where the AMC television series has the same name. The Walking Dead tells the story of a small group of survivors living in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.

  1. Akira

Akira is a Japanese comic written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo, and it was first published in 1982. It tells the story of a teenage boy named Tetsuo Shima as he accidentally gains immense physical powers and becomes a danger to society. Akira was a pioneer of post-apocalyptic cyberpunk manga, as well as displaying Otomo’s trademark, highly detailed art style.

  1. The Killing Joke

The Killing Joke, released in 1988 by D.C. Comics, is a Batman story, featuring the Joker. Alan Moore wrote it and Brian Bolland penciled it. The Killing Joke is widely considered to be the definitive Joker story and is also frequently cited among the greatest stories ever told and the best Batman stories. In the book, Joker kidnaps Commissioner James Gordon, shoots and paralyzes his daughter, Barbara, and forces him to make a difficult choice. The story is told through sequential art segments interspersed with pages of prose.

  1. City of Glass

City of Glass comic is the story of Alexandria, a former superhero who now works as a private detective and infrequently as a blogger. The series has been praised for its art and plotting, which manage to make the story accessible without compromising the complexity of the plot.

  1. The Complete Maus

The story of Maus by Art Spiegelman was the first graphic novel ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature. This impressive book is based on the author’s father, an Auschwitz survivor, and his experiences during the Holocaust, which was shared with him by his father before he died. Although both the author’s father and mother are depicted in the book, the main character is Art Spiegelman himself.

  1. Hellboy

Hellboy is a superhero in the same vein as Batman and Superman, although the Hellboy comics are a lot darker in tone than most superhero stories. Created by Mike Mignola in 1994, Hellboy is a demon summoned by Nazi occultists who must fight his destiny to bring about the end of the world. (The first issue of the Hellboy comic series has the hero fighting a giant octopus, which is pretty much the best way to start any comic book ever.)

  1. Y: The Last Man

Y: The Last Man is an original comic series written by Brian K. Vaughan. The comic tells the story of Yorick Brown, the last surviving man, and his pet monkey, Ampersand. Together they travel the U.S. in search of Yorick’s girlfriend Beth and his Capuchin monkey (and best friend), a pet named ‘Ampersand.’ The comic began publication in 2002 and is still being published today.

  1. Watchmen

The comic tells the story of a group of crime fighters formed in the mid-1920s as the brainchild of reformed criminal Adrian Veidt, who theorized that the criminal element in the world had grown so powerful as to be beyond the ability of law enforcement agencies to combat them. He gathers an elite team of “heroes” who dispense their own brand of vigilante justice and call themselves “the Watchmen.”

  1. V for Vendetta

Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta comic was first published in the U.K. in 1982. It is set in a near-future Britain after a nuclear war. Its main character is a mysterious anarchist known as “V” who fights against the fascist police state that controls the country. It has been controversial for its political content, which includes graphic violence and how it alludes to abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.