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My Favorite Graphic Novels and Trade Paper Backs

By Casey Brazeal

I’ve reviewed a couple comics for this site, but I want to talk about a greater number of books.  So moving from the rifle to the shotgun approach,I’m recommending a whole mess of books at once.

Presented below is a list of books that I think are very good or great.

Non-Super Hero Books

Sweet Tooth

Blast Furnace


Golem’s Might Swing


American Vampire



An Army of Lovers Will be Beaten

Queen and Country


Understanding Comics


I Kill Giants

Essex County


Super Hero Books

Astro City


Batman Year One

Batman Dark Knight Returns


Umbrella Academy

Batman: In Darkest Knight

Notes and Caveats:

  • This list is not exhaustive but it should be a good start.  If a book does not appear on this list it doesn’t necessarily mean I wouldn’t recommend it, it could be that I either read it too long ago to remember the book well, or more likely haven’t read it at all.  Also note that some on going series are mentioned without selecting individual books, this can be read as a blanket endorsement for the whole series.
  • Looking at the two categories the list looks very non-superhero dominated, but if I broke out the other genres: Crime, Memoir, Horror, etc it would look a lot more balanced.
  • There’s no Alan Moore on this list, I didn’t do that to be provocative, I really just read Watchmen too long ago and don’t have a passionate recollection of it. I wouldn’t be surprised if a reread made me love it all over again. The only thing of his I have read recently is his work on Swamp Thing which is good, but not very good.

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  • Kirk March 26, 2012, 10:28 am

    Nice list, Josh. As an addition – and parallel to Irredeemable – I would add Incorruptible. If you enjoyed Criminal and enjoy Noir with a superhero bend I would try out Sleeper.

    • Josh Hanagarne March 26, 2012, 10:58 am

      Kirk, I haven’t read hardly any of these, this is Casey’s post, but I’ll give those a try.

  • Casey March 26, 2012, 12:26 pm

    Kirk, I love Criminal, I have paged through some of Incorruptible, but haven’t read any of the trades yet. It’s on the list. Along with Waid’s newer stuff on Daredevil.