Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Graphic Novels

Top Ten Tuesday

It’s another post from over at The Broke and the Bookish, where they pick a different topic every Tuesday and people blog about it. This week it’s the Top Ten Graphic Novels!

Not sure if the creators of Top Ten Tuesday intended on me using it for comics, but I’m happy to exploit the ambiguity of their phrasing to bring forward what I think are the best in the industry: the comics that even non-comic readers should read.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Future Tense
10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Future Tense. Anyone who regularly visits my blog regularly knows I’m a shameless fan of TMNT. The bigger choice here was what to put on the list. Future Tense is a collection of some of the best stories the Adventures series had to offer, taking place in a dystopian future where two generations of Turtles must unite to save the planet. This trade was supposed to pave the way for The Forever War, which sadly never materialized. But these stories are still great.

New Avengers: Breakout
9. New Avengers: Breakout Everyone has their favorite incarnation of the Avengers, and this is mine. Infinitely accessible and intense, this story of a new Avengers team forming around a prison break will keep you on the edge of your seats.

X-Men: The X-Cutioner's Song
8. X-Cutioner’s Song There are very few comics crossovers that live up to the hype that surrounds it. This one surpasses it. Revolving around an assassination attempt on Charles Xavier, the story takes you through all the facets of the X-Universe as marvel’s merry mutants try to figure out who is responsible.

From the Ashes
7. From the Ashes Forming together to one story, this trace focuses on the introduction of Rouge, Wolverine’s wedding, and the return of Dark Phoenix! They simply don’t make them like this anymore.

Kill Shakespeare, Conor McCreery
6. Kill Shakespeare Just a masterpiece of modern storytelling, and a great romp for fans of Shakespeare himself. Anyone who put Shakespeare on their list of people they wish would write another piece should try this.

TMNT: The Ultimate Collection
5. TMNT: The Ultimate Collection a lot of people don’t understand how the Ninja Turtles got so popular. This collection of their first few issues will explain it to even the most jaded reader.

Ultimate Spider-Man vol.1
4. Ultimate Spider-Man vol.1. Collecting the first 13 issues of the acclaimed, award-winning series, this story brings Spider-Man into the 21st century and makes it clear why he has endured so long. Romantic, fun, and heartbreaking: this one has it all.

3. Marvels. A look at Marvel Comics history through the eyes of a casual observer, this collection is beautifully painted and beautifully written. A stellar combination.

Guardian Devil. Kevin Smith
2. Guardian Devil. Kevin Smith produces what is by far his most mature work, bringing a monumental event in Daredevil’s life to the page. I didn’t know a lot about Daredevil when I read this. Prior knowledge not needed to enjoy. Only reading it is.

Jeff Smith's epic Bone1. Bone. the complete collection of Jeff Smith’s epic Bone takes readers on a romping, humorous, epic adventure that’s like Disney meets Lord of the Rings. There’s nothing better.

So that’s my Top Ten Graphic Novels. Hope I wasn’t stretching the rules too far by bringing it to you and that you all enjoyed!

Never Look Back
Matthew LeDrew


9 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Graphic Novels

  1. No Hellblazer? Will Mr. Constantine ever find love again? πŸ˜›

    Great list; Bone is one of my favorites to read except . . . when I have to read it. That collection weighs a ton! It’s definitely not something I can toss in my bag and read on the subway.

    Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚


    • I agree. I actually read Bone as several smaller trades, but the fact that it was collected all at once made it the best spot for this list. πŸ˜‰

      Hellblazer? Shamefully haven’t read it, that’s likely why it’s not on the list. Any specific trade you’d recommend? I know there are a bunch.

      Thanks for the comments! πŸ™‚


      • Hellblazer Original Sins is a good starting point. It collects the first 9 issues.

        The entire series has run for about 250 issues or so if I’m not mistaken, but the original stuff is also some of the best. πŸ™‚


  2. “Future Tense” was pretty awesome. Except the problem with the one repeated page, and the fact that it wasn’t in color like the originals πŸ˜› Also the fact that it didn’t usher in the “forever war” miniseries like I SOOOO wanted it to!


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