Comics have been around for decades, and have grown into an entertainment giant. From comic strips to monthly comic book issues, commercial paperback books and graphic novels, manga, manhwa and much more, the comic book industry has become a cinematic powerhouse. But how do you choose the best comics of all time? In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore some of the greatest comics of all time, from Alan Moore's Watchmen to Grant Morrison and Richard Case's Doom Patrol. We'll also look at some of the most popular comics from recent years, such as Saga, Persepolis, 20th Century Boys, Secret Wars, The Boys, The Watchmen and Astro City.
So if you're looking for the best comics of all time, you've come to the right place. Let's dive in!
The Best Comics of All TimeOne of the greatest comics of all time is Watchmen by Alan Moore. This classic comic book series is a satirical view of the superhero concept, set in an alternate history where the United States won the Vietnam War thanks to superheroes and the Watergate scandal was never exposed to the public. It's a must-read for any comic book fan.Another classic is Doom Patrol by Grant Morrison and Richard Case.
This series follows a small squad led by a CIA agent similar to The Punisher who are humanity's only hope against an evil Superman-like character called Homelander. It's a highly controversial series that has received critical acclaim for its unconventional image of superheroes.Nimona by Noelle Stevenson is another National Book Award finalist that deserves a spot on this list. This fun and sometimes deeply moving story takes everything we suppose about heroes and villains and puts it in a beautiful blender.Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai is another classic that has been part of the comic book scene for nearly four decades. This samurai rabbit has influenced countless action and anthropomorphic creators and comics.Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis is another must-read.
This unique graphic novel tells the story of a young girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.20th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa is another masterpiece that was adapted into three films. Trust us, read this manga!Secret Wars by Jim Shooter was a bestseller in 1984 that sold more copies than any other comic in 25 years. Despite not being well received by critics, it sold well.
Recent Comics Worth ReadingSaga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples is a must-read for fans of Game of Thrones and Star Wars.
It follows two star-crossed lovers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war.The Boys by Garth Ennis is another popular series that follows a group of vigilantes who take on corrupt superheroes in an alternative universe.Astro City by Kurt Busiek is a series told through a series of short stories that covers what daily life is like in a city full of superhumans while highlighting real social issues.Sandman by Neil Gaiman is an adult-oriented series that was a master class in comic book writing with 75 issues.The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky is an ambitious and richly imaginative series that began as a serialized comic in 1981.