20 Great Graphic Novels Reads 2011

You can never read too many graphic novels. Really. And there's been some very cools stuffs this year. Grab a nice cuppa tea, arm yourself with some biscuits and take a look/see of some of the titles we just loved from 2011.

Always been strictly Marvel? Diehard DC? Scared of spandex? Well, that's just crazy talk! Not sure what to read if there isn't an 'X' in the title? Well, take a look. There's a whole world of comicy goodness out there to be enjoyed!

And you? Yes, you. What did you love this year? What deserves hugs all round for outstanding effort? What would you not hesitate to recommend?

In no particular order....


[Century 1969]

League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969

More extraordinary exploits with Ms Wilhelmina Murray and company set in the psychedelic haze of swinging London 1969.

As Mr Moore's pulp epic moves towards it's conclusion this is another wonderful helping of twisted literary references with a side order of hippies, opium and warped histories.

[House Of The Living Dead (Hardcover)]

Hellboy: House Of The Living Dead (Hardcover)

Hellboy 'n Mexican wrestling in a Mike Mignola original graphic novel. What more could you want?

Hellboy lingers in Mexican bars until he's invited to participate in the ultimate wrestling match with a vicious Frankenstein monster!

[Habibi (Hardcover)]

Habibi (Hardcover)

Sumptuously illustrated Craig Thompson's Habibi tells the Middle Eastern tale of Dodola and Zam, the black slave she adopts as an infant.

A grim tale of adventure, set in a world of kidnap, abuse and prostitution Habibi is, at it's heat, a profound love story set against the state of the modern world.

[Wilson (Hardcover)]

Wilson (Hardcover)

Meet Wilson, an opinionated middle-aged loner who loves his dog and quite possibly no one else.

A fascinating character study of the modern egotist from Daniel 'Ghost World' Clowes. Simultaneously post Gen X excruciating, moving and amusing.

[Daytripper]

Daytripper

What are the most important days of your life? Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba answer that question in a beautifully lyrical tale.

Follow aspiring writer Bras de Oliva Domingos as each chapter of Daytripper peers in at a completely different moment in his life.

[The Black Mirror (Hardcover)]

Batman: The Black Mirror (Hardcover)

A series of brutal murders pushes Batman's detective skills to the limit and forces him to confront one of Gotham City's oldest evils...

With acclaimed work from Scott Snyder, Jock, and Francesco Francavilla Black Mirror is destined to become a Dark Knight classic!

[Volume 1: Apocalypse Solution]

Uncanny X-Force: Volume 1: Apocalypse Solution

Wolverine has secretly reformed X-Force. A new team. To do they dirty work. Deadpool, Archangel, Psylocke and Fantomex. And yes, that is as superhero entertaining as it sounds.

Rick Remender rolls out a Department K fuelled tale all about the nastier side of the saving the world with some very classy artwork from Leonardo Manco.

[A True Detective Story (Hardcover)]

Green River Killer: A True Detective Story (Hardcover)

The Green River Killer, the man responsible for the murders of dozens of women. With the body count numbering at least forty-eight he is finally caught by Detective Tom Jensen.

Written by Jensen's son 'Green River Killer: A True Detective Story' presents a haunting insider's story of America's most prolific serial killer.

[Sacrifice & Other Steam Powered Stories (Hardcover)]

Valve Presents: Sacrifice & Other Steam Powered Stories (Hardcover)

Comics tales from the worlds of Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress and Portal courtesy of Valve 'n Dark Horse! Great if you loved the games but a lovely read, that stands up in it's own right, if you just fancy dipping your toes into new mythos!

More fun than burning a house down with combustable lemons.

[Blackest Night (Titan Edition)]

Blackest Night (Titan Edition)

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps lead DC's champions into battle to save the universe from an army of Black Lanterns made up of the DCU's deceased heroes and villains.

Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis raise the dead in one of the most anticipated comics event of the year!

[Volume 6: The Last Of The Innocent]

Criminal: Volume 6: The Last Of The Innocent

Obsession, sex, money, and nostalgia for days long past all collide in 'The Last Of The Innocent'. Criminal is contemporary crime noir from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips with a bite!

Each comes with a self contained story line so dig in to one of our favourites from 2011.

[Hark! A Vagrant]

Hark! A Vagrant

Perceptive, sharp and wonderfully irreverent, Hark! A Vagrant is as informative as it is hilarious, and a comic collection to treasure.

A subtly amusing comic strip collection that takes a knowing look at history through a very modern perspective.

[Deluxe Edition (Hardback - Titan Edition)]

Joe The Barbarian: Deluxe Edition (Hardback - Titan Edition)

Grant Morrison's touching story of a bullied kid, trapped in his bedroom with diabetes and the amazing fantasy land he enters in his desperate attempts to make it out of his bedroom.

An epic adventure through a bizarre landscape of submarine pirate dwarves, evil Hell Hounds, Lightning Lords and besieged castles.

[Sandcastle (Hardcover)]

Sandcastle (Hardcover)

A woman’s body is found floating in the waters, which brings thirteen strangers together to try and unravel the riddle of the sands and escape from the beach alive. A tense, fantastical mystery.

[Siege (UK Edition)]

Siege (UK Edition)

Norman Osborn. The Marvel Universe has been left with its greatest villains holding more power than ever before. On the brink of madness, Osborn targets the final obstacle in his mission to rule all - Asgard.

Epic Marvel superhero adventure as everybody from Nick Fury to Thor tried to bring crazy Norman down. But one man has a plan. And handily that's Captain America.

[Volume 1: For A Better Future]

Morning Glories: Volume 1: For A Better Future

Morning Glory Academy is one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country, but something sinister and deadly lurks behind its walls.

The much acclaimed Nick Spencer brings you a mysterious tale of the perils at school where your family does not remember you, you're are a prisoner with no escape... Oh, and your classmates try to kill you pretty often too.

[The New 52 (Hardcover)]

DC Comics: The New 52 (Hardcover)

Yes, DC decided to reboot their entire universe. Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash. Everything. Gutsy move.

This massive collection represents ambition and risk on a level rarely before seen in the comics industry. Everything you need here to bring you up to date!

[Turf (Hardcover - Variant Signed Edition)]

Turf (Hardcover - Variant Signed Edition)

The cops turn a blind eye while the mobs run the city, dealing in guns, girls and illegal liquor. But the arrival of the mysterious Dragonmir Family from Eastern Europe with more of a taste for blood than booze upsets the status quo.

The first comic work from Jonathan Ross is a hard boiled noir crime thriller with stylish art from Tommy Lee Edwards.

[Volume 1 (Hardcover)]

Baltimore Plague Ships: Volume 1 (Hardcover)

After a devastating plague ends World War I, Europe is suddenly flooded with vampires. Lord Henry Baltimore is determined to wipe them out.

Mike Mignola brings you bloody battlefields, ruined plague ships, exploding zeppelins, and submarine graveyards. That's always gonna be good!

[Volume 1: She Is Staggering]

Li'l Depressed Boy: Volume 1: She Is Staggering

When the Li'l Depressed Boy meets a strange girl, she drags him from his self-seclusion into a world of style points bowling, zombie fighting, laser tag battles, punk rock concerts and house parties.

S Steven Struble takes us on a sweet 'n endearing journey as a sack-boy tries to find love...