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Essential Graphic Novels

Not familiar with comic books or the graphic novel format? Take your pick from our selection of the Graphic Novels you MUST read. We know you will come back for more!

[Watchmen (Titan Edition)]

1. Watchmen (Titan Edition)

If you only ever read one graphic novel, this is it. The brilliant writing of Alan Moore and the art of Dave Gibbons create a perfectly realised alternative version of our world where superheroes do exist.

[V For Vendetta (New Edition - Titan Edition)]

2. V For Vendetta (New Edition - Titan Edition)

Alan Moore also takes our number 2 slot with his tale of one man's fight back in a fascist controlled Britain.

[Violent Cases: 10th Anniversary Edition (Titan Edition)]

3. Violent Cases: 10th Anniversary Edition (Titan Edition)

Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean create a tale of memory and imagination and use the comic book format in a way no other medium can match.

[Batman: The Dark Knight Returns]

4. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

An aged Batman returns from retirement to bring justice back to the streets of Gotham.

Written and drawn by Frank Miller.

[Y The Last Man: Volume 1 (Deluxe Hardcover Edition)]

5. Y The Last Man: Volume 1 (Deluxe Hardcover Edition)

Unemployed and unmotivated slacker Yorick Brown suddenly discovers that he is the only male left in a world inhabited solely by women.

Written by 'Lost' writer and producer Brian K Vaughn.

[Batman: The Killing Joke (Special Deluxe Titan Edition)]

6. Batman: The Killing Joke (Special Deluxe Titan Edition)

Who is the more crazy - the criminal clown or the man who fights him dressed as a bat?

Story by Alan Moore with art by Brian Bolland.

[Wanted (Titan Edition)]

7. Wanted (Titan Edition)

Ever felt you life was a mess until you discover that you were born to be a master assassin?

A typically dark tale from Mark Millar.

[American Flagg: Volume 1 (Titan Edition)]

8. American Flagg: Volume 1 (Titan Edition)

Crackling SF romp with girls, guns, robots and a talking cat.

[Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 8: Volume 1: The Long Way Home]

9. Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 8: Volume 1: The Long Way Home

Missing Buffy on TV? This is 'Season 8' of the show - written by Joss Whedon himself - and picks up the story of the gang after the TV series ended.

The Angel story also continues in 'After The Fall'.

[The Walking Dead: Volume 1: Days Gone Bye]

10. The Walking Dead: Volume 1: Days Gone Bye

The survivors must rebuild in a world overrun by zombies.

[Tank Girl: Volume 1 (Anniversary - Titan Edition)]

11. Tank Girl: Volume 1 (Anniversary - Titan Edition)

Before giving us Gorillaz, Jamie Hewlett created the rude, crude and totally irresistible Tank Girl.

[Alice In Sunderland (Hardcover)]

12. Alice In Sunderland (Hardcover)

This landmark history of the city of Sunderland and the story of Lewis Carroll won a Doctorate for creator Bryan Talbot.

Talbot's artwork is a spectacular mixture of different styles and his stories are told from the stage of the Sunderland Empire theatre.

[The Boys: Volume 1: The Name Of The Game (Titan Edition)]

13. The Boys: Volume 1: The Name Of The Game (Titan Edition)

Controversial. Groundbreaking. These words and more (like violent, bloody, funny) describe Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's The Boys, a team dedicated to wiping out superheroes.

[Transmetropolitan: Volume 1: Back On The Street (New Edition)]

14. Transmetropolitan: Volume 1: Back On The Street (New Edition)

After years of self-imposed exile from a civilisation rife with degradation and indecency, cynical journalist Spider Jerusalem is forced to return to a job he hates and a city he loathes. Working as an investigative reporter for the newspaper The Word, Spider attacks the injustices of his surreal 23rd century surroundings.

Written by Warren Ellis, with art by Darick Robertson, this is one of the best comics series of the last few years, mixing great characters, drama, humour and using the futuristic setting to parallel present day problems with wit and biting satire.

[30 Days Of Night]

15. 30 Days Of Night

In a sleepy Alaskan town, the nights can last for thirty days. What better home for vampires?

[300 (Hardcover)]

16. 300 (Hardcover)

Powerful historical drama based on the Spartan stand at Thermopylae, led by King Leonidas.

Written and illustrated by Frank Miller.

[100 Bullets: Volume 1: First Shot Last Call]

17. 100 Bullets: Volume 1: First Shot Last Call

It's happened to all of us at one time or another. Somebody, somewhere, did something so bad, so wrong, you wanted to kill them...even if it were only for a split second. So here's the question: what would you do if you were given the opportunity and means to get away with it, scot-free?

[The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Volume 1]

18. The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Volume 1

Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill create a super-team of Victorian pulp heroes, including Alan Quartermain, Captain Nemo and The Invisible Man.