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The Best Graphic Novels for Adults

If you like stories just as much as you like artwork then look no further than our list of the best graphic novels for adults. Whether you're looking for hard-hitting memoirs or exciting stories filled with action and suspense, we've got you covered. These graphic novels are a mix of genres and styles but all are equally fantastic so if you want to grow your graphic novel collection or you're not sure where to start with this thrilling form of literature then here are the books you need to get your hands on...

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1. The Complete Maus

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Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman's incredible story of the Holocaust became a worldwide phenomenon after capturing the fear and paranoia of one of the most horrific events in human history in his compelling graphic novel series. The complete collection forms a biography of Art Spiegelman's father, a Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust. This is an eye-opening read that is a must for all graphic novel and history fans alike.


2. V for Vendetta

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Alan Moore and David Lloyd

The classic graphic novel that inspired the hit film is set in a futuristic authoritarian England where a masked rebel stands up to the system. His acts of anarchy torment England's oppressors in this action-packed page-turner. If you loved the film then see where the idea came from, because, of course, we always think the book is better!


3. Fun Home

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Alison Bechdel

This graphic memoir sees cartoonist Alison Bechdel recall the events of her childhood and the complicated relationship she had with her father, a teacher and director of the local funeral home. It wasn't until Alison came out as a lesbian that she discovered her father was also gay, a secret he had been keeping from her all her life. This startling autobiography moves between humour and tragedy and is told through Alison's brilliantly quirky illustrations.


4. Death Note

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Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

This gripping manga series follows high school student Light Yagami into the darkness when one day he finds the Death Note. The rules state that any name written into the notebook will die. Determined to use this new-found power for good, Light starts to write down the names of every criminal he sees on the news until Japan's best detective, known only as “L”, decides to find out why the world's criminals are mysteriously dropping down dead. Get this book and become obsessed with this high-stakes thriller.


5. This One Summer

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Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Rose and her family are taking their annual trip to a lake house for the summer where she meets up with her friend Windy. This summer doesn't feel as calm as the ones before though as Rose's parents start fighting with one another and Rose gets her first crush on an older boy. This unusual graphic novel from cousin team, Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, pairs gorgeous illustrations with an honest and moving story of growing up.

6. Saga: Volume 1

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Fiona Staples and Brian K Vaughan

This award-winning graphic novel is the first in a thrilling science fiction and fantasy series. As war rages across the stars so two soldiers from opposite sides of the conflict meet and fall in love. They're prepared to risk everything to bring their baby into the world and together maybe they can just about face every weird and terrifying obstacle that comes in their way...

7. Building Stories

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Chris Ware

Chris Ware's fantastic Building Stories focuses on the lives of the people that live across the three storeys of an apartment building in Chicago. In this excellent read, you'll glimpse into the lives of a couple who can't stand one another, a woman who fears she may never find the perfect partner and the elderly landlady who has never married. Emotional and insightful, this is a must-read from an expert graphic novelist. 

8. Persepolis I and II

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Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novels focus on what life was like for her living in Tehran during the overthrowing of the Shah's regime, the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq. Eye-opening and powerful, this book really brings to light Marjane's unimaginable reality. In Persepolis II Marjane moves to Austria and joins an art college, the start of her amazing artistic career. 

Get reading these terrific graphic novels if you want to explore some brilliant stories and view some fantastic artwork. These are just some of the very best we have available but take a look through our website to see our full range of graphic novels.

Graphic novels and visual books for adults

  • The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
  • This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
  • Saga: Volume 1 by Fiona Staples and Brian K Vaughan
  • Building Stories by Chris Ware
  • Persepolis I and II by Marjane Satrapi