Great Graphic Novels: Superheroes

Recommended Super Hero Graphic Novels

52 by Geoff Johns, Y Graphic Johns
After the "Infinite Crisis," the DC Universe has spent a year without Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman--a year in which those heroes are needed more than ever

All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder by Frank Miller and Jim Lee, Y Graphic Miller
All hell breaks loose at the circus as Bruce Wayne and gal pal Vicki Vale witness a young boy's life shattered before their eyes. Orphaned, Dick Grayson has nowhere to go and no one to turn to -- no one but Bruce Wayne!

All Star Superman by Grant Morrison, Y Graphic Morrison
An expedition to the heart of the sun is sabotaged by Lex Luthor, who would stand to profit from a global water shortage. Superman saves the day, but at a steep cost—his encounter with the sun alters him at a cellular level, and it looks like the Man of Steel actually faces death. The big story deals with Luthor's fervent quest to outlive his enemy, even as he himself sits on death row. The episodic tales along the way are the real delight, though: Superman reveals his true identity to Lois, but she doesn't believe him; for her birthday he gives her a potion which makes her a superwoman for 24 hours; Jimmy Olson becomes "eccentric zillionaire daredevil" for a day for a newspaper column; and in the best of the tales, Clark visits Luthor in prison for an exclusive interview, only to have an undesirable effect on a monstrous inmate.

Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon, Y Graphic Whedon
Cyclops and Emma Frost re-form the X-Men with the express purpose of "astonishing" the world. But when breaking news regarding the mutant gene unexpectedly hits the airwaves, will it derail their new plans before they even get started? As demand for the "mutant cure" reaches near-riot levels, the X-Men go head-to-head with the enigmatic Ord, with an unexpected ally - and some unexpected adversaries - tipping the scales!

Batman Begins: The Movie and Tales of the Other Dark Knight by Christopher Nolan, Y Graphic Nolan
In the wake of his parents' murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham City and unveils his alter ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect, and an array of high-tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

Batman, the Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller with Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley, Y Graphic Miller
It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now as his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory. Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city. And after facing off against his two greatest enemies, the Joker and Two-Face for the final time, Batman finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman, in a battle that only one of them will survive.

Batman: the Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller, Lynn Varley, Todd Klein, Y Graphic Miller
Faking his own death and creating an underworld civilization, Bruce Wayne has been keeping his eye on the world above. As that false Camelot reaches its breaking point, it's is up to the Dark Knight to emerge from the underground shadows and once again return order to chaos. Joined by his army of Bat-soldiers and his female sidekick Catgirl, an elderly Batman wages a final war against a diseased world in an epic tale that features Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, and the Atom.

Batman : Gotham Adventures by Ty Templeton, Y Graphic BatmanBatman continues to protect Gotham City but as his mission grows more difficult, the Dark Knight increases the number of his allies in his fight against the insane criminals that plague his home. Joined by Nightwing, Robin, and Batgirl, the Caped Crusader thwarts devious plots by the Joker, Two-Face, Catwoman, and the Riddler.

Batman: The Killing Jokeby Alan Moore and Brian Bollond, Y Graphic Moore
The Killing Joke, one of my favorite Batman stories ever, stirred a bit of controversy because the story involves the Joker brutally, pointlessly shooting Commissioner Gordon's daughter in the spine. This is a no-holds-barred take on a truly insane criminal mind, masterfully written by British comics writer Alan Moore.

Batman/Superman: Enemies Among Us by Mark Verheiden, YGraphic Verheiden
When Batman is attacked be one of his oldest and most powerful allies, Martian Manhunter, he seeks the aid of Superman. Soon Batman and Superman are ambushed by various off-worlders, both friend and foe. The madness spreads and Batman finds he must defeat Superman to save the human race.

Batman: Year One by Frank Millar, Y Graphic Millar
Originally released in 1988 in four parts, the stories have been combined into one book. Opening with the arrival of Lieutenant James Gordon in Gotham's police force, the story goes on to inform readers about the level of corruption permeating the force. They also witness Bruce Wayne's first encounter with the prostitute named Selina, who will become Catwoman. Wayne speaks to his dead father, asking for guidance, and is answered with a bat on the windowsill, and Batman is born.

Civil War by Mark Millar, Y Graphic Millar
In this crossover tale that stars Spider-Man, the New Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men, the landscape of the Marvel Universe is changing, and it's time to choose a side. A conflict has been brewing for more than a year, threatening to pit friend against friend and brother against brother.

Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America by Jeph Loeb, Y Graphic Loeb
The superhero Captain America has been killed by a sniper's bullet, and now Marvel characters--including Wolverine, the Avengers, Spider-Man, and Iron Man--reflect on his death and how his passing will change the Marvel Universe.

Fantastic Four: Books of Doom by Ed Brubaker, Y Graphic Brubaker
A dark and revealing examination of how an innocent boy grows up to be a tyrant - a new twist on an old legend - Books of Doom is a sweeping epic of tragedy, madness and destiny!

Green Arrow: Quiver by Kevin Smith, Y Graphic Smith
Green Arrow, Oliver Queen, reemerges after years of being assumed dead. But many people, including Black Canary, his ex-lover, Arsenal, his ex-partner, Connor Hawke, his son and temporary successor and Batman, the Darknight Detective, want to know how Green Arrow survived the exploding airplane and where he has been.

Hellboy: Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola, Y Graphic Mignola
When strangeness threatens to engulf the world, a strange man will come to save it. Hellboy, the world's greatest paranormal investigator, is the only thing standing between sanity and insanity as he battles the mystical forces of the netherworld and a truly bizarre plague of frogs. And if he fails, we all fail with him!

Joker by Brian Azzarello, Y Graphic Azzarello
Joker is getting out of the madhouse and, though he's laughing, he's not happy. While away, his fellow rogues have sliced and diced his chunk of the pie and sold it off for scrap-- thinking he was gone for good. But now Joker's back on the street and eager to make Gotham bleed like it's never bled before. During this long night of the soul, he'll cross paths with the likes of The Penguin, Two-Face, Killer Croc, Harley Quinn, The Riddler and, of course, The Batman-- and heaven help them all.

Justice League of America 1: The Tornado's Path by Brad Meltzer, Y Graphic Meltzer
It starts as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are bickering over who should join the JLA, with some hurt feelings to follow. The main arc is an affecting one, following the efforts of the Red Tornado—who's starting to get annoyed with having died so many times—to get back into his android body, or failing that, a mortal one so that he can be reunited with his beloved Kathy and adopted son. This ties in with scattered skirmishes between a JLA squad and a mob of evil Tornado clones.

Justice Society of America by Geoff Johns, Alex Ross, Dale Eaglesham and Fernando Pasarin, Y Graphic Johns.
Led by the world's first super-heroes, the Justice Society of America inspires and recruits the next generation of heroes, upholding their legacy of hope and justice for the betterment of the world.
 Picking up plot points planted by the best-selling series KINGDOM COME, this volume features an alternate-Earth Superman leading the battle against the world-threatening deity known as Gog. But the struggle may be more dangerous than the team could ever imagine!

Spider-Man: Down Among the Dead Men, by Mark Millar, Y Graphic Millar
A mysterious villain has discovered Spider-Man's secret identity... and is using the information to slowly destroy everything and everyone that Peter Parker cares about. But how far will Spider-Man go to protect the people he loves? Is he willing to cross a boundary we thought we'd never see him cross? Featuring Spider-Man's most fearsome foes and avenging allies!

Ultimate Spider Manby Brian Michael Bendis, Y Graphic Bendis
This hardcover collection features issues one through thirteen and highlights behind-the-scene information about the editorial development of this modern classic.

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, Y Graphic Moore
The date is November 5th, 1997. War has ravaged England, entire races have been eradicated, the entire British populace is under constant surveillance, and the absolute power is absolutely corrupt. On this historic day, a man with a strong resemblance to Guy Fawkes (in action and dress) blows up Parliament. The bomber, a masked character named V, saves a girl named Eve from a violent crime and takes her under his wing. Moore's dystopian, fascist version of England, ruled by one central leader and his sects (named after parts of the body, such as Finger, Nose, and Voice), is systematically dismantled by the enigmatic V. Readers must ultimately decide if V is a mad anarchist/terrorist or a freedom-fighting avenger for good.

Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and John Higgins, Y Graphic Moore
DC Comics re-releases this classic epic. The Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of superheroes plagued by all-too-human failings.

Wolverine by Chris Claremont, Y Graphic Claremont
Wolverine. Logan. Patch. He's had many names in his years of wandering the earth. Whether he's in the frozen reaches of Canada, the balmy underbelly of South East Asia, or wandering the streets of New York, he is a man at constant war with the monster inside. A monster, if unleashed, is an unstoppable killing machine; a complete berserker. Join him on his many adventures, facing untold dangers, and see firsthand his war to contain his inner beast.

Wolverine Origins by Daniel Way, Y Graphic Way
Picking up where House of M and Wolverine: Origins and Endings left off! Armed with the one thing that could kill him, as well as key clues to his very existence, Logan embarks on the first leg of a long and bloody quest for vengeance against those who once enslaved him. No longer feeling the need to play it quiet, Logan's first strike elicits a Condition Critical response from the U.S. government. With no other choice, they drop their bomb - and you won't believe who it is! When Logan hits D.C., someone's going to be waiting for him.

Wonder Woman, Love and Murder by Jodi Picoult, Y Graphic Picoult
The action begins when Wonder Woman is assigned the task of capturing Wonder Woman while in her disguise as Special Agent Diana Prince of the Department of Metahuman Affairs.How will she be able to accomplish the impossible task of capturing herself without revealing her secret identity? This is just the start of the Amazon Warrior's problems, as Diana must relearn how to exist as a human woman while a deadly foe begins closing a net on her that will lead to a catastrophic outcome!

Wonder Woman: Who is Wonder Woman? By Alan Heinberg, Y Graphic Heinberg
When Diana returns, she goes under her former alias Diana Prince, acting as a secret agent and member of the Department of Metahuman Affairs. Her first assignment is to save Donna Troybut will she re-take the role of Wonder Woman? 

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