The Best Graphic Novels to Add to Your Reading List

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Accessible, beautiful, engaging — graphic novels have so many qualities that make them utterly captivating. The tales they tell aren’t just interesting; their artwork adds another dimension altogether, making them a feast for your brain and your eyes. If you're new to the graphic novel scene and are looking to dip a toe into its deep waters, then you've come to the right place. While it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the huge number of choices you have, certain graphic novels have established themselves as landmarks of the genre — or are definitely on their way there — which makes them great starters to pick up and peruse.

In celebration of Free Comic Book Day on May 1, take a look at some of the most iconic, celebrated and popular graphic novels in print. Whether you're into memoirs or fantasy, and whether you adore colorful digital artwork or the homespun charm of pen-and-ink drawings, you're sure to find something you love looking at just as much as you love reading it.