5 Graphic Novels Worth Reading

The Sandman | Ghost World | Watchmen

The Sandman
year: 1989-1996

Written by Neil Gaiman, published by DC Comics, and featuring an array of illustrators, The Sandman is the story of the Dream of the Endless; the Endless are Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction, and Dream. This graphic novel is a story about stories drawing from folklore and fairy tales, revolving around Dream (Morpheus), the Lord of Dreams, who is captured and learns change is inevitable. This is my all time favourite graphic novel series and I return to it time and time again because it is just utterly beautiful to look at and captivating to read.

Ghost World
year: 1993-1997

Created by Daniel Clowes and published by Fantagraphics Books, Ghost World is a off-kilter, somewhat dark and sombre exploration of friendship and modern life. The two recently graduated best friends Enid Coleslaw and Rebecca Doppelmeyer are smart, cynical, and witty teenagers. As the story progresses their friendship develops tension and, as they face making decisions about life after high school, they start to drift apart. This frank, honest account of teenage friendship speaks volumes to me and will always hold a sentimental place in my heart.

year: 1986-1987

Watchmen is written by Alan Moore, illustrated by Dave Gibbons and John Higgins, and published by DC Comics. Written to expose contemporary anxieties and to critique the superhero concept, Watchmen proposes an alternate history set in an alternate reality that closely mirrors the 1980s. An investigation into the murder of a government sponsored superhero pulls several vigilantes out of retirement and draws them into a dark conspiracy. I am not one for superhero comics or films, in fact, I'd go so far as to say I really dislike them.. but Watchmen is completely different. It's dark, it's twisted, it has depth, and it's a totally enthralling read.

V for Vendetta | Tekkon Kinkreet

V for Vendetta
year: 1982-1989

Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd, V for Vendetta is set in a dystopian United Kingdom, destroyed by a nuclear war. Norsefire, a fascist party, has wiped out its opponents in concentration camps and now rules the country as a police state. V - only ever seen in a Fuy Fawkes mask - is an anarchist revolutionary who attempts to bring down the government, murder his former captors, and convince the people to take back their country. An exciting and delightfully dark read.

Tekkon Kinkreet
year: 1993-1994

Tekkon Kinkreet (a child's mispronunciation of "Tekkin Konkurito" meaning steel reinforced concrete) is written by Taiyō Matsumoto and published by Shogakukan. This graphic novel takes place in Takaramachi (Treasure Town) - which used to be a flourishing town but is now a slum wasteland - and revolves around a pair of fiercely loyal orphaned street kids - Kuro (Black) and Shiro (White) - who attempted to deal with yakuza who try to take over Treasure Town. An exciting, blood thirsty, poignant graphic novel that will hit you in your heart.