Best graphic novels chosen by experts

We list the best graphic novels recommended by critics from Washington Post, NPR, New York Times and many more. All critics' recommendations are referenced with customer reviews. The rating you see is an aggregate from several platforms and is always higher than 4 out of 5 stars.

4.8 My Favorite Thing Is Monsters

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Washington Post

“This debut graphic novel from a 55-year-old Chicago artist is a revelation: a deeply textured tale of dark histories framed as a girl’s diary and told through riveting art that is an homage to midcentury horror comics and film.”

Featured in Washington Post’s Best 10 Graphic Novels of 2017.

4.8 From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death


“Illustrated by comic artist Landis Blair, the macabre travelogue is a thoughtful reflection and a smart critique of the American funeral industry, with plenty of gallows humor thrown in.”

Featured in Smithsonian’s Best Travel Books of 2017.

4.4 Hostage Guy Delisle

Hostage by Guy Delisle

Washington Post

“Delisle tells the true story of a Doctors Without Borders worker who was kidnapped in 1997. Delisle’s monochromatic palette only heightens the sense of captivity as a brutal mind game of uncertainty.”

Featured in Washington Post’s Best 10 Graphic Novels of 2017.

4.7 Everything Is Flamable

Everything is Flammable by Gabrielle Bell


“Gabrielle Bell has a touch of the kismet that’s indispensable for a great memoirist: Like David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs, she has a knack for stumbling upon unusual people.”

Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.

4.0 Boundless Tamaki

Boundless by Jillian Tamaki

Washington Post

“Set along the fault lines of humanity and technology, this short-story collection disorients the senses even as it grounds us in the quirks of 21st-century life — all bundled with virtuosic visuals and slyly brilliant wit.”

Featured in Washington Post’s Best 10 Graphic Novels of 2017.

4.6 The Best We Could Do

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir

Washington Post

“Bui, a Vietnam-born Californian, delivers in her debut graphic novel a cinematic epic that poignantly tracks several generations through immigration and emotional dislocation.”

Featured in Washington Post’s Best Graphic Novels of 2017.