If You Haven't Read These Graphic Novels, Now's the Time

If you grew up loving and collecting comic books, chances are you'll love reading graphic novels as an adult. Personally, I didn't discover the joy of this genre until I was older. Most specifically, when I started diving deep into narrative studies—a field that looks at the different forms of storytelling. At the time, I was taking a class taught by Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer. He had the class read Vietnamerica, a game-changing graphic novel about the Vietnam conflict and the refugee experience. I've been interested in graphic novels ever since.

Apart from the thematic elements Vietnamerica showed me, I also realized that once you read a graphic novel, it's pretty hard not to get hooked on the genre entirely. Why? Because the genre allows storytellers to effectively communicate in a way that neither words nor art can do on their own. It's the best of both worlds—especially if you're an avid reader who appreciates visuals and a conversational tone. So in honor of the genre, we've rounded up eight of the best graphic novels to add to your reading list. Whether you're a curious newcomer or you've been a graphic novel devotee since day one, you'll find your next read here.