10 Graphic Novels to Read This Summer

There is a very wide selection of graphic novels out there to choose from.
There is a very wide selection of graphic novels out there to choose from.
Ryan Scott

Marvel Studios, Fox, and Sony are all delivering to fans more blockbuster movies based on comic books this summer, not to mention the numerous TV shows that are either running or in development. Mainstream audiences love these movies and shows, with Marvel's films consistently dominating at the box office and AMC's The Walking Dead pulling in huge ratings numbers. But many of the film and TV fans haven't delved into the material that the shows or movies are based on. Why not take the time and read some of the graphic novels featuring the characters that have inspired these films and TV shows?

See also: 10 Young-Adult Books to Read This Summer

10. Batman, Volume 1: The Court of Owls By Scott Snyder (Author), Greg Capullo (Illustrator)

Of course we're starting with Batman. This is a comics list and Batman is like the basket of bread and butter they put on your table at a fancy restaurant. This particular graphic novel is a part of DC's New 52 initiative (meaning it's something of a reboot/re-launch), and it doesn't disappoint. Whether you've been reading Batman comics for years or haven't picked one up before, this is a well done book that's a ton of fun to read. One of the hottest writers in the business, Scott Snyder, and veteran artist Greg Capullo manage to deliver a gritty murder mystery which is one part Sherlock and one part old-school Batman. Besides, you've got to do something to get your Caped Crusader fix before Batman V. Superman comes out in 2016.

9. The Amazing Spider-Man: Death of the Stacys By Stan Lee (Author), John Romita (Illustrator), Gerry Conway (Illustrator), Gil Kane (Illustrator)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has done well for Sony at the box office, despite mixed feelings from fans and critics. The plot of the film (spoiler alert) is based partly on one of the most highly regarded storylines in comic book history, Death of the Stacys. Legendary comic writer and Marvel's main man Stan Lee wrote these seminal and emotional story lines back in the early '70s, but they still retain their weight and importance to this day. This particular graphic novel collects both the famous George and Gwen Stacy storylines that rocked Spider-Man's universe. With art by some of the best illustrators of all time, this is a must-read for any Spidey fan.

8. The Star Wars By JW Rinzler (Author), Mike Mayhew (Illustrator), Rain Beredo (Illustrator), Nick Runge (Illustrator), Michael Heisler (Illustrator)

One of the best things about Star Wars is that there is so much for fans to enjoy outside of the movies. The Star Wars is a special eight-issue run of comics published by Dark Horse that's based on the original script for the film by George Lucas. There are certainly familiar elements, but it is also very different from story fans came to know and love in A New Hope. Arizona raised artist Mike Mayhew contributes his awesome style to this fantastic mini series, among others. For those who can't wait for Star Wars: Episode VII next year, this is a great way to tide you over.

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