Graphic Novel Reviews Sorted by Publisher

Looking for the best of the best? Here's a list of Must-Read Comic Classics, my attempt at defining a comics canon.

These lists cover selected recommended publishers.

AdHouse Books

*Bumperboy Loses His Marbles — Recommended | Feb 06 2006
*Johnny Hiro — Best of 2009 | Dec 21 2009
*Salamander Dream — Recommended | Feb 08 2006
Bumperboy and the Loud, Loud Mountain | Jul 26 2006
Project: Romantic | Nov 24 2006
The Ride Home | Dec 04 2007

Archaia

*Artesia — Recommended Series | Apr 15 2006
*The Grave Doug Freshley — Recommended | Aug 19 2011
An Elegy for Amelia Johnson | Jul 20 2011
Inanna’s Tears | Mar 10 2011
Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 | Oct 04 2007
Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 | Sep 04 2009
Some New Kind of Slaughter | Sep 22 2009
Strange Attractors | Feb 17 2013
The Joyners in 3D | Mar 02 2014
The Sigh | Dec 12 2011

Boom! Studios

Cover Girl | Jun 10 2008
Enigma Cipher | Nov 12 2008
Great Graphic Novels for Kids – January 2010 | Jan 03 2010
Kids’ Comics: Little Mouse, Rose, Muppet Show, Toy Story, Lunch Lady | Aug 04 2009
Seekers Into the Mystery | Apr 02 2009
Talent | Jun 01 2008
Zombie Tales: Good Eatin’ | Mar 19 2010

Dark Horse Books

*Alice in Sunderland — Best of 2007 | Apr 23 2008
*Bad Houses — Best of 2013 | Dec 20 2013
*Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites — Best of 2010 | Sep 29 2010
*Blacksad — Best of 2010 | Dec 27 2010
*Bloodhound: Brass Knuckle Psychology — Best of 2013 | Aug 04 2013
*Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine — Recommended | Jun 29 2014
*Finder: Third World — Recommended | Oct 03 2014
*Finder: Voice — Best of 2011 | Dec 20 2011
*Scary Godmother — Best of 2010 | Oct 13 2010
*The Perhapanauts: Second Chances — Recommended | Jul 27 2007
*The Tale of One Bad Rat — Recommended | Jul 19 2006
*Usagi Yojimbo: Fox Hunt — Recommended | Oct 04 2011
Abe Sapien: The Devil Does Not Jest | Apr 16 2012
Autobiographix | Jan 28 2006
BPRD: Hollow Earth & Other Stories | Jan 20 2006
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike & Dru | Mar 12 2006
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayers | Sep 18 2006
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home | May 27 2008
Green River Killer: A True Detective Story | Nov 22 2011
Harvey Comics Classics: Casper the Friendly Ghost | Oct 10 2007
Harvey Comics Classics: Richie Rich | Oct 25 2007
Hellboy: Seed of Destruction | Jan 20 2006
Hellboy: The Troll Witch and Others | Mar 17 2008
It Rhymes With Lust | Jul 24 2007
Kickback | Nov 06 2006
Little Lulu: Lucky Lulu | Jun 18 2006
Little Lulu: Sunday Afternoon | Jan 20 2006
Motel Art Improvement Service | Jan 02 2011
The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story | Oct 20 2013
The Perhapanauts: First Blood | Dec 02 2006
The Secret Files of Dr. Drew | Jul 07 2014
Troublemaker Book 1 | Jul 27 2010
Troublemaker Book 2 | Dec 19 2010
Usagi Yojimbo: Traitors of the Earth | Jul 09 2012

Drawn & Quarterly

*Exit Wounds — Best of 2007 | Dec 05 2007
*Get a Life — Recommended | Feb 14 2008
*Hark! A Vagrant — Best of 2011 | Dec 20 2011
*Hicksville — Recommended | Oct 04 2006
*Lucky — Recommended | Apr 06 2007
*Masterpiece Comics — Best of 2009 | Dec 21 2009
*Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story — Best of 2013 | Oct 06 2013
Drawn & Quarterly Volume 5 | Jan 28 2006
New York Drawings | Dec 02 2012
Paul Has a Summer Job | Jan 21 2006
Petty Theft | Apr 15 2014
Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea | May 18 2009
Shenzhen: A Travelogue From China | May 15 2009
The Jewish Experience in Graphic Novels: How to Understand Israel, Jerusalem, Letting It Go, The Property | May 12 2013
Walt and Skeezix | Jan 19 2006
You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack: Comics by Tom Gauld | May 08 2013

Fantagraphics

*An Age of License: A Travelogue — Recommended | Jun 22 2014
*Castle Waiting — Best of 2006 | May 25 2008
*Castle Waiting Volume 2 — Best of 2010 | Apr 28 2011
*Monkey Food — Recommended | Mar 25 2006
*Night Fisher — Recommended | Mar 13 2006
*Pogo Volumes 1 and 2 — Recommended | Mar 24 2013
*Romance Without Tears — Recommended | Jan 21 2006
*That Kind of Girl — Recommended | Jun 18 2006
*The Last Lonely Saturday — Recommended | May 10 2006
*Uncle Scrooge: Only a Poor Old Man & Donald Duck: A Christmas for Shacktown — Recommended | Dec 22 2012
*Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes — Recommended | Dec 16 2011
*Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse by Floyd Gottfredson: Race to Death Valley — Best of 2011 | Aug 03 2011
Blazing Combat | May 30 2009
Can of Worms | Feb 06 2006
Charlie Brown’s Christmas Stocking | Nov 13 2012
Classic Comic Collections From Fantagraphics: Donald Duck’s Christmas on Bear Mountain, Mickey Mouse’s Robin Hood, and Barnaby | Dec 03 2013
Dennis the Menace Volume 1 | Mar 26 2006
Freeway | Jun 12 2011
I Love Led Zeppelin | Jan 15 2013
Locas | Feb 06 2007
Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955 | Nov 11 2013
Ralph Azham: Why Would You Lie to Someone You Love? | Nov 25 2012
Sam’s Strip: The Comic About Comics | Mar 05 2009
The Amazing, Enlightening And Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley | Nov 12 2013
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec: Pterror Over Paris and The Eiffel Tower Demon | Oct 31 2010
The Sincerest Form of Parody | Mar 22 2012
Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: The Old Castle’s Secret | May 20 2013
Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Volume 1: Call of the Wild | Jun 11 2013
Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: High Noon at Inferno Gulch | Aug 18 2012
Young Romance 2: The Best of Simon & Kirby Romance Comics | Apr 20 2014
Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby’s Romance Comics | Feb 17 2013

First Second

*Americus — Best of 2011 | Nov 30 2011
*Andre the Giant: Life and Legend — Recommended | May 14 2014
*Bake Sale — Recommended | Jul 04 2011
*City of Spies — Recommended | Aug 09 2010
*Feynman — Recommended | Apr 28 2013
*Friends With Boys — Best of 2012 | Feb 27 2012
*Genius — Recommended | May 19 2013
*Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust — Recommended | Feb 09 2014
*Little Vampire — Recommended | Apr 30 2008
*Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong — Recommended | Apr 14 2013
*Relish: My Life in the Kitchen — Best of 2013 | Apr 01 2013
*Same Difference — Recommended | Dec 14 2011
*Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey — Recommended | Sep 23 2014
*Sleep Tight, Anna Banana! — Recommended | Apr 17 2014
*The Cute Girl Network — Best of 2013 | Sep 20 2013
*This One Summer — Recommended | Jun 24 2014
Adventures in Cartooning: Christmas Special | Sep 09 2012
Baby’s in Black | Mar 11 2012
Brain Camp | Jul 25 2010
Coming of Age With First Second: Anya’s Ghost, Level Up, and Zita the Spacegirl | May 08 2011
Foiled | Apr 13 2010
Kaput and Zosky | Jul 10 2008
Life Sucks | Jul 09 2008
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas | Apr 02 2013
Prime Baby | Feb 10 2010
The Fate of the Artist | Dec 21 2006
The Professor’s Daughter | Jul 16 2007
The Zoo Box | Jul 07 2014
Tune: Vanishing Point | Sep 14 2012
Vampire Loves | Mar 12 2008

Graphix/Scholastic

*Breaking Up — Recommended | Apr 05 2007
*Drama — Best of 2012 | Dec 22 2012
*Sisters — Recommended | Jun 23 2014
*Smile — Best of 2010 | Apr 13 2010
*The Baby-Sitters Club — Recommended | Aug 03 2006
Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper | Nov 23 2008
Amulet Books 2 and 3: The Stonekeeper’s Curse and The Cloud Searchers | Oct 03 2010
Bone: Out From Boneville | Dec 17 2007
Great Graphic Novels for Kids – January 2010 | Jan 03 2010
Kids’ Comics: Little Mouse, Rose, Muppet Show, Toy Story, Lunch Lady | Aug 04 2009
Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dodgeball Chronicles | Sep 25 2008
Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dragon Players | Oct 12 2009
More Baby-Sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey, Mary Anne Saves the Day | Nov 27 2007
Queen Bee | Dec 15 2005
SPX 2008 Graphic Novels: Slowpoke, Baby-Sitters Club 4, Crogan’s Vengeance, Emiko Superstar, more | Oct 18 2008
The Dumbest Idea Ever! | Nov 30 2013
The Good Neighbors Book One: Kin | Oct 30 2008
The Lost Boy | Aug 26 2013

NBM

*A Treasury of Victorian Murder — Recommended Series | Feb 20 2006
*Little Nothings: The Curse of the Umbrella — Recommended | Apr 02 2008
*Little Nothings: Uneasy Happiness — Recommended | Apr 04 2010
*Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White (A Treasury of XXth Century Murder) — Recommended | Nov 01 2013
*Rumble Girls: Silky Warrior Tansie — Recommended | Feb 12 2006
*The Initiates — Best of 2013 | Mar 31 2013
All Star by Jesse Lonergan | Mar 23 2014
An Enchantment | Feb 22 2013
Attitude (series) | Jun 10 2006
Boneyard | Aug 19 2006
Brownsville | Mar 19 2006
Bubbles & Gondola | Sep 25 2011
Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: The Happy Prince | May 21 2012
Famous Players | Jun 25 2009
George McManus’s Bringing Up Father | Jul 25 2009
How Loathsome | Dec 15 2005
Little Nothings: My Shadow in the Distance | Aug 28 2011
Lovers’ Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery — A Treasury of XXth Century Murder | Aug 22 2012
Miss Don’t Touch Me Volume 2 | Nov 21 2010
Moresukine | Dec 15 2008
NBM: Little Nothings 2, Miss Don’t Touch Me, Why I Killed Peter, First Time | Mar 09 2009
NBM: On the Odd Hours, Joe and Azat, Year of Loving Dangerously | Mar 22 2010
Networked: Carabella on the Run | Oct 03 2010
Omaha the Cat Dancer Volume 1 | Feb 11 2006
Omaha the Cat Dancer Volume 2 | Apr 16 2006
Omaha the Cat Dancer Volume 3 | Jul 03 2006
Omaha the Cat Dancer Volume 6 | May 06 2007
Omaha the Cat Dancer Volume 8 | Jul 18 2013
The Big Kahn | Aug 18 2009
The Lindbergh Child | Nov 21 2008
The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti | Jul 21 2011
The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans | Jul 16 2010
Things Undone | Oct 02 2009
Unholy Kinship | Dec 18 2006

Oni Press

*12 Reasons Why I Love Her — Best of 2006 | Apr 22 2008
*Banana Sunday — Recommended | Jan 15 2006
*Blue Monday: The Kids Are Alright — Recommended | Feb 11 2006
*Breakfast After Noon — Recommended | Feb 07 2006
*Buzz! — Recommended | Jul 22 2013
*Capote in Kansas — Recommended | Dec 22 2005
*Dumped — Recommended | Feb 09 2006
*First in Space — Best of 2007 | May 01 2007
*Geisha — Recommended | Feb 10 2006
*Gray Horses — Recommended | Mar 26 2006
*Hopeless Savages — Recommended | Feb 19 2006
*Hopeless Savages: Greatest Hits 2000-2010 — Recommended | Mar 13 2011
*Hopeless Savages: Ground Zero — Recommended | Feb 19 2006
*Ivy — Recommended | Mar 16 2011
*Last Exit Before Toll — Recommended | Dec 29 2005
*Lola: A Ghost Story — Recommended | Mar 14 2010
*Lost at Sea — Recommended | Dec 20 2005
*Love the Way You Love — Recommended Series | Nov 05 2006
*Princess Ugg Volume 1 — Recommended | Oct 18 2014
*Queen & Country — Recommended Series | Mar 11 2006
*Salt Water Taffy — Recommended | Aug 13 2008
*Scandalous — Recommended | Dec 29 2005
*Scooter Girl — Recommended | Apr 20 2006
*Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness — Recommended | Jun 26 2006
*Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together — Recommended | Jan 16 2008
*Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe — Recommended | Jul 08 2009
*Scott Pilgrim vs. the World — Recommended | Dec 20 2005
*Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour — Recommended | Jul 30 2010
*Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life — Recommended | Dec 20 2005
*The Annotated Northwest Passage — Best of 2007 | Dec 29 2005
*Too Much Hopeless Savages — Recommended | Feb 19 2006
*Wet Moon: Feeble Wanderings — Recommended | Mar 21 2006
*Whiteout — Recommended | Jan 29 2006
A Boy and a Girl | Jul 21 2013
Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks | Feb 17 2014
Armageddon & Son | Jan 20 2006
Blue Monday: Absolute Beginners | Feb 11 2006
Blue Monday: Inbetween Days | Feb 12 2006
Blue Monday: Painted Moon | Feb 12 2006
Borrowed Time | May 21 2006
Cheat | Aug 08 2006
Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things | Mar 30 2006
Courtney Crumrin and the Prince of Nowhere | Mar 27 2009
Festering Romance | Aug 10 2009
Glitter Kiss | Jan 01 2013
Great Graphic Novels for Kids – January 2010 | Jan 03 2010
Great Graphic Novels for Kids – March 2010 | Mar 01 2010
Little Star | May 25 2006
Lost and Found: An Amy Devlin Mystery | Jun 01 2014
Love as a Foreign Language Book 1 | Jan 13 2006
Love as a Foreign Language Book 2 | Jan 13 2006
Love as a Foreign Language Book 3 | Jan 19 2006
Love as a Foreign Language Book 4 | Jan 23 2006
Love as a Foreign Language Book 6 | Jan 20 2007
Love Buzz | Sep 26 2010
Maria’s Wedding | Dec 13 2005
Off Road | Jan 15 2006
One Bad Day | Dec 29 2005
Past Lies | May 21 2006
Possessions 2: The Ghost Table | Mar 19 2011
Possessions 3: The Better House Trap | Feb 17 2012
Power Lunch | Jul 11 2011
Power Lunch: Seconds | May 31 2014
Queen & Country: Declassified | Feb 05 2006
Queen & Country: Operation Red Panda | Jan 18 2008
Recent Oni Graphic Novels: Play Ball, Courtney Crumrin, Avalon Chronicles | Apr 22 2012
Salt Water Taffy 2: A Climb Up Mt. Barnabas | Dec 07 2008
Salt Water Taffy 4: Caldera’s Revenge | Apr 11 2011
Salt Water Taffy 5: Caldera’s Revenge Part 2 | Dec 14 2011
Sidescrollers | Oct 05 2006
Sketch Monsters Book 1: Escape of the Scribbles | Sep 17 2011
Skinwalker | Feb 05 2006
Slush Pile: Wonton Soup, 3 Knights in India, Iraq, Scrapyard Detectives | Jan 13 2008
Spell Checkers | Apr 07 2010
Spooked | Jan 31 2007
SPX 2008 Graphic Novels: Slowpoke, Baby-Sitters Club 4, Crogan’s Vengeance, Emiko Superstar, more | Oct 18 2008
The Apocalipstix | Aug 03 2008
The Awakening | Jan 13 2006
The Complete Copybook Tales | Nov 01 2006
The Leading Man | Mar 31 2007
The Return of King Doug | Mar 14 2010
The Tomb | Feb 04 2006
Three Days in Europe | Jan 21 2006
You Have Killed Me | Jun 04 2009

SLG Publishing

*Egg Story — Recommended | Dec 29 2005
*Halo and Sprocket — Recommended | Feb 10 2006
*Halo and Sprocket: Natural Creatures — Recommended | May 11 2008
*Midnight Sun — Recommended | Jan 17 2008
*Slow News Day — Recommended | Mar 14 2006
*The War at Ellsmere — Recommended | Dec 04 2008
Animal Crackers | Oct 30 2010
Eating Steve | Nov 17 2007
Little Gloomy | Apr 19 2006
Paris | Jan 01 2009
Skeleton Key | Mar 19 2006
Slush Pile: SLG: Sisters’ Luck, Shadoweyes, Captain Long Ears | Oct 27 2010
Sparks: An Urban Fairytale | Mar 12 2006
The Clarence Principle | Mar 14 2008
The Super-Scary Monster Show Featuring Little Gloomy | Jul 11 2008
Tiki Joe Mysteries | Jun 16 2008
Zombies Calling | Dec 28 2008

Top Shelf

*110 Percent — Best of 2006 | Oct 23 2006
*Are We Feeling Safer Yet? — Recommended | Dec 24 2006
*From Hell — Recommended | Aug 15 2008
*Monster on the Hill — Recommended | Oct 06 2013
*Moving Pictures — Best of 2010 | Jun 11 2010
*Owly — Recommended Series | Jan 01 2006
*Owly: A Time to Be Brave — Recommended | Jul 31 2008
*Owly: Tiny Tales — Recommended | Nov 17 2008
*Too Cool to Be Forgotten — Recommended | May 12 2008
*Tricked — Recommended | Jan 15 2006
*Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? — Recommended | Dec 18 2005
After the Snooter | Aug 24 2006
Alec: How to Be an Artist | Nov 15 2006
Alec: The King Canute Crowd | Aug 20 2006
Alec: Three Piece Suit | Aug 22 2006
Alone Forever: The Singles Collection | Feb 05 2014
Big Clay Pot | Oct 17 2006
BOP! More Box Office Poison | Sep 03 2006
Carnet de Voyage | Dec 29 2005
Daydream Lullabies | Sep 08 2006
Delayed Replays | Jul 17 2008
Fox Bunny Funny | Oct 15 2007
Great Graphic Novels for Kids – January 2010 | Jan 03 2010
Kid-Friendly Graphic Novels: CryptoZooey, Kid Beowulf, Capt’n Eli, Yam | Nov 20 2008
Liar’s Kiss | Feb 13 2011
Lost Girls | Nov 04 2006
Pinky & Stinky | Oct 24 2006
Superf*ckers | May 22 2010
The 120 Days of Simon | Jun 27 2010
The Bojeffries Saga | Feb 12 2014
The Lovely Horrible Stuff | Mar 11 2012
The Surrogates | Aug 01 2007
The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone | Oct 02 2009
Tonoharu Part One | Nov 08 2008
Top Shelf Asks the Big Questions | Aug 13 2006
Underwire | Aug 14 2011
We Can Fix It! | Jun 25 2013



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