Graphic Novel Series You Really Should Know About

These are just a few series that you probably already know about, and if you don't you really should.

Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith (Artist), Mike Dringenberg (Artist)
ISBN: 9781401225759
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vertigo - October 19th, 2010

Maybe the best comic series. Ever.

100 Bullets Vol. 1: First Shot, Last Call Cover Image
ISBN: 9781563896453
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vertigo - February 2000

A modern American epic of conspiracy, deceit, violence, and duty.

Planetary Vol 01: All Over the World and Other Stories Cover Image
By Warren Ellis, John Cassaday (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781563896484
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-5 Days
Published: Wildstorm - March 2000

It took a while for the series to wrap up, but here in 4 volumes is one of the great recent achievements in comics. Explore the secret history of the 20th Century with characters and stories that will give you a crash course in pulp and genre like no other.

The Immortal Iron Fist: The Last Iron Fist Story Cover Image
By Ed Brubaker (Text by), Matt Fraction (Text by), David Aja (Illustrator), Travel Foreman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780785124894
Availability: Special Order
Published: Marvel - November 1st, 2007

Who doesn’t like kung fu mixed in with their blaxploitation? And, really, that’s exactly how the character Danny Rand – aka the Immortal Iron Fist – got started in the ‘70s. But, when written by two incredibly gifted writers like Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction, he becomes something so much more: the best ongoing comic Marvel had going. Matt and Ed have since left the title, but we can still re-read and enjoy such lines as “Bring on my wenches of waiting!”

Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile Cover Image
By Bill Willingham, Lan Medina (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781563899423
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vertigo - December 1st, 2002

The best ongoing series. Mixing folklore with the modern world and heaping a healthy disrespect for convention, this is the series that will make you love comics again or for the first time.

Criminal Cover Image
By Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips (Illustrator), Val Staples (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780785142294
Availability: Special Order
Published: Marvel Comics Group - November 2009

This is probably the best non-Fables ongoing series around. Noirish without over-stylization and sporting a ‘70s crime film vibe, the writing couldn’t be sharper, the jobs dirtier, or the characters’ desperation more palpable. If you want the final argument for comics as literature, here it is.