Top 10 Best Books to Read in DC Comics & Graphic Novels - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in DC Comics & Graphic Novels. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Watchmen (2019 Edition)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in DC Comics & Graphic Novels - August 2021

A hit HBO original series, Watchmen , the groundbreaking series from award-winning author Alan Moore, presents a world where the mere presence of American superheroes changed history--the U.S. won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the Cold War is in full effect. Considered the greatest graphic novel in the history of the medium, the Hugo Award-winning story chronicles the fall from grace of a group of superheroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the superhero is dissected as an unknown assassin stalks the erstwhile heroes. This edition of Watchmen , the groundbreaking series from Alan Moore, the award-winning author of V For Vendetta and Batman: The Killing Joke , features art from industry legend Dave Gibbons, with high-quality, recolored pages found in Watchmen: Absolute Edition .

  • Author: Alan Moore
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Illustrated edition (May 20, 2019)
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 978-1779501127
  • Dimensions: 6.67 x 0.85 x 10.16 inches


2. Batman: The Long Halloween

Top 10 Best Books to Read in DC Comics & Graphic Novels - August 2021

Christmas. St. Patrick's Day. Easter. As the calendar's days stack up, so do the bodies littered in the streets of Gotham City. A murderer is loose, killing only on holidays. The only man that can stop this fiend? The Dark Knight. In a mystery taking place during Batman's early days of crime fighting, Batman: The Long Halloween is one of the greatest Dark Knight stories ever told. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon, Batman races against the calendar as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month. A mystery that has the reader continually guessing the identity of the killer, this story also ties into the events that transform Harvey Dent into Batman's deadly enemy, Two-Face. The magnificent creative team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale reach their apex in Batman: The Long Halloween . This edition includes original 13-issue series as well as four additional story pages cut from the original series, which are presented fully colored and restored to their place in the story.  Also featured are sketches and an introduction by the director and writer of The Dark Knight Rises , Christopher Nolan and David Goyer.

  • Author: Jeph Loeb
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Illustrated edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 978-1401232597
  • Dimensions: 6.61 x 0.45 x 10.13 inches


3. Primer

Top 10 Best Books to Read in DC Comics & Graphic Novels - August 2021

Artistry and super-heroics collide as a colorful new superhero finds her place in the world. Animation superstars Jennifer Muro and Thomas Krajewski introduce us to a brand-new superhero with a colorful array of superpowers! Thirteen-year-old Ashley Rayburn is an upbeat girl with a decidedly downbeat past. With a criminal father in prison, Ashley has bounced from foster home to foster home with trouble always finding her along the way. Finally settling in with loving and supportive foster parents, Ashley's world is turned upside down again when she stumbles upon a set of body paints that grant the wearer a multitude of superpowers. But the government agency that made those paints wants them back, and now she has to make hard choices to protect her new family while overcoming the shadows of the past.

  • Author: Thomas Krajewski
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Illustrated edition (June 23, 2020)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life
  • ISBN: 978-1401296575
  • Dimensions: 5.47 x 0.36 x 7.96 inches


4. Batman: Last Knight on Earth

Top 10 Best Books to Read in DC Comics & Graphic Novels - August 2021

Powerhouse creative team Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo ( Batman: The Court of Owls , Dark Nights: Metal ) conclude a decade-long partnership with the Caped Crusader in Batman: Last Knight on Earth . Twenty years in the future, Bruce Wayne wakes up in Arkham Asylum. Young. Sane. And...he's never been Batman. To piece together the mystery of his past, the Dark Knight embarks on a sprawling quest through this unknown world, meeting futuristic versions of former friends and enemies, including a grisly traveling companion--the Joker's head. Somehow still alive, Joker's decapitated head becomes Batman's ghoulish guide through the landscape of the devastated DC Universe. But to unravel the cause of this terrible future, he'll need to track down the unspeakable force that destroyed the world he once knew. This could be the last Batman story ever told... Collects Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1-3

  • Author: Scott Snyder
  • Publisher: DC Comics (April 7, 2020)
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 978-1401294960
  • Dimensions: 6.91 x 0.58 x 10.45 inches


5. Harleen

Top 10 Best Books to Read in DC Comics & Graphic Novels - August 2021

New York Times Bestseller! Dr. Harleen Quinzel has a theory: mental illness is a survival mechanism. As she seeks to help the broken souls of Gotham City piece together their sanity she will become the one thing she fears the most: one of them. A bold new retelling of the tragic origin of Harley Quinn told through the eyes of the only person who knows her better than anyone: Harleen . A young psychiatrist with a potential cure for the madness that haunts Gotham City, Dr. Harleen Quinzel must prove her revolutionary theory to a skeptical establishment by delving into the disturbed minds of Arkham Asylum's deadliest inmates. But the more time she spends with her criminally insane subjects, the closer she is drawn to one patient in particular--and the further she falls away from reality. The birth of legendary antihero Harley Quinn and the shocking origins of her twisted romance with the Joker are revealed in Harleen , a stunning new tale of love and obsession written and illustrated by renowned comics storyteller Stjepan Sejic ( Aquaman: Underworld, Sunstone ). Collects Harleen #1-3 NOTE: Enhanced cover will only be on first printing copies! "This is the Harley Quinn story I want to read and the one that we, as thoughtful readers, deserve."--Comics Beat "...Stjepan Sejic at his absolute best." "A must-read for every fan of Harley Quinn."--Kabooooom!

  • Author: Stjepan Sejic
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Illustrated edition (February 11, 2020)
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 978-1779501110
  • Dimensions: 8.86 x 0.68 x 11.16 inches


6. The Outsiders

Top 10 Best Books to Read in DC Comics & Graphic Novels - August 2021

The 45th anniversary of a landmark work of teen fiction Ponyboy can count on his brothers and his friends, but not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids who get away with everything, including beating up greasers like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect--until the night someone takes things too far. Written forty-five years ago, S. E. Hinton's classic story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was written.

  • Author: S. E. Hinton
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (September 1, 1988)
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Literature & Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0140385724
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.25 x 0.63 inches


7. Teen Titans: Beast Boy

Top 10 Best Books to Read in DC Comics & Graphic Novels - August 2021

A New York Times bestseller! USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller! Author Kami Garcia ( Beautiful Creatures ) and artist Gabriel Picolo, the creative duo behind the New York Times , USA Today , and Publishers Weekly bestseller Teen Titans: Raven , take you on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance, while reminding us the value of true friendship--especially when life gets wild. Garfield Logan has spent his entire life being overlooked. Even in a small town like Eden, Georgia, the seventeen-year-old with green streaks in his hair can't find a way to stand out--and the clock is ticking. Senior year is almost over. If Gar doesn't find a way to impress the social elite at Bull Creek High School, he will never know what it's like to matter. Gar's best friends, Stella and Tank, can't understand why he cares what other people think, and they miss their funny, pizza-loving, video game-obsessed best friend. Then Gar accepts a wild dare out of the blue. It impresses the popular kids, and his social status soars. But other things are changing, too. Gar grows six inches overnight. His voice drops, and suddenly, he's stronger and faster. He's finally getting everything he wanted, but his newfound popularity comes at a price. Gar has to work harder to impress his new friends. The dares keep getting bigger, and the stakes keep getting higher. When Gar realizes the extent of his physical changes, he has to dig deep and face the truth about himself--and the people who truly matter--before his life spirals out of control.

  • Author: Kami Garcia
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Illustrated edition (September 1, 2020)
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Literature & Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-1401287191
  • Dimensions: 5.99 x 0.43 x 9 inches


8. Sweet Tooth Compendium

Top 10 Best Books to Read in DC Comics & Graphic Novels - August 2021

Now a Netflix Original Series! For readers eager to dive right into Jeff LeMire's strange sci-fi story, Sweet Tooth the compendium is now available! An inexplicable plague has women giving birth to human-animal hybrid children all over the world. The deer-child Gus is left to fend for himself after his father dies, leaving him with more questions than answers. A cross between Bambi and Cormac McCarthy's The Road, Sweet Tooth follows the innocent journey of a young hybrid boy suddenly thrust out into a world no one can explain. Collects issues #1-40 in a new story-only collection that places the reader directly into the action and doesn't let up until the very last page!

  • Author: Jeff Lemire
  • Publisher: DC Comics (June 8, 2021)
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 978-1779510242
  • Dimensions: 6.59 x 1.36 x 10.17 inches


9. Dark Nights: Death Metal: Deluxe Edition

Top 10 Best Books to Read in DC Comics & Graphic Novels - August 2021

The last concert of the DC Universe! Unleash the beast and let the headbanging begin! When the Earth is enveloped by the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League is at the mercy of the Batman Who Laughs. Humanity struggles to survive in a hellish landscape twisted beyond recognition, while Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman have all been separated and fight to survive. The heroes will need to fight their way across their demonic new home and come face-to-face with their entire history in order to stop the Batman Who Laughs once and for all! They’re playing all the hits and teaming up with classic collaborators in this final tour of the entire DC Universe!   SCOTT SNYDER, GREG CAPULLO, JONATHAN GLAPION, and FCO PLASCENCIA—the legendary team behind Dark Nights: Metal and Batman: Last Knight on Earth —take center stage and reunite for one last tour. Collecting Dark Nights: Death Metal 1-7, this deluxe hardcover features behind-the scenes sketches from GREG CAPULLO.

  • Author: Scott Snyder
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Deluxe edition (April 6, 2021)
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 978-1779507945
  • Dimensions: 7.31 x 0.72 x 11.15 inches


10. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 30th Anniversary Edition

Top 10 Best Books to Read in DC Comics & Graphic Novels - August 2021

Writer/artist Frank Miller completely reinvents the legend of Batman in this saga of a near-future Gotham City gone to rot, 10 years after the Dark Knight’s retirement. Forced to take action, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of fury, taking on a whole new generation of criminals and matching their level of violence. He is soon joined by a new Robin—a girl named Carrie Kelley, who proves to be just as invaluable as her predecessors. Can Batman and Robin deal with the threat posed by their deadliest enemies, after years of incarceration have turned them into perfect psychopaths? And more important, can anyone survive the coming fallout from an undeclared war between the superpowers—or the clash of what were once the world’s greatest heroes? Hailed as a comics masterpiece, The Dark Knight Returns  is Frank Miller’s ( 300 and Sin City ) reinvention of Gotham’s legendary protector. It remains one of the most influential stories ever told in comics, with its echoes felt in all media forms of DC’s storytelling. Collects issues #1-4.

  • Author: Frank Miller
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Anniversary edition (February 16, 2016)
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 978-1401263119
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches