Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Graphic Novels - August 2021

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

1. Batman: Year One (Batman (1940-2011))

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Graphic Novels - August 2021

A NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller! A new edition of one of the most important and critically acclaimed Batman adventures ever, written by Frank Miller, author of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS! In 1986, Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli produced this groundbreaking reinterpretation of the origin of Batman--who he is and how he came to be. Written shortly after THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, Miller's dystopian fable of Batman's final days, YEAR ONE set the stage for a new vision of a legendary character. This edition includes the complete graphic novel, a new introduction by writer Frank Miller and a new illustrated afterword by artist David Mazzucchelli. Completing this collection are over 40 pages of never-before-seen developmental material such as character and layout sketches, sample script pages, sketches and more that provide a glimpse into the making of this contemporary classic. This volume collects BATMAN #404-407.

  • Author: Frank Miller
  • Publisher: DC; Deluxe ed. edition (November 21, 2011)
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Literature & Fiction


2. Watchmen (2019 Edition)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery 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


3. Astonishing Times #1 (comiXology Originals)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Graphic Novels - August 2021

Noah Sans, a young reporter living in the shadow of his father, lives in a world full of superheroes -- but no one seems to care. After a world changing event called The Cataclysm, people moved on, and now heroes are old news. But when Noah begins investigating a mysterious murder, he comes face to face with his most revered heroes and is forced to confront a secret past that could change the world forever. Astonishing Times is a love letter to the medium of comics and a celebration of superheroes old and new. Award-winning writer Frank J. Barbiere returns to creator-owned comics alongside Arris Quinones, host of YouTube's Variant, to craft a modern classic that redefines superheroes for a new era with stunning art by Ruairí Coleman and color artist Lauren Affe. Together, the team hopes to inspire a new generation of fans young and old, and remind us all that heroes are everywhere. Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content only available on comiXology and Kindle. Read for free as part of your subscription to comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime. Also available for purchase via comiXology and Kindle.

  • Author: Frank J. Barbiere
  • Publisher: Frank Barbiere (July 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Comics, Manga & Graphic Novels


4. Sandcastle

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Graphic Novels - August 2021

The inspiration for Old , a Blinding Edge Pictures production, directed and produced by two-time Oscar nominee M. Night Shyamalan , from his screenplay based on the graphic novel Sandcastle   by Pierre Oscar Lévy and Frederik Peeters. The movie is scheduled to be released July 23, 2021. It’s a perfect beach day, or so thought the family, young couple, a few tourists, and a refugee who all end up in the same secluded, idyllic cove filled with rock pools and sandy shore, encircled by green, densely vegetated cliffs. But this utopia hides a dark secret. First there is the dead body of a woman found floating in the crystal-clear water. Then there is the odd fact that all the children are aging rapidly. Soon everybody is growing older—every half hour—and there doesn’t seem to be any way out of the cove. Levy’s dramatic storytelling works seamlessly with Peeters’s sinister art to create a profoundly disturbing and fantastical mystery. Praise for Sandcastle : " Sandcastle  truly inspired my film  Old . It is a profound mystery, sci-fi graphic novel that is illustrated so beautifully and with such humanity. Its themes of aging had me thinking about my parents and children and how quickly it all goes by. From the moment I read this I was changed.” -- M. Night Shyamalan “Begins like a murder mystery, continues like an episode of The Twilight Zone , and finishes with a kind of existentialism that wouldn’t be out of place in a Von Trier film.” — Publishers Weekly , starred review   “ Sandcastle is a fast 112-page read you won't be able to put down.”  — “Peeters and Lévy convey some profound, if profoundly unsubtle, truths about the human condition. Weighty stuff, expertly told.” —The Comics Bulletin

  • Author: Pierre Oscar Levy
  • Publisher: SelfMadeHero; Illustrated edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 978-1906838386
  • Dimensions: 7 x 0.75 x 9.75 inches


5. Batman: The Long Halloween

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery 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


6. Something is Killing the Children Vol. 1

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Graphic Novels - August 2021

When children begin to go missing in the town of Archer’s Peak, all hope seems lost until a mysterious woman arrives to reveal that terrifying creatures are behind the chaos - and that she alone will destroy them, no matter the cost. IT’S THE MONSTERS WHO SHOULD BE AFRAID. When the children of Archer's Peak—a sleepy town in the heart of America—begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. Most children never return, but the ones that do have terrible stories—impossible details of terrifying creatures that live in the shadows. Their only hope of finding and eliminating the threat is the arrival of a mysterious stranger, one who believes the children and claims to be the only one who sees what they can see.  Her name is Erica Slaughter. She kills monsters. That is all she does, and she bears the cost because it must be done. GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV ( The Woods, Batman: Detective Comics ) teams with artist Werther Dell’Edera ( Briggs Land ) for an all-new story about staring into the abyss. Collects Something is Killing the Children #1-5.

  • Author: James Tynion IV
  • Publisher: BOOM! Studios; Illustrated edition (May 26, 2020)
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 978-1684155583
  • Dimensions: 6.63 x 0.4 x 10.19 inches


7. Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Graphic Novels - August 2021

A totally accessible user's guide from the creator of a scientifically proven form of psychotherapy that has successfully treated millions of people worldwide. Whether we've experienced small setbacks or major traumas, we are all influenced by memories and experiences we may not remember or don't fully understand.  Getting Past Your Past  offers practical procedures that demystify the human condition and empower readers looking to achieve real change. Shapiro, the creator of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), explains how our personalities develop and why we become trapped into feeling, believing and acting in ways that don't serve us. Through detailed examples and exercises readers will learn to understand themselves, and why the people in their lives act the way they do. Most importantly, readers will also learn techniques to improve their relationships, break through emotional barriers, overcome limitations and excel in ways taught to Olympic athletes, successful executives and performers. An easy conversational style, humor and fascinating real life stories make it simple to understand the brain science, why we get stuck in various ways and what to do about it. Don't let yourself be run by unconscious and automatic reactions. Read the reviews below from award winners, researchers, academics and best selling authors to learn how to take control of your life.

  • Author: Francine Shapiro
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 39783rd edition (March 26, 2013)
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 978-1609619954
  • Dimensions: 5.55 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches


8. Batman (2011-2016) Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (Batman Graphic Novel)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Graphic Novels - August 2021

#1 New York Times Best Seller! Following his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed run on Detective Comics, writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire) alongside artist Greg Capullo (Spawn) begins a new era of The Dark Knight with the relaunch of Batman, as a part of DC Comics—The New 52! After a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman begins to realize that perhaps these crimes go far deeper than appearances suggest. As the Caped Crusader begins to unravel this deadly mystery, he discovers a conspiracy going back to his youth and beyond to the origins of the city he's sworn to protect. Could the Court of Owls, once thought to be nothing more than an urban legend, be behind the crime and corruption? Or is Bruce Wayne losing his grip on sanity and falling prey to the pressures of his war on crime? Collects issues #1-7 of Batman.

  • Author: Scott Snyder
  • Publisher: DC (June 5, 2012)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Comics, Manga & Graphic Novels


9. Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare) (Volume 1)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Graphic Novels - August 2021

Read Shakespeare’s plays in all their brilliance—and understand what every word means!   Don’t be intimidated by Shakespeare! These popular guides make the Bard’s plays accessible and enjoyable. Each No Fear guide contains : The complete text of the original play A line-by-line translation that puts the words into everyday language A complete list of characters, with descriptions Plenty of helpful commentary

  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • Publisher: SparkNotes; Study Guide ed. edition (April 15, 2003)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-1586638467
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches


10. Dean Koontz's Fear Nothing Vol. 1

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mystery Graphic Novels - August 2021

Fear Nothing tells the story of 28-year-old oddball hero Christopher Snow, who lives in the city of Moonlight Bay, California, along with his hyper-intelligent dog Orson, his best surfing buddy Bobby and his late-night deejay girlfriend Sasha. Snow has XP-xeroderma pigmentosum-a very rare genetic affliction that forces him to avoid light at all costs, and will likely give him cancer later in life. His parents died under mysterious circumstances and he's now being stalked by the shadowy characters who want Snow to stop trying to find out how they died--or else they'll bump off his remaining loved ones.

  • Author: Bob Gill
  • Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment (October 27, 2010)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Comics, Manga & Graphic Novels