The 10 Best Comic Books for Adults

Even with the mainstream acceptance of comic book movies, consumed by millions off adults all over the world, by and large the public still considers comic books themselves to be a children’s medium. However, anyone who has ever been in a comics store or even casually strolled by the graphic novel section of a Barnes & Noble knows there is a wide selection of work geared towards a grown-up audience.

Not only are there comics created specifically for the 18-and-older crowd, there are authors telling stories just as sophisticated as anything on the New York Times Best Sellers List. Art Spiegelman’s holocaust tale “Maus” becoming the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 went a long way towards legitimizing the art form, as did the sophisticated work of Will Eisner, Robert Crumb and the Hernandez Brothers. “Adult comics” doesn’t necessarily mean they are filled with sex, swears and violence (although some of them do), but that they approach serious themes ranging from the environment to sexual identity and even commenting on art itself.

For our feature on The 10 Best Comic Books for Adults, we take a look at some incredible works by preeminent writers and artists in the field that transcend perceptions of comic books to enter the realm of bonafide literature. Even if you’ve never read a comic without a caped superhero, any of these entries are a great jumping-on point to discover the full potential of what comics have to offer the discerning adult reader!