The Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2019 (A Year-End List Aggregation)

“What are the best Comics and Graphic Novels released in 2019?” We looked at 171 of the top Comics and Graphic Novels books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 35 books, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Comics and Graphic Novels” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 125+ titles, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Our other Best Of 2019 Articles:

Our Other Years: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

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Top 35 Best Comics and Graphic Novels Books From 2019



35 .) Best Friends written by Shannon Hale

Best Friends

Lists It Appears On:

  • School Library Journal
  • NPR


34 .) Blank Canvas written by Akiko Higashimura

Blank Canvas

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Public Library
  • Entropy


33 .) BTTM FDRS written by Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore

BTTM FDRS

Lists It Appears On:

  • Washington Post
  • NPR


32 .) Daredevil written by Chip Zdarsky

Daredevil

Lists It Appears On:

  • Embrace Your Geekness
  • IGN


31 .) DCeased written by Tom Taylor

DCeased

Lists It Appears On:

  • IGN 2
  • Paste


30 .) Die Vol. 1 written by Kieron Gillen

Die Vol. 1

Lists It Appears On:

  • IGN
  • Paste


29 .) Grass written by Keum Suk Gendry-kim

Grass

Lists It Appears On:

  • Library Journal
  • Observer


28 .) I Know What I Am: The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi written by Gina Siclliano

I Know What I Am: The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi

Lists It Appears On:

  • Observer
  • Library Journal


27 .) I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir written by Malaka Gharib

I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir

Lists It Appears On:

  • School Library Journal
  • NPR


26 .) In Waves written by A.J. Dungo

In Waves

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Gosh Comics


25 .) Kid Gloves written by Lucy Knisley

Kid Gloves

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist
  • Washington Post


24 .) Maggy Garrisson written by Lewis Trondheim

Maggy Garrisson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Observer
  • Gosh Comics


23 .) Middlewest written by Skottie Young

Middlewest

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Public Library
  • Washington Post


22 .) Off Season written by James Sturm

Off Season

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist
  • Observer


21 .) Our Dreams at Dusk written by Yuhki Kamatani

Our Dreams at Dusk

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Public Library
  • The Beat


20 .) Pumpkinheads written by Rainbow Rowell

Pumpkinheads

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Public Library
  • Goodreads


19 .) Sincerely, Harriet written by Sarah Winifred Searle

Sincerely, Harriet

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kirkus
  • Readings


18 .) The Hard Tomorrow written by Eleanor Davis

The Hard Tomorrow

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Entropy
  • Gosh Comics


17 .) The River at Night written by Kevin Huizenga

The River at Night

Lists It Appears On:

  • Guardian
  • Gosh Comics
  • Entropy


16 .) These Savage Shores written by Ram V

These Savage Shores

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Beat
  • Gosh Comics
  • Paste


15 .) Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations written by Mira Jacob

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

Lists It Appears On:

  • Entropy
  • Library Journal
  • Gosh Comics
  • Publishers Weekly


14 .) Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass written by Mariko Tamaki

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Public Library
  • School Library Journal
  • NPR
  • IGN 3


13 .) Hot Comb written by Ebony Flowers

Hot Comb

Lists It Appears On:

  • Guardian
  • Publishers Weekly
  • NPR
  • Entropy


12 .) House of X/Powers of X written by Jonathan Hickman

House of X/Powers of X

Lists It Appears On:

  • Entropy
  • IGN 2
  • Embrace Your Geekness
  • Paste


11 .) Mister Miracle written by Tom King and Mitch Gerads

Mister Miracle

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist
  • Library Journal
  • Washington Post
  • Gosh Comics


10 .) New Kid written by Jerry Craft

New Kid

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist 3
  • Kirkus
  • School Library Journal
  • Washington Post


9.) Queen of the Sea written by Dylan Meconis

Queen of the Sea

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist 3
  • Kirkus
  • School Library Journal
  • NPR


8.) Stargazing written by Jen Wang

Stargazing

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kirkus
  • Readings
  • School Library Journal
  • NPR


7.) This Was Our Pact written by Ryan Andrews

This Was Our Pact

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist 3
  • Kirkus
  • School Library Journal
  • NPR


6.) Are You Listening? written by Tillie Walden

Are You Listening?

Lists It Appears On:

  • Gosh Comics
  • Chicago Public Library
  • NPR
  • Paste
  • IGN 3


5.) Clyde Fans written by Seth

Clyde Fans

Lists It Appears On:

  • Guardian
  • Library Journal
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Washington Post
  • Observer


4.) Guts written by Raina Telgemeier

Guts

Lists It Appears On:

  • Readings
  • School Library Journal
  • Washington Post
  • NPR
  • IGN 3


3.) Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up With Me written by Mariko Tamaki

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up With Me

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist 3
  • Chicago Public Library
  • School Library Journal
  • Washington Post
  • NPR
  • Paste


2.) They Called Us Enemy written by George Takei, et al.

They Called Us Enemy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Publishers Weekly
  • School Library Journal
  • Washington Post
  • NPR
  • IGN 3


1.) Rusty Brown written by Chris Ware

Rusty Brown

Lists It Appears On:

  • Guardian
  • Library Journal
  • Washington Post
  • Gosh Comics
  • Publishers Weekly
  • NPR
  • Observer



The 125+ Additional Best Comics and Graphic Novels Released In 2019



# Books Authors Lists
36 7 Deadly Sins   Entropy
37 A Fire Story   Booklist
38 A Puff of Smoke   Guardian
39 A Shining Beacon   The Beat
40 Abbott   Booklist
41 ABC of Typography   Observer
42 Agents of Atlas  
Embrace Your Geekness
43 Akissi: More Tales of Mischief   The Beat
44 Alienation Inés Estrada NPR
45 Amazing Spider-Man  
Embrace Your Geekness
46 Americana   Guardian
47 Angel Vol. 1   Paste
48 ANGOLA JANGA HC  
Gosh Comics
49 Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation   Booklist 2
50 Aquaman   IGN
51 Bad Friends   Booklist
52 BAD GATEWAY HC MEGG & MOGG  
Gosh Comics
53 Batman   IGN
54 Beastars Paru Itagaki
Chicago Public Library
55 Berlin   Booklist
56 Berserk Deluxe Edition Hardcover Vol. 1   Paste
57 Book Love   Goodreads
58 Breaking Glass : A Graphic Novel Mariko Tamaki
Chicago Public Library
59 CATS OF THE LOUVRE HC  
Gosh Comics
60 Champions  
Embrace Your Geekness
61 Comics: Easy as ABC!   Booklist 3
62 Conan the Barbarian  
Embrace Your Geekness
63 Crush.   Booklist 2
64 Deadendia: The Watcher’s Test   Booklist 3
65 Death Wins A Goldfish: Reflections From A Grim Reaper’s Yearlong Sabbatical Brian Rea NPR
66 Destroy All Vampires / Vampires Everywhere!   Entropy
67 Dial H For Hero: Enter the Heroverse   Entropy
68 Diary-ish Comics   Entropy
69 Doctor Strange.  
Embrace Your Geekness
70 Doomsday Clock   IGN 2
71 DRIFTING CLASSROOM HC VOL 01  
Gosh Comics
72 Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man  
Embrace Your Geekness
73 G.I. Joe: Sierra Muerte   Entropy
74 Gender Queer  
School Library Journal
75 Girl Town   Booklist
76 Girls, Vol. 5   Goodreads
77 Heartstopper: Volume Two (Heartstopper, #2)   Goodreads
78 Hellboy vs. Lobster Johnson: The Ring of Death   Entropy
79 Hieronymous & Bosch   Entropy
80 How Black People Keep Each Other Alive   Entropy
81 How To: Absurd Scientific Advice For Common Real-World Problems Randall Munroe NPR
82 I Want to Eat your Pancreas Yoru Sumino
Chicago Public Library
83 Illegal.   Booklist 2
84 Immortal Hulk  
Embrace Your Geekness
85 Invaders  
Embrace Your Geekness
86 Invisible Woman  
Embrace Your Geekness
87 Is This How You See Me?   Guardian
88 King of King Court   Guardian
89 Kiss Number 8 Colleen A. F. Venable
Chicago Public Library
90 LITTLE BIRD HC  
Gosh Comics
91 Loki  
Embrace Your Geekness
92 Man-Eaters Volume 1 Chelsea Cain NPR
93 Meet the Skrulls  
Embrace Your Geekness
94 Miles Morales: Spider-Man  
Embrace Your Geekness
95
Monk! Thelonious, Pannonica, and the Friendship behind a Musical Revolution
  Booklist
96 Monstress   IGN
97 Mooncakes   Goodreads
98 Ms. Marvel  
Embrace Your Geekness
99 Multiforce   Entropy
100 My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder   Booklist 3
101 My Brother’s Husband, v.2.   Booklist 2
102 NANCY BY OLIVIA JAIMES HC  
Gosh Comics
103 Nancy Drew Kelly Thompson
Chicago Public Library
104 No Longer Human   Paste
105 Nobody’s Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead   Booklist
106 Once upon a Time in France.  
Library Journal
107 Operatic   Booklist 3
108 OUTER DARKNESS TP VOL 01  
Gosh Comics
109 Palimpsest: Documents from a Korean Adoption   Observer
110 PARALLEL LIVES SC  
Gosh Comics
111 Peter and Ernesto: The Lost Sloths  
School Library Journal
112 Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt   The Beat
113 Peterloo: Witness to a Massacre   Guardian
114 Pie in the Sky Remy Lai Readings
115 Reincarnation Stories  
Library Journal
116 Return to Romance   Observer
117 ROCKET TO THE MOON!   Kirkus
118 Royal City.   Booklist 2
119 Sabrina the Teenage Witch   IGN
120 Saint Young Men   The Beat
121 Sara  
Library Journal
122 Savage Avengers  
Embrace Your Geekness
123 Sensible Footwear   Observer
124 Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince   Goodreads
125 Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery Renée Treml Readings
126 Silver Spoon.   Booklist 2
127 SILVER SURFER BLACK SC  
Gosh Comics
128 Skip   The Beat
129 Smashed   The Beat
130 Snotgirl   The Beat
131 Speak: The Graphic Novel   Booklist 2
132 Spider-Man: Life Story   IGN 2
133 Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Boba Fett   The Beat
134 Sunday’s Child   Observer
135 Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt and Peanut Butter and Jelly Ben Clanton Readings
136 Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen   IGN 2
137 Supers Frédéric Maupomé & DAWID Readings
138 Swimming In Darkness Lucas Harari NPR
139 Teen Titans: Raven   Goodreads
140 The Adventures of Anders Gregory Mackay Readings
141 The Amazing Mary Jane  
Embrace Your Geekness
142 The American Dream?: A Journey On Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, And The Perfect Breakfast Burrito Shing Yin Khor NPR
143 The Avengers.  
Embrace Your Geekness
144 The Black Cat  
Embrace Your Geekness
145 The Book of Forks   Guardian
146 THE CROSSOVER   Kirkus
147 The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel   Goodreads
148 The Immortal Hulk   IGN
149 The Jungle   Observer
150
The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave’s Journey from Bondage to Freedom
 
Library Journal
151 The Magnificent Ms. Marvel   IGN
152 The Man Without Talent   Guardian
153 The Nib   The Beat
154 The Okay Witch  
School Library Journal
155 The Poe Clan   The Beat
156 The Runaways  
Embrace Your Geekness
157 The Seventh Voyage Stanislaw Lem NPR
158 The Tempest   Guardian
159 The Tenderness of Stones   Entropy
160
The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 3: Hotel Oblivion (The Umbrella Academy, #3)
  Goodreads
161 The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees   Booklist 2
162 This Place: 150 Years Retold  
School Library Journal
163 THIS WOMAN’S WORK GN  
Gosh Comics
164 Thor   IGN
165 Ubby’s Underdogs: Return of the Dragons Brenton E. McKenna Readings
166 Unhealthy   Entropy
167 Vanni: A Family’s Struggle Through the Sri Lankan Conflict   The Beat
168 Wasted Space   The Beat
169 Waves   IGN 3
170 When I Arrived at the Castle   Paste
171 Witch Hat Atelier Kamome Shirahama
Chicago Public Library


22 Best Comics and Graphic Novels Book Sources/Lists



Source
Booklist
Booklist 2
Booklist 3
Chicago Public Library
Embrace Your Geekness
Entropy
Goodreads
Gosh Comics
Guardian
IGN
IGN 2
IGN 3
Kirkus
Library Journal
NPR
Observer
Paste
Publishers Weekly
Readings
School Library Journal
The Beat
Washington Post

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