Comic Books That Comics-Haters Should Try

  • Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud (yes, it's a comic book, and yes, it's a REALLY great read)
  • Sandman by Neil Gaiman
  • The Age of Reptiles by Edwin H. Colbert
  • The Adventures of Tintin by HergĂ© (might as well start with Tintin in Tibet, The Blue Lotus, or Red Rackham's Treasure)
  • Contract With God by Will Eisner (just plain good storytelling!)
  • Groo by Sergio Aragones (might as well start with 'Death and Taxes')
  • Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai (all volumes)
  • Cerebus by Dave Sim (High Society or Church and State)
  • Cartoon History of the Universe by Larry Gonick (4 parts)
  • Bone by Jeff Smith (all volumes)
  • Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson (my favorite humorous comic strip ever)
  • Far Side by Gary Larson (actually, if you read Understanding Comics, you'll know nearly all of these aren't comics at all, but most people lump these in with comics, so I suggest them anyway)
  • Box Office Poison by Alex Robinson
  • Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
  • On the Road to Perdition by Max Allan Collins
  • American Splendor by Harvey Pekar
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Author Comments: 

I stole several of Jim's suggestions. Check out his list, too.

Also, see Best Graphic Novels for Kids.

I would suggest the graphic novel "Ghost World" It's not exactly a comic book, but it's simular.

Oh, it's definitely a comic book. I'm not sure why, but I'm trying to stay away from comic books that have been adapted into movies (also, Road to Perdition, Men in Black, American Splendor, Robocop, etc.). Perhaps it's because I'm afraid mainstream readers will invariably prefer the movie to the comic book, because you don't have to put any effort forth to enjoy a movie.

Well I saw Ghost World (the movie) and then I read the comic book, and I much prefered the comic book. Same with American Splendor.

Are you a comis-hater? Or, were you?

You may very well be correct, though, I'll certainly consider adding Ghost World and some of the others to the list.

Okay, took your advice :-)

No, I'm not a comics hater, but I get really sick of them because they are all my sister talks about.

I too recently discovered there is more to comic books than men in tights. Seeing the film American Splendor started my curiousity, and lead to me picking up a few books. The Losers(DC, Vertigo) is an entertaining series. Kinda like the A-team if it had been written by Quentin Tarantino. But without the cheeze. But Watchmen by Alan Moore is the graphic novel that's really cemented my new found love. Can't get enough of this book.

Excellent! Let me know if you try and like any of these on the list, or if you find others that 'comics-haters' might like. Be sure to check out Jim's list as well.