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Best Comics & Graphic Novels of 2019

With 2019 coming to a close, Diamond provides you with a master list of the Best Comics & Graphic Novels of the year as named by various review sites including Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post, NPR Books, and more!

To see all the Best Graphic Novels for 2019 from Diamond publishers, click here.

This year, of all the Best of Year lists we compiled, several titles were mentioned on multiple lists. Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans' Die Volume 1 from Image Comics garnered the most recognition among the Best of Year lists. For the full collection of Best of Year lists, see below. This article will continue to be updated until the end of the year.


NPR's Best Graphic Novels of 2019

  • Alienation | Fantagraphics
  • The American Dream?: A Journey On Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and The Perfect Breakfast Burrito | Zest Books
  • Are You LIstening? | First Second
  • BTTM FDRS | Fantagraphics
  • Best Friends | First Second
  • Death Wins A Goldfish: Reflections from a Grim Reaper's Yearlong Sabbatical | Chronicle Books
  • Guts | Scholastic
  • The Hard Tomorrow | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass | DC Comics
  • Hot Comb | Drawn & Quarterly
  • How To: Absurd Scientific Adveice for Common Real-World Problems | Riverhead Books
  • I Was Their American Dream | Clarkson Potter
  • In Waves | Nobrow
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me | First Second
  • Man-Eaters Volume 1 | Image Comics
  • Queen of the Sea | Walk Books US
  • Rusty Brown | Pantheon
  • The Seventh Voyage | Graphix
  • Stargazing | First Second
  • Swimming In Darkness | Arsenal Pulp Press
  • They Called Us Enemy | IDW Publishing
  • This Was Our Pact | First Second

  • Clyde Fans | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Drawing Power: Women's Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival | Abrams
  • Good Talk | One World
  • Grass | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Guts | Scholastic
  • Making Comics | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Pittsburgh | NYRC
  • Reincarnation Stories | Fantagraphics
  • Rusty Brown | Pantheon
  • White Bird | Knopf

  • Clyde Fans | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Hot Comb | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations | One World
  • Rusty Brown | Pantheon
  • They Called Us Enemy | IDW Publishing

  • The American Dream?: A Journey On Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and The Perfect Breakfast Burrito | Zest Books
  • Bad Gateway | Fantagraphics
  • Bad Weekend | Image Comics
  • Clyde Fans | Drawn & Quarterly
  • The Hard Tomorrow | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Hot Comb | Drawn & Quarterly
  • The Immortal Hulk | Marvel
  • LaGuardia | Dark Horse
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me | First Second
  • Mister Miracle | DC Comics
  • Pittsburgh | NYRC
  • Rusty Brown | Pantheon
  • They Called Us Enemy | IDW Publishing
  • White Bird | Knopf

 

The Washington Post's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2018

  • BTTM FDRS | Fantagraphics
  • Clyde Fans | Drwan & Quarterly
  • Guts | Scholastic
  • Kid Gloves | First Second
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me | First Second
  • Middlewest: Book 1 | Image Comics
  • Mister Miracle | DC Comics
  • New Kid | Harper Collins
  • Rusty Brown | Pantheon
  • They Called Us Enemy | IDW Publishing

SYFY Wire's 12 Most Influential Indie Comics of the Decade


The AV Club's Best Comics of the 2010s

  • Check, Please! | First Second
  • Daytripper | Vertigo
  • Giant Days | Boom! Studios
  • Goodnight Punpun | VIZ Media
  • Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection | VIZ Media
  • Giant Days | Boom! Studios
  • Hark! A Vagrant | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Helter Skelter | Vertical Comics
  • Here | Pantheon
  • Hawkeye | Marvel
  • The Love Bunglers | Fantagraphics
  • Margot's Room (Webcomic)
  • March | IDW Publishing
  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters | Fantagraphics
  • The Nib (Webcomic/Self-Published)
  • O Human Star (Webcomic/Self-Published)
  • Octopus Pie | Image Comics
  • On A Sunbeam | First Second
  • The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame | Bruno Gmuender
  • Peplum | NYRC
  • Prince of Cats | Image Comics
  • Smut Peddler 2012 Edition | Iron Circus
  • Sunny | VIZ Media
  • This One Summer | First Second
  • Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginery Creatures | NYCR
  • You & A Bike & A Road | Koyama
  • Zero | Image Comics

Paste Magazine's Top Comic Books of 2019

  • Angel Volume 1 | Boom! Studios
  • Are You Listening? | First Second
  • Berserk Deluxe Edition Hardcover Volume 1 | Dark Horse
  • DCeased Hardcover | DC Comics
  • Die Volume 1 | Image Comics
  • House of X/Powers of X Deluxe Hardcover | Marvel
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me | First Second
  • No Longer Human | VIZ Media
  • These Savage Shores Volume 1 | Vault Comics
  • When I Arrived at the Castle | Koyama

Entertainment Weekly Best Comics of the Decade

  • (Best Comic of the Decade) Saga | Image Comics
  • Batman | DC Comics
  • Black Hammer | Dark Horse
  • Daytripper | DC Comics
  • FF | Marvel
  • Hawkeye | Marvel 
  • House of X/Powers of X | Marvel
  • Last Look | Pantheon
  • Lumberjanes | Boom! Box
  • Mister Miracle | DC Comics
  • Monstress | Image Comics
  • Ms. Marvel | Marvel
  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters | Fantagraphics
  • The Nemo Trilogy | IDW Publishing
  • Young Avengers | Marvel

  • Akissi: More Tales of Mischief | Flying Eye Books
  • All We Ever Wanted | A Wave Blue World
  • Are You Listening? | First Second
  • Basquiat | SelfMadeHero
  • Batman: Last Knight on Earth | DC Comics
  • Beastars Volume 1 | VIZ Media
  • Black Cat | Marvel
  • Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist's Journey | Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Bloom | First Second
  • Canto | IDW Publshing
  • Chasing Echos | Humanoids
  • Conan the Barbarian | Marvel
  • Copra | Image Comics
  • Cosmoknights | IDW Publishing
  • Criminal | Image Comics
  • Crowded | Image Comics
  • Cry Wolf Girl | ShortBox
  • Daredevil | Marvel
  • DCeased | DC Comics
  • Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction | VIZ Media
  • Dial H for Hero | DC Comics
  • Female Furies | DC Comics
  • Funky Town | PEOW Studio
  • Giant Days | Boom! Box
  • Goddess Mode | Vertigo
  • Guts | First Second
  • The Hard Tomorrow | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Hot Comb | Drawn & Quarterly
  • House of X/Powers of X | Marvel
  • Ice Cream Man | Image Comics
  • Is This How You See Me? | Fantagraphics
  • Judge Dredd: The Small House | 2000 AD
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me | First Second
  • The Man Who Came Down the Attic Stairs | Archaia
  • Meat and Bone | Conundrum Press
  • Muder Falcon | Image Comics
  • The Nib (Webcomic)
  • Nobody's FOol: The Life and Tiems of Schlitzie the Pinhead | Abrams
  • Not Even Bones | Webtoon
  • Our Dreams at Dusk: Simanami Tasogare | Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Outer Darkness | Image Comics
  • Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel | Korean Publishers Jerusalem
  • Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt | Dynamite Entertainment
  • The Plot | Vault Comics
  • The Poe Clan | Fantagraphics
  • Queen of Bad Dreams | Vault Comics
  • The River at Night | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Saint Young Men | Kodansha Comics
  • These Savage Shores | Vault Comics
  • The Sea In You | Iron Circus Comics
  • Seasonal Shift | Breakdown Press
  • Sera and the Royal Stars | Vault Comics
  • A Shining Beacon | IDW Publishing
  • Skip | NoBrow Press
  • Smashed | VIZ Media
  • Snotgirl | Image Comics
  • Soul on Hold | Webtoon
  • Stargazing | First Second
  • Star Wars: Age of Rebellion - Boba Fett | Marvel
  • Usagi Yojimbo | IDW Publishing
  • Vanni: A Family's Struggle THrough the Sri Lankan Conflict | Pennsylvania State University Press
  • Wasted Space | Vault Comics
  • When I Arrived at the Castle | Koyama
  • The White Trees | Image Comics
  • William Gibson's Alien 3 | Dark Horse

  • Mister Miracle | DC Comics
  • The New World | Image Comics
  • Crowded | Image Comics
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me | First Second
  • Cosmic Ghost Rider: Baby Thanos Must Die | Marvel
  • Coda | Boom! Studios
  • Die Volume 1 | Image Comics

  • Die Volume 1 | Image Comics
  • The White Trees | Image Comics
  • Spider-Man: Life Story | Marvel
  • Napoleon Dynamite | IDW Publishing
  • Nancy | United Media
  • The Girl in the Bay | Dark Horse
  • The Wicked + The Divine | Image Comics
  • Something Is Killing the Children | Boom! Studios
  • The Immortal Hulk | Marvel
  • Everything | Dark Horse
  • Bitter Root | Image Comics
  • Mary Shelley: Monster Hunter | AfterShock Comics
  • Superman's Pal | DC Comics
  • Once & Future | Boom! Studios
  • House of X/Powers of X | Marvel

American Library Association's Top Graphic Novels of 2019

  • Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation | Pantheon
  • Crush | JY
  • Hey, Kiddo | Graphix
  • Illegal | Sourcebooks
  • My Brother's Husband Volume 2 | Pantheon
  • On a Sunbeam | First Second
  • Royal City Volume 2 | Image Comics
  • Silver Spoon | Yen Press
  • Speak: The Graphic Novel | Farrar Straus Giroux
  • The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Chicago Public Library Best Comics of 2019

  • Are You Listening? | First Second
  • Beastars Volume 1 | VIZ Media
  • Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist's Journey | Yen Press
  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass | DC Comics
  • I Want to Eat Your Pancreas | Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Kiss Number 8 | First Second
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me | First Second
  • Middlewest Book 1 | Image Comics
  • Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom | Dynamite Entertainment
  • Our Dreams at Dusk | Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Pumpkinheads: A Graphic Novel | First Second
  • Witch Hat Atelier Volume 1 | Kodansha


Texas Library Association's Mavericks Reading List
2019

Below are the STARRED titles from the TLA Mavericks Graphic Novel Reading List. To see the full list, click here.

  • Nico Bravo and the House of Hades | First Second
  • New Kid | Harper Collins
  • Best Friends | First Second
  • Guts | Scholastic
  • Stargazing | First Second
  • Kaiju Girl Caramelise Volume 1 | Yen Press
  • Ironheart Volume 1 | Marvel
  • Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection | VIZ Media
  • To Kill A Mockingbird | Haper Collins
  • The Giver | HMH Books for Young Readers
  • Zenobia | Triangle Square
  • Pumpkinheads | First Second
  • They Called Us Enemy | IDW Publishing
  • Me, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel | Little Brown Books
  • Skyward Volume 1 | Image Comics
  • Kiss Number 8 | First Second
  • Handmaid's Tale: The Graphic Novel | Nan A Talese

School Library Journals Best Graphic Novels of 2019

  • This Place | Highwater
  • This Was Our Pact | First Second
  • Peter and Ernesto: The Lost Sloths | First Second
  • New Kid | Harper Collins
  • I Was Their American Dream | Clarkson Potter
  • Best Friends | First Second
  • Gender Queer | Lion Forge
  • Queen of the Sea | Candlewick
  • The Okay Witch | Aladdin
  • They Called Us Enemy | IDW Publishing
  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass | DC Comics
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me | First Second
  • Guts | Scholastic
  • Stargazing | First Second 

Amazon Book Review's Top 5 Graphic Novels of 2019

Amazon Book Review has not announced their top titles for 2019 yet.


Book Riot's Best Comics of 2019

Book Riot has not announced their top titles for 2019 yet.