"This is a story that could only exist in the sequential art medium. Shaun Tan uses every trick in his toolbox to create a book that examines alienation and exploration from the viewpoint of an immigrant in a new land. There are no speech balloons. Just the shear joy of a story well told. Absolutely brilliant."
"Mazzucchelli has made the next step in bridging the gap between Novel & Sequential Art by creating possibly one of the first true Graphic Novels. It's touching, visually striking, and a true bible for visual storytellers. An absolute must read."
"GB Tran is a master of making great design look effortless. A counterpoint to Asterios Polyp that shows how brilliant layouts can look organic and serve story without confining the world to stifling line... Granted, it served story in Asterios Polyp as well."
"There once was a boy who loved a girl, and he did love her for many many pages. Craig Thompson's art is gorgeous and sits on the same level with GB Tran and Paul Pope for brushwork that truly feels alive."
"The last book on this list that contains all original material. The rest are collected works that appeared in other formats. Another entry from McKean and a book that attempts to show you the world of Batman's mind. Either it's art, or pretentious pedestrian freudian psychobabble. It's your call."
"Normally I say artists shouldn't write, and writers shouldn't draw. Not so with Mr. Clowes. He is an incredible artist capable of drawing in multiple styles and his characters have amazingly distinct voices. It's as though they appeared fully formed in his head and he merely transcribes their conversations. And this little gem showcases both talents rather nicely."
"This book is the story of America. It's a true graphic novel that encapsulates life and the human experience. Its dialog is hokey but truthful and it's cliché but beautiful. If Eisner is the DaVinci of the sequential art medium, this is his Last Supper."
"Paul Pope is quite possibly the best artist in the medium. He transcends comic doodling and creates large scale canvases of true art. His B&W brushwork is astonishing and truly needs to be seen in person to be appreciated. Until you get the chance, this will have to do."
"This book left me cold in a way that few other things ever have. I was ready to crawl into a hole and die when it was finished. It examines one mans obsession and how far he must fall as it slips through his fingers. A true credit to the medium."
"Alan Moore creates a hero that is ABSOLUTE. A man fighting the law in the name of true personal freedom. Alan Moore speaking out against the nightmare road of the Thatcher administration. Certainly the most pure and simple superhero the medium has ever known."
"So, now that you've tasted a few capes and tights, it is time for simply the best written stories for every major character in the DCU. Alan Moore understood these icons in ways no one has since. Simple and elegant stories that tell you all you need to know about each protagonist. It honestly belongs on everyone's bookshelf."
"This is (in my opinion) better than Watchman. It transcends the page and acts as medicine for the world. Grant Morrison has created a text that blurs the line between sequential art and reality. I don't want to spoil anything, but truly, this is an incredible work that must be read by all future comic book writers and artists."
"This book is fantastic for two reasons: Neil Gaiman's writing, and Chris Bachalo's art. Bachalo is one of my favorite artists of all time. His work is detailed, expressive, dynamic, hyper-stylized and a plethora of other equally apt adjectives. It's a true joy to watch his style evolve over the course of this book."
"Grant Morrison produced a 30 issue maxi-series of seven four issue mini-series that were released over the course of several months that tell an ongoing story while making sense on their own. It features some of the greatest up and coming artists in the industry. And yet the truly amazing part of it, is that he managed to NEVER MISS A DEADLINE."
"A small detour into 70s/Bronze Age DC horror. Kind of a favorite niche of mine. The filipino artists that worked on this title are some of the best the medium has ever known. While the stories are cheesy, the art of Alfredo Alcala, Alex Nino and Nestor Redondo will blow your mind."
"100% Keanu free, this book tells the solo tales of the Vertigo universe's most overused anti-magician. These stories are politically charged and the writing is dated, but the artwork is incredible. The teasers at the beginning of each issue are some of the most chilling images in comics."
"Sadly this is the only part of the series that was reprinted in trade paperback, but this really is one of my favorite series. It's characters are beautifully real. It inspired me to move out West. It's an incredible re-vamp of one of the best DC horror comics that strips away the EC nature and leaves great story of self-deception and self-discovery."
"If you've never heard of Bone, you're in for a treat. This long spanning epic is collected in one phone book sized volume. It has a lot of heart and whimsy but darkness and drama as well. Excellent stuff for people of all ages."
"Grant Morrison's run on X-Men is truly the greatest thing to happen to X-Men since their creation. Soap opera melodrama of the highest order. His entire run is collected in three hardcover or seven paperback books. He filled the X-Books with a meta-physical bent and an attention to detail that's intricate and valuable to the series."
"This book was a breath of fresh air for the stagnant X-World and Milligan & Allred are a true dynamic duo. He does things that I never thought I'd see in an X-Book. I always love characters with worthless powers and these guys deliver in spades."