Marvel was started in 1939 by Martin Goodman as Timely comics or popularly known as Atlas Comics. The Marvel era began in 1961, and that year the company launched famous comics like Fantastic Four, spiderman, and other comics from the creators like Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, and Jack Kirby.
Marvel has given us many iconic characters like spiderman, Iron Man, Captain America, among many others. Some of them are made into films and are both commercially and critically successful, LIke Civil War, Old Man Logan, etc
Here is the list of top 10 Marvel graphic novels that you must read;
1. Born Again
Born Again is a Daredevil graphic novel that tells us the story of Daredevil comics issue number 226 to 233 and compiled into a graphic novel later on. Written by Frank Miller and art by David Mazzucchelli, it has also inspired the third season of Netflix web series based on Daredevil. In this, Daredevil got killed by Wilson Fisk, but it was later revealed that he is alive and then later on fights with him. It is known for its artwork and style, which very good and top level.
2. Old Man Logan
It is a comic book in which Wolverine grows old and travels to deliver something with his good old pal Hawkeye who is now old and also blind. Mark Millar and Steve McNiven – who last teamed for the Civil War – bring us the most important Wolverine story of the 21st Century. Nobody knows where the other superheroes are gone, know for its portrayal of action and violence. Logan, 2017 film based on Wolverine, is somewhat loosely inspired by this comic book. I would recommend it that you read it once in your life.
3. Civil War
It is a comic book written by Mark Miller, who has written may great comic books like this. The plot follows, There is a superhero registration act which regulators superheroes and forces them to reveal their identity and work with the government for a better future. A film named Captain America: Civil War was also made which loosely based on this storyline. It is known for the fights between Team Cap and Team Iron Man, both of them are fighting for the good, as one team want to regulate superheroes other says this will expose them.
4.The Infinity War
Considered to be the best team-up of our beloved superheroes united against a common threat that is Thanos. It is a six-issue comic book series written by Jim Starlin and art by Ron Lim; it is classic paperback comics compiled into a graphic novel. A film, infinity war, was made by taking inspiration from this comic book. Our superheroes must defeat Thanos in order to restore peace in the universe as he wants to destroy it to impress Death, goddess. It is regarded as a must-read in your life comic book.
5. Fantastic Four: 1234
It is the origin story of Fantastic Four, how do they get their powers, and what they do. It is written by Grant Morrison, who is known for creating some legendary comic books. Reed Richards. Sue Richards. Benjamin Grimm. Johnny Storm, all for travels to space but gets radiated in space and now gets their powers. Reed can stretch like a rubber band; Sue can become invisible, Jhonny can be a human torch, Ben gets powerful, but at a cost that he gets the rock-like body.
This miniseries won the Eisner Award for “Best Finite/Limited Series” in 1989., so it should be in must-read list, and on top, it is written by our beloved man Stan Lee himself and a french artist named Moebius who is known for his great art style. As usual with Moebius works, however, it’s the art that’s really the main attraction over the words. In collected form, Silver Surfer: Parable is a sumptuous book, one you could keep on your coffee table and have read by arty types whilst still being about a Fantastic Four villain who’s a giant purple guy and his shiny bald sidekick who travels round space on a flying surfboard.
7. Captain America: Winter Soldier
It is the most beloved captain America graphic novel; it follows the story of Bucky Barnes, who thought to be dead by steve but layer on discovering that his friend is alive and is a hydra agent whose brain is washed and tries to kill Steve. Ed Brubaker’s story and the art of Steve Epting work on this adaptation. A film of the same name is also made from this source material and is loosely based on this. It should be a one time go for you
8. Daredevil: The Man Without Fear
Daredevil: The Man Without Fear is a 1993 five-issue comic book miniseries starring Daredevil, written by Frank Miller, illustrated by John Romita Jr. The comic book tells us about the origins of Daredevil how he became a crime-fighting vigilante from a blind lawyer Matt Murdock. Other characters from the comics are Elecktra, his college love interest, Foggy Nelson, a fellow layer and a friend, stick his mentor, and his nemesis named Kingpin.
9. The Dark Phoenix Saga
The Dark Phoenix Saga is an extended storyline in the x-men saga that features the story of Jean Grey and Pheonix Force. The comic book is written by Chris Claremont with art by John Byrne. It has many adaptations from tv series to films, but 2019 film X men Dark Pheonix adapted the first arc of the comic book. It is considered to be the classic story of men. If you are an X men Fan, then you should read it once in a lifetime.
10 Elektra: Assassin
Elektra: Assassin is an eight-issue limited comic book series compiled into a graphic novel. Written by Frank Miller and illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz, Elektra: Assassin satirizes ultra-violence, politics, comic book clichés like ninjas and cyborgs, and the portrayal of women.