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Now that I’ve given the 10 greatest graphic novels in general, here are perhaps the 10 greatest superhero ones (in no particular order).

  1. Zot! (black & white) by Scott McCloud
  2. The Bulletproof Coffin by David Hine & Shaky Kane
  3. All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison & Frank Quietly
  4. Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
  5. Enigma by Pete Milligan and Duncan Fregredo
  6. Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
  7. Animal Man by Grant Morrison and Chas Truog
  8. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore & David Lloyd
  9. Hellboy by Mike Mignola
  10. Batman Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli

For the most part, I tried to avoid long-running series, and instead focus on comics with a single story (Hellboy and Animal Man being the two major exceptions). I also tried to restrict the amount of Grant Morrison and Alan Moore comics on the list, as they have both written a very large amount of great superhero comics, and could easily envelop this if I let them.