DC Essential Graphic Novels 2017

I recently got the DC Essential Graphic Novels 2017 book free with my pull list. It’s a really interesting guide to DC and their comics.


One of the lists in here is what DC view to be their 25 most essential graphic novels. Out of 25 I own 10! I actually owned 2 more years back but ended up getting rid of them due to space!

Here are the top 25:

  • Watchmen
  • Batman: The Killing Joke
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
  • The Sandman Vol 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
  • Batman Vol 1: The Court of Owls
  • V for Vendetta
  • Justice League Vol 1: Origin
  • Batman:Hush
  • All-Star Superman
  • Preacher Book One
  • Batman: Year One
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: Blood
  • DC: The New Frontier
  • Batman:Earth One
  • DC Universe: Rebirth
  • Batman: The Long Halloween
  • The Flash Vol 1: Move Forward
  • Batgirl Vol 1: Batgirl of Burnside
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Year One-The Complete Collection
  • Fables Vol 1: Legends in Exile
  • Flashpoint
  • The Sandman: Overture
  • Gotham Academy Vol 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy
  • Wonder Woman: Earth One vol 1
  • Aquaman Vol 1: The Trench





Watchmen is such a good comic! I really enjoyed it and I’ve read it multiple times! I also really loved the movie.


While The Killing Joke is highly recommended by most Batman fans it’s not a favourite of mine. I did like some aspects of it but it’s treatment of Batgirl always leaves a sour taste in my mouth.


I got this for the same reason I bought the Killing Joke, they are highly recommended! I wasn’t the biggest fan of the art in this!


Fables was a series that was recommended to me by an old friend and it took me way too long before I actually got it! This is the deluxe edition and I’m hoping to get the rest eventually. The covers are so pretty! If you liked Fables they did not only a video game based on it called The Wolf Among Us (which also then in turn had a comic book based on that! Comicception right there!)


And my favourite super hero of all time! Batgirl! I am obsessed with her. Issue 35 is when this version took over and was my first single issue gifted to me by a great friend. I loved this run! I also am a huge fan of Cassandra Cain’s run as Batgirl, which DC actually reprinted a while back. I’m already hyped that they finally listened and they are also reprinting Stephanie Brown’s run too!


I got into this series late and in a weird way. One of the main reasons I collect single issues is for the art. I love the covers, especially some varient ones. Issue 8 is roughly where my interests peaked for this series. The cover was so beautiful!

I ended up also getting issue 7 later on buying the volumes for the issues that I had missed. It’s an unusual series but I really loved it!


This is the only Justice League comic that I own and I still need to read it. I do love the animated movies and I’m really excited for the live action movie that is coming out!


I loved this Batman comic and I really need to get around to getting the other volumes more so now that it’s finished!


Another highly recommended graphic novel and another one I really enjoyed! It’s movie version wasn’t too bad either!


This is one of my newest purchases from this list and it’s now one of my favourite Batman comics. I love that there are so many villains in this comic and it’s so well drawn and the story is so good! Highly recommended by me!


So that’s the 25 most essential graphic novels from DC. So what do you think? Do you agree with this list? For me it seemed more like a this is what you should read to prep for some of Rebirth and maybe the movies.

How many of the 25 do you own? I’m hoping to up my number at some point!


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