Whether you want to enjoy Prime Video or super-speedy delivery, there are lots of benefits to using Amazon Prime. One you might not know about, however, is Prime Reading, which lets you read an extensive library of ebooks absolutely free.
Prime Reading has something for everyone — and that includes comic book fans. But with so much content to choose from, where to start? Here are 20 great graphic novels to get you started.
Following the divisive Superior Spider-Man, The Parker Luck establishes a new status-quo for the webslinger.
Black Cat vs Spider-Man
(Amazing Spider-Man vol.3 #3)
Art by Humberto Ramos pic.twitter.com/ANfnOZsAet
— Zakk (@ZakkisBatman) February 5, 2017
Peter Parker must deal with the consequences of Doctor Octopus stealing his body, which means troubles with his home life, his love life, and his time as Spidey. Electro and the Black Cat are out for revenge.
2. Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1: Gifted [No Longer Available]
Long before he created Buffy and directed the two Avengers movies, Joss Whedon was a comic book fan. It seemed to be his dream come true to write this wonderful X-Men title, and that enthusiasm definitely shines through.
This volume, in which a mutant cure is apparently found, partly inspired the X-Men 3 movie, but don’t hold that against it.
3. Attack on Titan Vol. 1 (UK)
A rare manga available through Prime Reading, Attack on Titan is also one of the medium’s strongest.
Seemingly-unintelligent Titans roam Earth, killing everyone they come into contact with. What’s left of humanity is shielded behind 100-meter walls. But they won’t last much longer. If you love post-apocalyptic stories, this is the book for you.
Audiences came out of Captain America: Civil War screenings having fallen in love with Black Panther.
Want to learn more about the King of Wakanda? This book is ideal, introducing the man, his enemies, and his kingdom… all with truly stunning art by the one and only John Romita Jr!
The 2014 movie of the same name is surely one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) strongest entries. With this as its inspiration, it’s absolutely no wonder.
Written by the daring Ed Brubaker, these opening seven issues deliver plenty of shocks, reintroduces James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes, and once more elevates Steve Rogers to his absolute best.
In 2019, Brie Larson will explode onto screens as Carol Danvers, formerly Ms. Marvel, Binary, and Warbird — now, Captain Marvel!
— Captain Marvel News ??? (@CaptMarvelNews) May 21, 2017
Prepare for her cinematic debut with a book that shows the character has endless possibilities and proves those arguing about her name change are very wrong.
Good grief! Charlie Brown and friends have rightly become giants of the comic strip world, and this is how it all started.
— Peanuts On This Day (@Peanuts50YrsAgo) January 19, 2017
It’s an absolute joy to see the genesis of Charles Schultz’s beloved characters, and even in those early days he manages to capture the lovely little moments in our lives with a sterling dry wit.
Since Frank Miller’s time on the title, Daredevil has been a dark, gritty thriller; with this series, Mark Waid manages to pull the lever the other way but still tell compelling and heart-breaking stories for the Man Without Fear.
He does so by strengthening Matt Murdock’s cast of supporting characters, and pitching Daredevil against a different array of baddies, including the Spot and Klaw, Master of Sound!
Rewind a decade and few would know the names Star Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot, and Drax. Thanks to their on-screen exploits, everyone knows the Guardians of the Galaxy now, and if you’re new to the cosmic comics, this is a solid place to start.
This is a fun read, with gorgeous art — now with added Iron Man!
Comics are a language in themselves. If you want proof of their innovative nature, this is the title for you.
Gotta catch 'em all! pic.twitter.com/mQwS9OU52a
— David Aja (@davaja) August 3, 2015
This is what Clint Barton does when he’s not an Avenger, and reinforces the importance of a small community. It does so with style, empathy, and incredible humor. One of the best books of the Modern Age.
Danny Rand is the Iron Fist. But he’s not immortal: it’s the name that is.
This six-issue arc delves into the history of the kung-fu title, in one of the most groundbreaking and stunning stories of recent years. It’s a perfect melding of the past and the present, beautifully depicted by the masterful David Aja.
Moebius is a comics legend, and nowhere is this more evident than in The Incal, his science fiction/fantasy masterstroke written by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
really enjoyed "The Black Incal" – far more than I expected to. I may devour the rest of this. Moebius is so good.
— ? tom (@tomwhx) March 20, 2012
The French book is widely considered an instant classic: while its story is certainly a solid and enjoyable one, it’s arguably Moebius’ innovative artwork that makes this stand out.
If you have watched Netflix’s Marvel series, you’re probably in love with Jessica Jones. This is where the foul-mouthed private investigator began: Alias, a series by popular writer-artist team, Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos.
It’s certainly not for kids, and it’s not a superhero book either. Alias is a detective title that dabbles in powers.
Hooked on a feeling? These five issues of Sam Humphries’ and Paco Medina’s Legendary Star-Lord will certainly get you hooked to the outer-space exploits of Peter Quill.
— Comic Girl (@GG_Marvelous) May 31, 2017
His character here is pretty similar to in the movies, but the creative team manage to add more depth, more jokes, and more Kitty Pryde (aka Shadowcat from the X-Men). Win-win!
When this 2014 book was announced, Marvel faced accusations of trying to be too politically correct. Fortunately, Kamala Khan proved herself from the get-go, her struggle between teenage concerns and superheroics reminiscent of Spider-Man.
Khan’s origins aren’t explored in this volume, so instead, you can just enjoy her coming to terms with her new life.
The Avengers are no more. Which is particularly troubling when there’s a mass breakout at the Raft, a maximum security penitentiary for super-powered villains.
It’s fair to argue that this is where Brian Michael Bendis’ epic run on various Avengers titles began, bringing together a new team of heroes including Wolverine, Spider-Man, and the Sentry, headed by Captain America. Top-quality action with similarly-great art.
You might recognize Walker from Netflix’s Jessica Jones, but she’s actually one of Marvel’s oldest characters.
— Marina Reid FRIGHTS?? (@Mrimm) May 7, 2017
Her lasting appeal is how fun she is, and that’s especially highlighted in this book, which sees her juggling her public and private lives, all while struggling to pay the rent.
What starts off as Frank Castle hunting down drug dealers quickly descends into a battle with Electro. Recently, the Punisher has been tackling more down-to-earth evils, so it’s nice to see him fighting a super-powered criminal for a change.
The question is, who should be more worried? The guy who controls electricity? Or the one with no powers but a considerable arsenal of weapons at his disposal?
19. Thor, Vol. 1 (UK)
Ignore its title: this isn’t the origin of the God of Thunder. What it is, however, is a wonderful tale of Thor trying to resurrect his fellow Asgardian pantheon, as written by Babylon 5‘s J. Michael Straczynski.
Thor à travers les âges, la puissance d'Olivier Coipel. pic.twitter.com/58Z5sevXUq
— Daniel Andreyev (@kamuirobotics) March 23, 2017
Plus, Olivier Coipel’s art, playing with page structures in ingenious ways, has never been better.
For anyone unfamiliar with the publisher, Valiant, this book brings together its top heavy-hitters and unites them in an epic battle against a power that threatens all modern society.
— William Brandon (@wbrandon1987) April 16, 2017
While it’s actually the culmination of numerous Valiant narratives, Unity remains a strong story with plenty of twists and enough excitement to make you consider splashing out on subsequent volumes!
What Is Your Favorite Graphic Novel of All Time?
You might have noticed that the majority of the titles here are Marvel. That’s simply because the publishing giant has captured the market here, delivering a load of free reads that’ll hook you into buying subsequent stories.
It’s a great marketing strategy. Whatever your feelings about digital comics, you can’t argue with reading comics for free. If you discover a new favorite character or creative team in the process, then that’s even better.
Which graphic novels do you recommend? Are you making full use of your Amazon Prime subscription? Which other suggestions do you have once readers have finished the graphic novels on this list?