20 Great Graphic Novels You Can Read Free on Amazon

Philip Bates 21-06-2017

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Prime Reading Amazon Adds 1,000 Free eBooks to Prime Prime Reading offers Amazon Prime subscribers unlimited access to more than 1,000 eBooks, magazines, short stories, comic books, and more. All for free. Read More 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.

1. Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1: The Parker Luck (UK)

Following the divisive Superior Spider-Man, The Parker Luck establishes a new status-quo for the webslinger.

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 Now Playing: 5 "Astonishing" Websites For X-Men Fans If the X-Men leave you "X-Statix", there are plenty of ways to indulge your passion. Turn to the Internet. It showcases the mutant race in a fun and thorough way. Read More , 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.

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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.

4. Black Panther: Who Is the Black Panther? (UK)

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!


5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (UK)

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.

6. Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More (UK)

In 2019, Brie Larson will explode onto screens as Carol Danvers, formerly Ms. Marvel, Binary, and Warbird — now, Captain Marvel!


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.

7. The Complete Peanuts Vol. 1: 1950-1952 (UK)

Good grief! Charlie Brown and friends have rightly become giants of the comic strip world, and this is how it all started.

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.

8. Daredevil by Mark Waid: Vol. 1 (UK)

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.

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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!

9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1: Cosmic Avenger (UK)

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 Why You Should Play the Guardians of the Galaxy Game If you're a Guardians of the Galaxy fan, you have to check out the new game. Here's why the name game will please fans of the movie and comic alike. Read More now, and if you’re new to the cosmic comics, this is a solid place to start.

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This is a fun read, with gorgeous art — now with added Iron Man!

10. Hawkeye Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon (UK)

Comics are a language in themselves. If you want proof of their innovative nature, this is the title for you.

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.

11. Immortal Iron Fist Vol. 1: The Last Iron Fist Story (UK)

Danny Rand is the Iron Fist. But he’s not immortal: it’s the name that is.

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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.

12. The Incal Vol. 1: The Black Incal (UK)

Moebius is a comics legend, and nowhere is this more evident than in The Incal, his science fiction/fantasy masterstroke written by Alejandro Jodorowsky.

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.

13. Jessica Jones: Alias – Vol. 1 (UK)

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It’s certainly not for kids, and it’s not a superhero book either. Alias is a detective title that dabbles in powers.

14. Legendary Star-Lord Vol. 1: Face It, I Rule (UK)

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.

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!

15. Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal (UK)

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.

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Khan’s origins aren’t explored in this volume, so instead, you can just enjoy her coming to terms with her new life.

16. New Avengers Vol. 1: Breakout (UK)

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.

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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.

17. Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat! Vol. 1: Hooked on a Feline (UK)

You might recognize Walker from Netflix’s Jessica Jones, but she’s actually one of Marvel’s oldest characters.

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.

18. The Punisher Vol. 1: Black and White (UK)

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.

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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.

Plus, Olivier Coipel’s art, playing with page structures in ingenious ways, has never been better.

20. Unity Vol. 1: To Kill A King (UK)

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.

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 Discover Marvel Comics & Marvel Characters on the Web Marvel Comics was founded in 1939 as Timely Comics before becoming Atlas Comics in the 1950s and eventually the company we know and love in the 1960s. This was the era when Jack Kirby, Steve... Read More . 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.

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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?

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  1. likefunbutnot
    June 23, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Marvel? Nextwave: Agents of HATE may be the single greatest super hero series of the last 20 years. Make sure you pick up the omnibus edition, which includes the letters pages, if only for the extended digression on a song by Toto. Nextwave also has a theme song ("It's like Shakespeare, but with lots more punching") and a "Crayon Butchery Variant Edition" comic for color-it-yourself fun. Every page is memorably ridiculous. Warren Ellis is a fantastic writer who normally works with themes surrounding the impact of technology and communication. Everything he writes is worth the time to look in to for a comic book fan.

    Dan Slott's She-Hulk, improbably focused on the titular character's career as an attorney and building on the wonderful characterization of John Byrne's classic late 80s run. This might be best categorized as "Allie McBeal plus Super-Heroes" but in my opinion it's a masterpiece in developing seldom seen corners of the Marvel Universe.

    Matt Fraction wrote the Immortal Iron Fist and really took full ownership of the character, expanding the mythology in exhilarating ways, especially by introducing new Immortal Weapons and the full legacy of the Iron Fist. It's mentioned above, but it's one of my favorites and I'm only going to echo that.

    Fred van Lente's Incredible Hercules. A buddy comedy also featuring Amadeus Cho, this is a goofy romp through the mythological aspects of Marvel's universe. Hercules is a funny character and van Lente gets that. Hercules is an oaf, and that's refreshing to see for a mainstream super hero comic.

    X-Men: First Class. The original series, with work by Coleen Clover, featured stand alone stories of the original X-Men formatted for younger comic fans. It was charming and blessedly free of the baggage of other X-Men books.

    Brian K. Vaughan's Runways is just about as good an entry point for new Marvel fans as I can think of. It's inclusive, features all new characters and feels extremely relevant compared to the 50+ year old origins of other books (Brian K. Vaughan is also one of the tiny number of comic creators whose work I will buy on sight with no hesitation; Saga and Y, the Last Man are also brilliant).

    Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North. Some people find the art off-putting for the exact reason I see a strength: it's stylized and cartoonish in what could be off-putting in a more realistic series. North manages something fun and authentic in lighthearted teen drama AND the ridiculousness of squirrel-based super-powers.

    Matt Fraction's Hawkeye. Also on the list, above. There's a REALLY good reason for this, as it's another defining run for a generally minor character.

    Kieron Gillen's Journey in to Mystery starring Kid Loki. Gillen is the Tumblr Pride Parade of Marvel's writing stable and his fans love him for that, but here we have a re-born Loki trying to set right some of the wrongs his former, villainous self did. We get story arcs full of twists and turns as Loki-the-kid reveals why he's still a grand-master of Five Dimensional Chess AND the god of trickery.

    Most of these books feature minor characters that are left alone in the mass crossover-driven main Marvel continuity. Many of them are designed to be more friendly to women or younger readers. And they're some of the best work Marvel has put out at least in the last decade.

    • Philip Bates
      July 16, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      What a fantastic list - thank you!

      I'm ashamed to say I've never read Nextwave or Squirrel Girl, although I intend do.

      Slott's She-Hulk never wowed me, but I can see where you're coming from. I get its acclaim; I just never particularly found it engaging enough. Although I did read all of it, so maybe I can eat my words!

      Fraction's Iron Fist and Hawkeye are sublime. Aja certainly helps; his pages are just so stunning. Are you reading the current Fist and Hawkeye series? They're both great, especially the latter - something very different but very enjoyable.

      I did enjoy Hercules, although I found the art somewhat inconsistent. Clayton Henry's stuff was wonderful though. I don't really like what they've done to Amadeus now, sadly, so that sort of taints it.

      First Class and Journey: I've only read bits and bobs of those, but the latter, I'm getting the omnibus soon, so I'm looking forward to digging in!

      And Runaways really surprised me. I wasn't sure about it at first, but it turned into something very compelling. Hopefully, the new TV show is good enough to bring new readers to the books...

  2. Annoyed
    June 22, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Would it kill ya to make the title 20 Great Graphic Novels You Can Read Free on Amazon (UK)?
    Because they're all UK deals...

    • Dave Parrack
      June 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      These are all available in both countries. Click on the title to go to Amazon.com, or on the (UK) to go to Amazon.co.uk.

      It's a rather confusing format though, admittedly, so we'll try to make it clearer in future.