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DC's 25 Most Essential Graphic Novels

This May DC released a free guide in magazine-like format, about the size of a small prestige graphic novel itself, containing a list of “essential graphic novels” and also a “chronology” for new readers. It’s not a bad idea considering what a difficult time new readers, or those who have left for awhile, can have finding jumping on points. But it’s particularly interesting to see what graphic novels they picked as their 25 most “essential” and to ponder the ramifications of that decision. Here are the titles included in the list:
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Watchmen
Watchmen
2
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
3
Sandman: Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
Sandman: Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
4
Batman: Year One
Batman: Year One
5
V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta
6
Saga of the Swamp Thing: Volume 1
Saga of the Swamp Thing: Volume 1
7
Fables
Fables
8
Batman: The Killing Joke
Batman: The Killing Joke
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9
Y: The Last Man
Y: The Last Man
10
All Star Superman
All Star Superman
11
Kingdom Come
Kingdom Come
12
Batman: The Long Halloween
Batman: The Long Halloween
13
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
14
Batman: Earth One
Batman: Earth One
15
Green Lantern: Rebirth
Green Lantern: Rebirth
16
American Vampire
American Vampire
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17
Blackest Night
Blackest Night
18
Final Crisis
Final Crisis
19
Jla: Volume 1
Jla: Volume 1
20
Identity Crisis
Identity Crisis
21
Batman: Hush
Batman: Hush
22
Joker
Joker
23
The Flash: Rebirth
The Flash: Rebirth
24
Superman: Earth One: Volume 1
Superman: Earth One: Volume 1
25
Planetary: Volume 1: All Over the World and Other Stories
Planetary: Volume 1: All Over the World and Other Stories
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