The best graphic novels form a link between literature and comic books. That is true when adult subjects and a sophisticated writing style meet the visual impact of comics. Numerous works have influenced not only the world of comics but also pop culture worldwide. They have left their mark in literature, as well as, in film and fashion. The following graphic novels can undoubtedly fall into this category as their influence is still important today.
Alan Moore is one of the most famous and exciting personalities in the comics scene. His works radiate far beyond the narrow limits of the genre. Moore’s work has made him a legend. He not only revolutionized classic comics but also created the basis for numerous successful film adaptations with his work. His most famous works include The Dark Knight, V For Vendetta, and of course Watchmen. His adaptation of the Jack the Ripper story was almost even more successful. Under the title From Hell, the draftsman and author developed a breathtaking development in Victorian England at the time of the most famous serial killer of all time. The series of murders is also at the center of his story. Albert Hughes also filmed it for the cinema. Johnny Depp played the leading role in a work that is intoxicating in terms of both content and appearance. His interpretation of Batman was genre-forming in The Dark Knight.
Tom Taylor was just as radical in the graphic novel Injustice. He also radically changed a central character in the DC Comic Universe. This time it hit the ultimate superhero. Superman turns into a villain in the novel. In an alternate universe, the man of steel becomes a dictator. That turned the previously known comic book world on its head. The director Zack Snyder tried something similar in his disappointing film Dawn of Justice. What went entirely wrong in the movie is a prominent central part of the story in this work and is consequently thought through and drawn to the end. Superman becomes the villain after the self-inflicted death of Luis Lane and the downfall of Metropolis. Unsurprisingly, Batman turns out to be his opponent. His mantra becomes the moral compass of good. But the fight of the comic giants is not without dramatic losses. Regardless of the failure, Tom Taylor develops a previously unknown world. Together with Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Flash, the world dictator Superman takes on Batman and his last loyal followers. No stone is left unturned here. It takes the old battle of good versus evil to a new level.
You can find Neil Gaiman’s Sandman on just about every top graphic novel listing. Terry Pratchett’s student received the Eisner Award for not only his fantastic saga but also the World Fantasy Award. Sandman even made the New York Times bestseller list. The story about the protagonist Dream is bursting with mythological figures. The author has used numerous templates from classic literature. Here you can find Shakespeare as well as Jorge Luis Borges.