9 Graphic Novels to Read For Folks That Don't Like Superheroes

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You don't have to like superheroes to love comic books!

Between live action comic book movies, TV adaptations, digital sales, and the rise of geek culture, comic books are more popular than ever. Still, not everyone is a fan of the superheroes that dominate comic books. That's okay, though, because there are plenty of incredible comics out there that don't feature a single superhero! In fact, we've made a list of graphic novels for folks that don't like superheroes that you're going to want to check out!

Once you get past the flashy costumes of the superheroes that line the shelves of comic book shops and book stores and dig a little deeper, you'll discover that comic books offer just as wide a variety of tales as books. The writing is just as good as any book too and, with the addition of the art, can offer an experience that falls somewhere between reading a book and watching a movie. Of the nine graphic novels we chose for the list, you'll find fantasy, horror, crime, romance, YA, memoir, and more! Make sure you check it out so you can add them to your reading list today!

1. Rachel Rising

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Terry Moore's Rachel Rising is a dark and engaging comic in the town of Manson, a place with bleak history. The comics follow Rachel, a young woman that woke up from the dead, buried in a shallow grave. She soon finds out she isn't the only person not quite right in Manson either.

Buy Rachel Rising Vol. 1 from Amazon.

2. Bingo Love

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Tee Franklin's Bingo Love explores concepts of love in a time of great prejudice, friendship, and, ultimately, triumph. It's a beautiful love story that follows Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray over a span of 60 years of their lives as they relearn to love each other after homophobia separates them in their youth.

Buy Bingo Love Vol. 1 from Amazon.

3. Stumptown

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Stumptown by Greg Rucka is a modern take on film noir, following a talented but down-on-her-luck P.I. named Dex. In Vol. 1, a gambling debt lands Dex into trouble that only her skills as a P.I. can get her out out. Unfortunately for her, the trouble doesn't seem to stop there. Fans of Jessica Jones will want to check this series out!

Buy Stumptown Vol. 1 from Amazon.

4. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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The graphic novel that inspired the hit Netflix show, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina follows Sabrina Spellman, a young woman torn between two very different worlds and forced to choose just as Madam Satan, an enemy from the past, makes a reappearance.

Buy The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina from Amazon.

5. Rat Queens

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Kurtis J. Wiebe's Rat Queens is a high fantasy series "that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world." Meet Hannah, an eleven mage, Dee, a human atheist cleric, Betty, a smidgen thief, and Violent, dwarven fighter, a ragtag group of "battle maidens-for-hire" that curse and drink too much.

Buy Rat Queens Vol. 1 from Amazon.

6. Spell on Wheels

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Between revenge plots, thieving exes, and cross country road trips, Andy, Jolene, and Claire are three witches just trying to get by. Kate Leth's Spell on Wheels is fun take on friendship with a magical twist. Best of all, Spell on Wheels is diverse, funny, and feminist!

Buy Spell on Wheels Vol. 1 from Amazon.

7. Persepolis

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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return are the graphic memoirs of Marjane Satrapi, telling her story of growing up in Iraq as a young girl during the Islamic Revolution and moving to Austria for a number of years before finally returning home. Persepolis was made into a movie in 2007 and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Buy Persepolis from Amazon.

8. Zodiac Starforce

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Fans of Sailor Moon and the magical girl genre will enjoy Kevin Panetta's Zodiac Starforce, a story about five teenage girls imbued with powers of the zodiac tasked with saving the world. Things get even more complicated when their foe is one of their own.

Buy Zodiac Starforce Vol. 1 from Amazon.

9. Sheets

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Sheets, which was both written and illustrated by Brenna Thummler, depicts a tale of parallel loneliness between Marjorie, a young girl with too much responsibility, and Wendell, a ghost boy that longs for life. The two begin an unlikely friendship when Wendell begins to haunt the laundromat owned by Marjorie's family.

Buy Sheets Vol. 1 from Amazon.

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