Top Ten Graphic Novels On Kindle

With the accessibility of Kindle and eBook reading devices, our readership habits have changed measurably over the last few years. Many of us are returning to the types of fiction we read as kids. Comic books are becoming popular again. And for those that like extended version of comics, the graphic novel may be more to your liking. If so, you're in luck that genre has found a new home on Kindle, just in time for the holiday season.

In reviewing some of the most intriguing new graphic novels, I uncovered a treasure trove of imaginative works, some of which can only be found on Kindle - and, at a very reasonable cost. Out of the hundreds currently available in the Kindle Library, I have selected a TOP TEN list I think you might like to read or present as a gift. All of these fine works can be purchased within seconds with just a simple download, whether or not you physically own a Kindle (see more info on free downloads of Kindle for PCs at the end of this blog).

After you have reviewed this list, please vote for your favorite in our Top Ten Graphic Novels On Kindle POLL at the end of the blog.

1- Crude Behavior ($4.99)

File Size: 7087 KB
Publisher: Robot Comics

KIDD MILLENNIUM is the unofficial heir to R.F. Outcault’s 19thYellow KidYellow Kid century newspaper comic sensation, THE YELLOW KID.  In this epic Graphic Novel sized outing, the kidd goes after the “War on Terror”, Energy Committee, the no-bid contracts, the PSAs (Production Sharing Agreements), Government-employed mercenaries, outing a CIA Agent, the firing of U.S. Justices, the relinquishment of Civil Liberties, the failings of the US' 43rd President and the continuous havoc wreaked by his nefarious VP.  The denouement actually unveils the creators’ best guess for the next president of the United States to be elected in 2008 (and which, now, after you read this Graphic Novel, you’ll know if their prediction came true or not !).

Since this is a parody, some identifiable real life celebre-du-jours are interwoven into this tale. Any resemblance to a White House intern, an Iraqi stand up comedian and a Left Coast teen gone Mullah… is purely intentional. While the creators doubt that these micro-celebs had any direct relationship to the history that unfolds in CRUDE BEHAVIOR, they embedded them into the story for pure comic relief and as architects in moving the plot along.

CRUDE BEHAVIOR is one of the first books to expose the current geo-political scene in vibrant color (or in this Kindle edition’s case, in 16 slick shades of gray).  Illustrations were provided by the award-winning artist, Jon Donohoe. (Buy here)

2- Chosen ($9.99)

File Size: 15157 KB
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

The land of the Forest Dwellers has been decimated by the Horde under the watchful eye of the vilest of all creatures, Teeleh. Thomas Hunter, supreme commander of the Forest Guard, is forced to lower the recruitment age of his army from 18 to 16. From among thousands, four new recruits are chosen to lead--and perhaps die--for the greater good.

The chosen four are sent on a quest to prove their character, but their mission takes a dramatic turn when they are intercepted, sworn to secrecy, and redirected to a different endgame. Now they must find the seven lost Books of History. Books that have power over the past, present, and future. Books whose words are alive. Books sought by the Dark One that control not only the destiny of their world  . . . but that of ours as well. (Buy here)

3- Epileptic ($9.99)

File Size: 21475 KB
Publisher: Pantheon

This cartoonist's memoir of growing up in a family in which his brother's grand mal epilepsy regularly took center stage is packaged here in its entirety.  He reports on the childhood adventures and interests he and his siblings shared–including warrior fantasies, a fascination with World War II, and drawing–and the family's increasing involvement in seeking help for coping with the disease of epilepsy.  His brother's failure to respond for any duration to any form of treatment or to adjust to life with a chronic disease is presented with unsentimental but humane forthrightness. The heavily inked images include many hallucinatory panels, and subplots involving the grandparents' prejudices and his developing relationships outside the family. While the final difficulties revolve around the author and his inability to become a father, most of the book should appeal to both teen and adult readers. (UPDATE: No longer available as e-book, buy  paperback here)

4- Ice Haven ($9.99)

File Size: 5285 KB
Publisher: Pantheon

Previously published in the independent comic-book series Eight Ball, this is a darkly comic romp through the small Midwestern town of Ice Haven. The basic story is pretty straightforward: a sad, quiet little boy named David Goldberg vanishes. But instead of delivering a pulp-inspired detective story, the author uses the child's tale mostly as a backdrop.

His real interest is in the lives of the bizarre, yet all-too-real townsfolk. They include a lovesick teen, an irritable private detective, a poet, and a schoolyard bully. Although the characters are types, the author/illustrator embellishes them enough to make them unique and memorable. Through vignettes that jump perspective every few pages, readers witness their lives and individual reactions to David's disappearance. As the point of view shifts, so does the artwork. In showing how the event affects the boy's classmates, the panels take on a style inspired by Charles Schultz's Peanuts, but the author moves into satire with a bleakly funny schoolyard of kids talking quite openly about sex, drugs, and violence. Other vignettes pull from the motifs of detective strips, teen romances, and The Flintstones. While well-read comics fans will get most of the jokes, some references may frustrate or confuse readers. Overall, though, there is plenty here to enjoy.(UPDATE: No longer available as e-book, buy paperback here.)

5- A Contract With God ($9.99)

File Size: 9871 KB
Publisher: Norton

Born in New York in 1917, Will Eisner was the author of the legendary comic strip "The Spirit." According to John Updike, "Eisner was not only ahead of his times - the present times are still catching up to him." A Contract With God is a revolutionary novel that re-creates the neighborhood of Will Eisner's youth through a quartet of four interwoven stories. Expressing the joy, exuberance, tragedy, and drama of life on the mythical Dropsie Avenue of the Bronx, A Contract With God is a monumental achievement, a must in the library of any graphic novel fan. (Buy here.)


6- The Waiting Room ($.99)

File Size: 1215 KB

With the constant fluctuations in our reality, events on our Earth are bound to intersect with events on the thousands of other Earths that exist in nearby frequencies. Some of these intersections are harmless - a frozen rose petal falls through a hole in Terra 7.342 and becomes a real tear duct in a Virgin Mary statue in Mexico on Terra 11.573, for example. But when a death meant for someone on one Earth wrongfully ends the life of someone on another, the border patrol agents get involved. These agents, like Saul Terth, guide the dead to their next destination based on their previous life or lives. While their resumes are being reviewed, they take a seat in the waiting room. (UPDATE: No longer published.)

7- Valentine: Episode 01 ($.99)

Valentine - Episode 1Valentine - Episode 1File Size: 2672 KB
Publisher: Mephisto Wax

This is the debut episode of the acclaimed fantasy / thriller graphic novel series by comics writer Alex de Campi and artist Christine Larsen. During Napoleon's retreat from Russia in the War of 1812, cavalry officers Valentine and Oscar are separated from the main army by a brutal blizzard. They think the worst thing waiting out there in the snow for them is Death. They could not be more wrong.

The two soldiers stumble across an ancient conflict between beings more powerful than humanity can imagine, a conflict which now threatens to consume the Earth and all upon it – because those who have stood in the horror’s path, the few bastions of light, are going home. The Valentine series is available on Kindle in 13 different languages to choose from. (Buy here.)

8- Paradox ($9.94)

File Size: 4822 KB
Publisher: Arcana

Created by screenwriter Christos N. Gage (Law & Order: SVU, Deadshot), PARADOX introduces homicide detective Sean Nault, a cop on a parallel Earth whose technology is powered exclusively by magic. Sean investigates a baffling series of murders committed by a means he’s never seen before: the power of science. With the aid of Lenoir – a member of the ridiculed subculture of “pragmatists” who believe science is more than the stuff of myths and children’s stories – and the 130 year old sorcerer Winston Churchill, Sean uncovers an apocalyptic plot that will lead him to another dimension – ours – and the realization that, unless he prevents it, both earths could well be destroyed. (Buy here.)

9- Duo Play ($5.00)

File Size: 8791 KB
Publisher: DDH LLC

Suspense, erotic, mystic, vivid graphical, Duo Play is a computer graphic novel that uses 3D techniques to create the new visual effect, that is new to readers who love graphic novels, and even text novels.

This psychological thriller has all the elements of suspense, drama, and twists with erotic touch. A beautiful piano tutor Alice Castel enters the home of Russel’s family. The mystery begins at the first night when Alice Castel hears the noise coming from upstairs……

This 144 pages graphic novel uses subtitles instead of traditional dialogue bubbles for readers to view each artistic page. The 3D software has done a great job to compose such wonderful images through the whole book. The story itself is full of relentless surprises. (Buy here.)

10- Novo ($3.00)

NovoNovoFile Size: 3388 KB
Publisher: Alterna Comics Inc

The Aquans and Terans spent their existences blaming each other for their own faults, warring until there was only one Aquan, a male, and one Teran, a female. Together in love and desperation, they created Novo - a savior born to a world that no longer had use for one. Now trying to discover a history he will never be a part of, can the mystery of his past give him the clues to his future? (Buy here.)

For those who currently do not own a Kindle and would like to to test the Kindle waters without incurring a major purchase, "Kindle for PC" is offering free downloads of their online versions (for Windows 7, Vista and XP).

For those of you that still have a hole burning through your holiday pocket, the actual Kindle can be purchased at Amazon for the low, low price of less than $150..

So, there you have this year's wrap-up of graphic novels that have been adapted for Kindle's easy reading device. Please do take our readership POLL, and let us know which title from the TOP TEN list was most appealing to you. And please do leave us a comment or review if you have read any of these fine graphic novels or know of one that I might have missed. Look forward to your feedback and Happy Holiday Reading.


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Dec 17, 2009
by Anonymous

Shades of Grey

I am not going to comment on the titles selected for your top ten but only want to mention that the Kindle 2 and Kindle DX are black and white displays and your picture of a Kindle DX with a color cover of Crude Behavior is a Photoshopped effect and not a true image of what users can expect. The Kindle website has the following to say about their edition of Crude Behavior:

"CRUDE BEHAVIOR is one of the first books to expose the current geo-political scene in vibrant color (or in this Kindle edition's case, is 16 slick shades of gray)."

Dec 17, 2009
by Ron Callari

Shades of Grey response

The images in this blog are for effect only. Like Amazon, I included color art of each book represented here. All the promos in the Kindle library on Amazon do the same.The disclaimer in the blog copy above and the previous comment referring to "16 shades of grey" is absolutely correct. Presently there is no eReader (Kindle or otherwise) that provides color graphics.

Dec 26, 2009
by Anonymous

eReader on iPhone in Color

iPhone can display color....