5 must-read graphic novels by Neil Gaiman

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Design: Syeda Afrin Tarannum

Neil Gaiman’s novels are arguably the epitome of fiction. His stories travel through different genres and writing styles making each story unique, depicting the personality of the author and his characters embodying qualities that resonate with all of us. His graphic novels captivate with their storylines and intricate art styles.

Here are five such Neil Gaiman graphic novels you should read.

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The Sandman

Last year’s Netflix adaptation of The Sandman was great, but the graphic novels are much more enticing.

With ten novels, the story has recurring characters and cameos from other DC story arcs. The graphic novels appeal to readers in terms of writing style, diversity and cultural representation and art style. They contain compelling stories, deep philosophical underpinnings and complex attitudes, and representations of both ancient and contemporary situations.

Working with a variety of draughtsmen, inkers and colorists, the variety of visual aesthetics is essential to understanding the subtleties of the series. However, the last story may infuriate you a bit and leave you conflicted.

The Overture

This is the prequel to the Sandman series. It answers a lot of questions that probably don’t cross your mind. The prequel is meant to be read after the series, although reading it first might help you get into the series better. But where’s the fun in that? The series is meant to leave you a bit perplexed and The Overture to shut you down a bit.

Violent cases

Illustrated by Dave McKean, Violent Cases is the first collaboration between him and Neil Gaiman. From Sandman to The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Gaiman loves playing with memories and dreams, and Violent Cases is similar, dealing with the vague concept of memory as seen through the eyes of a man reflecting on his childhood , and maybe even the desire to forget.

While readers never get straight answers, they are left with a strong feeling that the boy’s home had more violent incidents than the story could tell us.

Harlequin Valentine

We all want a love that transcends us, and the Harlequin sets the bar high for loving gestures. The Harlequin offers Missy his heart. Literally, by nailing it to her door. The story then follows Missy as she tries to find her admirer and what to do with his gift.

Set on February 14, the story is a bloody romantic graphic novel based on the old Commedia dell’arte and Harlequinade pantomime.

The sleeper and the spindle

Written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell, this story reinvents the princess story, with the Queen leaving on the eve of her wedding to rescue a princess from an enchantment. This queen makes her own decisions and the princess in need of rescue has her own mysteries.

With its mesmerizing and beautiful artwork, this graphic novel blends the ancient and the contemporary, giving communities a voice and challenging the stereotyped image of the Queen in most other fairy tales.

Gaiman’s graphic novels play with your mind, both in story and art style. They are dark, witty, humorous and employ human principles. Although they are short lectures, by the time you get to the last page you will be aesthetically and spiritually blown away.

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5 must-read graphic novels by Neil Gaiman

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