5 Must-Read Graphic Novels for True Crime Fans

Fans of true crime tend to gravitate more towards podcasts, documentaries, and novels...but crime graphic novels have had a boom in the past 15 years and are probably second only to superhero stories in terms of popularity within the medium. Here are five graphic novels we always recommend for readers looking to explore the genre.

My Friend Dahmer graphic novel cover

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

If you enjoyed true crime books like "The Stranger Beside Me" by Ann Rule and "Mindhunter" by John E. Douglas, you'll find similar themes in "My Friend Dahmer." This book is a haunting memoir of the author's high school friendship with notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer before he became a murderer, and the book's black-and-white artwork really lends itself to the looming sense of dread.

The Green River Killer Graphic Novel Cover

Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case

Based on the true story of the Green River Killer, this graphic novel follows the investigation into one of America's most prolific serial killers and the toll it takes on the lead detective, Tom. The artwork is moody and atmospheric and uses muted tones and monochromatic panels to heighten the mood.and the story is a gripping exploration of the toll that the investigation took on the detectives involved. If you liked "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" by Michelle McNamara or "The Stranger Beside Me" by Ann Rule, this is probably right up your alley.

The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

Set in 1940s Hollywood, "The Fade Out" is a noir-style mystery that follows a screenwriter who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation. Brubaker and Phillips have become well known for their work in the crime genre, so this is a great primer for their partnership that you can eventually parlay into Criminal, Kill or Be Killed, and all their other great stories.

The Black Dahlia Graphic Novel Cover

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy and David Fincher

This graphic novel adaptation of James Ellroy's classic crime novel tells the story of the infamous Black Dahlia murder in 1940s Los Angeles, so it's playing in a similar sandbox to the Fade Out (recommended above) albeit with more of a true life bent. It’s a harrowing look at the seedy underbelly of Hollywood as told by true Hollywood insiders.

From Hell by Alan Moore

From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell

This sprawling graphic novel tells the story of the Jack the Ripper murders in Victorian London, and it's one of the most detailed and complex explorations of the case ever put to paper. A truly gripping exploration of one of history's most notorious unsolved crimes from one of comic’s most revered authors. There's the original black and white version, and also a colorized remaster (or hey, go wild and watch the film adaptation first).

We have these graphic novels and a whole bunch more in stock now, always at least 25% off retail. Looking for a recommendation or a particular title? Chat us anytime, we love to help! 

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