Love dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels but looking for some variety in storytelling? Me too! I absolutely love graphic novels and comics. These stories about post-apocalyptic worlds, dystopian powers, and brutal survival are some of my favorites, with awesome visuals and spellbinding stories. Check out some of these post-apocalyptic and dystopian graphic novels and comics to hold you over until your next installment in your favorite series is released.
A lot of people are unaware of the long-running Eisner Award-winning comic counterpart to The Walking Dead, the bitterly dark but insanely entertaining AMC TV series. Started in 2003 and more than a decade long with 156 series, The Walking Dead (Comic) is released monthly. You can start the journey with Volume 1: Days Gone Bye. For those unfamiliar with the TV show or the series, The Walking Dead follows a band of survivors living in a post-apocalyptic America after an outbreak wipes out much of civilization, leaving a bleak landscape—and a bitter struggle between good…and evil.
Spanning 60 issues and 10 paperback omnibus editions, Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s Y: The Last Man is an epic covering the only man left on earth after a mysterious plague causes the mass and sudden extinction of all living mammals with a Y chromosome in 2002. Traveling with a pet monkey, seemingly the only male monkey left, Yorick, our hero, tries to survive and hide amidst the remaining members of the human race—women who try to capitalize on his value for science and society. Y: The Last Man is a riveting look at a fascinating—and terrifying—theory.
This chilling comic explores Manhattan after a Second American Civil War has blown the country apart and made New York City a demilitarized zone (DMZ) torn between the United States of America and the Free States of America, who want to secede. A post-apocalyptic dystopian comic if ever there was one, Brian Wood’s DMZ was inspired by America in the post-9/11 days of chaos and bitter division. Syfy announced in 2014 that they were adapting the comic to a TV series. This novel is gripping and chilling, but important and a definite must for dystopian and post-apocalyptic fans.
Comics god Alan Moore and epic illustrator David Lloyd teamed up to deliver the cult classic graphic novel, V for Vendetta. This comic paints a bleak vision of a dystopian and post-apocalyptic London in the 1990s. Unforgettable protagonists like Evey Hammond and V traverse a city and country whose compass tends towards the morally ambiguous. Wide-eyed Evey has to grow up and get street-smart fast, with protector V enlightening her on anarchism and other ways to lead a resistance. This beloved novel is truly one for the ages, mixing compelling themes with strong writing and a striking art direction. Dystopian and post-apocalyptic fans will not want to miss this cult classic, which was adapted for the big screen in 2006.
Last but not least, we have another unputdownable comic. FreakAngels is a stirring apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic tale by Warren Ellis and artist Paul Duffield. Collected in six volumes, the series follows a group of young adult psychics with special abilities living in post-apocalyptic London after much of Great Britain has been destroyed. This gritty series charts glimpses of how humanity struggles to survive after the landscape—and society as we know it—has been bitterly and seemingly irrevocably obliterated. In other words, it’s right up the alley of any dystopian and post-apocalyptic fan.