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Comics & Graphic Novels: Genres

Comic Genres

We often associate superheroes with comic books, and while superheroes remain an integral part of the comic landscape, there are many other genres of comics to appeal to all readers!


Visit the Genres of Literature Guide for more information!


These are some of the most important works in modern comics history. These books made significant contributions to the art of comics, and often included on reading lists for college comic literature courses.


"Nonfiction is that body of work in which the author purports to tell us about the real world, a real experience, a real person, an idea, or a belief." 

- Kylene Beers & Robert E. Probst (in Reading Nonfiction)

Realistic Fiction

Realistic Fiction includes imagined stories that reflect real life as it is lived today. 

Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction includes imagined stories set in the past which accurately reflect life as it would have been lived in the time and place in which the story is set.


Mystery Fiction involves a detective or another investigator collection evidence to solve a crime.


Horror Fiction uses supernatural elements to create stories which incite fear, horror, or terror in readers.

Science Fiction

Science Fiction is based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, often featuring space or time travel and life on other planets.


Fantasy Fiction uses magic as a plot device.


Animal Xenofiction: Fictional stories told from the point of view of animals.