“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” is one of the most successful graphic novels of all time. After its fame, publishers have started making serious use comics and graphic novels.

Graphic novels have become an attractive format for delivering gritty crime stories.

Here is a list of top five detective graphic novels.

5. Fell

“Fell” is unique among detective comics with Ben Templesmith’s weird art making everything abstract. Probably most striking part of “Fell” is its sinister tone, says Crime Fiction Lover.

Much like Twin Peaks, or the current True Detective – something “uncontrollably ominous lurks below the surface” of “Fell.”

4. Nailbiter

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With quirky comic art, “Nailbiter” is a comic series published by Image Comics.

“Where do serial killers come from and why has the fictional town of Buckaroo, Oregon given birth to sixteen of the most vile serial killers in the world?” is the question that keeps this series going.

NSA Agent Nicholas Finch has to solve that mystery to save his friend. In order to do so he will have to team up with the infamous serial killer Edward “Nailbiter” Warren.

3. Se7en

However, the book is not about the storyline of the film. It tells the story from the perspective of the serial killer – John Doe. His notebooks were the major piece of art in the graphic novel, says Halloween Love.

2. Green River Killer

Jensen is the son of Tom Jensen, who was the chief detective in the task force responsible for the hunt of the Green River Killer.

The book divided itself in two sections. Firstly, the rise of Tom Jensen and the manhunt led by him. Secondly, the events after Ridgway’s capture.

This one of the finest true crime graphic novels of all time, says Goodreads.

1. Sweets: A New Orleans Crime Story

SWEETS on the Kindle Paperwhite looks like a whole lot of noir. Surprisingly sharp, too.

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While a spree killer terrorises New Orleans, news of the deadly Hurricane Katrina is in the air. According to Comic Vine, The graphic novel follows Detective Curt Delatte’s investigation into the killings.

After burying his only daughter, Delatte is in no condition to work. But when the bodies pile up, he joins the hunt through the bowels of the Big Easy.

However, his city and his evidence is about to get washed away due to the impending Hurricane.

Written and illustrated by Kody Chamberlain, Sweets is how a detective story should run with a proper police procedural. It justifies the saying: “Every murder is a tale of a city.”