Craig Thompson's massive and heartfelt coming-of-age graphic novel will be read and loved forever.
With 46 volumes out so far, this megaselling Japanese series was the biggest hit of a decade that saw manga take over graphic-novel bestseller lists.
Infinite Crisis and Civil War:
DC and Marvel's enormous crossover events, each requiring encyclopedic knowledge of canon, cemented superhero comics' disdain for the casual fan.
David Mazzucchelli's 2009 masterpiece is the capstone to a decade in which the idea of comics as literature stopped being outrageous and started being shrug-worthy.