Drawn Out: The 50 Best Non-Superhero Graphic Novels

Disaffected hipsters, cyberpunk dystopias, cranky ducks and boy geniuses: here are the greatest comic-story collections that don't feature caped crusaders

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'Pluto,' Naoki Urasawa

Naoki Urasawa

Essentially a grim-and-gritty cover (reboot? update?) of manga god Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy, this stellar revamp recasts a vintage Astro storyline as a techno-noir, full of killer robots, Philip K. Dick-ish runs about the nature of humanity and an allegory about the War in Iraq. It doesn't quite do to Tezuka what Hendrix's All Along the Watchtower did to Dylan's song, but it's close.

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