If you’ve ever had the nagging sensation you’re not getting something in comics, or you just want to know more about a broad and complex range of books, genres, characters and creators, you’re certainly not alone. Here to help is a list of the best books to help get to grips with all of the above.

To make this list as broad as possible, I’ve mostly stayed away from books on creating comics – this will be a separate post further down the line. This will focus on comics theory, history, and some broad reference books. A list like this can never be comprehensive – if you think I’ve missed something, leave a comment or shout at us on Twitter. Read On…