Hard Boiled by Frank Miller and Geof Darrow

For more graphic novels on the edge, try these:

Ed the Happy Clown by Chester Brown
 for a surreal and hilarious tale of vampires, pygmy hunters, parallel dimensions, and one very pitiful clown.

Palestine by Joe Sacco for comics journalism at its best, covering two months in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

100% by Paul Pope 
for a masterclass in the fluid beauty of ink and brush.

Shaolin Burning by Ant Sang
 for a thoroughly modern take on the traditional kung fu saga.

This post was guest edited by Ant Sang, an artist and writer from New Zealand. His latest book, Shaolin Burning, is out now. 

The post is part of a series in partnership with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, which runs from October 1-5, 2014. More info here.