Neil Gaiman’s best comics, in complete chronological order.
The Comic Books of Neil Gaiman
Not strictly Gaiman, but you can find some of his earliest 2000 AD comics (4 stories to be exact) within this anthology.
Anthology graphic novel with Gaiman contributing humorous digs at organized religion, a much earlier and less serious exploration of the themes present in his prose work in American Gods.
Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean Graphic Novels
The first widely known collaboration between Neil Gaiman and artist Dave McKean, Violent Cases is an extraordinary early graphic novel.
Black Orchid marks the intersection between Gaiman and McKean’s graphic novels and Gaiman’s writing for DC Comics and Vertigo.
Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham on Miracleman
Following Alan Moore’s stupendous deconstruction of the Captain Marvel mythos on Miracleman (my third favorite comic book series of all time), Neil Gaiman wrote a fascinating follow-up series reflecting on the price of godhood and utopia. In my opinion, this run will not make very much sense, or have a similar payoff if you haven’t previously read Moore’s work.
Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Reading Order
Collects the first 37 issues of Sandman.
Issues #38 to #75 of Sandman. The Omnibus editions of Sandman are glorious 1,000 page collections, that are actually still pretty reasonably priced. Nonetheless, the more affordable, trade paperback collections are listed below. Note that these contain the same comics as the omnibus…es? (Omnibi?)
Technically Sandman: Overture is written as a retroactive origin explaining the state of the lord of dreams prior to meeting him in Preludes and Nocturnes. You could make a case for reading it prior to Sandman Volume One, but personally, I prefer reading it with the Sandman run in the rearview mirror.
Big 2 Superhero Comics of Neil Gaiman
At the time of publication (1995), Angela fell pretty firmly within the Image Comics Spawn landscape, but she has since moved within the Marvel Universe.