In the generation of internet and video games, comic books have lost their importance and buzz. But that’s not entirely true. Still, some section of the audience waits eagerly for comic books to hit the shelves. Although it’s not as popular among the little kids as it uses to be, comic books are and will always be a part of the child within you. It will continue to excite you and entertain like it uses to.
Comic books used to be the only source of entertainment through books till 2007 or so. But with the invention of the internet and Access to the internet in every household hindered its popularity and need. Most of the children now, either don’t read books at all or they read on electronic platforms like Kindle or so. But comic books are and will be forever.
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List of Best Comic Books:
Some of the greatest and most popular are listed for you below:-
1. Batman – The Dark Knight Returns (DC Comics)
Batman, one of the most favorite superheroes of all time have his comic book series. In fact, before getting popular through movies, it was famous through comics. Batman – The Dark Knight Returns features the return of batman after 55 years to fight crime and injustice. Batman – The Dark Knight Returns got so much recognition, that it made the best selling comic books in almost every list. The story introduces Carrie Kelley as the new Robin and culminates with a confrontation against Superman. It was made by Frank Miller, written by Miller and Klaus Janson, and published by DC Comics.
2. Kingdom Come (DC Comics)
Kingdom Come was a four-part mini-series published issued in 1996 by DC Comics under their Elseworlds imprint. It was written by Mark Waid and Alex Ross and painted by Ross. The story is based is in a future era that deals with the conflict between the “traditional” and superheroes. Between these two groups is Batman, who attempts to control the upcoming disaster, foil the plots of Lex Luthor, and prevent a world-ending superhuman war.
3. Watchmen (DC Comics)
This comic is famous among readers. It has made to the list of best Comic Booklist almost everywhere. Watchmen was a graphic novel published by DC Comics in 1986 and 1987. The series was created by a British collaboration consisting of writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins. People still like this series and it’s spin-off very much.
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4. Preacher (Vertigo)
The preacher was very famous in its time. Although it faced several criticisms from the audience, it’s popularity knew no bounds. However, it ranked highly on virtually every “Best of Comics” list used to compile these rankings. A preacher is a comic book series published by Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics. The series was created by writer Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon with covers painted by Glenn Fabry. The preacher talks about the story of Jesse Custer, a preacher in the small Texas town of Annville. The preacher holds 75 issues in total till date.
5. Fables (Vertigo)
Fables was a comic book series created by Bill Willingham and published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. Bill Willingham wrote this entire book all by himself. He was the mind and words behind this comic. Fables were launched in July 2002 and ended on July 2015. It is set in the modern period unlike many other comic books and features many characters such as Sheriff Bigby Wolf, Deputy Mayor Snow White, her sister Rose Red, Prince Charming, and Boy Blue, as they deal with troublesome Fables and try to solve the conflicts.
6. Marvels (Marvel Comics)
Almost every human being on this planet has watched marvel movies, but have you read comic books too? Marvel comics were so popular back in the days, it was surreal. It was published by Marvel Comics in 1994. Marvels are set in 1939 to 1974 period and examine the Marvel Universe. It was a representation of unique art. Marvels were four parts, limited series comic book written by Kurt Busiek, painted by Alex Ross and edited by Marcus McLaurin. Marvel achieve a huge amount of success making it the best Comic of all times.
7. Fantastic Four (Lee & Kirby 1-102) (Marvel Comics)
Fantastic four was such a legendary set of comic books that keeping only one issue appeared as an injustice to the other. All 102 issues of this book were exceptionally amazing and worth reading. The writers, Stan Lee, and Jack Kirby did a tremendous job with this comic and gave the readers a treat. This run gave the world so many legendary comic book moments from the debut of Dr. Doom in issue five to the story of Galactus and the Silver Surfer.
8. The Walking Dead (Image Comics)
The Walking Dead brought a huge change in the comic book world. It used pop culture into the comic books which baffled the audience. The popular TV series The Walking Dead is also derived from the ongoing black-and-white comic book series created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moor. It was first released in 2003 by Image Comics, The Walking Dead received the 2007 and 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series. It is a really good crime thriller with even more interesting plot.
9. The Sandman (DC Comics / Vertigo)
Everyone appreciates a perfect blend of different genres in a comic book. Sandman is also a perfect mixture of horror, dark fantasy, surrealism and drama. The Sandman was written by Neil Gaiman. Its artists included Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Jill Thompson, Shawn McManus, Marc Hempel, and Michael Zulli, with lettering by Todd Klein and covers by Dave McKean. From its 47th issue, it was handed over to the vertigo imprints. The series ran for 75 issues from January 1989 to March 1996.
10. All-Star Superman (DC Comics)
Who does not love superman? It was a greatly represented comics and was critics favorite. Before coming into the movies, all superheroes were a part of the comic world. All-Star Superman was a twelve-issue comic book series that was published by DC Comics. All-Star Superman successfully ran from November 2005 to October 2008. It was individually written by Grant Morrison, drawn by Frank Quitely, and digitally formulated by Jamie Grant.
11. New Teen Titans (Wolfman & Perez era) (DC Comics)
New Teen Titans was an example of a perfect blend of synchrony and teamwork. The book was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez and their run on New Teen Titans. One of the most popular New Teen Titans storylines was 1984’s “The Judas Contract”, which took place in Tales of the Teen Titans 42–44 and Teen Titans Annual #3. This book was so appreciated and loved, it won Comics Buyer’s Guide Fan Award for “Favorite Comic Book Story” of 1984.
12. Astonishing X-Men (2004) (Marvel Comics)
X – men movie is really good and worldwide appreciated and so is it’s comic version. It was written by Joss Whedon and formulated by John Cassaday. It is a continuing series of Grant Morrison’s New X-Men title and showcases a similar list of characters, including Cyclops and Emma Frost (as co-team leaders), Beast, Kitty Pryde, Colossus, Lockheed, and Wolverine. It introduces even more original and new characters in this edition making it more special.
13. Civil War (2006-2007 Marvel Comics Event) (Marvel Comics)
Hey, you loved the civil war movie? You will love the comic book even more. This book was filled with so many adventures and elements, it surprised the public. Although it got mixed responses from the critics, it was a hit. Civil War consisted of a seven-issue limited series written by Mark Millar and penciled by Steve McNiven, with various other tie-in books published by Marvel at the time.
14. Ultimate Spider-Man (1-111 Brian Michael Bendis era) (Marvel Comics – Ultimate Imprint)
Spider-Man, that unusual man who hangs by the spider cafe and saves the world. Yes, the public adores him and loves to read about his new adventures. Although people were uncertain about it, Brian Michael Bendis did a great job with the Marvel Ultimate Universe Ultimate Spider-Man comic book series. Ultimate Spider-Man was published by Marvel Comics from 2000 to 2009 and remained in the market alongside other Ultimate Marvel titles including Ultimate X-Men, Ultimate Fantastic Four, and The Ultimates. We have numerous movies on Spiderman, but nothing can beat the comic book craze.
15. Maus (Pantheon)
Maus was a revolution in the comic world. It was a graphic comic book series, that featured a higher level of art and understanding. Cartoonist Art Spiegelman created this series from 1980 to 1991 and it talks about Spiegelman interviewing his father about his experiences as a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor. Although there were controversial issues related to this book, where critics considered it as a biography, history, fiction, autobiography, graphic novel, and a mix of genres. All those questions flew out of the window when this book won a prize as, first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1992.
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