With publishers like Marvel and DC adapting their stories into a lot of movies and TV shows each year, the public’s interest in their huge library of books has gone up a lot. A list of Comic Books/Graphics You Should Definitely Read will help you figure out where to start reading.
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1. Infinity Gauntlet
In this story, Marvel’s universe was turned on its head. During the movie, Thanos uses the Infinity Stones to wipe out half of all living things in the universe. Adam Warlock and the Silver Surfer lead the Avengers and other cosmic deities in a fight against him. For those of you who loved Infinity War and Endgame, you should definitely check out the story that was the source of the ideas.
2. Spider-Man: The Night Gwen Stacy Died
After the Green Goblin kidnaps Gwen Stacy, Spider-Man fights him at the George Washington Bridge, where the bridge is. That his love had died, even though he kept Gwen from falling, makes him very sad. As he hunts down the Goblin, the web-slinger is at his lowest point. As offensive as it used to be to “fridge” female characters in comics are now, this storyline still had a huge impact on the comic book industry, ending the Silver Age of Comics and ushering in the dark and gloomy Bronze Age of comics.
3. The Galactus Trilogy
The Fantastic Four meet the Silver Surfer, who is on Earth to announce the arrival of his master, Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds, in this well-known comic story. It happens as the team tries to stop the all-powerful planet-eater. As the Silver Surfer comes to terms with his humanity, he joins the fight against his mighty lord. Galactus was an original creation that went against the typical model for supervillains at the time, because he was a godlike being with survivalist intentions that went beyond good and bad. This is why he was an original creation. His first comic book story was so popular that he and the Silver Surfer quickly became two of the most popular superheroes.
4. All-Star Superman
This is the story of Superman as he slowly dies from a lethal dose of solar radiation in Grant Morrison’s stand-alone comic. With time running out, Supes tries to make peace with the world he was born into and help it as much as he can. Comic books about Superman are often called the best stories ever. This one is heartwarming and shows the Man of Steel at his best as he helps people, just like he always has. He even made Lex Luthor see the light in a beautiful way.
5. Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt
A very dark story about our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man came out in the ’80s when dark comic book stories were all the rage. Web-slinger Kraven the Hunter kills and buries the web-slinger alive. The villain then wears a copy of Spider-suit Man’s and fights crime to show that he is better than the web-slinger. This story is paired with William Blake’s “The Tyger,” which talks about Spider-character Man’s and how people see him. It shows that no one can truly be like him. Because Kraven is so silly, this story also showed us that he was a real threat to people. Even at the end.
6. Kingdom Come
When Alex Ross wrote this story, the Justice League was long gone and new, irresponsible metahumans were fighting each other in the streets instead of in the courts. Meanwhile, Superman is making a new version of the Justice League to stop these new superhumans. Batman and his own team fight against the Man of Steel’s violent methods, which include imprisoning all of the superheroes he has caught in a superhuman prison. Having Lex Luthor plan from behind the scenes, this story is like Batman vs. Superman and the Civil War all rolled into one. And with Ross’s beautiful visuals mixed with Biblical stories, Kingdom Come is a superhero movie that must be seen.
7. The Walking Dead
Walking Dead is about Rick Grimes, a Kentucky deputy who wakes up in a zombie-infested world and fights to stay alive with a few other people. If you watch the TV show based on the comics, The Walking Dead has become one of the most popular horror shows in history. Is there something that scares you? If so, you should check out this modern zombie favorite.
8. Paper Girls (Image Comics)
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Cliff Chiang
In a world where comics are mostly read by men, it’s cool to see a group of paper girls taking the lead in this series. Erin is a new delivery girl in a fictional suburb of Cleveland. She meets a group of time-travelers, and they want to help her. As they fight a mysterious force, the comic moves back and forth between a lot of different times. If you like the idea of being able to change the future by changing the past, this book is for you.
9. The Vision (Marvel Entertainment)
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta
The 2017 Eisner Award-winning series turned the story of The Vision into a dark, scary nightmare in a dark suburban neighborhood. In this series, an android named Vision wants to have a family, so he makes a house for one. Over 12 issues, we see Vision’s family go crazy. The perfect Vision home is a mess from the start, which readers can see in the first issue. Do not follow this advice if you are going against the rules.
10. The Punisher MAX (Marvel Entertainment)
Writer: Garth Ennis
As part of the traditional Marvel Universe, The Punisher was always very sanitized because the company tried to make him look like a cool action hero with a lot of cool gadgets. This made him look less scary and more cool. Garth Ennis, a writer for Marvel’s more mature MAX line, took over for Stan Lee when the character was brought into the adult line. The spandex costume and silly sidekicks were replaced with a powerful arsenal of weapons as well as a cynical, sociopath-like attitude toward others.
During this series, Frank Castle is much older and lives in a real world where superheroes don’t exist and the bad guys are drug dealers and people who sell sex. Punisher killed a lot of lawbreakers during Ennis’ 60-issue run. He shot and stabbed them to death. The personal consequences of his one-man war on crime, on the other hand, left him emotionally scarred and unable to lead a normal life at all.
This is how it worked: Ennis added so much more depth to a character who was just a cliché. Though you can still call this book a superhero book, it’s more like a blood-soaked crime book.