'Morning all. A friend asked for the 10 books that have most influenced me. Instead, I turned the tables and gave her the 10 comics
that have stuck with me. Here's my list, what's yours?
1. The Walking Dead #33
-- I won't spoil it for you. All I'll say is it's the one comic that turned me so far inside out that I nearly puked after reading it.
2. Batman Special #1 by Mike W. Barr
-- Batman meets his opposite number (not The Joker) in a double-sized issue of awesome.
3. Daredevil #168-182
-- The part of Frank Miller's run on DD that introduces (and then kills) Elektra. Considered the definitive run for the character, and should have been lifted wholesale for the 2002 movie. I'm hoping Drew Goddard gives us more of this version of DD when the Netflix show airs in 2015.
4. The original Sin City compilation of stories
-- Before Miller went crazy. Hard boiled in the most awesome sense. Pulls no punches, and in the process taught me that comics could be an amazing (and unique) form of mature fiction.
5. The Winter Soldier storyline from Capt. America vol. 5
-- The super soldier is a man out of time, forced to confront his worst memories. So, so well done.
6. Hawkeye (latest vol.) #11
-- The Pizza Dog issue, and my hands-down pick for next year's Eisner. Tells a story from the perspective of the character's dog. Couldn't be done in any other medium.
7. Iron Man vol. 1 #182
-- Cover says it all: "In the morning, Tony Stark will either be sober, or dead." Runner-up: issue 128 ("Demon in a Bottle"), in which Stark is first forced to confront his alcoholism.
8. Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters mini-series
-- Mike Grell's masterpiece sets the tone for the character and GREATLY informs what's on TV now.
9. Moon Knight vol. 1
-- Dark and creepy with a side of crazy. Another mature title that gripped me as a teen and still hasn't let go. I'm hoping Warren Ellis' updated take (due in March) will live up to that first run.
10. X-Men and the Dark Phoenix saga
-- Lasts for much of the early run of the New X-Men that begins in issue 94 and heats up around 108, when John Byrne takes over the art. Ends with Jean Grey's (temporary) death in 137. Chris Claremont's lengthy run on X-Men remains among the most influential in comics history, IMHO.
I know, I know. I didn't mention Watchmen or The Killing Joke or any of Stan and Jack's early Marvel epics. Or what Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams did with Green Lantern/Green Arrow in the '70s. Those are all great stories, to be sure, but they haven't stuck w me in the same way those other 10 have.