Classics are classics, no matter the time, they are never outdated. It is clear that “10” is a very small number when it comes to making a list of classic comics that should not be missing in a collection. Anyway, we opt to take the risk of being severely criticized and give our opinion on those unmissable stories on the shelf of any collector that lends itself.
Do you want to know what are the ten most important comics in any collection? Go to the next page to discover them.
#10 Batman: The Killing Joke (Alan Moore/Brian Bolland)
The assassination joke is a classic classics in the Batman franchise and the DC universe in general. Although his own creator ended up despising the work as “empty of value”, the critics consider it one of the best novels of the Dark Knight.
He was also awarded three Eisner Awards for best graphic novel, best scriptwriter and best artist.
#9 The Sandman: Dream Country (Neil Gaiman/Kelly Jones/Charles Vess/Colleen Doran)
One of the most interesting series in the history of comics for its symbolizes related to existence and human nature. The Sandman is starring a anthropomorphic character named Dream, and throughout the 75 numbers of the series will wander between different realities.
It is very difficult to choose a single chapter of the saga. But if we have to stay with one no doubt we recommend reading Dream Country, a compilation of short stories that received a lot of distinctions, from Eisner awards to the World Fantasy award.
#8 Superman: Red Son (Mark Millar/Dave Johnson)
What if Superman had landed in the Soviet Union instead of the United States? The answer to that question is found in the pages of Superman: The Red Son, an arc written by Mark Millar and illustrated by Dave Johnson.
Just because of the strangeness of the argument, this comic deserves a place in your collection, but the story is also very entertaining and shows an acidic critique of the American ethnocentrism on the world stage.
#7 X-Men Days of Future Past (Chris Claremont/John Byrne)
No fanatic of the X-Men who boasts of such can brag about his collection without this bow. Days of Future Past is one of the most iconic stories of the franchise and a classic of the seminal comic of time travel.
The comic can be found under the name of Days of future Past or separately in the numbers 141 and 142 of the uncanny X-Men series.
#6 The Walking Dead: This Sorrowful Life (Robert Kirkman/Charlie Adlard)
Not everything is Marvel and DC in life. The Walking Dead is the series responsible for the resurrection of the genre of zombies at the mainstream level. His television adaptation gave him a plus of popularity in recent times although the comic has been dating for more than 10 years and continues to emerge month after month.
Of all volumes published in hardcover, perhaps This Sorrowful Life summarizes perfectly the spirit of the series: Horror, gore and drama to degrees that can not be shown on the TV screen.
#5 Crisis on Infinite Earths (Marv Wolfman/George Perez)
For the year 1985 DC comics fell into the account that it had too many universes and lines of continuity colliding with each other. In order to give some coherence to his publications is that he decides to make a great blur and new account. Thus are born the crises in the Infinite Lands, a collection in itself of 12 numbers that would be considered the first great reboot and the first great crossover comic of the history.
It is clear that such a historical document cannot be absent in your library.
#4 Marvel Civil War (Mark Millar/Steve McNiven)
The Civil War of Marvel is much more than a crossover of battles between superheroes of the publisher: It is a critical analysis on the administration Bush, the Patriot Act and the attacks of September 11.
In addition, Mark Millar manages to wink at other classic comics like Watchmen, in his own reading of what would happen if the government starts meddling in the lives of superheroes.
#3 Batman The Dark Knight Returns (Frank Miller)
y unanimous acclamation, the best story of Batman ever told and also served to transform the narrative of superheroes forever. The dark Knight returns not only served to turn Frank Miller into a comic star, he also laid the foundation for the characters that would come in the 90s, darker and with an ambiguous sense of morality.
#2 The Death of Superman (various artists)
The death of Superman is a classic comic par excellence for all that it represented for the industry at the time and to materialize the feeling of decay in the 90s. It is worth remembering that The Death of Superman is a major arc that includes several numbers written by different screenwriters: Dan Jurgens, Louise Simonson and Roger Stern, among others.
The three main arches are formed by: Doomsday!, Funeral for a Friend and reign of the Supermen!
#1 Watchmen (Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons)
Watchmen is the comic that changed everything. Over the late 1980s, Alan Moore showed the world an alternative dimension of superheroes: without super Powers (except Dr. Manhattan) overwhelmed by the same existential doubts as ordinary mortals.
In fact, the introduction of banal and current thinking in the superheroes of Watchmen would serve as a great influence to humanize hundreds of characters in the decade of 90, so far oblivious to the concerns of worldly existence.
For all that means, and for the quality of the story, Watchmen is a compulsory reading and a must have in any comic book collection.