In this modern digital world, comic books are invaded and replaced by Television, games, and movies as a counterpart. People are slowly moving away from the previously popular paper graphics to digital media to read comic books. The comic book genre ranges from the action, horror to science fictions which are loved by all age groups. There are thousands of comic novels and books in various genres coming up every year or every month. How do you choose the best and most popular comic books from your nearby bookstore? It is definitely difficult to choose as the readers would definitely get confused. If you know some of the common comic book names like the X-Men, which one of the exact X-Men books to choose as there are many of them. This post is for those who are looking for the best comic books one must read before it is too late. This article lets you start off in the area of comic book reading. Some of the comic books listed here widely popular and well-known to many.
There are many other famous and popular comic books out there, which are not listed here. Keep an active discussion below to inspire us to more such articles. These are the list of 25 best comic books you must read before you die.
25. X-Men: Days of Future Past (Marvel Comics)
Authors: Chris Claremont and John Byrne
X-Men: Days of Future Past is a comic film from the Marvel Comics’ X-Men characters which is inspired from the story-line of the comic book The Uncanny X-Men. Days of the Future Past is considered as Marvel’s greatest comics of all time. The story is from the future and is about the mutant’s incarceration in internment camps. Kate Pryde, an adult transfers her mind into her younger self, the present-day Kitty Pryde, who brings the X-Men to stop a fatal moment in history that stimulates anti-mutant hysteria.
24. The Incredible Hulk (Marvel Comics)
Authors: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
The Incredible Hulk is a superhero creation from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Hulk is a super humanoid who is green in color and possesses incredible superhuman strengths. The strength increases tremendously when he gets angry. Bruce Banner is an emotionally withdrawn and reserved physicist who transforms into Hulk when he undergoes emotional stress. The Incredible Hulk mainly focuses on the Hulk and the modern incarnation of his expanded family.
23. Hellblazer (DC/Vertigo)
Hellblazer is a horror comic series, by Peter Milligan originally published by DC Comics and subsequently by Vertigo since March 1993. John Constantine is the central character in the book who is a streetwise magician. There are several series written by several authors for Hellblazer. The best one being Hellblazer: Rake at the Gates of Hell, where John ends up saving his ex-girlfriend who is pushed into heroin and prostitution. The set-up takes place in racism hit England.
22. Y: The Last Man (Vertigo)
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan is a post-apocalyptic science fiction comic book, which narrates the story of seemingly the only man survived on Earth. The reason for the death of all the mammals on Earth was due to a mysterious plague with the Y chromosome. Yorick Brown is the only survivor, who suddenly discovers that he is the only male being left in a world solely inhabited by women. The story is for adventure lovers, juiced with dystopian essence.
21. New X-Men Omnibus (Marvel Comics)
Author: Grant Morrison
New X-Men Omnibus is a masterpiece created by Grant Morrison, published by Marvel Comics. New X-Men Omnibus is an example of bold step from Grant Morrison, who has cut down on the number of mutants to a select few, namely Professor Xavier, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Wolverine, and a Beast. These guys have experienced another mutation, which has left them more powerful, with a more feline appearance. A story is excellently executed and artistically portrayed by a top artist. A must read!
20. Transmetropolitan: The New Scum (DC Comics)
Author: Warren Ellis
Transmetropolitan is a cyberpunk comic series from Warren Ellis. The main character in the story is Spider Jerusalem who is a modern journalist fighting against corruption and abuse of power from the two successive presidents of the United States. Spider Jerusalem is a heavily armed, smart-mouthed and perpetually smoking reporter from the future who reacquaints himself with Transmetropolitan’s fringe elements. The author has beautifully perpetuated the skepticism around the government and abuse of power.
19. Absolute Sandman: Volume 1 (DC Comics)
Author: Neil Gaiman
Absolute Sandman is a masterpiece from Neil Gaiman and is an influential comic from the modern era one must read. The story in Absolute Sandman is about the main character Dream, who is an immortal being. The dream is one of the seven “Endless” in the story. A modern Dark Fantasy, one must read for its great artistic work, the modern fantasy mix, and the adventure.
18. From Hell (Various)
Author: Alan Moore
This book is yet another masterpiece by Alan Moore. From Hell is a gripping crime fiction about Jack the Ripper. The story further details about the Whitechapel murders and the cover-up that followed. Alan and Eddie have managed to bring facts, theories, and fictions together into one place in an astonishing narrative of the mystery of Jack the Ripper.
17. The Complete Maus (Pantheon Books)
The Complete MAUS is a prize-winning Holocaust survivor story by Spiegelman. Spiegelman has taken the comic creation to the next level by turning The Complete MAUS into an incredibly unimaginable fantasy comics illustrated in an artistic concept. The story is about Spiegelman’s father who is a Polish Jew and a Holocaust survivor. Spiegelman’s father is interviewed to know his experiences as the story is moved, using postmodern techniques to depict the art – like races of human are shown as different animals. MAUS became the first graphic comic ever to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1992.
16. Preacher: War in the Sun (DC Comics)
Author: Garth Ennis
The preacher is the story of Jesse Custer, who is a preacher in Texas town of Annville. Jesse Custer was accidentally possessed by a supernatural creature named Genesis in an incident. This incident has killed Custer’s entire congregation and flattened his church.