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The Cub Your Mother Warned You About
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And now, for you comic geeking pleasure...Wizard's Top 100 Trade Paperbacks of All Time

I'll be listing publisher, format, and author/artist.
The ones I own are in bold.
The ones I've only read are in italics.
And of course, commentary.

100. Batman: Faces (DC softcover, Matt Wagner)
A commentary on society and it's obession with what it deems to be
beautiful.

99. The Red Star (Image softcover, Christian Gossett)
I've read bits and pieces of this story and it looks fantastic. I just
need to read the whole thing.

98. Batman: Red Rain (DC softcover, Doug Moench and Kelly Jones)
Sounds interesting enough. Elseworlds. Batman Vs. Dracula. But I cannot
STAND Kelly Jones art. It made me stop reading Bat's title for a while.

97. Spider-Man Vs. Venom (Marvel softcover, Todd McFarlane)
The introduction of the villain who would put the wall-crawler through
the most hell since the original Hobgoblin. Although I like Mark
Bagley's Venom better than Todds. The smile alone...

96. The Complete Concrete (Dark Horse softcover, Paul Chadwick)
Really nice guy gets his brain transplanted into a concrete-like body
by aliens. Okaaay. I'll give it a read.

95. X-Men: From The Ashes (Marvel softcover; Chris Claremont)
Storm takes over the Morlocks, Wolverine almost gets married, Cyke
meets Madelyne Pryor, and Rouge joins the X-Men. An X-fan must read!

94. Batman: Haunted Knight (DC softcover; Jeph Leob and Tim Sale)
One of the few Batman stories by these guys I haven't read. This must
change.

93. The Adventures of Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey (Dark Horse
softcover)
With a title like THAT, do I want to read this?

92. Cerberus Vol. 2: High Society (Aardvark-Vanaheim softcover; Dave
Sim)
Always wanted to read this.

91. Wolverine:Blood Debt (Marvel softcover; Steve Skroce)
Wolvie gets caught in the crossfire of a Yakuza war and gets that
healing factor put to the test. I'll get this one just to see him get shot
in the face.

90. American Flagg! Vol 1: Hard Times (First/Graphitti Designs
hardcover; Howard Chaykin)
This is a must read! Dystopian satire, yay!

89. Batman: Arkham Asylum; A Serious House on Serious Earth (DC
softcover; Grant Morrison and Dave McKean)
Joker takes over Arkham in this awesome psychological study of the
Batman and his villains.

88. The Incredible Hulk: Ground Zero (Marvel softcover; Peter David and
Todd McFarlane)
The Leader nukes a midwestern town and Wolverine and the Hulk get into
a knockdown, dragout.

87. Ultimate X-Men Vol. 1 : The Tomorrow People (Marvel
softcover; Mark Millar, Andy and Joe Kubert)
It's the X-Men remix! If you didn't like the movie version, you'll hate
this.

86. Batman: Dark Victory (DC softcover; Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale)
One of the single best Batman story arcs ever. If you are at all a
Batman fan, read it.

85. Nightwing Vol 4.: A Darker Shade of Justice (DC softcover;
Chuck Dixon and Scott McDaniel)
Dick Grayson steps out of the shadow of the Bat.

84. The Coffin (Oni Press softcover; Phil Hester & Mike Huddleston)
A man's soul is trapped in a suit of power armor. Trippy.

83. Batman/Huntress: Cry For Blood (DC softcover; Greg Rucka &
Rick Burchett)
An excellent story featuring the Question.

82. Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn (DC softcover; Jim Owsley & M.D.
Bright)
The retelling of Hal Jordan's origin as Green Lantern. I still like
Kyle better.

81. Obergeist: Director's Cut (Image/Top Cow softcover; Dan Jolley,
Tony Harris, Ray Snyder)
A repentant Nazi scientist is sent back from the afterlife to stop a
group of Neo-Nazis in 2147.

80. Crisis on Infinite Earths (DC softcover; Marv Wolfman &
George Perez)
This is the story that made me actually start reading other DC comics
than Batman. The highest body count in comic book history, and went a
long way toward cleaning up DC's continuity. Pity writers now are
hellbent on undoing it in the name of nostalgia. Krypto the superdog, my ass.

79. Avengers: Ultron Unlimited (Marvel softcover; Kurt Busiek &
George Perez)
The perfect killing machine gets an upgrade. This was an Avengers run
that was truly epic, and watching this guy face down some of the biggest
badasses the Avengers have was great.

78. JLA: Earth 2 (DC hard and softcover; Grant Morrison & Frank
Quietly)
Justice League's Mirror Universe...but without the evil goatees. A
great read.

77. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Collected Book Vol. 1 (Mirage
Studios; Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird)
Ok, forget the cartoons. Forget the movies. These guys kick ass in a
noirish ninja tale with funny animals. Read the Turtles how they were
MEANT to be.

76. Batman: The Long Halloween (DC softcover; Jeph Loeb & Tim
Sale)
I personally like Dark Victory better, but this is a very engaging
mystery that is tough to put down.

75. Doom Patrol: Crawling From the Wreckage (DC softcover; Grant
Morrison)
Not a Doom Patrol fan. Meh.

74. Whiteout (Oni Press softcover; Greg Rucka & Steve Lieber)
A murder mystery...in Antarctica? Sounds trippy, but Greg Rucka is a
decent enough writer. I'll check it out.

73. Punisher: Circle of Blood (Marvel softcover; Steven Grant & Mike
Zeck)
First ever Punisher mini-series. Meh. He never really interested me
till that twisted ass Garth Ennis took over.

72. Powers Vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl? (Image softcover; Brian
Michael Bendis and Mike Avon Oeming)
The most promiment superhero in the city has been murdered and two
homicide detectives have to find out whodunnit.

71. Goldfish (Image softcover; Brian Michael Bendis)
Black and white crime noir book. Con artist cons his son back from his
mafioso ex-GF. Might check it out.

70. Fortune and Glory (Image Softcover; Brian Michael Bendis)
His dealings with Hollywood execs while trying to get his comics turned
into movies.

69. Wolverine (Marvel softcover; Chris Claremont & Frank Miller)
First time Wolvie goes solo. Considered a classic.

68. Captain America: War and Remembrance (Marvel softcover; Roger Stern
and John Byrne)
Nazis, vampires and the presidency! The definititve Cap collection. Of
course, I like Capmania more..

67. Daredevil: The Man Without Fear (Marvel Deluxe Hardcover;
Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr.)
This is what the movie should have been. The birth of Daredevil.

66. Avengers: Under Siege (Marvel softcover; Roger Stern & John
Buscema)
Baron Zemo launches a villainous army against the Avengers and deals
them their most severe blow yet. I read the original issues and it
rocked.

65. Silver Surfer: The Rebirth of Thanos (Marvel softcover; Jim
Starlin)
Thanos. Evil. Powerful. Nilistic. Sneaky. Very good story.

64. X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills (Marvel softcover; Chris
Claremont & Brent Anderson)
The basis for X2, and a very good story in it's own right. Don't think
this is the same as the movie. It ain't. It's darker.

63. Jinx: The Definitive Collection (Image softcover; Brian Michael
Bendis)
More crime noir.

62. X-Force:A New Beginning (Marvel softcover; Peter Milligan & Mike
Allred)
Hated the concept, hated the art. Won't read it. Hope they all died.

61. Justice League: A New Beginning (DC softcover; Keith Giffen,
J.M. DeMatteis & Kevin Maguire)
A funny superhero comic that worked! Guy Gardner's "fight" with Batman
alone is worth reading it for.

60. Infinity Gauntlet (Marvel softcover; Jim Starlin)
Thanos becomes omnipotent, kicks EVERYBODY'S ass, and still can't get
the girl. Tsk tsk.

59. Earth X (Marvel softcover; Jim Kruger & Alex Ross)
In a future where everybody has superpowers and the Celestials threaten
the world, the fate of everything rests with X-51, who must rally
Earth's heroes to fight for humanity. Not a bad read. Some of it will give
you headaches, though.

58. JLA: New World Order (DC softcover; Grant Morrison & Howard
Porter)
The Big Seven reform the Justice League just in time to fend off an
alien takeover. This is what the Justice League was truly meant to be. DCs
big guns fighting menaces that they couldn't take on alone.

57. Dr Strange/Dr. Doom: Triumph and Torment (Marvel softcover; Roger
Stern & Mike Mignola)
This actually sounds intriging. If they had gotten somebody other than
Mike Mignola to draw it, I'd read it. But as it stands, I'll settle for
being intrigued.

56. Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga (DC softcover; Paul
Levitz, Keith Giffen & Larry Mahlstedt)
Considered one of the best Legion story arcs, ever.

55. Strangers In Paradise, Vol 2.: I Dream of You (Abstract Studio
softcover; Terry Moore)
Romance and political intrigue! Endorsed by Kevin Smith.

54. Animal Man (DC softcover; Grant Morrison)
From what I understand, Grant was able to take a lame character and
make you care about him. A very innovative book, from all accounts.

53. Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits (DC softcover; Garth Ennis)
The inspiration for the Constantine movie, well, at least part of it.
Never read it. Would like to.

52. Box Office Poison (Top Shelf softcover; Alex Robinson)
Behind the scenes of the comic industry. Hmmm...

51. The Authority, Vol. 2: Under New Management (Wildstorm/DC
softcover; Mark Millar & Frank Quitely)
The most controversial comic series ever. And not just because of the
violence. Fun read, too!

50. The Power of Iron Man (Marvel softcover; Bob Layton, John Romita,
Jr., & Dave Micheline)
Witness the beginning of Tony Stark's downward spiral as he descends
into alcoholism for the first time. I've read a few of the individual
issues. Powerful stuff.

49. Stormwatch, Vol 4; A Finer World (Wildstorm/DC softcover; Warren
Ellis)
Never read it, but heard nothing but good things about it.

48. Hellboy: The Chained Coffin and Others(Dark Horse softcover; Mike
Mignola)
Mike Mignola. Nuff said.

47. Thor Visionaries: Walt Simonson (Marvel softcover; Walt Simonson)
This man added more of the actual myth to Thor's book than anyone had
before. His run is considered the best on the book. If you read Thor at
all, buy this book! I intend to.

46. Hellblazer: Hard Time (DC softcover; Brian Azzarello & Richard
Corben)
Constantine goes to jail.

45.X-Men: E For Extinction (Marvel Softcover; Grant Morrison & Frank
Quitely)
Sounds interesting...been steering away from the X-Books for a while
now, though.

44. Usagi Yojimbo Book 6: Circles (Fantagraphics Books
softcover; Stan Sakai)
If you think it's a silly title because there's animals in it, you're
wrong. This title gets serious as a heart attack and this is one of the
top tier of comics.

43. Fantastic Four Visionaries: John Byrne (Marvel softcover; John
Byrne)
He took the title to new heights and these are some of his best
stories.

42. 100 Bullets; Vol 3.: Hang Up On the Down Low (DC softcover; Brian
Azzarello & Eduardo Risso)
Crime drama. Meh.

41. Akira, Vol. 1 (Dark Horse softcover; Katsuhiro Otomo)
I must read this....

40. Kingdom Come(DC/Graphitti Designs hardcover; Mark Waid &
Alex Ross)
Only 40??? WTF??? This is one of the finest comics every written!!! 40!

39. Banner (Marvel softcover; Brian Azzarello & Richard Corben)
Banner wants to die. The Hulk won't let him.

38. Neil Gaiman Midnight Days (DC softcover; Neil Gaiman w/ various
artists)
hmmmm....another must read.

37. Planetary; Vol. 2: The Fourth Man (DC/Wildstorm softcover; Warren
Ellis & John Cassaday)
Super heroic conspiracy. Cool.

36. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (Dark Horse softcover; Frank Miller)
I may have to read this one. It wasn't in the movie.

35. Pedro and Me (Henry Holt Books softcover; Judd Winick)
This is an autobiographical account of Winnick looking his close friend
to AIDS.

34. 300. (Dark Horse hardcover; Frank Miller)
300 Spartan soldiers died holding off the Persian army in 400 BC at
Thermopylae. This is their story.

33. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (OC/ABC hardcover; Alan Moore &
Kevin O'Neill)
Fuck the movie. Read the book. If you can get past the art.

32. Bone; Vol. 2; The Great Cow Race (Cartoon Books softcover; Jeff
Smith)
I'm not sure I want to know...

31. Torso (Image softcover; Brian Michael Bendis & Marc Andrekyo)
The story of America's first known serial killer. Whee!

30. Astro City; Vol 3: Confessions (Image softcover; Kurt Busiek &
Brent Anderson)
Never did read any of these.

29. Daredevil: Yellow (Marvel hardcover; Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale)
May have to check this one.

28. The Amazing Spider-Man: Nothing Can Stop The Juggernaut (Marvel
softcover; Roger Stern and John Romita, Jr)
Here's an underdog story for ya!

27. Sin City: That Yellow Bastard (Dark Horse softcover; Frank Miller)
Seen the movie.

26. Solar, Man of the Atom: Alpha and Omega (Valiant softcover; Jim
Shooter, Barry Windsor-Smith & Bob Layton)
eeeeeeeeeh.

25. Fantastic Four: The Trial of Galactus (Marvel softcover;
John Byrne)
Byrnes best work. He pretty much defined Galactus and his role in the
Marvel Universe.

24. Death: The High Cost of Living (DC softcover; Neil Gaiman &
Chris Bachalo)
Death lives as a mortal for a day as a hot happy-go-lucky goth chick.
And she helps us silly mortals look at life a bit differently. Everybody
who thinks about life and death should read it. Just my humble opinion.

23. Superman For All Seasons (DC hardcover; Jeph Loeb & Tim
Sale)
A look at Superman: Year One and how it affected his life in Smallville
and vice versa. Not a huge Supes fan, but this was pretty good.

22. Squadron Supreme (Marvel softcover; Mark Gruenwald)
The superheroes take over the world! For its own good, of course.
Ground breaking stuff.

21. The Books of Magic (DC Softcover; Neil Gaiman)
Harry Potter is Tim Hunter's bitch. This is the story that made me love
Constantine.

20. Preacher; Vol. 3: Proud Americans (DC softcover; Garth Ennis &
Steve Dillon)
Not gonna do it. Nope. Not gonna.

19. Hawkworld (DC softcover; Tim Truman)
Hawkman confuzzles me.

18. Dardevil Visionaries: Frank Miller; Vol 2.(Marvel softcover; Frank
Miller)
Some of the best DD stories ever are in this one.

17. Magnus, Robot Fighter: Steel Nation (Valiant softcover; Jim
Shooter)
AIs of the world, unite!

16. Top 10; Book 1 (OC/ABC hardcover)
NYPD Blue meets Marvel.

15. The New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (DC softcover; Marv Wolfman
& George Perez)
This is the story that established Deathstroke as a badass, where Dick
Grayson became Nightwing and that shook the Titans to their core.

14. Miracleman; Vol. 3L Olympus (Eclipse softcover; Alan Moore)
Never even HEARD of this guy before.

13. Swamp Thing; Vol 1: Saga of the Swamp Thing (DC Comics; Alan Moore)
This one, from my understanding, is a real mind fuck. Meaning, of
course, I have to read it.

12. X-Men: Days of Future Past (Marvel; Chris Claremont and John Byrne)
This is considered one of the best X-Men stories ever, it did what was
never done, and it laid the groundwork for FUCKING UP X-Men continuity
for all time!!!! Bastards.

11. The Golden Age (DC Comics; James Robinson & Paul Smith)
McCarthyism, superhero style!

10. X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga (Marvel Comics; Chris Claremont
& John Byrne)
Do I REALLY need to go into this? This, and the Gwen Stacy clone
storyline, are what made me start reading comics.

9. Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? (DC; Alan Moore)
The last Pre-Crisis Superman story.

8. Marvels (Marvel; Kurt Busiek & Alex Ross)
The early history of the Marvel Universe, told from the perspective of
a normal joe.

7. Daredevil: Born Again (Marvel; Frank Miller & David
Mazzucchelli)
The Daredevil/Kingpin war hit a fever pitch, with Fisk tearing
Murdock's life down around him, and Murdock having to find the strength to
rebuild it.

6. Batman: Year One (DC; Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli)
I'm not expecting the movie to go this way. There were no supervillains
in here except Catwoman, and they barely crossed paths. But dammit, I
would LOVE to see this made!

5. Ultimate Spider-Man; Vol. 1 (Marvel; Brian Michael Bendis &
Mark Bagley)
Spidey updated for the 21st Century.

4. Sandman; Vol. 4: Season of Mists (DC; Neil Gaiman)
The Devil quits, and wants the Lord of Dreams to take over Hell. I have
yet to read this
one. I need to.

3. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns; 10 Anniversary Edition (DC
hardcover; Frank Miller)
I don't think I even need to say anything here.

2. Watchmen (Graphitti Designs hardcover; Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons)
Murder mystery, conspiracy, suspense, this is considered a true
masterpiece.

1. Maus: A Surivors Tale (Pantheon hardcover; Art Spiegelman)
The tale of Spiegelman's father surviving the Holocaust, with mice as
the Jews and cats as the Nazis. And about Art's own relationship with
his father.
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