Comics You Should Own Archive
Here are links to all the Comics You Should Own essays I have written so far. Plus, I’ve added some explanation. Enjoy!
I figured I would update this now that all the links are working again and everything is archived on this blog. I never really explained my method for doing these, so here it is. I decided to start re-reading my collection of single issues and was inspired to do these posts, because five years ago, I didn’t see too many blogs with critical examinations or even reviews (I’ll let you decide which these are) of older comics. You’d see the big guns, of course, but not many of the other comics that deserve it. Of course, as I’ve read more blogs, I’ve found more posts about older comics, but back then, I was naïve and thought no one appreciated the genius of, say, Scorpio drinking beer as he plotted the destruction of the United States. So I was off!
There are several reasons why comics that you think should be on this list aren’t. One reason, of course, is that you’re wrong. (HA!) But let’s move on – currently I’m only reading the comics I own in single issues. So if I own a series in trade paperback, I haven’t gotten to it yet. Some day in the distant future I will, but not now. Another reason is that if a run is not finished yet when I reach that letter in the alphabet, I won’t consider it. Since I started this, I’m sure there have been some comics that begin with “A” or “D” that I probably think you should own. But they weren’t finished when I reached that letter, so I moved on. There’s also a possibility that I simply don’t own it. I own a lot of comics, but I also don’t own a lot comics. That’s the way it is. That’s why I encourage people to let me know about comics they love in the comments, because I’m always keen to read new stuff, even if it’s 10 or 20 or 30 years old. So if your absolute favorite comic failed to make this list, let me know about it. Maybe I have read it and hated it. It’s more likely that I either have it in trade paperback or I simply don’t own it.
Anyway, here’s the list so far. Now that all the links work, I will try to clean up the posts that got screwed up when the formatting apocalypse took place. Those are kind of annoying to read. But at least they’re here! Thanks for reading, and I hope you find something you might have missed below.
300 by Frank Miller.
1963 by Alan Moore and some of his Swamp Thing collaborators.
Alias by Brian Michael Bendis and (mostly) Michael Gaydos.
Amazing Spider-Man #229-230 by Roger Stern and John Romita Jr.
Amazing Spider-Man #238-251 by Roger Stern and (mostly) John Romita Jr.
Animal Man #1-32 by Grant Morrison and (mostly) Chas Truog, with Peter Milligan’s weird six-issue story added on, because it’s cool.
Arrowsmith by Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pacheco.
Atlantis Chronicles by Peter David and Esteban Maroto.
Aquaman #0-25 by Peter David, Martin Egelund, and Jim Califiore.
The Authority #22-29 by Mark Millar, Tom Peyer, Frank Quitely, Dustin Nguyen, Arthur Adams, and Gary Erskine.
Automatic Kafka by Joe Casey and Ashley Wood.
Avengers Annual #10 by Chris Claremont and Michael Golden.
Avengers Forever by Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pacheco.
Aztek the Ultimate Man by Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, N. Steven Harris, and Keith Champagne.
Batman #452-454 by Peter Milligan, Kieron Dwyer, and Dennis Janke.
Batman #515-552 by Doeg Moench, Kelley Jones, and John Beatty (mostly).
Big Numbers by Alan Moore and Bill Sienkiewicz.
Camelot 3000 by Mike W. Barr and Brian Bolland.
Challengers of the Unknown by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale.
ClanDestine by Alan Davis and Mark Farmer.
The Crow by James O’Barr.
Daredevil #283-300 by Ann Nocenti, D. G. Chichester, and (mostly) Lee Weeks.
Daredevil #26-50; 56-81 by Brian Michael Bendis and (mostly) Alex Maleev.
Defenders #46-50 by Roger Slifer, David Kraft, David Warner, and Keith Giffen.
Detective #471-476 by Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers, and Terry Austin.
Detective #569-574 by Mike W. Barr, Alan Davis, and Paul Neary.
Detective 583-594; 601-614 by Alan Grant, John Wagner, and Norm Breyfogle.
Detective 629-633; 638; 643 by Peter Milligan, Jim Aparo, and Tom Mandrake.
Detective #801-808; 811-814 by David Lapham, Ramon Bachs, and Nathan Massengill.
Dr. Fate by J. M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen (artist on the mini-series), and (mostly) Shawn McManus.
Doom Patrol #19-63 by Grant Morrison and (mostly) Richard Case.
Dreadstar #1-40 by Jim Starlin and Luke McDonell (for the latter issues).
Dreadstar #41-64 by Peter David and (mostly) Angel Medina.
Elektra: Assassin by Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz.
Elementals #1-5 by Bill Willingham.
Enigma by Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo.
The Extremist by Peter Milligan and Ted McKeever.
Fantastic Four #347-349 by Walt Simonson and Art Adams.
Firestorm #58-100 by John Ostrander, Joe Brozowski, Tom Grindberg, and Tom Mandrake.
Flex Mentallo by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely.
Four Women by Sam Kieth.
From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell.
Fury by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.
Grendel #1-12 by Matt Wagner, Arnold and Jacob Pander, and Jay Geldhof.
Grendel #13-23 by Matt Wagner, Bernie Mireault, Hannibal King, and Tim Sale.
Grendel #24-33 by Matt Wagner, John K. Snyder, Jay Geldhof, and Bernie Mireault.
Grendel #34-50 by Matt Wagner, Tim Sale, and Patrick McEown.
Hard Boiled by Frank Miller and Geof Darrow.
Hard Time by Steve Gerber and Brian Hurtt.
The Heckler by Keith Giffen and Tom and Mary Bierbaum.
Hellblazer #27 by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean.
Hellblazer #41-50; 52-83 by Garth Ennis, Will Simpson, and Steve Dillon.
Hellstorm #12-21 and Druid #1-4 by Warren Ellis and (mostly) Leonardo Manco.
High Roads by Scott Lobdell and Leinil Francis Yu.
Hitman by Garth Ennis and John McCrea.
Human Target by Peter Milligan, Edvin Biuković, Javier Pulido, and Cliff Chiang.
I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura.
The Incredible Hulk #331-346 by Peter David and (mostly) Todd McFarlane.
The Incredible Hulk #347-367 by Peter David and (mostly) Jeff Purves.
The Incredible Hulk #368-401 by Peter David and (mostly) Dale Keown.
The Incredible Hulk #402-426 by Peter David and (mostly) Gary Frank.
The Incredible Hulk #454-467 by Peter David and (mostly) Adam Kubert.
The Intimates by Joe Casey and (mostly) Giuseppe Camuncoli.
The Immortal Iron Fist #1-16 by Matt Fraction, Ed Brubaker, and (mostly) David Aja.
Justice League/Justice League International/Justice League America #1-45 by Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis, Kevin Maguire, Ty Templeton, Mike McKone, and Adam Hughes (among many others).
Justice League Europe #1-28 by Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis, Bill Loebs, Gerard Jones, and (mostly) Bart Sears.
JLA #1-41 by (mostly) Grant Morrison and (mostly) Howard Porter.
The Killer by Matz and Luc Jacamon.
Legends of the Dark Knight #28-30 by Matt Wagner.
Legends of the Dark Knight #86-88 by Doug Moench, J. H. Williams III, and Mick Gray.
Local by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly.
Major Bummer by John Arcudi and Doug Mahnke.
The Maze Agency by Mike W. Barr and a bunch of artists, most notably Adam Hughes early in the series.
The Middleman by Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Les McClaine.
The Monarchy by Doselle Young, John McCrea, Warren Pleece, and Dean Ormston.
Moon Knight (volume 1) by (mostly) Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz.
Moon Knight (volume 6) by Charlie Huston, Mike Benson, David Finch, Mico Suayan, Tomm Coker, Mark Texeira, Mike Deodato Jr., and Jefte Palo.
Namor, the Sub-Mariner #1-25 by John Byrne.
DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke.
The New Mutants #18-31 by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz.
Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen.
The Nightly News by Jonathan Hickman.
Noble Causes by Jay Faerber and a bunch of artists, most notably Fran Bueno and Yildiray Cinar.
Northlanders #1-8, 20 by Brian Wood and Davide Gianfelice.
Northlanders #11-16 by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly.
Northlanders #21-28 by Brian Wood and Leandro Fernandez.
Orion #1-25 by Walt Simonson (mostly).
Pax Romana by Jonathan Hickman.
Phonogram by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.
Planetary by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday.
The Question #1-6 by Rick Veitch and Tommy Lee Edwards.
Rex Libris by James Turner.
Rex Mundi by Arvid Nelson, EricJ, Jim Di Bartolo, and Juan Ferreyra.
Robotika by Alex Sheikman.
Sandman by Neil Gaiman and a whole lot of other folk.
Sandman Mystery Theatre by Matt Wagner, Steven Seagle, and (mostly) Guy Davis.
Scalped by Jason Aaron and (mostly) R. M. Guéra.
Secret Six by Gail Simone, Nicola Scott, Jim Calafiore, and others.
Seven Soldiers of Victory by Grant Morrison and a bunch of excellent artists.
Shade, the Changing Man by Peter Milligan and (mostly) Chris Bachalo.
Shark-Man by Steve Pugh.
She-Hulk by Dan Slott, Juan Bobillo, Rick Burchett, and others.
Silverblade by Cary Bates and Gene Colan.
Small Gods by Jason Rand and Juan Ferreyra.
The Spectre by John Ostrander and (mostly) Tom Mandrake.
Spider-Man/Human Torch by Dan Slott and Ty Templeton.
Stalkers by Jan Strnad, Mark Verheiden, Mark Texeira, Vak Mayerik, and others.
Starman by James Robinson, Tony Harris, Peter Snejbjerg, and others.
StormWatch vol. 1 #37-50 and vol. 2 #1-11 by Warren Ellis, Tom Raney, Oscar Jimenez, Bryan Hitch, and others.
Suicide Squad by John Ostrander, Kim Yale, Luke McDonnell, Geof Isherwood, and others.
All Star Superman by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, and Jamie Grant.
Swamp Thing #20-64 by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, John Totleben, Rick Veitch, et al.
Swamp Thing #140-171 by Mark Millar, Phil Hester, Kim DeMulder, and others.
More are coming! These do take a while to read and write up, unfortunately!