I’ve been collecting comics since I was 12 years old. I still remember the first time I started really noticing them. I was in the grocery store with my mom, doing our weekly shopping. In that swivel comic stand were all these colorful books of art, waiting to transport me away to new worlds and adventure.
Fast forward almost 30 years later, I’m still an avid reader, just more mature in my understanding of the medium. Below are some of my favorite comic storylines of all time.
I also pride myself of being able to recommend comics tailored to specific people’s interests. If you’re looking for any recommendations, feel free to shoot me a line!
1. Uncanny X-Force: The Apocalypse Solution
Classic comic book fun and excitement, featuring the X-Men. Beautifully drawn by Jerome Opena and a storyline by Rick Remender that just kicks ass. This Uncanny X-Force storyline from 2010 has them saving the world and going up against Apocalyse.
En Sabah Nur has returned, putting into motion events that will turn this age of heroes into an Age of Apocalypse! To hold them back, Wolverine and Archangel bring together Fantomex, Deadpool, and Psylocke to form The Uncanny X-Force!
Comixology – $10 for issues #1-19! Now that’s a sweet deal.
2. Batman: The Long Halloween
One of the definitive Batman storylines, the Long Halloween takes place over the course of a year and showcases Batman’s detective skills. Stylishly drawn by Tim Sale, it took me awhile to get into it, but once I did, I felt totally engrossed into this world. Rumor has it, the next Batman movie starring Robert Patterson takes its cues from this storyline.
“THE LONG HALLOWEEN is more than a comic book. It’s an epic tragedy.”Christopher Nolan (director THE DARK KNIGHT RISES)
Taking place during Batman’s early days of crime-fighting, this new edition of the classic mystery tells the story of a mysterious killer who murders his prey only on holidays. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon, Batman races against the clock as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month. A mystery that has the reader continually guessing the identity of the killer, this story also ties into the events that transform Harvey Dent into Batman’s deadly enemy, Two-Face. Collects BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN #1-13.
I’ve always known of Thor, but my first real deep dive into his world came in 2007 with the J. Michael Straczynski storyline. Here we find Thor struggling to find his purpose. As a reader, part of the fun is seeing the juxtaposition from God-like power in an Earthly, rural world setting. Plus you get the beautiful artwork of Oliver Coipel, who is still cranking out beautiful pieces of work.
Collects Thor (2007) #1-6. Returned to the pantheon of great Marvel heroes, the Asgardian God of Thunder is reunited with the mortal form of Dr. Don Blake. Together, they must reckon with the legacy of the mythic Norse kingdom and the awakening of its immortal heroes – but in a world that may not want them back!
4. X-O Manowar
Ok ok, this recommendation and favorite of mine is a bit out there. It features a lesser known character called X-O Manowar. Not from Marvel or DC, it’s part of the Valiant universe, which I also collected. Although you may not know much about this character, the origin story and artwork is unique, inventive, and engaging. I’m recommending it, so I’m saying it’s worth the risk!
At last, the origin of X-O Manowar revealed! How did Aric of Dacia become a slave to the Spider-Aliens? At what terrible cost was the X-O Manowar armor made? And how did Aric come to find himself in the modern day?
5. X-Men X-Cutioner’s Song
So this was the very first comic book storyline I ever read. I was roughly 12 years old and didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but boy was I in for a wild ride! The X-Men: X-Cutioner’s Song is a massive storyline that crosses several different comic book titles, and jumps from subplot to subplot, all adding up to a big climax.
When Cyclops and Phoenix are kidnapped – and Cable seemingly assassinates Professor X – the X-Men, X-Factor and X-Force go to war…with each other! Witness epic battles around the globe and on the moon as Mr. Sinister’s subtle plan of vengeance on Apocalypse unfolds, and major revelations are made!
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