Hit me with your favourite, most cherished, most exhilarating, and downright best comic book runs of the past 30 years (Preacher, Watchmen, Y, Invisibles, Dark Knight-free zone).
posted by tumid dahlia to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (82 answers total) 80 users marked this as a favorite
Oh, hello. You startled me.
I suppose you're here due to some strange compulsion you have to answer my question, possessed as you are of such breathtaking expertise and discrimination, with your strong sense of theology and geometry.
I am looking to add to my expanding collection of materialistic, consumer-oriented objects, whilst simultaneously enhancing my knowledge of comic books and adding spice and enjoyment daily leisure time.
To this end, I want you to "drop on me", as the saying goes, examples of your absolute favourite comic book runs (any degree of justification you may care to furnish these opinions with would be highly considered). Now, before you say "OMG WATCHMEN! TEH SANDMAN!", please consider me a comic book reader of at least "intermediate" level. I am familiar with your Watchmans and your Dark Knights Returning, your Sandmans and your Preachers.
When I think of a "run" I think of a self-contained body of work within a larger series, so to me a "run" is the stellar work that Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle did on 'Detective Comics' and 'Batman' in the 90s, or Grant Morrison's work on 'Doom Patrol', or, okay, the Ostrander 'Suicide Squad' run, all 66 issues.
Now, ideally this will be material that can be easily sourced for a reasonable price (either in quarter bins, trades, or those lovely pulpy omnibus/phonebook editions).
As an example, I recently sent my comic book dealer an email requesting the following (so far they’ve had just about every 80s-90s back issue I've requested from them, at quite reasonable prices [compared to comic shops, certainly] - if you're in Brisbane, Queensland, or Australia in general, you can memail me if you'd like their details):
"As much of the apparently crazy-brilliant Giffen/DeMatteis run on Justice League as you can find me. (JL 1-6, JLI 7-25, JLA 26-60, JLE 1-8).
Excalibur 1-24 (Claremont/Davis)
X-Factor 70-90 (Peter David)"
I understand fully that there is a lot of good stuff coming out these days, but I have to say I'm less interested in paying $7 for an issue than I am in paying $1 for one, or thirty bucks for a trade. I'm already reading 'The Walking Dead', like everyone on earth, and 'Incorruptible'/'Irredeemable' as the 5-issue (wtf?) trades are gradually released, and I'll probably get the full slab of '100 Bullets' at some point, plus 'Secret Six' is a delightful romp, but it would be great if you could point me towards some other great comics from the 80s to early-2000s, that shouldn't be TOO hard for a person to track down.
TL;DR? - I want some quality comic book runs from the 80s to early-2000s, that will either be cheap in the back issue bins, or earily sourced in trades or omnibusii. Consider me a level or two above n00b, so I know about Preacher, Sandman, Y: The Last Man, Invisibles, everything Alan Moore has ever done, etc etc.
Provisio: I have zero interest in the psychotic breakdown of sprawling clusterfuckery that has become the forty-eight different Batman books in the last 15 years, but anything else is fair game.