You would never know that I was a Marvel Zombie for the first few years of my comic book reading life, would you?
Amazing Spider-man #316
The McFarlane Years march on. I wonder if these stories were tailored for McFarlane, given that Venom seemed like the only real reoccurring story.
Stuck with this one all the way to the end.
Justice League Europe #1
Funny enough, this is when I really got into the Justice League. I'd read an article about the new JLE book in an issue of Comics Scene and figured I'd give it a shot. I loved it so much that I went back and picked up all the old issues of Justice League and Justice League International. In some ways I liked JLE better because it wasn't QUITE as silly.
Justice Machine #26
I am a sucker for indie superhero comics, I think because they can do things that corporately owned superhero comics won't. I really liked the core cast of characters in the Justice Machine, but the stories weren't particularly compelling and eventually it just kind of faded away.
New Mutants #76
This was the beginning of a down period for the New Mutants, assuming you think that the road to X-Force was an up period (which I totally did). There seemed to be a new artist every few issues until Liefeld came on board. At this point, I was probably reading this out of obligation more than anything else.
This is a fantastic final issue. Not only does it set up an imaginary (I guess it's all imaginary) new status quo for the team, but it fills in some back story and gives hints at what's to come. And it's a complete story. Psi-Force is probably the New Universe book I miss the most.
Punisher War Journal #6
I am sure I bought this because Wolverine is in it, just as I'm sure that I didn't really know who Jim Lee was even though he'd been drawing Alpha Flight, a book I'd been reading. You know who I was a fan of? Carl Potts. Seriously. That guy did a lot of great work in the 80s.
Uncanny X-Men #245
I didn't know what Invasion was at this point, so an issue that pokes fun at it didn't do much for me. This was probably my first exposure to Rob Liefeld's art, not that it made much of an impression. Claremont liked to do these one off humor stories after longer, dramatic arcs, but I don't know that I ever found any of them particularly funny.
West Coast Avengers #45
John Byrne continues reshaping the WCA (soon to be AWC) by removing the Vision's humanity. There was a period of about ten years where Marvel seemed to regularly give Byrne books in hopes that he'd turn them around (remember when he took over Spider-man post-Clone Saga?) but they never went anywhere. Legend has it that Byrne left after a disagreement over the Scarlet Witch.
Guest art by the amazing Arthur Adams! Didn't Alchemy come back recently only to be unceremoniously killed off?
Busiek and Perez had a nice run on the Avengers, although this arc was problematic for me, mostly because the new black character (Triad) was ultimately revealed to be a spy for a crazy cult. He got over it and stuck around in the end, but during the story it just seemed like a bad idea to do this to one of the very, very few black characters in the Avengers.
Avengers Forever #5
I couldn't tell you a single thing about this series other than a) it looked great and b) it featured some really interesting possible future Avengers line-ups.
I really jumped into the Batman books with No Man's Land, an unbelievable story line presuming you can ignore the ridiculous core concept. I was a big fan of Devin Grayson's Bat work and Dale Eaglesham drew a creepy Scarecrow.
Batman Chronicles #16
Greg Rucka and Jason Pearson on a Renee Montoya story? I didn't even realize how great that was when I bought this, but now I know. I can't even explain how much I miss pre-Flashpoint Renee.
Batman Legends of the Dark Knight #116
A continuation of the story from Batman #564...
Batman Shadow of the Bat #84
...as is this issue.
Black Panther #6
I think this was the first issue in this series that didn't have art by Mark Texiera, but Joe Jusko was an excellent choice for fill-in. I've been re-reading most of Priest's bibliography recently and his work really turned a corner in the late 90s, first with Steel, then Quantum and Woody, then Black Panther.
The Invisibles #12
And the countdown began with this, the first issue of the last volume of The Invisibles. While I'd discovered the series early in the second volume and had aggressively tracked down volume 1, so by this point I was completely submerged into this trip.
The Morrison/Porter era of the Justice League is probably my favorite. The only thing to come close recently is the current arc by Priest and Woods.
Legion of Superheroes #114
I'm as surprised as anyone that I was still reading this series. The post-Zero Hour Legion was fantastic for the first year or two, but when the teams were split in two the series just dragged on.
I have generally tried everything that Warren Ellis has written, both in comic book and prose form, and the art on Planetary was just so good that I knew I'd be on board for the long haul. This is still one of my favorite Ellis books, if not number one.
As I mentioned above, I enjoyed Devin Grayson's writing and I really liked the way she set up this team of Titans, taking the core team and having them all pick "alternates" of a sort to always be available to fight the good fight even when they're not. Some of the choices were a little weird (Donna Troy has zero relationship with Argent, yet picks her) but it made for a nice mix for the team.
I have not read this series since the last presidential election because I think it might tip me over the edge.
Adventure Comics #0
I am, and always will be, a sucker for the Legion of Superheroes.
Agents of Atlas #1
Agents of Atlas and the various iterations of this books and team are some of my favorite comics to come out of Marvel in the last ten years. The hardcover collection of the original limited series is fantastic and yet I'm still going to fork over the ducats for the complete collection which begins in May.
The post-R.I.P. story written by Neil Gaiman was right up my alley: it featured a blurring of the lines between the pre- and post-Crisis DCU. I love pre-Crisis DC because it's sprawling and crazy and touching on it here, after Morrison had spent the last year incorporating pre-Crisis Batman stories into modern continuity, was perfect.
Detective Comics #853
The conclusion of the Gaiman story from above. The cruel irony of the New 52 is that DC was actually publishing a lot of really great comics leading up to it.
FInal Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #3
One of the problems with the modern day version of the Legion of Superheroes is that there are no definitive stories to point to, so more often than not this series is it. And while I appreciate making the original Legion the one, true Legion again, there's a lot of death and destruction going on in this comic given it's about a team that personifies optimism. Great art by Perez, though.
Godland was a joy to read. It was pure stream of consciousness, Starlin era cosmic Marvel with Kirby style artwork. I bought this monthly in hopes of keeping it around.