With all that’s currently going on, we could all do with a little distraction and while Marvel and DC aren’t currently publishing new books, I thought I’d take a stroll down memory lane and recommend five comic books for you all to reread to help keep you entertained in lock down!
5. Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt
Written by J.M. DeMatteis, with art by Mike Zeck, Kraven’s Last Hunt was originally released in 1987 and is widely considered as one of Spider-Man’s greatest ever stories.
The book did a great job in treating Kraven the Hunter as a legitimate threat to Spider-Man after years of being portrayed as a joke. The book did a great job in adding depth to Kraven’s character and it gave an interesting insight into how Kraven would react when he finally succeeding in his mission to kill Spider-Man.
Kraven’s Last Hunt is a beautifully tragic story and is a major reason why I want to see Kraven in a live action Spider-Man movie so badly.
4. All Star Superman
Regarded by many as the definitive Superman story, All Star Superman was a 12 issue series that ran from November 2005 and October 2008. Written by Grant Morrison, with art by Frank Quitely, All Star Superman is all about Superman dealing with the news of his oncoming demise.
After soaking up too much radiation, Superman is told he only has 12 months left to live and the series chronicles how Superman chooses to spend those months. The book focuses on Clark’s relationships with Lois Lane and with Lex Luthor and does a perfect job in highlighting how his relationship with Lois is one of the things that keeps him so grounded.
The book felt like Golden Age Superman and had some really nice call backs to his past. The ending of the book is an incredibly emotional one and it’s one I recommend anyone who thinks Superman is just an overpowered, boring character read ASAP. Also, the All Star Superman animated movie is an incredible adaptation of the comic and more than did it justice.
3. The Flash: Lightning Strikes Twice
Joshua Williamson has been writing The Flash for almost 100 issues so far and Lightning Strikes Twice was the very first volume in this incredible run. When a “speed force storm” is unleashed in Central City, The Flash finds himself surrounded with an army of brand new speedsters as civilians across the city are hit by the speed storm, including Barry’s close friend and fellow detective, August Heart.
The book follows Barry, August and another speedster, Meena Dhawan as they train the new speedsters at Star Labs, until a brand new Flash villain, Godspeed appears and starts killing the speedsters off, one by one.
This book was one of the first in DC’s Rebirth era and really kick-started a great run for DC Comics. The introduction of Godspeed was an incredible one and he’s gone on to become one of The Flash’s most popular characters. Also the reveal at the end genuinely shocked me which is always fun.
3. Spider-Man: Life Story
The newest entry in my list, Spider-Man: Life Story is my absolute favourite Spider-Man story and I don’t say that lightly. Written by Chip Zdarsky and with art by Scot Eaton, Life Story was published in October 2019 is a truly unique Spider-Man book and is a celebration of the Webslinger and his illustrious history.
Starting in the 1960s, the book opens with Peter Parker being bitten by the radioactive spider and taking on the role of Spider-Man, from there each of the following issues take place in each of the decades that follow, showing us Peter in the 1970s, 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s.
We get to see Peter grow up as Spider-Man and we even get to see some of Spider-Man’s biggest every story-lines (including the previously mentioned Kraven’s Last Hunt) play out in the decades their corresponding stories were originally published. I love this book and couldn’t say a bad word about it. Check it out!
1. Batman: Hush
The very first Batman story I ever read, Hush is also my favourite Batman story and is one that perfectly captures what the Dark Knight is all about. Written by Jeph Loeb, with art by the great Jim Lee, Batman: Hush was first released between October 2002 and September 2003.
Hush did a great job of introducing us to a brand new mysterious Batman villain, Hush. While the mystery surrounding who Hush is is a the most interesting aspect of the book, my favourite thing about Hush is how well it uses many of Batman’s supporting cast such as Catwoman, Poison Ivy, The Joker and Dick Grayson. The book also introduces us to Bruce’s childhood friend, Thomas Elliot and that gives us an insightful look into Bruce’s youth.
We also get to see Superman for a brief while and that’s always a positive to me! Hush is easily one of the most entertaining comics I’ve ever read and if you’re missing comics or just want to really read some Batman content, then this is the book you need to pick up! Just don’t watch the animated movie, for the love of God.