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Kraven’s Last Hunt
A man so driven by his own pride that he’s willing to sacrifice all to prove his own superiority. As a young reader, this crossover event shook me to my very core. I’d never read anything so powerful, dark and haunting before. The ending left me stunned for weeks.
History of the Iron Fists
Growing up, I always liked Iron Fist, but he was never a favorite. However, Ed Brubaker/Matt Fraction/David Aja’s run changed that. They redefined the character, developing him to be more than a relic of the 70s kung fu fad. I liked Iron Fist before this run, but I LOVED him after.
Thor: God of Thunder
Thor was never really a character that resonated with me. I don’t know why that is, but there you have it. My secret shame. However! Shame no more, with Thor: God of Thunder, Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic won me over. I’m now a fully-fledged fan of the blond, hammer swinging hunk.
Daredevil (1998) #16-119
Ok, I know recommending a 103 issue run on a book is a biggie, but it’s worth it. After taking a couple years off from reading comics in the late 90s, this was one of the series that pulled me back in. Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev were killing it on this series and I thought that no one would be able to match them, but Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark came in and proved that there was plenty more gold to be spun.
Black Widow by Waid, Samnee & Wilson
This whole series is great, but with #1, Samnee and Waid take you to school and show you how to open a story. I keep a copy of this by my computer at all times and flip through it when I need a little inspiration on how to write and stage action.
Hawkeye By Fraction, Aja, Hollingsworth & Wu
This book was like a breath of fresh air. A super hero book more concerned with character than thwarting world-dominating villains. Great dialogue and incredibly fun characters, but can pack an emotional gut-punch like few others. And, the art! I can sit and get lost in David Aja’s deceptively simple art. Similar to Black Widow: Hawkeye is the product of artists and writer being completely in sync with one another.
These first six issues, written by Warren Ellis, illustrated by Declan Shalvey and colored by Jordie Bellaire are pretty much pitch perfect. Five seemingly unrelated issues, a series of done-in-one stories, perfectly tied together in issue #6. It’s weird, it’s fun, it’s gorgeous.
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