The Top 100 Comics Issues

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This December Shelfdust will published the results of the first-ever (and biggest-ever) critic-chosen list of the Top 100 Comic Book Issues of all time. Almost 100 comic critics for publications including Entertainment Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, PanelXPanel, CBR, The Middle Spaces, ComicsAlliance, IGN, The Beat, WomenWriteAboutComics, Newsarama, SktchdThe Comics Journal, Rogues PortalMultiversity, Publishers WeeklyComicosityNerdist, The MNT and so many other websites were invited to send in their personal top ten comic book issues, and from that list we were able to compile together a “master” list of over 500 comics.

From there, we arranged the top 100 issues, and you can find the master list below – and click through to read the write-ups!

100: Sandman #19 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
=99: Sex Criminals #10 – Alone Together
=99: New X-Men #142 – Brimstone and Whiskey
98:  Uncanny X-Men #173 – To Have and Have Not
=97: Avengers Assemble #15:AU – Submit, Britannia!
=97: Hawkeye Vol 4 #3 – Cherry
96: Superman Vol 2 #082 – Back for Good!
95: Graffiti Kitchen #1
94: Batman Vol 3 #24 – Every Epilogue is a Prelude
=93: Eel Mansions #1
=93: Darkseid War: Green Lantern – Will You Be My God?
92: Pluto Vol 3 Chapter #21 – Uran’s Search
91: Uncanny X-Men #297 – Song’s End

90: Wonder Woman Vol 2 #170 – She’s A Wonder!
89: Optic Nerve #12
88: Mermaid’s Promise #2
87: Lucifer Vol 1 #26 – Purgatorio: Part 2 of 3
86: His Face All Red
85: Giant Days #10
84: Daredevil Vol 1 #169 – Devils
83: Batman Vol 1 #471 – Requiem for a Killer
82: The Spirit #4 – The Last Trolley
81: Strangers in Paradise Vol 2 #1 – I Dream of You

80: Omega the Unknown #1
79: New Fun #1 – The Big Comic Magazine
78: Casanova Avaritia #2 – What If It’s Never Enough?
77: Superman #400 – The Living Legends of Superman
76: Punisher Vol 7 #28 – The Slavers Part 4
75: Bone #10 – The Great Cow Race
74: Preacher #54 – I Built My Dreams Around You
73: 20th Century Boys #6 – Flag on the Moon
72: The Flash Vol 1 #123 – The Flash of Two Worlds
71: Uncanny X-Men #94 – The Doomsmith Scenario!

70: Love & Rockets #22 – Jerusalem Crickets, Vida Loca and Human Diastrophism
69: Moon Knight Vol 7 #5 – Scarlet
68: Spider-Man’s Tangled Web #4 – Severance Package
67: Eightball #23 – The Death-Ray
66: The Omega Men #9 – In The Deepest Heart of All of Us
65: Deadly Class #21 – Die For Me, Part 5
64: Runaways Vol 1 #1 – Pride and Joy
63: Love & Rockets New Stories #4
62: Hellboy: The Corpse
61: Batman Vol 2 #5 – Face the Court

60: Scalped #35 – Listening to the Earth Turn
59: Gotham Central #6 – Half A Life: Part 1
58: Marvel Two-In-One Annual #7 – And They Shall Call Him… Champion!
57: Hulk: The End – The Last Titan
56: Suicide Squad Vol 1 #10 – Up Against The Wall
55: Civil War: The Confession
54: New X-Men #121 – Silence: Psychic Rescue in Progress
53: Solo #5 – Darwyn Cooke
52: Superman Vol 2 #75 – Doomsday!
51: Batman #404 – Year One, Part One; Who I Am, How I Came To Be

50: Watchmen #12 – A Stronger Loving World
49: Giant Days #1
48: Ultimate Spider-Man #28 – Sidetracked
47: Action Comics #1 – Superman, Champion of the Oppressed
46: FF #23 – Run
45: Sandman #6 – Master of Dreams, Part 6: 24 Hours
44: Ms Marvel Vol 1 #6 – Healing Factor: Part One
43: Superman Vol 1 #149: The Death of Superman
42: Wonder Woman Vol 5 #4 – Wonder Woman Year One: Part 2
41: Monstress #1

40: Mister Miracle Vol 4 #10
39: Daytripper #10 – 76
38: Y: The Last Man #60 – Alas
37: No Mercy #9
36: New X-Men #114 – E is for Extinction Part 1
35: Top 10 #8 – The Overview
34: The Invisibles Vol 1 #12 – Best Man Fall
33: Fantastic Four Vol 1 #50 – The Startling Saga of the Silver Surfer
32: Transmetropolitan #1 – The Summer of The Year
31: The Spectacular Spider-Man #200 – Best of Enemies

30: Y: The Last Man #1 – Unmanned
29: New Gods Vol 1 #7 – The Pact!
28: OMAC #1 – Brother Eye And Buddy Blank
27: Sandman #18 – A Dream of A Thousand Cats
26: The Wicked & The Divine #13 – Commercial Suicide
25: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1 – The Dark Knight Returns
24: Flex Mentallo #4 – We Are All UFOs
23: Saga #1 – Chapter One
22: Bitch Planet #3 – Too Big To Fail
21: Hawkeye #6 – Six Days in the Life Of


20: Doom Patrol #63 – Empire of Chairs
19: Watchmen #1 – At Midnight, All The Agents…
18: Hawkeye #19 – The Stuff What Don’t Get Spoke
17: Ms Marvel Vol 1 #1 – Meta Morphosis
16: Giant-Sized X-Men #1 – Deadly Genesis
15: Superman Annual #11 – For The Man Who Has Everything…
14: Fantastic Four Vol 1 #51 – This Man… This Monster!
13: Journey Into Mystery #645 – Everything Burns: Aftermath
12: Hitman #34 – Of Thee I Sing
11: Sandman #8 – Master of Dreams, Part 8: The Sound of Her Wings

10: Daredevil #191 – Roulette
9: The X-Men #137 – The Fate of the Phoenix!
8: Animal Man #5 – The Coyote Gospel
7: Watchmen #4 – Watchmaker
6: Multiversity: Pax Americana #1 – In Which We Burn…
5: Saga of The Swamp Thing #21 – The Anatomy Lesson
4: Hawkeye #11 – Pizza Is My Business
3: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #33 – The Final Chapter
2: Astro City ½ – The Nearness of You
1: All-Star Superman #10 – Neverending

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