’90s are a much beloved and nostalgic decade for many young adults today. If you are from the ’90s then you must have enjoyed all the best cartoons, the best music, the best sitcom. Life was extremely exciting for a kid growing up in the ’90s unless you were a comic books fan.
Between the golden era of ‘80s comic and the breath of life which came back in comics in 2000, there was a wasteland of illogical storylines, gritty personalities, scantily clad women with impossible proportions and no personalities, and lots of pouches nothing in them.
There were some legendary stories that hit the market if you know where to look. Some amusing content got delivered in that era with the superhero’s nestled in a well-structured storyline.
The bottom line is if you’re someone who instantly skips by any comic book written between 1990 and 1999, there are a handful of books you absolutely have to go find right now because they might just become your new favorites.
1. Batman: Knightfall
Knightfall is the Batman story published by DC Comics. It perhaps the best and most iconic Barman story of all time. It introduced Bane, one of Batman’s greatest enemies, and of course, led to Batman’s first definitive defeat in which Bane breaks Batman’s back. Batman’s golden age blue cape and cowl to the black cape gets changed with the yellow oval-encased bat symbol.
There was a series of book which came between 1993-94, consisting of Knightfall, Knightquest, and KnightsEnd. The storyline was adapted for Batman: The Animated Series and even made it to the big screen in a poor adaptation with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Even if you’re not a huge Batman fan, Knightfall is essential reading for any comic enthusiast.
The Preacher always tops every list of must-read comic books and for good reasons. From the very first issue, this comic has established itself as a mature, weird, violent blast of a series that kept the punches and surprises coming to every single issue. The plot consists of Jesse Custer, a former preacher who has the skills to make people do whatever he tells them to, Tulip, his gun-toting ex-girlfriend, and Cassady, his best friend, vampire, and all-around horrible-yet-tragic person.
This book is not recommended to religious readers as it questions Jesus on his quest to find god. The story is complex with too many twists and turns to spoil here, but if you haven’t read it, you may want to clear your schedule, because it’s still one of the best graphic stories around.
Deadpool is a common name today but not when Fabiana Nicieza and Rob Liefeld written this comic, at that time Deadpool was a new thing for everyone. Initially, when the series got on air the character was known as an X-Force villain who cared only about himself and the pursuit of cold hard cash.
Joe’s Kelley Deadpool is a unique entry in the superhero comic because no matter how badly Wade Willson wants to be a hero he struggles with self-doubt, self-loathing, guilt, setback and emotional scarring. Later in the series, they turned Deadpool character into a goofy, looney tunes-type character, but although Kelly’s run was often hilarious, his sense of humor was usually a defense mechanism to keep people at a distance and to hide his pain. Must read for action-comedy genre lovers.
4. Kingdom Come
Mark Waid presented DC’s Kingdom Come with legendary Alex Ross was a four-issue comic book miniseries published in 1996. This comic depicts the growing conflict between the traditional superheroes and a growing number of new amoral and violent vigilantes.
The story takes a massive turn when people started supporting the new vigilante who murdered the Joker because of which eminent heroes in the Justice League, including Superman, abandon their roles as heroes. This twisted plots will definitely give you chills in your body, must-read!
Phil Sheldon is an ordinary news reporter who witnesses and reports on many of the iconic moments in Marvel superhero history. This book is a must-read for Marvel fans, with larger-than-life characters and an ending that will blow your mind and will get stuck for a few days.
Marvel started in 1939 as a timely comic and later in the ‘50s became popular as Atlas Comics. The Marvel brand had been used over the years but solidified as the company’s only brand within a couple of years.
If you are somebody who eagerly waits for daily newspaper comic strips, then this comic is ideal for you. It’s actually an epic tale on the scale of Lord of the Rings, but with a lot more light-hearted humor. That may not sound like anything special, but the ten Eisner Awards and eleven Harvey awards won by the series over its 55 issues speak for themselves.
This comic takes you on an adventurous ride where three Bone Cousins, Phonicle P. “Phoney” Bone, Smiley Bone, and Fone Bone as they’re kicked out of their hometown of Boneville and forced to make their own way.
7. Batman: The Long Halloween
Batman the long Halloween is on everyone’s list for best Batman stories. The comic contradicts its name as you won’t get much of action but deeper detective aspect of Batman.
Loeb and Sale craft a genuinely intriguing mystery around a serial killer known as “Holiday” who kills only on holidays. By the end of the book, you suspect nearly every character who appears of being Holiday, and although the book does technically answer this question, it’s done in a way that makes you question whether you really know who Holiday was.
8. Sin City
Unlike many comic books, instead of one ongoing story, Sin City tells a series of independent but interconnected stories taking place in the neo-noir background of Basin City.
The Basin City is partially governed by politicians and rest by criminals. Nearly everything is drawn in black and white, with only a few splashes of color to draw focus or emphasis. Sin City is beautiful to look at and beautifully told.
Starman was nominated for several Eisner awards and won the award for “Best Serialized Story” for its “Sand and Stars” story arc.
This wasn’t a brutal muscle-bound vigilante, unlike most comics in the ‘90s. Starman was one of the most fascinating and beloved characters in all of comic book history, although he didn’t wear a costume, he didn’t carry any firearms, most of the time he didn’t even want to fight crime.
These are some of the best comic books from the ’90s which I could tell. Looking at the rich treasure of the 90’s comics there’s ample learning and inspiration out in each of the characters. So hurry, Look out for them! Read. Dream. Get Inspired. Cherish!
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