Writing in the New York Daily News, self-professed “fanboy geek” Ethan Sacks runs down a list of comic books and science fiction, horror and Hong Kong movies that could turn “neophytes” into “enthusiasts.”
Sacks writes that he consulted writers, actors, directors and comic creators, and trawled through numerous “best of” compilations to arrive at his “highly-subjective list of the most influential examples of some key genres.” And it is highly subjective, of course; these type of things always are.
But in the case of the comics section, they’re also pretty predictable. Watchmen? Check. Maus? Check. The Dark Knight Returns? Check. X:Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga? Check.
And with the exception of the two “Extra Credit” works — Adrian Tomine’s Optic Nerve and Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko’s Torso – none of the selections are less than a decade old (and some are much older).
Granted, Fantastic Four #1 and Amazing Fantasy #15 aren’t the first books that people typically suggest as “gateway comics.” But the others? And aren’t there more contemporary titles — from, say, the past decade or so — that are worthy of a list like this?
So, I’m throwing it out there: What comics would you recommend to turn neophytes into enthusiasts?