I didn’t read comics during most of the ’90s, so I don’t have the nostalgia — or, venom — for titles from that decade that so many fans do.
So, reading the Comic Book Bin‘s list of the Ten Most Important Comic Books of the 1990s is a lot like browsing a compilation of the best French novels of the 18th century: The names are familiar, but I’d be hard-pressed to tell you anything about them.
However, I’m sure the list will give scholars of the Foil Age much to discuss:
10. Authority #1 (DC/Wildstorm)
9. Daredevil #1 (Marvel)
8. Solar #0 (Valiant)
7. Astro City #1 (Image)
6. Magnus #1 (Valiant)
5. Marvels #1 (Marvel)
4. X-Men #1 (Marvel)
3. Superman #75 (DC)
2. Spawn #1 (Image)
1. Harbinger #1 (Valiant)
The writer, Andy Smith, includes explanations for each entry, which may or may not help his cause. (“Harbinger was the Pulp Fiction of the comics industry — an indie critical and commercial smash hit that changed all the rules and broke down the door for a host of independent talent.”)
There’s an “also-ran” list that shows a little more variety, with books like Bone #1, Preacher #1 and Dark Horse Presents Fifth Anniversary Special.