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One favorite of mine is the 1986 Captain Atom ongoing, particularly the first 44 issues written by Cary Bates and Greg Weisman (well, just Bates up through #9). Honestly, Weisman’s changes in #45-50 after Bates left are kind of abrupt and awkward and don’t make a ton of sense compared to how Bates and Weisman were developing things together, but it’s still a reasonable conclusion. Regardless, the bulk of the series is brilliant stuff, sort of deconstructing and then reconstructing classic superhero tropes with a lot of pathos about Nathaniel’s situation. And Wade Eiling of all people is a brilliantly devious villain here in his original showing. Can’t recommend this series enough. At least… up through #50. The last seven issues aren’t especially worth reading.
Another one I unexpectedly really enjoyed is the original '88 Checkmate series by Paul Kupperberg. It’s cliched but fun spy stuff with decent action, an interesting premise with how it shifts to a different Knight’s perspective every story, and some fantastic art by Steve Erwin. Art aside, I can’t point to any one thing that’s specifically all that exciting about it, and yet I had an absolute blast reading it.
Then, of course, there’s The Question by Denny O’Neil. This one isn’t quite as obscure as the last two, but it’s brilliant stuff regardless. Not quite as much flashy spectacle as the first two, but a very thought-provoking look into one of the grimmest worlds ever created for a superhero to inhabit. Now if only we could get those quarterly issues…
On the subject of O’Neil, there’s also Azrael (Or Azrael: Agent of the Bat as it was called in the second half of its run). It’s not as good as the Question. In fact, I can’t quite decide whether it’s good at all, but it has a certain scrappy underdog charm that makes you want it to succeed even though it never quite does, much like its own main character. Jean-Paul Valley had served his purpose as the antagonist of the Knightfall Saga, but I found his quest for redemption and inner peace over the course of his own series immensely compelling.
Your turn now: What do you wish more people had read?