FEATURE: What Is Your Favourite Comic Book?
It's a more difficult question than you might think! Whether you have read hundreds of comic books or even thousands, which single one stands out as being your favourite?
A few months ago, I asked you all what your most valuable comic book was. At the time, mine was a recently purchased issue of Amazing Spider-Man #39 which I've since been lucky enough to get signed by Stan "The Man" Lee. However, you guys had an even more impressive selection with titles ranging from X-Men #1 to Amazing Fantasy #15. However, I now have a very different question for you. What is your favourite comic book? Personally, I find that an extremely difficult question to answer. Should I choose a classic like Amazing Spider-Man #9 (I'm a big fan of Electro) or a slightly more recent effort such as Civil War #2 (has any other comic book had an ending THAT shocking?!).
There are literally dozens more I could list, but Fantastic Four #509 by Mark Waid and the late Mike Wieringo stands out for me. It kicks off with the death of The Thing and a tearful Reed Richards' attempt to revive him. As the issue progresses, we discover that the Fantastic Four have since split up and we see each of their reactions to the loss of their friend. It culminates with the revelation that Reed has kept Ben's body because he detects a faint sign of life. In order to try and bring him back, he has built the same machine which scarred Doctor Doom's face when he attempted to use it to find his mother in Hell. As the issue comes to a close, Reed, Sue and Johnny come together for one more adventure - to bring The Thing back from Heaven; perhaps their most unique destination ever.
This is a fantastic comic book which is part of a truly wonderful run by Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo. I can't recommend it enough and this issue in particular was simply, well, fantastic. While it may not have been full of action, it packed a far more powerful punch than any thrown by a superhero - an emotional one. So, what is YOUR favourite comic book and why? Sound off with your comments below.
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