37 Comic Arcs from The Big Two That You Should Have Read

This is by no means a definitive list. However, If you’re new to comics and you want to know what everyone is talking about, there are a few story lines that you should read. These are some of the most important story lines in comic history.  In no particular order:

  1. Crisis on Infinite Earths
  2. Infinite Crisis
  3. Civil War
  4. Secret War 1
  5. Long Halloween
  6. Knightfall
  7. Planet Hulk/World War Hulk
  8. The Ultimates 1
  9. The Dark Phoenix (X-Men)
  10. Onslaught (X-Men)
  11. Days of Future Past (X-Men)
  12. Age of Apocalypse (X-Men)
  13. Blackest Night
  14. Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits
  15. Demon in a Bottle
  16. Death of Superman
  17. Justice League: Tower of Babel
  18. Batman Year One
  19. The Galactus Trilogy
  20. Infinity Gauntlet/Infinity War
  21. The Death of Gwen Stacy
  22. Death of Captain America
  23. Cataclysm/No Man’s Land
  24. Death in the Family
  25. Kree/Skrull War
  26. Under the Hood
  27. One More Day
  28. Preludes and Nocturnes
  29. House of M
  30. The Killing Joke
  31. Batman Year One
  32. Sinestro Corps War
  33. Messiah Complex
  34. Emerald Twilight
  35. Iron Man: Extremis
  36. The Dark Knight Returns/The Dark Knight Strikes Again
  37. Astonishing X-Men: Gifted
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