The 10 best Marvel comics ever, according to Ranker

Standing on top of the comic book mountain with people like DC, Marvel Comics has a wealth of popular characters in the superhero media that spawned some of the publisher’s best. The voting community on Ranker compiled a list of the best comics / graphic novels ever, and while DC takes the brunt of the top of the list, Marvel also has a prominent place.

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Daredevil works have appeared at the top, with X-Men also appearing frequently. It makes sense as these two traits are some of the most consistently well written in the superhero genre.

10 Amazing X-Men Vol. 1: Gifted


Cyclops fires its eyebrow at the rest of the Astonishing X-Men team

The X-Men have suffered a lot in their Marvel Comics history, and this first volume of the series’ relaunch started on the premise that Cyclops and Emma Frost reformed the team. But their plans to do so are threatened by the prospect of a “mutant cure” being discovered by a scientist, which fascinates an extremely mutated Beat.

This first arc was characterized by reintroducing core X-Men characters to set them up on the line and included the revival of the Colossus. Amazing X-Men Vol. 1: Gifted was praised for its history and for being a good starting point for a new age.

9 Civil war


Captain America fights Iron Man over a pile of subdued superheroes

One of the best movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: Civil War, was loosely based on Civil war comic crossover bow. Ironically, author Mark Millar and artists Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines’ comics received a polarizing reception during 2006-2007.

The story was centered around the U.S. government adopting the Superhero Registration Act, which required superheroes to operate under official regulation equivalent to law enforcement. This pits Captain America’s rebels against Iron Man’s supporters, while the X-Men remain neutral. But over time, the meta-commentary was explored Civil war got the cartoon with retroactive effect to be well received.


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8 The Punisher MAX


Frank Castle surrendering while guns get their red sights on him in The Punisher MAX

Similar to DC’s previous imprints like Vertigo, Marvel has the MAX imprint that focuses on more mature content. One of the best that came out of that line was The Punisher MAX by Garth Ennis, Gregg Hurwitz and Laurence Campbell. The first volume brings back a classic Punisher villain in the form of Microchip, as he pits the titular anti-hero against two rival gangs in the middle of a bloody war.

Its first arch, Cuisine Irish, was also a cartoon influence for the acclaimed MCU vovehals TV series on Netflix. The Punisher MAX took place in Marvel’s main cannon, but told a smaller, isolated story that did not focus on crossing over with other great characters.


7 Infinity Gauntlet


Thanos with Infinity Gauntlet with all six gems

The MCUs Infinity War and Playoffs was loosely influenced by Jim Starlins Infinity Gauntlet limited series. Starlin created the villainous Thanos back in the early ’70s, and over the years the author put together several stories that ended up serving as a far-reaching prelude to Infinity Gauntlet.

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Its plot was centered around the fact that Thanos had collected all the Infinity Gems, leading him to a quest to erase half of all life to impress Mistress Death. But his grandson, Nebula, stole the glove, causing the Titan to team up with the surviving heroes to stop her. The limited series of six issues became one of the most well-received and influential comics of the 90s and spawned numerous sequels and spinoffs.


6 wolverine


A grinning Wolverine his adamantium claws pulled

Author Chris Claremont teamed up with industry veteran Frank Miller on pencils for one of Wolverine’s best comics. The duo were together in the first wolverine series, which stretched over a limited series of four issues. At this point, it depicted Wolverine’s adventures in Japan against the yakuza and high profile vovehals villains, Hand.

Likewise, it also showed the X-Men superhero’s commitment with romantic interest Mariko Yashida, who belonged to Japan’s powerful Yashida crime family. This bow was an iconic one for the character, and it was the primary influence for 2013’s The Wolverine film directed by James Mangold with Hugh Jackman at the helm.


5 Marvels


Gwen Stacy and Green Goblin reflected in one of Spider-Man's lenses

1994s Marvels limited series was a celebration of the most acclaimed moments in Marvel Comics history. Author Kurt Busiek and iconic artist Alex Ross got their careers started thanks to their work on Marvels, who took a grounded and street-level approach to magnificent superhero storytelling.

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It retold famous stories in the universe from the perspective of a news photographer named Phil Sheldon. Such landmark stories include The Fantastic Four, which defeats Galactus and Gwen Stacy’s death at the hands of the Green Goblin. This was the “everyday life of a superhero” theme that became famous and influenced the work of them and other creators across the medium.


4 X-Men: Days of Future Past


Wolverine, who shields Kitty Pryde in cover art for Days of Future Past

Chris Claremont and John Byrnes Days of the past of the future arc from That Creepy X-Men series is one of Marvel’s most acclaimed X men working. It was the inspiration for Fox’s 2014 film with similar titles, where the narrative focused on the X-Men going back in time to prevent a dystopian catastrophe leading to maximum anti-mutant aggression.

This alternative dystopia saw mutants being gathered and forced into internment camps, prompting the future version of Kitty Pryde to transfer herself to the current Pryde to help prevent this. The X-Men was always a strong allegory for civil rights and other social issues, and Days of the past of the future is a key story in the superhero team’s myth.




3 X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga


Jean Gray flies and uses his newfound powers as Dark Phoenix

Although Fox twice failed to tastefully adapt it (The last stand and Dark Phoenix), The Dark Phoenix Saga the cartoon arc remains a classic. Veteran X men The creative duo Claremont and Byrne also put together this bow, written around Jean Gray, who became a supervillain in the form of Dark Phoenix.

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She manages to achieve a terrifying level of power that maximizes her potential as a telepath, but it corrupts her as a result. X-Men struggles to fight her and decide if it’s worth saving her, the catastrophic cost of letting her run wild for too long. Starting with the introduction of Hellfire Club, The Dark Phoenix Saga spirals into an emotionally resonant story.


2 Daredevil: The man without fear


Shared image of Daredevil in his red suit jumping through the air and in his interim black suit

Industry legend Frank Miller is known for his acclaimed work with Batman and vovehals, but it was the latter where he got his start. And as he did for Dark Knight in the ’80s with The year, wrote Miller Daredevil’s definitive history of origin in The man without fear. This 90s cartoon was part of Miller’s reinvention of Daredevil, which started in the early 80s in the crude, criminal-noir character that he has been celebrated as.

The story shows Matt’s underprivileged beginning with his accident and his father’s death, to be trained under Stick and on. It’s a compelling, intimately scaled story that also introduces key characters that would later become crucial, such as Foggy, Kingpin, Typhoid Mary, and Elektra. The man without fear also introduced the classic makeshift black suit that the Netflix series would wear in seasons 1 and 3.


1 Daredevil: Born Again


Shared image of Daredevil holding a frightened Karen Page and appearing through a wall of flames

Miller is responsible for many of Daredevil’s best comics ever, with Born again and the former The man without fear without a doubt his best work. The former centers around Karen Page, who sells Matt Murdock’s identity out of desperation, which is eventually sold up to Kingpin in New York himself.

What follows is an intense revenge story that depicts Matt Murdock at one of the lowest points in his life, with Kingpin acting as the dark architect behind his unraveling. Born again is a gripping crime story that culminates in one of the most triumphant and cathartic moments of Daredevil’s career. Just like with the origin story cartoon, it had a huge impact on Netflix vovehals. Specifically, it was the narrative anchor for the masterful third season.

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