10 Best Guilty Pleasure Comic Books

Like any form of entertainment, comics sometimes have moments when things aren’t exactly the best. Whether it’s the art, the writing, weird subjects, needless violence, or a combination of the above, many things can make a comic book bad. That doesn’t mean these stories aren’t fun to read, though. Like any other form of entertainment, comics have stories that have become guilty pleasures for fans – they know they’re not exactly great, but they’re great to read.

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Guilty pleasure comics come in all shapes and sizes. Marvel, DC, Image and more have released comics that are outrageously fun and provide fans with years of enjoyment.

10 The whole mess! Comics Line was like heavy metal album covers coming to life


9 Chaos Comics

The 1990s were a time of boom for the comics industry. Publishers would pop up, get big and die out in a predictable cycle for most of the industry’s viewers. One of these companies was Chaos! Comics, founded by writer Brian Pulido. anchored by bad Ernie, lady dead, and purify, the line was Bad Girls infused with apocalyptic horror extravaganza.

The quality of the line varies greatly and the stories are not the most complex, but they are a lot of fun to read. Pulido had a vision for the line and created something not seen since, comics for fans of heavy metal and slasher that were entertaining even when they were bad.

9 Wolverine: Evolution is a joy to watch, but the story gets bizarre


Wolverine Sabretooth Marvel

Wolverine: Evolution, by writer Jeph Loeb and artist Simone Bianchi, is a story that sounds great. Wolverine and Sabretooth clash as new secrets are revealed about the origins of Wolverine and other similar mutants is a tried-and-true Wolverine narrative trope. Loeb immediately takes it off the rails and connects it all by introducing the Lupine, a group of mutants descended from canines.

It’s such an odd choice in an otherwise standard Wolverine story. The art is fantastic, and there are some cool moments; it’s just not a good comic. It’s still a joy to read though, as Bianchi is a talented performer, and the book is full of epic fight scenes.


8 The Authority: Under New Management Is The Comedy Equivalent Of Trash Cinema


The Authority Trimmed

The Authority: under new management, by writer Mark Millar and artist Frank Quitely, it was the book that gave Millar his big break. Taking over The authority After writer Warren Ellis and artist Bryan Hitch depart, Millar and Quitely inject the title with a manic energy as the team battles the status quo and is forced to battle superheroes created by a Jack Kirby analogue.

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The book combines radical anarchist politics with ultra-violent superhero spectacle as the Authority rips through the Marvel-inspired heroes sent against them by the current powers. It’s all trashy edgelord fun that goes down the throat and never lets go.


7 Chuck Austen’s Uncanny X-Men/X-Men Run is full of fun ideas, marred by hilariously bad execution


Nightcrawler, Beast, Wolverine, Polaris, Archangel and other X-Men

Writer Chuck Austen’s Time Uncanny X-Men and X-Men is widely regarded as the worst run in the history of either book. Austen always worked with good artists, namely Ron Garney, Kia Asamiya and Salvador Larocca, but the stories never really worked out. Austen had some good ideas, but the execution was poor, often laughable.

Austen’s Uncanny X-Men/X-Men running is related to The room for comics. The stories are often so bad that they are good, with moments that provoke as much laughter as moans. It’s a lovely train wreck, and everyone should read at least one of its stories, preferably ‘She Lies With Angels’ or ‘The Draco’.


6 Wanted Is Peak Edgelord Millar


Wanted by Mark Millar

Mark Millar was one of Marvel’s most influential writers in the 2000s, and his sensibilities to edgelords were showcased but neutered by the publisher. Not so his indie work back then, and Wanted, with art by JG Jones, Millar was at his sharpest. Set in a world secretly run by the Fraternity, a group of super villains, Wesley is brought in after his killer father is murdered, living his best worst life as more deaths rock the super villain world.

Wanted let Millar go as far as he wanted, and it says on every page. Extreme violence, profanity, and sex grace the story, and it often feels like the book is trying to shock just because it can. There are some great ideas in the book, and the art is fantastic, making it a wonderfully guilty pleasure to read.


5 Chris Claremont’s 2000 return to Uncanny X-Men and X-Men was full of big ideas that led nowhere


X-Men Revolution

Chris Claremont spent 17 years writing the X-Men, making him Marvel’s longest-running writer on a title. He would return to the land of X in the year 2000 and take over the role of writer Uncanny X-Men and X-men, Moving everything six months into the future and introducing new villains, the Neo, evolved mutants even further than the ones readers were aware of.

Joined by artists Leinil Yu, Adam Kubert and Tom Raney, there are some great single-issue stories in Claremont’s short run-back, but it never really feels like it comes together. It’s still entertaining and worth a read though, as even the bad Claremont is still pretty good and an interesting anomaly in X-Men history.


4 The Dark Knight Strikes Again falls far short of its predecessor, but has a strange charm


the dark knight returns is a classic and one of the comics that really made Frank Miller a huge creative force in the comics industry. In the end, DC got him back for a sequel, and The Dark Knight strikes again was born. Expanding the story beyond Gotham, Miller showed how much the rest of the DCU had changed, and pitted the heroes against Lex Luthor.

DK2, as it is also known, contains a lot of cool stuff, but it’s also where the cracks in Miller’s facade started to appear. His drawing style was far from what it had been before, and the story has a lot of issues, but it can still be fun to read.




3 WildC.ATs #1-4 is the ultimate style about substance Comic


WildC.ATS

WildC.ATs #1-4, by writers Jim Lee and Brandon Choi and Lee on Art, was the superstar artist’s first picture book. There’s a crazy creative energy to the story and the characters are all quite interesting. The WildC.ATs became the centerpiece of Lee’s Wildstorm Universe, and this story explained their status quo.

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Like other picture books of the time, the writing wasn’t the best, so the book lived and died through its art. Fortunately, the art is fantastic, Lee’s best work at the time. The story is a fun but lame battle between ancient alien races – the Kherubim and Daemonites – who have been trapped on Earth for millennia.


2 Youngblood #1-4 Is Raw Uncut Liefeld


Youngblood #1-4, by writers Hank Kanalz and Rob Liefeld with art by Liefeld, is hugely important to ’90s Image and has an interesting reputation. Liefeld is a controversial figure in the comics industry; One can argue about the quality of his work, but not about his raw creative energy, which is fully expressed in these four songs.

Split between the Youngblood Home and Away teams, the books introduce an array of new heroes and villains. They are undeniably creative comics and are the equivalent of junk food – they taste great, but don’t look at them too much.


1 All-Star Batman and Robin The Boy Wonder is the best Batman parody ever


All Star Batman and Robin

All Star Batman and Robin The Boy Wonder, by writer Frank Miller and artist Jim Lee, is infamous among Batman fans. Lee’s art is great, and Miller’s signature hard-boiled style is on full display, but it often feels like he’s pushing it as far as he can, creating a comic that feels like a parody of the Batman he’d created in previous stories.

All-Star Batman and Robin is either the worst Batman story ever or the best Batman parody ever. Miller doesn’t feel like the kind of writer who would make fun of himself, but the story works best as an exaggerated Batman parody. It’s full of hilarious, over-the-top moments.

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