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The Most Influential Comics of the 21st Century

Updated: Jan 24, 2023

The 21st century has seen a resurgence in the popularity of comics, with many new series and storylines capturing the attention of readers worldwide. Some of the most influential comics of the century include: "The Walking Dead" by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore: This post-apocalyptic series, which began in 2003, has become a cultural phenomenon, inspiring a television show, video games, and merchandise. The comic explores themes of survival, leadership, and morality in a world overrun by zombies. "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" by Frank Miller: This 1986 miniseries is considered to be one of the greatest Batman stories ever told. It depicts an aging Bruce Wayne coming out of retirement to face off against a new generation of criminals and a government that wants to put him out to pasture. This comic has been hugely influential on many later Batman stories, and its dark, gritty tone has become a staple of the character. "Watchmen" by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons: This seminal 1986 miniseries deconstructed and re-imagined the superhero genre, introducing mature themes and complex characters. The story is set in an alternate reality where superheroes exist and their actions have a profound impact on the world. The comic was a commercial and critical success, and it is considered to be one of the greatest comics of all time. "Saga" by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples: This science fiction series, which began in 2012, has been praised for its diverse and complex characters, stunning visuals, and thought-provoking storytelling. The comic explores themes of love, family, and war across a galaxy-spanning conflict. "Scott Pilgrim" by Bryan Lee O'Malley: This series, which ran from 2004 to 2010, is a comedic coming-of-age story about a slacker named Scott Pilgrim who must fight his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. The series has been praised for its humor, vibrant art, and clever storytelling. These comics have had a profound impact on the comics industry and popular culture, and they continue to inspire new readers and creators. They are considered as must-reads for comics enthusiasts, and are still influencing new comics today.


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