Must-read graphic novels are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.
Vitals: We follow the Marvel Comics universe across the decades, through the eyes of news photographer Phil Shelton, who professes his faith in the Marvel superheroes even when everyone else reviles them.
Famous names: Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross
Crunchy goodness: 5
Elevator pitch: It's like Piers Plowman meets Galactus and the Green Goblin!
The shit: Busiek's technique of focusing on a street-level view of grand operatic happenings got its start in Marvels, and was at its most finely honed.
Life lesson: Superhero angst actually looks more impressive from a distance. And heroes look better when you're looking up at them — unless Hercules is wearing his leather skirt again.