Must-read comics are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-read is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.

Title: Planetary

Date: 2000 - (reprinting material from 1999 - )

Vitals: Using the McGuffin of uncovering both the secret history of the world and a secret conspiracy perpetuated by superpowered figures, the series is really about covering as many different twentieth-century adventure genres as possible in its short life, both in terms of writing about them and ripping them off at the same time. Not for nothing does the title start with the same letter as "postmodern".

Famous names: Suicide Girls' Warren Ellis and Joss Whedon's favorite artist John Cassaday crossed over (and back) from indie cool to mainstream with this book.

Crunchy goodness: 4

Stunt casting: In a special crossover with Batman, watch out for Adam West putting in an appearance.


Design breakthrough: Cassaday's artwork manages to adopt the pacing and layout of whatever genre he's being asked to rip off in each chapter without managing to lose his own stylization, bringing a solid yet changing structure to the series.

Deadliest spoiler: The mirror is a good place to look for that mysterious Fourth Man.

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