Top 25 Image Comics of The Last 25 Years


No. 9: Wetworks

First Published: June 1994 (Volume 1)

Wetworks was co-created and drawn by another Image Comics’ co-founder Whilce Portacio; Brandon Choi served as the co-writer in addition to being a co-creator. Portacio, like Jim Lee and Marc Silvestri, was a former Uncanny X-Men artist and the influences showed. The title featured a team of black ops agents who were fused with symbiotes; the symbiotes provided the host a wide range of powers. Wetworks has been part of Jim Lee’s Wildstorm Universe since its initial publication in 1994.  


No. 8: Astro City

First Published: August 1995 (Volume 1)

An anthology series set in fictional Astro City that follows its superpowered and non-superpowered residents. Astro City has always been written by Kurt Busiek and primarily illustrated by Brent Anderson; Alex Ross provides the painted covers and character designs. There have been multiple volumes of this Eisner Award winning title. Astro City is currently being published through DC/Vertigo Comics; the entire series is available in digital and trade/hardcover formats.



No. 7: ShadowHawk

First Published: August 1992

ShadowHawk was another title that was created by one of Image’s co-founders Jim Valentino.  Valentino also served as Image’s publisher. ShadowHawk was initially about a urban vigilante who was suffering from AIDS. After the first ShadowHawk died a new character took up the mantle and more supernatural elements were added. Some volumes of ShadowHawk are  available digitally and in trade.


No. 6: Cyberforce

First Published: October 1992 (Volume 1 mini-series) | November 1993 (Volume 2 ongoing series)

Cyberforce was co-created by Image Comics’ co-founder Marc Silvestri. This property is the foundation of Silvestri’s Top Cow imprint. Cyberforce chronicled the adventures of a cybernetically enhanced team of superbeings who wage a war against a multinational corporation called Cyberdata. Co-Writer/Artist Marc Silvestri incorporated a number of X-Men archetypes into the series; he illustrated Uncanny X-Men and Wolverine. Multiple volumes of Cyberforce have been published including a digital only series; some volumes of Cyberforce are available digitally.

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