5. Science Dog from Invincible
Science Dog is Mark Grayson’s favorite comic book! Somehow he is able to keep up with it even when he is out saving the world, exploring space or deep in a coma. Science Dog also leads to one of may favorite jokes in Invincible.
4. Flex Mentallo
This whole list could have been made up of comics written by Grant Morrison. His work is full of meta-textual layers. It is one of his trademarks. Flex Mentallo does it the best though. We follow Flex through all the different ages of comics and we see how they have changed over time through him. This book isn’t meant to be summarized in a few sentences. Just read it if you haven’t already.
3. She-Hulk from The Sensational She-Hulk
Marvel Comics have a reputation of having their creators pop up in their books. Stan and Jack poke their heads into all sorts of Fantastic Four stories. This type of thing doesn’t happen as much anymore but John Byrne used to have a lot of fun with the idea of it when he was writing She-Hulk. The cover of the first issue sets the tone perfectly.
2. Tales of the Black Freighter from Watchmen
The part of Watchmen people always skip. They really shouldn’t. It is a great parallel narrative to the rest of the story. Alan Moore said his reasoning for making it a pirate comic was because in a world of superheroes who would read a comic about them. Would you read a comic about Superman if Superman existed?
1. The Flash from The Flash
WHOA! What a twist. Seriously, if I was a ten year old kid my mind would have been blown reading this exchange. Wait, so Gardner Fox is both real and lives in the DC universe and his mind tapped into another DC universe that Barry Allen read in the former universe. Talk about a crazy idea you could only read about in comics books!
What are some of your favorite comics within comics?