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Top 100 Series

ALFRED scores 0% to 100%, average of 50%

Updated October 5, 2020

Our comic scoring system ALFRED aggregates critic reviews and scores them 0% to 100%. Here’s your monthly update!

What’s Included
– Series with a minimum of two issues and qualify for ALFRED

Key Creators 
Jonathan Hickman
Nick Dragotta
Frank Martin, Jr.

Analysis
Though its strongest reception came in the initial arc, East of West has delivered consistent quality over dozens of issues, and is one of the five longest series in the 100.

Official Description
The things that divide us are stronger than the things that unite us. A Sci-Fi Western set in a dystopian America where all hope for the future rests in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse…who just happen to be trying to kill the President of the United States.

Fantasy
2013

Key Creators
Mark Waid
Chris Samnee
Javier Rodriguez

Analysis
Kevin Smith. Joe Quesada. Brian Michael Bendis. Alex Maleev. Ed Brubaker. Michael Lark. These are just some of the all-star creators working on the Daredevil title prior to its relaunch in 2011. How did it go for Mark Waid’s run? It lands in the 100, with three ★★★★★ volumes. While a number of artists made lasting contributions to the character, Samnee and Rodriguez’s remarkable work served as a modern baseline against which new iterations of the character are compared.

Official Description
Having turned his world upside over the past several years, Matt Murdock realizes that justice may not be blind to his past and villains may not be the only ones looking for answers. If Matt Murdock could see what he was up against he’d be terrified.

Superhero – Crime
2011

Key Creators
Tom Taylor
Trevor Hairsine
Stefano Gaudiano

Analysis
Initial announced of DCeased drew comparisons to Marvel Zombies, however Taylor continued his fantastic late-decade run in this limited series, proving he is a capable creator when handed the entire DC Universe. Devastating and savage, seeing so many heroes in their un-dead forms is the equivalent of a blockbuster popcorn film in comic book form.

Official Description
A mysterious techno-virus has been released on Earth, infecting 600 million people and turning them instantly into violent, monstrous engines of destruction. The heroes of the DCU are caught completely unprepared for a pandemic of this magnitude and struggle to save their loved ones first…but what happens to the World’s Greatest Heroes if the world ends?

Superhero – Horror
2019

Key Creators
Kurt Busiek
Brent Eric Anderson
Alex Ross

Analysis
Between Astro City and Batman: Creature of the Night, Busiek demonstrates mastery of the craft for both short and long series. This 52 issue series sports its strongest ALFRED scores in its first and last arc, with Aftermaths earning a ★★★★★ rating.

Official Description
The Ambassador comes to Earth, and an ordinary man is caught up in a cosmic conflict. Featuring the return of favorites like Samaritan and Honor Guard, and the debut of new sensations! Plus, the seeds of a new mystery: Who is the Broken Man? The entire award-winning creative team is back–kicking off a new epoch of the human and the superhuman. Get in on the ground floor of Astro City’s next epic!

Superhero – Adventure
2013

Key Creators
Eric Powell
Tim Wiesch

Analysis
The Powell-Wiesch partnership resulted in a surprisingly strong, brief run in this crime tale.

Official Description

A brutal crime drama with a shocking mystery at its heart. Even the most marginalized in society can exact revenge if they don’t care how they do it.

Crime
2015

Key Creators
Kieron Gillen
Jamie McKelvie
Matthew Wilson

Analysis
The 2008 Phonogram series also scored an 80% ALFRED, however the 2016 iteration is percentage-points higher. The Gillen-McKelvie-Wilson strikes for the second time in the 100.

Official Description
Nearly a decade ago, Emily Aster sold half her personality for the power to rule a coven of phonomancers. I’m sure nothing could go horribly, monstrously wrong now. In a world where Music is Magic, a song can save or ruin your life. In THE IMMATERIAL GIRL, we discover what a video can do.

Fantasy
2016

Key Creators
N.K. Jemisin
Jamal Campbell

Analysis
Jemisin and Campbell’s sci-fi mystery is one of the most gorgeous books in recent memory, and births Jo Mullein, who may be your new favorite DC hero. After this series concludes, we’re hoping Campbell earns a place in a top-tier DC book!

Official Description
For the past six months, newly chosen Green Lantern Sojourner “Jo” Mullein has been protecting the City Enduring, a massive metropolis of 20 billion people. The city has maintained peace for over 500 years by stripping its citizens of their ability to feel. As a result, violent crime is virtually unheard of, and murder is nonexistent.

Superhero – Fantasy
2019

Key Creators
Donny Cates
Ryan Stegman
J.P. Mayer

Analysis
Absolute Carnage was an energetic and brutal portrayal of the soon-to-be ubiquitous character (after the coming Venom film sequel). It’s also the first of four entries on the 100 by Cates. A fair number of cameos within the book provide more fun as well.

Official Description
Paint the town red – blood red! Carnage, the psychotic offspring of Venom, has returned — and he plans to slaughter everyone who’s ever worn a symbiote! Cletus Kasady has skirted the periphery of the Marvel Universe for months, but now he stands poised to make his grand return to New York — and he’s more powerful than ever! To make matters worse, a new player is on the board, and it’s not who you’d expect! Spider-Man and Venom must face down Carnage’s madness, but things aren’t looking good. Barely able to escape with their lives, the uneasy allies have no choice but to drag a slew of other heroes into Carnage’s crosshairs. And the hard truth is that not everybody will make it out of this conflict in one piece – if they make it out at all!

Superhero – Horror
2019

Key Creators
G. Willow Wilson
Christian Ward

Analysis
2020 has impacted a number of series – and Invisible Kingdom is no exception. We’ll get to see the series through to its finale via an original graphic novel, rather than single issues. Take the time to catch up on this fantastical series from Ms. Marvel co-creator Wilson.

Official Description
Set in a far-flung star system, this new epic sci-fi monthly saga tells the tale of two women–a young religious acolyte and a hard-bitten freighter pilot–who separately uncover a vast conspiracy between the leader of the system’s dominant religion and the mega-corporation that controls society. On the run from reprisals on both sides, this unlikely pair of rebels risk plunging the world into anarchy if they reveal the truth. But when your beliefs betray you, what choice is there left?

Fantasy
2019

Key Creators
Dennis Hopeless
Javier Rodriguez
Andy Fish

Analysis
Exploring a mom-to-be superhero in this character-driven series was as refreshing as it was compelling, and it still managed to deliver action and comedy in this dynamic run. The ★★★★★ first arc, featuring pregnancy and birth, scored 82% with ALFRED, and its final arc scored 81%, focusing on a battle with Hobgoblin.

Official Description

Baby on board! Jessica Drew is a private investigator, a super hero and…a mom to be? Since we last saw her, Spider-Woman’s got a whole new responsibility- she’s super heroing for two now, after all! Ben Urich and Porcupine are still along for the adventure, too, and aren’t making Jess’ life any easier- half the time they won’t even let her leave the car! How’s a gal supposed to save

Superhero – Adventure
2015

Key Creators
Dennis Hopeless
Javier Rodriguez
Andy Fish

Analysis
Multiple award-winner Monstress by Liu and Takeda has not only some of the most strikingly intricate covers (and interiors) in comics history, the debut art and associated first volume Awakening is an absolute Must-Read for any fan of the comic medium.

Official Description
Steampunk meets Kaiju in this original fantasy epic for mature readers, as young Maika risks everything to control her psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, placing her in the center of a devastating war between human and otherworldly forces.

Fantasy
2015

Key Creators
Kurtis J. Wiebe
Roc Upchurch
Tess Fowler

Analysis
This ambitious fantasy title, more so than its sequel in 2017, rewards any fan of Tolkien, D&D, or anyone who enjoys a trip to a wholly imaginative reality. Wiebe, Upchurch, and Fowler, and even a brief appearance by Stjepan Sejic, allow for each creator to shine in different moments.

Official Description
Who are the Rat Queens? A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they’re in the business of killing all gods’ creatures for profit. It’s also a darkly comedic fantasy series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Hobbit Thief. This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!

Fantasy
2013

Key Creators
Johnnie Christmas
Jack T. Cole

Analysis
This could be the sci-fi book of 2020, thanks to its unique art, heartfelt characters, and epic scope. There’s a complexity that makes the reader read it slowly and steadily – high comic praise, indeed.

Official Description
A new adventure series with all the sci-fi drama of Breaking Bad set in Mos Eisley! Promising young cadet Tilde is framed for crimes against the empire after discovering her mother was the ruthless warlord of the deadly colony Tartarus, a vital player in the galactic war. Now, Tilde’s only way home may be to reclaim her mother’s dark crown.

2020, Science Fiction

Key Creator
Brandon Graham

Analysis

This under-the-radar creation from Graham is a short and memorable read for anyone looking for an off-beat Must-Read.

Official Description
Sexica and her Werewolf boyfriend Nikoli travel across a sci-fi, fantasy Russia smoking singing cigarettes. Meanwhile the organ hunter Nura is sent out with a severed head and instructions to find its body.

Fantasy
2012

Key Creators
Michael Moreci
Kyle Charles
Matt Battaglia

Analysis

This is the best-reviewed Roche Limit series, and any fan of big sci-fi movie franchises will be well-served to jump into this world.

Official Description
It’s 75 years after the events that left the Roche Limit colony in flames. When a crew of military and science personnel are sent to the forgotten and desolate planet on a mysterious expedition, they quickly learn its dark secrets-and that their mission is not what they thought it to be. With danger lurking all around, the crew members fight to find a way off the planet and resist the mysterious presence that haunts them all.

Adventure
2015

Key Creators
Scott Snyder
Greg Capullo
Jonathan Glapion

Analysis
Following the ★★★★ original Metal series, Death Metal is in the 100 despite only being three issues into its run. Dense, epic, and earth-shattering, this event book has room to move up the list.

Official Description
When the Earth is enveloped by the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League is at the mercy of the Batman Who Laughs. Humanity struggles to survive in a hellish landscape twisted beyond recognition, while Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman have all been separated and fight to survive. Unleash the beast and let the head banging begin! 

Superhero – Adventure
2020

Key Creators
Jason Aaron
Russell Dauterman
Matthew Wilson

Analysis
One of three Thor runs in the 100, this series includes issue # 700. Under Aaron, the transition to Dr. Jane Foster wielding Mjolnir while also confronting cancer made for a series unlike any other in the 100. The concept was novel enough that it is the apparent basis for an upcoming film adaptation. Colorist Wilson makes one of six appearances on the 100, tied for the most of any non-writer

Official Description
When Dr. Jane Foster lifts the mystic hammer Mjolnir, she is transformed into the Goddess of Thunder, The Mighty Thor! Her enemies are many, as Asgard descends further into chaos and war threatens to spread throughout the Ten Realms. Yet her greatest battle will be against a far more personal foe: the cancer that is killing her mortal form.

Superhero – Fantasy
2015

 

Key Creators
Ben Blacker
Mirka Andolfo
Marissa Louise

Analysis
Andolfo is one of the strongest artists in the industry, and Blacker’s story kicks in after its first issue, resulting in four ★★★★★ issues in the middle of its run.

Official Description
“The women are too powerful. They must be tamed.” For hundreds of years a war has been waged between a coven of perpetually reincarnating witches and the all-male conspiracy known as the Architects. After the death of the lead Architect in 2005 it seemed the witches had finally defeated their foes. Now, 13 years later, waking up in a perfect cookie cutter home at the end of a cul-de-sac in a sunny corner of suburbia, Isadora has no recollection of her past life as the leader of a witch coven, nor her soulmate Nadiya, let alone the centuries-old war she has waged in defense of the soul of America…

Fantasy
2018

Key Creators
Jeff Lemire
Dustin Nguyen

Analysis
The all-star team of Lemire and Nguyen continue the Descender story in Ascender, a captivating ongoing series. It’s exciting to see the evolution of Nguyen’s style into its current form, and Lemire has displays range with a diverse range of artists across several series in the 100.

Official Description
Set ten years after the conclusion of DESCENDER’s storyline, magic has taken the place of machinery and the rules are very different indeed… Mila, the daughter of Andy and Effie from DESCENDER, spends her days exploring the lonely wilds of the planet Sampson and trying to stay out of the clutches of the evil disciples of the all-powerful vampire witch known only as Mother. But, like her parents, Mila doesn’t like to play by the rules, and when a certain robot pal of her dad’s shows up, nothing will ever be the same!

Adventure
2019

Key Creators
Scott Snyder
Jock
Matt Hollingsworth

Analysis

“Pledged is pledged” – an unsettling phrase at the heart of the first of two Snyder-Jock collaborations on the 100. While we’re still waiting on the long-discussed film adaptation, the series is worth re-reading every October for your horror comic fix.

Official Description
Across the globe, century after century, men and women were burned, drowned, hanged, tortured, imprisoned, persecuted, and murdered for witchcraft. None of them were witches. They died protecting a terrible and hidden truth: witches, real witches, are out there. They are ancient, elusive, and deadly creatures that are rarely seen and even more rarely survived.

Horror
2014

Key Creators
Gail Simone
Aaron Lopresti
Matt Ryan

Analysis
Publishers playing nice and delivering character crossovers can be fun and somewhat forgettable reads. However, Simone’s story set against Lopresti’s breathtaking visuals make this a Must-Read for fans of either character, as their strengths lead to conflict and romance, peaking in the six-issue series’ conclusion.

Official Description
What makes one a legend? How do legends carve their names into history, when countless others are forgotten? Wonder Woman and Conan the Barbarian are destined by the fates to be legendary, but when their stories collide, will both emerge victorious, or will the fickle Gods cut their lives short

Superhero – Fantasy
2017

Key Creators
Gail Simone
Cat Staggs

Analysis

Simone and Staggs are a wonderful fit in this grounded mind-swap crime thriller. Over its short run, it delivered three ★★★★★ issues.

Official Description
A slick and ruthless Chicago hitman. A smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife. When an inexplicable event strikes these two random strangers, their bodies, souls, and lives are switched to potentially deadly effect. It’s Freaky Friday meets Goodfellas!

Superhero – Adventure
2019

Key Creators
James Robinson
Cully Hamner
Javier Pulido

Analysis
Though it started in 2011, The Shade was not a part of the New 52, and it largely existed in its own bubble, with Robinson returning to the world of Starman (one of the all-time greats). The Times Past issues, focusing on 1833, 1901, and 1944, will reward any Starman fan.

Official Description
An attack at the Starman museum kicks off a globe-hopping, centuries spanning quest that will irrevocably change the Shade’s life, and ultimately shed light on his true origin!

Superhero – Fantasy
2011

Key Creators
Robbie Thompson
Niko Henrichon

Analysis
Thompson, who has also had two turns writing in the Star Wars galaxy, delivered a short, uber-coherent look at alien family life. Fans of the Vision series would enjoy this limited series.

Official Description
The Warners are your typical family. Dad works at Stark. Mom works in a senator’s office. Jennifer and Alice are students at Stamford High School. The only thing that makes them different is that they’re shape-shifting Skrulls and have infiltrated our society to pave the way for a Skrull invasion.

Superhero – Adventure
2019

Key Creators
Sean Murphy
Matt Hollingsworth

Analysis
The best-selling and critically-adored series that launched the Murphy-verse brings in literally every era of Batman from every medium (hello 1989 Batmobile) in this political thriller that looks at the actual social consequences of The Dark Knight’s actions.

Official Description
He’s been called a maniac, a killer and the “Clown Prince of Crime” but “white knight”? Never. Until now… Set in a world where the Joker is cured of his insanity and homicidal tendencies, The Joker, now known as “Jack,” sets about trying to right his wrongs. First he plans to reconcile with Harley Quinn, and then he’ll try to save the city from the one person who he thinks is truly Gotham City’s greatest villain: Batman!

Superhero – Adventure
2017