This is it. Uncanny X-Men #207. It's the one that hooked me years ago. A badly beaten Wolverine makes his way to the Hellfire Club to stop Rachel Summers from killing the Black Queen. Apparently the X-Man, Logan, was pretty messed up in some major fight, then on top of that had to deal with some cat named "The Beyonder". I had no idea what they were talking about....nor why there would be a character named...."the Beyonder", this being my first real introduction to the Marvel Universe. But none the less, Rachel is mere seconds away from doing just what she set out to do when he arrives (Wolverine...not The Beyonder). Wolverine has dragged himself off what is basically his deathbed and all the way into The Hellfire Club itself to stop her from doing something she'll regret. He reminds Rachel that the X-men don't kill, and she reminds him of his own hypocrisy. They argue. A shouting match ensues. And it all leads up to one final panel of the omnious...."snikt".
What a cliff hanger! And now I have to wait an entire month to find out what happens?!?!
But this was it. Claremont and John Romita Jr. delivered the work that found it's way into my veins and is pretty much directly related to there being a Bent Wookee Comix funny book shop today.
Of course later on I sought out a series called The Crow after reading about it in Comics Scene magazine. This dark independant creation not only had me transfixed with the story itself but with the history that inspired its creation. James O'barr managed to pour all his heart ache into his work, and this is when I was showed that comics did not have to be defined by it's super hero genre. It was about telling a story. And this particular one about loss was even more eerily solidified with Brandon Lee's tragic death filming the movie adaptation. It was angst ridden and full of pain and rage, something I hadn't been introduced to by buying off of my local conveniance store spinner rack.
And I have to admit some years passed that I became fairly disinterested in comics. I'd pick up random issues here and there, but it wasn't until Preacher #12 that I was officially sucked back in. Now mind you, at the time I hadn't been reading any of the Preacher series. I was in college and just happened to stumble upon this issue. This is the last part of Until the End of the World story where Jesse has a viscous battle with his warped uncle Jody. I had to find out more! And when I did it turned into one of my all time favorite stories.
I was hooked....again! I think It wasn't a matter of not liking comics at the time, it was just a matter of finding the right stories. And since then, series like Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, The Wretch, plenty of Wolverine and Uncanny X-men storylines have found a special place in my little black heart.
So here's the post that asks, not of best and worst, but of most notable for you personally. Of course Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns were amazing reads, who wouldn't put them on the top ten? But what issues stand out as little push pins on your time-line? What hit that residual chord with you that feeds your need for comics?