Review What is the single best single comic book issue of all time?

Cadence

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It was later repackaged as a single issue (not a trade paperback) so I think it qualifies.

Yup, it sitting on my shelf and I had just checked it thinking about my own choice.. :) Future Imperfect (have one) and iirc Days of Future Past (don't have) also have single combined issue printings too. So that opens up quite a few contenders.
 
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Greg K

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These are two pages from the Green Lantern issue that I mentioned above. It is by Denny O'Neil and Neil Adams. Ollie was shot on a previous page by a junkie with an arrow Ollie left behind somewhere (The panel on the left is one of my favorite page sequence of all time). The story is actually two-issues, but this issue is my favorite (It also has a great cover)
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Reynard

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Yup, it sitting on my shelf and I had just checked it thinking about my own choice.. :) Future Imperfect (have one) and iirc Days of Future Past (don't have) also have single combined issue printings too. So that opens up quite a few contenders.
Does an Original Graphic Novel qualify, light God Loves, Man Kills or Batman: Night Cries?

Separately: I know it doesn't stand on its own, but Watchmen #4 is one of my favorite things ever made.
 

Cadence

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Does an Original Graphic Novel qualify, light God Loves, Man Kills or Batman: Night Cries?

Separately: I know it doesn't stand on its own, but Watchmen #4 is one of my favorite things ever made.

I would count the floppy Marvel Graphic novels like God Love's Man Kill's from back when. How big is Night Cries? Some things published originally as a lot longer than an oversized issue I wouldn't count.

It feels cruel to have to pick just one Watchmen issue!!
 


Whizbang Dustyboots

Gnometown Hero
Hmmmm... off the top of my head, I would pick either the X-Men graphic novel, "God Loves, Man Kills" or Green Lantern (/Green Arrow) vol.2 #85 "Snowbirds Don't Fly".
Claremont can sometimes get really self-indulgent, but "God Loves, Man Kills" knocked me on my ass. It's even more amazing considering it was published in 1982, years before the genre-redefining stuff to come over the next few years. (It's four years before Frank Miller's career-defining turns on Daredevil and Batman, for instance.)
 

Whizbang Dustyboots

Gnometown Hero
Does an Original Graphic Novel qualify, light God Loves, Man Kills or Batman: Night Cries?
They were only published as complete stories, so I'd say they count.
Separately: I know it doesn't stand on its own, but Watchmen #4 is one of my favorite things ever made.
I think you could give "The Watchmaker" to someone and they could enjoy it on its own. It's a wonderful little science fiction short story, even snipped out of context of the rest of the series.
 


I'm not really big into comics, but I like Mignola's Hellboy quite a bit, so I nominate Hellboy: The Island #1-2. If for no other reason, then for the very memorable line: "Don't mess with me, lady. I've been drinking with skeletons!".
 

aco175

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#75 was the final sacrifice of Superman to stop Doomsday..... Until the spin-offs with all the new supermen/boys. I remember it was a pre internet frenzy.

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I had the graphic novels already, but this issue sets up the whole run with the destruction of the forest and backstabbing by the trolls to wind up wandering the desert.
 

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