There are few months when Marvel isn’t the largest comic book producer and seller in the United States. No matter how many times the competition shifts creative teams, adjusts it marketing or gets synergistic with films or animation, the House of Ideas continues to reign. But instead of milking the same characters over multiple titles (which still occurs to a degree), editorial still knows how to foster new, intriguing ideas and nurture them all the way to the printing press.
Aside from Spider-Man, Avengers and the X-Families, readers can find dark little tales of machine men setting up camp in suburbia, vigilantes questioning their sanity and grown women dressed like squirrels…hanging out with squirrels. Paste editorial recently conversed about how the most interesting comics from Marvel often have the fewest connections to the movies and participate in fewer crossovers—the emphasis is simply on good stories articulated through amazing art. Here are ten of our favorite Marvel comics. (Also, we adore Black Panther thus far, but two issues was a hair too soon to make any ranking judgements.)