Must-read graphic novels are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.
Vitals: Every cosmic Marvel Comics character, like, ever teams up to fight a wave of space bugs called the Annihilation Wave. The bad guys, led by Annihilus, imprison Galactus and unleash some other mega-powerful world-chewing dudes on the universe. It's up to Nova, the last of the Nova Corps (who are like space cops) to rally a bunch of aliens to stop the bad guys.
Famous names: Keith Giffen, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Simon Furman, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Scott Kolins, Renato Arlem, Kev Walker, Jorge Lucas, Gregory Titus, Andrea DiVito.
Crunchy goodness: 4
Spinoffs/Sequels/Copycats: Two one-shots focus on the Heralds of Galactus after the brutal smackdown they received in the series. In 2007, Marvel launched an ongoing Nova comic and published a followup set of miniseries called Annihilation Conquest. Also, Marvel is publishing What If: Annihilation, which shows what would have happened if the Annihilation Wave had reached Earth.
Sights you'll never unsee: The evil Thanos captures Moondragon, the lesbian daughter of Drax the Destroyer, and rips off her ear to send to Drax.
Elevator pitch: It's like if the Borg teamed up with Darth Vader and Ming the Merciless, and beat the crap out of the Klingons and the Romulans.