Must Read: Green Lantern: Rebirth Must-read comics are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-read is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.

Title: Green Lantern: Rebirth

Date: 2005 (reprinting material from 2004 - 2005)

Vitals: Bringing an epic scale and giant glowing alien monsters that personify human emotions to DC's then-failing "space cop with a magic wishing ring" franchise, this series returned the characters to the top of the chart and resurrected fan favorite character Hal Jordan to life after a decade of disgraced dead exile, getting rid of the grey in his hair in the process.

Famous names: Hal Jordan, dude! Okay then, writer Geoff Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver, both of whom became household names in nerd households after this series was done.

Crunchy goodness: 4

Spinoffs/Sequels/Copycats: Successful enough to launch a monthly Green Lantern title, as well as the companion Green Lantern Corps monthly, this storyline had a direct sequel in this year's crossover "The Sinestro Corps War," described by Johns as "Empire Strikes Back to Rebirth's Star Wars."

Elevator pitch: It's Lord of the Rings in space as written by Dr. Phil and directed by Michael Bay.

Life lesson: "If a giant glowing yellow insect asks if it can live inside you and kill all your friends, make sure that you've got some Grecian formula handy."

Review of the series at Pop Matters