I hope you’ll forgive me for my second comic related thread in as many days.
Daredevil 219, a standalone issue by Frank Miller and John Buscema. An absolutely amazing short story about a stranger who brings a bit of redemption to a seedy New Jersey town brimming with dark secrets. The amazing thing is that you can pick up this issue and never know that the stranger is Matt Murdock – and there is never even any explanation given for why he’s there — and still be able to enjoy a near-perfect noir story. I’d love to see what Miller could do with a short prose story.
Fantastic Four 236, the comic’s 20th anniversary issue. The best issue of one of the best runs by (at the time) one of the best creators in comics. Say what you will about John Byrne now, but back then he really knew what he was doing, and even though it was only his fifth issue, he had already nailed what the FF were all about – teamwork, family, and Dr. Freaking Doom!