9. The Kang Dynasty (Avengers #41-55, 2001-2002)
You know how countless villains have attempted to take over the world, but they always wind up getting punked right before their plan is about to go off? Well, in The Kang Dynasty, the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror actually succeeds in taking over the Earth, though only a brief period of time. To be quite honest, this story is very long, and at times feels dragged out, but when it fires on all cylinders, The Kang Dynasty really gets moving.
The scope, the sense of desperation, and the terrifying thought of a world ruled by Kang all converge here to make The Kang Dynasty an Avengers epic that also served as the conclusion to Kurt Busiek’s memorable run on the title. Try as it might, Marvel still hasn’t found anyone capable of replacing him.