Image Comics is an indie powerhouse. Since 1992, the comic book company’s eight founders and prominent creators (Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino, Marc Silvestri, Rob Liefeld, Whilce Portacio, and Chris Claremont) sought to do something different from the big two comic book companies, Marvel and DC. Instead of keeping their creators’ copyright, they would let them keep it, and give them complete creative control over their projects, a model that has led to great success for the company. From the now-hit-AMC-series The Walking Dead to a Romeo and Juliet-esque series set in space named Saga to the dystopian feminist series Bitch Planet, Image offers readers a lineup of diverse characters, stories, and emotions, and they’re all pretty damn good.
Pretty soon, these stories won’t just be limited to paper. Although Marvel and DC have dominated the comic book film and TV shows spaces with the MCU and the DCEU, Image Comics has a bunch of hitters on the way to give them a run for their money. Director Gina Prince-Blythwood (Love & Basketball) will be taking on The Old Guard, Jamie Foxx will star in a reboot of Spawn, and gods will live and die on television in The Wicked + The Divine. While this may seem like a new direction for the company, Image Comics is no novice to adaptations. Spawn was originally adapted for the 1997 eponymous film with Michael Jai White; Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, and Common portrayed assassins in the 2008 action-thriller Wanted; and The Walking Dead is still going strong as it approaches its ninth season.
Whether you’re a novice to Image’s work specifically or the comic book world in general, we’re ranking some of the best series’ they have to offer. Not a superhero fan? No sweat—there’s a little something for everybody. Here are the 20 Image Comics you should be reading.