Below are 15 titles that I found some hope and enjoyment in during those days. I felt there was some artistic aspect worth recommending in each. In retrospect, some truly survived the test of time better than others. They all had a sensibility or heroism that I recognized and liked from previous generations of comic work. There are definitely comics worthy of a re-read, and others that should find their way to a recycling bin.
These comics were cover-priced far too expensively for our normal game, so once again they reside in the quarter box (much like in reality). Four for a dollar. As always, share your selection and your thoughts; share your cheers and jeers. Thanks again to Mike's Amazing World of Comics site for the extensive cover archives and credits.
So listen to some Nirvana, Eminem, or Guns N Roses; pop in your VHS tape of Herman's Head or Quantum Leap, enjoy a cold glass of Crystal Pepsi and make your picks and comments from the Aluminum Age.
Kirk Busiek's Astro City #11 (Nov 1997) The covers, writing, and art in this series were top notch. I enjoyed to modernist take on archetypes I loved.
Force Works #11 (Mar 1995) An evolution of the West Coast Avengers with writing by the clever team of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. This Spider Woman had some nice moments.
Ghost Rider #15 (July 1991) Danny Ketch was the new Ghost Rider and that had pros and cons to it. The art by Mark Texeira had some good aspects; this cover is an example.
Guardians of the Galaxy #8 (Jan 1991) Can you believe this was 25 years ago? Not their best outing, but I love the characters and the future history that this book expanded.
Hourman #7 (Oct 1999) I didn't read it at the time, but I have to give kudos to the robotic Hourman and the writing of Tom Peyer and the art of Rags Morales. This cover is by Scott McDaniel.
Impulse #20 (Oct 1996) Mark Waid's Impulse had a ton of humor but also a lot of heart.
Incredible Hulk #387 (Nov 1991) I only read the Hulk sporadically (sorry HB) until Peter David took a turn writing, and then I explored the massive back catalog.
Journey Into Mystery (Featuring The Lost Gods) #506 (Feb 1997) During the period that Thor was "gone" Red Norvell and a new group of gods fought the Egyptian god Set.
JSA #2 (July 1999) The old and the new brought together in the great DC tradition; the originals and their legacies fight for justice.
The New Warriors #4 (Oct 1990) A brand new team for a new generation,The Warriors had some familiar tropes but improved on some lesser known character properties under the guiding hands of Fabian Nicieza and Mark Bagley.
Spider-Man 2099 #4 (Feb 1993) The 2099 brand had some hits and misses, but Peter David crafted some decent tales as Miguel O'Hara took on the identity in the far flung future and a fancy new suit.
Thunderbolts #11 (Feb 1998) Spoiler Alert! In a bold move the Masters of Evil play hero in a bid for world domination. Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley establish a whole new approach for some classic villains.
Ultraforce #6 (March 1995) Gerard Jones and George Perez created a hero team for Malibu's Ultraverse with oddballs like Pixx, the Ghoul, and Prime. The first arcs are highly underrated in my opinion, and the art is amazing.
X-Factor #71 (Oct 1991) Well, Peter David is at it again. This time he puts his twist on a mutant team with some great characterization for the likes of Madrox and Quicksilver. The art by Larry Stroman had some really over-the-top 90's flair.
Quasar #37 (Aug 1992) This series was a fun cosmic romp written by Mark Gruenwald in a very traditional way.
So that is a rundown of the "new" stuff. Enjoy the covers!