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Top 100 Comic Book Storylines #15-11

Here are the next five storylines on the countdown, as voted on by you, the readers!! Here is the master list of all storylines featured so far.

(As per usual, results now and details later!)

15. “V for Vendetta” by Alan Moore and David Lloyd (After beginning serialization in Warrior, V for Vendetta #1-10) – 455 points (9 first place votes)

At the heart of V for Vendetta is an engaging and difficult dilemma – if you HAD to choose, what would you prefer? Fascism or anarchy?

In the former, yeah, you’d be ruled by essentially dictators, but odds are that you personally wouldn’t be directly affected.

In the latter, yeah, you’d be free, but there would be no protection from chaos.

It’s a beautiful dilemma, and Alan Moore milks it for all that it is worth in this alternate reality where a “terrorist” named V (who wears a Guy Fawkes mask) tries to bring down the government, hopefully with the help of a young woman named Evie.

Moore and his brilliant artistic counterpart, David Lloyd, create a lush, dark and vibrant world that is too scary to want to live there, but too interesting not to want to read more about.

14. “Kraven’s Last Hunt” by J.M. DeMatteis, Mike Zeck and Bob McLeod (Amazing Spider-Man #293-294, Spectacular Spider-Man #131-132 and Web of Spider-Man #31-32) – 473 points (10 first place votes)

Kraven’s Last Hunt (originally known as “Fearful Symmetry”) takes a novel approach to the Spider-Man villain, Kraven the Hunter. Kraven the Hunter originally debuted under an interesting motive for being a super-villain – he was a famous big game hunter and hunting Spider-Man was a challenge for him. That was about it.

The only thing was that he never really succeeded in BEATING Spider-Man, and over the years, that has depressed him to the point of near-mania.

And that is where we open Fearful Symmetry, with a crazed Kraven the Hunter lamenting his failures and vowing to finally succeed – and he does – he not only defeats Spider-Man, but he buries him in a grave!!!

Taking on Spider-Man’s costume, Kraven goes on to try to show how he is a better Spider-Man than Spider-Man ever was.

Pretty rough stuff, huh?

J. M. DeMatteis crafted a wonderful psychologically taut thriller here, with great art by Mike Zeck and Bob McLoed.

This story, which serialized throughout all three of the Spider-Man books in late 1987, was exceptionally dark for what was a typical Spider-Man (heck, a typical SUPERHERO) story at the time – and it really made it stand out, but even in modern times the story holds up extremely well.

13. “The Judas Contract ” by Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Dick Giordano and Mike DeCarlo (Tales of the New Teen Titans #42-44, Tales of the New Teen Titans Annual #3) – 492 points (6 first place votes)

12. “The Age of Apocalypse” by Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid, Fabian Nicieza, Andy Kubert, Joe Madureira, Steve Epting, Roger Cruz and a pile of other artists and writers (X-Men: Alpha #1, Amazing X-Men #1-4, Astonishing X-Men #1-4, X-Men: Omega #1 plus a bunch of tie-ins) – 511 points (14 first place votes)


11. “The Great Darkness Saga” by Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt (Legion of Super-Heroes #290-294) – 704 points (16 first place votes)

Probably the most notable aspect of the Great Darkness Saga is just how well Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen developed the drama of the storyline. It was very much a slow burn as things slowly got progressively worse until, well, all hell broke loose at the end of the story.

Larry Mahlstedt was Giffen’s inker at the time, and the duo produced some strong, dynamic and characterization-filled artwork.

After some small references in the issues before, the storyline began proper in Legion of Super-Heroes #290, as some mysterious powerful “dark” creatures keep popping up around the world capturing items of power, with the Legion trying (to no avail) to stop them at each opportunity.

n the next issue, the situation continues to deteriorate, and the mystery of WHO these “dark warriors” are becomes a bigger issue, as it APPEARS as though the dark creatures are actually powerful beings from the past – beings that have been long dead for years (centuries in some cases).

The Legion are getting their asses handed to them repeatedly, and as #291 ends, things look pretty damn bleak…and that’s before they reveal that Darkseid is the big bad guy!!!

The impact of that reveal was a lot bigger back when Darkseid was not such a popular villain for people to use.

And that, of course, leads into a dramatic last issue that has all the drama and action you would expect from the previous issues. It is impressive to see a story slowly build and have the conclusion be truly worth the slow burn.

Levitz and Giffen both come off as wonderful storytellers in this saga.

101 Comments

That’s a pretty big jump in points between #12 and #11.

Whoa! Am I actually the first one here?!?!

Well, nothing here I’ve read. I do have the first issue of the Kraven story, but it came out in the Summertime, when I didn’t have much chance to buy any comics. I had a chance to get a couple of later issues, but since I’d missed part 2, I decided against it, hoping that I might have a chance to find them later. Unfortunately, that never happened. By the time I had access to a comic book store with back-issues available, they were already out of my price range. I still don’t know how he got out of that grave.

Is the Judas Contract the storyline about Terra? (Was that her name?) If it is, then I did read a little bit of it. But I never actually bought an issue and I don’t remember much. (But hey! It’s the first DC on this list that I’ve read ANY of. But I do think one story I have read is certain to appear on here somewhere.)

Ah yes, V for Vendetta! I think this is probably Moore’s best limited series. The only other i’ve read on this list is Age of Apocalypse which was a well done alternative world for the X-folks. Very enjoyable.

I know a lot of people will probably hate that AoA is on the list, and it certainly shouldn’t be this high, but I’m glad to see it. Aside from Generation X it’s about the only Lobdell stuff I like, but when it came out I thought it was a lot of fun.

Wow, I think that results like today’s are what alot of people have been looking for, if not expecting. Yes, some of these storylines have been predicted since voting began, but The Judas Contract and Great Darkness Saga are nice little surprises at this point in the countdown. Interested to see what comes next!

I love Alan Moore, but I never really got why people love V so much. I thought the setting was a pretty blatant 1984 rip, which I had just read before V (probably part of the problem). And I know that most of Moore’s stuff starts with some semi-derivative idea, but I just don’t get it. And no disrespect meant, but I always thought Lloyd’s art was ugly.

Is AoA the storyline where Mag-NEET-O (he’s Neat-O) impregnates Rogue, using his magnetic powers as some super condom that lets him give her the lovin’ without actual skin to skin contact or something?

That makes me laugh, trying to diagram that out in my brain.

Finally one of my votes showed up (Kraven’s Last Hunt)

So, many will probably not like the inclusion of Age of Apocalypse, and the flaming will begin, but it made my top ten. It was wicked fun at the time, when I was much younger, and it certainly doesn’t rate on my list of greatest storylines, but it was in favourite. And I assume it was in a lot of them, so here it is.

I’m actually surprised Secret Invasion didn’t make it, not that it made mine, but if Civil War would, and so high, then SI sold gangbusters, guess it just wasn’t as well loved.

I look forward to a solid top ten now, not that I think any more of my choices will appear. I have about 4-5 that didn’t make it, most likely because they were too recent. I wonder how long we are ‘supposed’ to wait before we can say a story is classic. Did a poll in 1988 ignore Watchmen and DKR and those who did vote get trashed for liking all the new stuff when they should have been staying true to the classics. Personally, I think it takes a bright mind to acknowledge something new that will be a classic rather than waiting around for general consensus to make it a safe choice.

My choices that haven’t appeared (I don’t think, please let me know iff they have) and probably won’t because nobody is ‘safe’ to vote for them:
Incognito – I don’t care how new it was, that thing made me smile in all srots of new ways.
The Nightly News – this is pure and simple brilliant, but not here.
Casanova – I went for the first arc because I find it inherently more rereadable, but that’s probably just me.

Look at those three stories and tell me they won’t rank highly in years to come, but you can’t do it now, of course not, that would be uncouth…

My other two choices are the Eternity/Dormammu Dr Strange stories from early Strange Tales, don’t think it’s appeared yet, and Captain America’s Streets of Poison, which I never expected to make it, but hot damn if the 7 year old Me didn’t love Cap chopping Crossbones on the throat or Kingpin and Red Skull fighting in that dome…ah.

@Joemac – no, I’m pretty sure Magneto used his magnetic condom to get his Rogue on when he was simply with the X-Men under the guise of Joseph after Xavier wiped his brain. So I guess that was after this and before the Onslaught Saga.

And, that makes me think, I don’t think there’s a place for the Onslaught Saga in te top ten, so sad, haha.

@Ryan – I am almost positive that in AoA, Rogue and Magneto are husband and wife, and they have a kid named in honor of Prof X, and is like a central part of the story. I read it when it came out and haven’t touched it since (if I even look at a 90s X-Comic for more than 2 minutes my nose starts to bleed), but I could almost swear this is the story where Magneto and Rogue are married with a kid.

Great Darkness Saga almost made the top ten!!! There’s hope for all you people after all ;).

@Gaetano – no doubt there’s a lot of 1984 in there, but really V’s a product of it’s time and a direct response to the Thatcher years in the UK, and the fears of where things were headed. Obviously over the top, but chilling nonetheless. I like “V” better than “Watchmen” (but then I like “From Hell” better than either of them, so what do I know?)

I couldn’t help it, I had to google it.

From http://marvel.com/universe/Magneto_(Age_of_Apocalypse)

As time passed, Magneto grew closer to Rogue. Unfortunately, Magneto’s close friend Gambit also cared for her. Magneto expressed his growing feelings for Rogue when he told her that since both of them possessed magnetic powers they actually cancelled each other out. And the two kissed. Gambit witnessed this and was enraged. Moments later, during a sneak attack by an evil mutant named Wolverine, Rogue chose to save Magneto instead of Gambit. The Cajun mutant left the X-Men, and Magneto and Rogue carried on their romance.

Magneto and Rogue would marry and have a son, Charles. They would continue their war against Apocalypse, doing what they could to stop the madman’s plans.

This list reminds me so much of the IMDB top 250 movies list its funny/nauseating at the same time. There really is no accounting for taste.

All to be expected, although the placing is of course the real surprise. At the beginning of this thing, I was almost certain V for Vendetta would be a lock for top ten. Close, but no cigar.

I never understand the love affair for “Kraven’s Last Hunt”. Its overly melodramatic, has stupid shit like Kraven eating spiders, and quite frankly, I think its remembered so fondly because of Kraven’s quite visual suicide.

WTF is the “Judas Contract”?

Age of Apocalypse is arguably the most popular X-men crossover, although many think that its aftermath led to the creative low-point of the series.

I’ve heard of The Great Darkness Saga, but never read it. Damn, thats a lot of points!

NEW TOTALS in a minute

On another note, even though it’s not my favorite of their work together, I’m glad J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Zeck got some recognition on this list with Kraven’s Last Hunt. I always enjoyed their work on Captain America better, but whatever.

@JoeMac – oh, yeah, but then Magneto/Joseph did it in the main Uncanny series as well. That’s what I always think of when I think of Magneto getting his freak on.

I hope you had your nose plugged just for reading the Wiki entry, haha.

@ Jeremy – “Judas Contract” is seen as the high watermark in the Wolfman/Perez “New Teen Titans” run. It involved Deathstroke using a mole to try and finish his dead son’s hit contract on the team.

AoA beat VforV.

Words escape me…

I thought the “Judas Contract” was when Barry and Wally use the Cosmic Treadmill and hire one of Jesus’ buddies to make them some wine or something. I forget.

I love this part of the list. I’m clearly not alone in holding The Judas Contract, The Great Darkness Saga, and Kraven’s Last Hunter in high regard. I was in my teens when these came out. I loved them then and continue to think of them fondly. Perhaps it was a bit calculating of me, but I felt confident enough about how well they would place that I used my votes to try to help get some other things (just barely) onto the list.

I first picked up V for Vendetta in the 80s, but I grew to appreciate it more over time. It was very daring to put out such a biting political satire of where England could be headed under Thatcher’s conservative party while they were still in charge. On a personal level, I always have the biggest reaction to Valerie’s story. I’m glad the movie did such a good job with it.

I am actually very happy to see that Age of Apocalypse made it this high! It made my top ten, but I didn’t think this many people would agree with me! In my mind it was the most all-out ambitious, biggest alternate reality story ever conceived. Had anything like that been done before or since? Great stuff (and yes, what followed was most certainly the creative low-point in the X-Men’s entire history).

So what’s left now?

– Dark Phoenix Saga
– The Dark Knight Returns
– Batman: Year One
– Daredevil: Born Again
– Watchmen
– All-Star Superman (amazing that it cracked the top 10!)
– Crisis on Infinite Earths
– Kingdom Come

I’d be very surprised if any of the above eight don’t make the list. What about the other two? The original Green Goblin story? Peter David’s multiple-personalities Hulk? Infinite Crisis (probably not, but I voted for it)? More likely that they’ll be Sandman or Swamp Thing stories I’m not familiar with. Can’t wait to see!

ryan/joemac-

joemac is right, it was during age of apocalypse. sorry ryan.

great day for the list. judas contract and great darkness saga are two of the best dc stories of the 80s, kraven’s last hunt could be argued as the best spider-man story, v for vendetta is one of the best works of the greatest comics writer, and age of apocalypse is the best x-crossover.

brian- i do hope you’ll edit the issues included in the age of apocalypse entry. it’s one of the few crossovers in which every single part is completely essential to the story, so anyone using this list to purchase back issues should know what they need to buy. the full crossover: x-men alpha, amazing x-men 1-4, astonishing x-men 1-4, gambit and the externals 1-4, factor-x 1-4, x-calibre 1-4, weapon x 1-4, x-man 1-4, generation next 1-4, x-men chronicles 1-2, x-universe 1-2, age of apocalypse: the chosen, and x-men omega. i guess you could say the two chronicles issues, the two x-universe issues, and the chosen one shot aren’t utterly essential, but at the very least, anyone reading this story needs the 8 four issue miniseries in their entirety, as well as the two bookends. there’s some pretty good artistic pedigree in this story too… andy kubert, adam kubert, chris bachalo, joe madureira, tony daniel, steve skroce, steve epting, ken lashley, carlos pacheco, ian churchill, and terry dodson all contributed.

very curious about the top ten. we know what nine of them are for certain. i won’t attempt to guess the order, but clearly watchmen, crisis on infinite earths, dark knight returns, dark phoenix saga, batman year one, kingdom come, all star superman, daredevil born again, and seasons of mist are all still showing up.

so what will take the last spot? we’ve only had one wolverine story show up on the list, so both his original miniseries as well as the origin miniseries are possibles. only one preacher story has made the list, so the alamo, salvation, and gone to texas could all still be in play. many consider nothing stops the juggernaut to be the all time best spider-man story, so that’s still a contender. squadron supreme should get a good amount of first place votes, so we still might see that. and with the first iron man movie a massive success last year and a sequel due in less than six months, you’d think an iron man story would appear on the list. demon in a bottle is probably the best. out of all of marvel and dc’s major franchises, only iron man, wonder woman, and aquaman have been left off this list. out of all the possibilities i’ve just mentioned, it’s extremely difficult to imagine any of them not making the top 100 at all, and yet only one will still show up. if i were betting, i’d say it’ll be the original woverine miniseries, as it will draw from three voting blocks: wolverine fans, claremont x-men fans, and frank miller fans. but part of me still thinks there’s no way squadron supreme doesn’t make it.

@ Adam Weisman:

Do not get too bummed out. Lists like these have all sorts of quirks and biases.

Two of them are that more recent stuff (ie. AoA) is going to out-poll older stuff and that some people are going to feel compelled to “balance” their ballots. You have got to figure that WATCHMEN showed up on a huge percentage of the ballots cast. The vote balancers are probably going to max out at two Alan Moore stories, which mean WATCHMEN plus either V FOR VENDETTA, or FROM HELL, or AMERICAN GOTHIC, or … well, you see the problem.

Oh, and the original Wolverine mini-series (and him in Japan following) I hope makes this list! Don’t know how I missed that earlier…

After reading these posts, I’m going to predict the top ten (in no particular order):
– Dark Phoenix Saga
– Batman: Year One
– The Dark Knight Returns
– Kingdom Come
– Daredevil: Born Again
– Watchmen
– All-Star Superman
– Crisis on Infinite Earths
– Seasons of Mist
– Wolverine

I always liked Death in the Family. It wasn’t a good story at all, but at least it killed that obnoxious post-Crisis Jason Todd. And then they had to go and bring him back to life. Terrible. They should have the derivative, photocopy of a photocopy of Dick Grayson pre-Crisis version of Jason Todd come to New Earth or Earth-0 (or whatever its called nowadays) from one of the new 52 other versions of earth and just choke the resurrected post-Crisis Jason Todd to death, then feed his corpse to Killer Croc.

That has potential for a Top 20 storyline, I think.

Count me as one of the people surprised that so many others liked AoA. It also made my top ten, but I didn’t think it would be this popular. And I also agree that after AoA the X-books became virtually unreadable. I dropped all of them within a few months of AoA ending.

V made my short list, but just barely got bumped off my top 10.

Kraven is one of the only Spider-Man stories I’ve read, and I liked it a lot. Didn’t vote for it, but it doesn’t surprise me to see it this high.

Age of Apocalypse… you’re kidding…

Otherwise, all amazing storylines.
By the way, Jeremy: I’ll hazard a guess (or hope desperately) that the Mordo/Dormammu/Eternity storyline from Strange Tales makes it up there. And Kraven’s Last Hunt is so good and/or important because it took Spidey out of his element (i.e. wisecracking), gave Kraven outstanding characterization, and was one of the first direct crossovers between a single character’s multiple titles. It’s funny how DeMatteis is now known for his funny Giffen team-ups and not the “serious” stuff from his earlier career. IMO The Death of Jean DeWolff is a cooler story, but Zeck’s art is excellent.

Also, Maus is a dark horse candidate for the top 10. I doubt most people read it when it was serialized, though, so they may have skipped it in their votes.

jeremy-

you seem pretty well read, so i mean it as a compliment when i say i’m appalled that you haven’t heard of the judas contract. somehow, the wolfman/perez titans run seems to have been slightly lost to history, probably because wolfman is essentially retired, so younger readers don’t know who he is and aren’t seeking out his stuff, and the titans series has been rebooted so many times, there’s no need for younger readers to have any interest in the back issues.

it may seem ridiculous to hear this, but in the early to mid 1980s, the titans and the x-men waged a huge sales battle that lasted all the way until perez left the book to draw crisis on infinite earths. the ridiculous popularity of those two series, as well as miller’s daredevil ,which was perpetually ranking at #3, is what gave us the now legendary teenage mutant ninja turtles. eastman and laird wanted to create something that mocked the popular trends in comics at the time. the three best selling comics were the teen titans (about teenagers), the x-men (about mutants), and daredevil (about ninjas). splinter was supposed to be a cross between prof. x and stick, daredevil’s mentor. shredder was supposed to be like deathstroke the terminator, who was the titans main villain. and the ninja clan in tmnt is called the foot, to mock the ninja clan in miller’s daredevil, which was called the hand.

anyways, for those of you who don’t know anything about it, the judas contract was the culmination of almost four years of wolfman/perez titans stories to that point, just as dark phoenix saga was the culmination of the byrne/claremont x-men run. wolfman, aware of the sales battle with the x-men and aware of fans constantly comparing the two titles, wanted to toy with people who were fawning over the cute new member of the x-men, kitty pryde. so wolfman introduced a cute new member of the titans, terra. wolfman started dropping clues that terra was actually evil, but knew his fans wouldn’t buy into it, because they saw her as just like kitty pryde. the judas contract then, is the story where we find terra really was evil the whole time, and she works with deathstroke to betray and capture the titans. SPOILERS AHEAD! as dick grayson had quit being robin just a few issues prior, this is the story where he adopts his new identity, nightwing (major bit of dc history there). nigthwing then learns the origin of deathstroke (at the time, it had never been told yet), and teams up with deathstroke’s son, jericho (his first appearance) to rescue the titans. the whole thing ends with a battle royale and the death of terra, who after gwen stacy, elektra, and phoenix was probably only the fourth major comic character to die since the start of the silver age, and the first dc character. so between the revelation of terra being evil, the origin of deathstroke, dick grayson becoming nightwing, the first appearance of jericho, and the death of terra, some pretty major stuff happened in these issues. and they had great covers, too. granted, some people that are only used to modern storytelling styles will find the issues dated, but for anyone who can generally enjoy comics from the 80s, the story comes highly recommended.

I was looking over Jeremy’s list, and I find it pretty funny that all of Waid’s and Nicienza’s points (511) come from Age of Apocalypse. Maybe not Nicienza as much, although I much prefer his work on the first 25 issues of New Warriors, personally, but Mark Waid. I mean, if he didn’t write some of AoA, he wouldn’t have been on this list at all? Is that possible? Didn’t he write Return of Barry Allen? That was on the list, no?

Daniel said:

“the death of terra, who after gwen stacy, elektra, and phoenix was probably only the fourth major comic character to die since the start of the silver age, and the first dc character.”

That isn’t entirely true. Only 31 issues before Gwen was killed, her father was killed (by Stan Lee), basically caught in the crossfire between Doc Ock and Spidey (he died saving a little boy who was about to be crushed by falling masonry knocked loose by Doc Ock). He is only a footnote nowadays, but he was a pretty major character at the time, and it also set up the theme of Spidey not just being outside the law, but being actively pursued by the cops (which was increased exponentially when Gwen died).

Another major character that was killed off in the Silver Age was Frederick Foswell, aka the Big Man, also in the pages of Spider-Man. He is completely forgotten nowadays, but he was in pretty much every issue up to his death as both a lead reporter at the Daily Bugle, and as a formidable crimelord as the Big Man. Personally, I think he is a stupid character and better off forgotten, but the argument can be made that Stan was in the habit of killing off major recurring characters way before Bronze Age saw the deaths of Gwen, Elektra, Phoenix and Terra (and at least Stan was Man enough to kill off dudes instead of ladies).

JoeMac, you are right. I did a CRTL+ F for Waid, and it didn’t come with anything else. I was like “Really? No Flash, Fantastic Four, nothing? FAIL”

-Waid (2 entries, 750 points). He’ll end up well over 1000 once Kingdom Come places.

When this is all over there needs to be an editor’s list of the best stuff that didn’t make it. Correct me if I’m wrong but scanning it I haven’t seen:

Luther Arkwright (As mentioned virtually no one’s read it but it is monumental).
Young Liars “Maestro” (aka “Spiders From Mars”)
Anything by Paul Pope
Promethea 13 – 24 (doesn’t really have a name AKAIK but let’s call it the “Kaballah Tree Quest”)
Umbrella Academy “Apocalypse Suite”
Black Hole (haven’t even read it but I’m pretty convinced it deserves to be here)

I’m not even sure all of the above really belong in a “Top 100 of All Time” list but when I compare it some of the stuff that did make it…

That said, I guess everything is someone’s favourite so if we start down this road it could get pretty damn long.

So there goes my number 1 pick.

When I had to think of this list, I didn’t have to think too much to put V for Vendetta at number 1. I’m very sorry to see that it didn’t make the Top 10, but Top 15 isn’t bad, I guess. Not everyone is bound to share my same tastes, so it makes sense. This storyline had a profound effect on me, and was filled with some amazing and powerful moments, and others that were just powerful. I don’t care that it owes some to the recent 1984, it stands very well on it own.

I personally like V for Vendetta over Watchmen, even though I love Watchmen and it’s also included on my list.

I’ve read the Judas Contract and it doesn’t come close to V as a story, and if I read the rest on the list I’m pretty sure that I would say the same.

By that I don’t mean that the rest are bad works (how could I say that if I haven’t read them), AoA has a good concept behind it, the Great Darkness Saga is remembered by many to be the best Legion saga and Kraven’s Last Hunt is also remembered as one of the best Spider-Man storylines, but I don’t see them having the power and quality that V has. I’m sure they are good works though, some more than others probably, and I’ll eventually get around to reading them, I’m adding them to my to-buy list!

@MikeCr: I think you bring up a good point, about how there may be some great storylines out there that are not represented, because they aren’t well known enough or ‘favorites’

I think a potential follow up list could be Top 100 Most Recommended Comic Books or Storylines (or whatever) – where we list the Top 10 books we would recommend to either other serious fans and/or new readers, not whatever stuff we thought was ‘cool back in the day’ – I know I for one would vote a lot differently than I did here.

That could be an interesting follow up, maybe a year or so down the road.

In fact…I missed that whole damn day! That was the day I was away from my computer and I was kinda winging it. Christ. *facepalm* Forgive me, everyone

NEW REAL TOTALS:(Brian, if you could delete that list one, I would be grateful)

-35 of these are Marvel stories

-41 of these are DC stories(26 from DC, 15 from Vertigo, 3 from Wildstorm)

-68 are superhero stories
-22 are non-superhero stories

-1990s(32 entries, 6574 points)
-2000s(33 entries, 6242 points)
-1980s(19 entries, 5193 points)
-1970s(4 entries, 763 points)
-1960s(2 entries, 558 points)

By Writer:

-Morrison (10 entries, 2001 points)
-Moore (7 entries, 1785 points)
-Millar (3 entries, 958 points)
-Stern (4 entries, 881 points)
-Gaiman (4 entries, 839 points)
-Ennis (4 entries, 748 points)
-Levitz (1 entry, 704 points)
-Johns (2 entries, 683 points)
-Claremont (2 entries, 568 points)
-L. Simonson (3 entries, 566 points)
-Brubaker (4 entries, 564 points)
-Ellis (4 entries, 563 points)
-Lee (2 entries, 558 points)
-Busiek (3 entries, 537 points)
-Lobdell (1 entry, 511 points)
-Waid (2 entries, 750 points)
-Nicieza (1 entry, 511 points)
-Wolfman (1 entry, 492 points)
-Loeb (2 entries, 474 points)
-DeMatteis (1 entry, 473 points)
-Tomasi (1 entry, 452 points)
-W. Simonson (2 entries, 429 points)
-Bendis (3 entries, 381 points)
-Shooter (2 entries, 361 points)
-Jurgens (2 entries, 348 points)
-Ordway (2 entries, 348 points)
-Cooke (1 entry, 314 points)
-Meltzer (1 entry, 304 points)
-Vaughan (2 entries, 295 points)
-Willingham (2 entries, 234 points)
-Buckingham (2 entries, 234 points)
-Conway (1 entry, 250 points)
-Sim (2 entries, 220 points)
-Whedon (1 entry, 195 points)
-David (1 entry, 179 points)
-Kessel (1 entry, 167 points)
-Jones (1 entry, 167 points)
-Pak(1 entry, 165 points)
-Miller (1 entry, 162 points)
-Rucka(1 entry, 160 points)
-Grayson(1 entry, 160 points)
-Robinson (1 entry, 142 points)
-Dixon (1 entry, 142 points)
-Moenech (1 entry, 142 points)
-Stern (1 entry, 141 points)
-Michelinie (1 entry, 141 points)
-JMS (1 entry, 140 points)
-Starlin (2 entries, 408 points)
-Javier Grillo-Marxuach (1 entry, 131 points)
-D’n’A (1 entry, 131 points)
-Furman (1 entry, 131 points)
-Thomas (1 entry, 127 points)
-Fraction (1 entry, 115 points)
-J. Hernandez (1 entry, 110 points)
-Windsor-Smith (1 entry, 106 points)
-O’Neil (1 entry, 105 points)
-G. Hernandez (1 entry, 102 points)
-Smith (1 entry, 102 points)
-Ware (1 entry, 100 points)
-Rosa (1 entry, 100 points)

Haven’t read V yet (I know, I know) but I kinda thought it would make top 10. Not THAT surprised it didn’t, though.

Kraven’s Last Hunt placed higher than I would have initially thought. The last Spidey story to make the list, most likely, right? I doubt “Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut” pulled more votes than “Kraven” (and all the other big ones that haven’t placed yet).

Judas Contract, as expected. Not much to say about that.

I’m not surprised AoA placed, but I am a little surprised it placed this high. Looking back, I shouldn’t be. The 90s are doing quite well on this list, and the early 90s were all about the X-Men. Toss in the fact that AoA is good enough to be remembered for something other than nostalgia and it’s not so surprising it did this well.

I haven’t read the Great Darkness Saga yet either, but its presence was expected, considering most people consider it the best Legion story.

If GDS was still in trade, it would have broke top 10!

brian- i do hope you’ll edit the issues included in the age of apocalypse entry. it’s one of the few crossovers in which every single part is completely essential to the story

While the other mini-series might contain small plot points, you can read the above comics and get about 95% of the AoA story. Amazing and Astonishing contain the main plot of AoA – everything else is just background detail, especially stuff like X-Calibre, Gambit and the X-Ternals and X-Universe. Weapon and GeNext come the closest to actually mattering. Then Factor X and X-Man, I suppose.

Even when you have a section of mostly sensible choices, somehow an odd duck like AoA sneaks in. Weird.

The Age of Apocalypse! Wow! Did not see that coming. I don’t know how I feel about it. Top 15?

The only thing I’ve read here is V for Vendetta. It should honestly be a little lower than this, but if it were it would be lower than the Civil War. So.

The 50+ difference between this and From Hell is ridiculous. From Hell is pretty superior.

@Teebore:

I agree with you. I didn’t think Kraven’s Last Hunt would place this high, and I do think it will be the last Spidey story to make the list. You mentioned other big Spidey stories that didn’t place. I found that interesting. On my ‘short’ list (which wasn’t short at all – about 100 initial entries) I had these for Spidey:

Spidey Joins Doc Ock (ASM 53-56)
Death of Capt Stacy (ASM 88-90)
Green Goblin Drug Issues (ASM 96-98)
Doc Ock v Hammerhead (aka Spider-man Get an Ulcer) (ASM 113-115)
Spidey vs. Hulk in Canada (ASM 119-120)
Original Clone Storyline (ASM 144-150)
Ghost of Hammerhead (ASM 157-159)
Bart Hamilton – Green Goblin (ASM 176-179)
Spidey Vs. Juggernaut (ASM 229-230)
First Hobgoblin Story Arc (ASM 238-239, 244-245, PP 85, ASM 249-251)
Spidey v Firelord (ASM 269-270)
Sinister Syndicate (ASM 280-281)
Gang War (ASM 284-288)
Kraven’s Last Hunt (ASM 293-294, PP 131-132, Web 31-32)
Original Carrion (PP 28-31)
Doc Ock v Owl (PP 72-73, 75-76, 78-79)
Death of Sin-Eater (PP 134-136)
The Child Within (PP 178-183)
Death of Vermin (PP 194-196)

Any you would have added?

Wow so we went from the Galactus triology which was 48 pages to AOA which was a couple thousand..makes sense

@JoeMac:

I think that about covers it. The only other story I can think of offhand is the original Silvermane story where he creates an “eternal youth” potion from an ancient clay tablet.

I don’t care if anyone hates it, I absolutely adored AoA at the time of its release. Would have easily made my top ten if I were smart and voted.

2 out of 5. “V for Vendetta” is a pretty good dystopian story, though, from the vantage of 2009, the stuff Moore talks about both in the story and in his 1986 foreward come across as rather hysterical. Surprised that this didn’t make the top 10.

“Kraven’s Last Hunt” – a decent Spider-Man story, though to be honest, when I read it I wondered what the fuss was about.

Never read the others. “The Great Darkness Saga” isn’t in trade; “Age of Apocalypse” is such a huge collection that I’ve never felt it a sufficiently high priority to read it; likewise, the Wolfman/Perez Teen Titans are something I haven’t gotten around to yet.

38 out of 90, or 42%.

Great Darkness Saga – I was one of those who picked it for #1. Love that series – huge epic story with the Legion against insurmountable odds. But to me the story reads much better in context of the larger Levitz run than it will for many on its own.

I breathe a sigh of relief as I see The Judas Contract appear on the list (it was my number 2 pick). Given what has been turning up on the list recently, I was starting to worry that it might not appear at all, displaced by ‘last month’s hot event in which Wolverine kills a bunch of people’.

Still, that it generated a ‘WTF is The Judas Contract’ indicates that my fears are not entirely ungrounded.

I recently sold off about half of my Age of Apocalypse books, having not read them since I was 10. I distinctly recall having an argument with my step dad at the time, who was wisely encouraging me to sell the issues back to the shop, where I reasoned that if Age of Apocalypse Alpha and Omega were each worth $9 now – and they were – just one year after their first print run, than there was no telling how much they’d be worth a few more years down the line. It turns out I was right; I don’t think anyone could’ve guessed that they’d sell for a combined value of 97 cents in 2009.

I didn’t actually bother to reread the books before pawning them off a few months ago. I was all too happy to accept my chump change (in the truest sense of the phrase) and run. I guess I just assumed that AoA was typical 90s X-Men dreck to the Xtreme, a natural successor to such greats as X-Cutioner’s Song and Phalanx Covenant, and a precursor to the Onslaught saga. Now, I’m wondering if I should re-purchase the issues and whether I was guilty of judging a book by its limited edition gold holofoil cover. Is AoA legitimately good superheroics? Should I be grabbing these trades?

I guess it’s too late to hope for Nextwave: Agents of H.AT.E. to make an appearance, since I doubt it’ll make the top 10.

@Cass w/r/t AoA:

I think that depends largely on what you enjoy–and as the list has shown, that’s very, very subjective.

Personally, I thought they were enjoyable and can see how they made a lot of folks lists. This was especially true when I was 10 and thought Maduiera’s (I think that’s how his name is spelled…) art was fantastic. They were also a nice gateway for a kid that was not intimately familiar with X-Men continuity. Since most of it was thrown out the window for the big crossover, these were issues that were very easy to enjoy.

Also, I’d be thrilled if Nextwave made it into the top 10.

The Crazed Spruce

December 14, 2009 at 4:15 pm

For the first time, I’ve read all or most of all five of the stories posted. And three of ‘em were in my Top 10!

I read and enjoyed V fo Vendetta, but it finished just off of my short list. Barely.

Frankly, I’m a bit burned out on big event crossovers right now, so I made a point of leaving Age of Apocalypse off of my list. I’m not surprised it placed this high, though. Whether it deserves to be in the top 15 is another matter entirely. I would’ve expected it to land around #25 or so.

“Kraven’s Last Hunt” was #7 on my list. Very powerful story.

I went back and forth on my top 3 a number of times before I finally submitted it. In the end, I went with “The Great Darkness Saga” at #3, another story at #2, and “The Judas Contract” at #1. I’m a lifetime Legion fan, and their epic battle with the ultimate evil defintely deserves my vote. But my top spot had to go to “The Judas Contract”. It’s easily one of my favourite stories of all time, and I’m still ticked off that the straight-to-DVD animated movie was back-burnered the way it was. (And Brian, if the moment when Terra was revealed as a mole doesn’t deserve a spot on your “cool comic book moments” list, then I don’t know what does.)

@DED: Thanks for the info. The lack of continuity requirements is something of a draw for me since I haven’t read any of the famous Claremont stories yet. Now I’m definitely considering picking this up, and for that matter, I suppose I ought to grab some of those famous Claremont stories too. This is why I hate CSBG sometimes. It’s just digging into my coffers every time I come here, digging away. Don’t they know we got a recession going on now?

I suspect my guesses as to the top 20 will be accurate; my guesses for the top 25 were way off.

I have not read the Great Darkness Saga. This is obviously something I should rectify. I am shamed. Or maybe DC should be ashamed of not having it in print.

Great to see Judas Contract do well, though I think it should be higher. Also great to see DC kicking Marvel’s ass.

V for Vendetta: YES!!!!!
Spider-man: Kraven’s Last Hunt: YES!!!!!
New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract: YES!!!!!
X-men: The Age of Apocalsype: NO GODDAMN WAY!!!!!
Legion of Super-heroes: The Great Darkness Saga: YES!!!!!

4 out of 5 is pretty damn good!

I Started to read marvel comics the week that ‘Legion quest’ started so AoA was my introduction to X-Universe. I knew from the get-go that it was an alternative world but i still like some of those characters better than the 616 ones. Especially quicksilver. he rocked in AoA.

@Cass – I was one of the people that had AoA in my top ten, so obviously I liked it. I read it when I was in college, so my fondness for it isn’t because I wasa kid or because it was my introduction to comics. I haven’t re-read it since then, but I’ve been meaning to.

I’ve always been a big fan of What If? and alternate universe stories, so the general hook of AoA appeals to me quite a bit. And I think that the fact that it was such a big event, taking place in numerous titles, actually helped it overall. Yes, the main story is in the comics Brian listed with the entry. But one of the things I liked most about it was that we got a much fuller picture of this alternate timeline than we would have if it was just told in one or two titles. The other series might not be necessary reading for the main story, but they are a large party of why I liked it so much. This is one of the few times I think a massive crossover resulted in a better overall experience than keeping the story contained to a single title.

So if that sounds interesting to you, it might be worth giving it another look. Of course, if you do and end up hating it, blame DED.

Sean C:

The Great Darkness Saga was indeed collected in a TPB, which also includes the backup story from LSH #287 the Annual (#3) which follows up on Darkseid’s curse, and even a poster in some editions. It’s a bit hard to find in retail, but a quick search of ebay could probably find you one in decent condition.

I think most people are confused about AoA. I think all they can think of is the rash of bad stories that followed that were just trying to piggyback on the success of this crossover.
I think it was one of the ballsiest things Marvel did at that time. To just throw all of their x-titles into an alternate future? included the newly-begun Generation X. It’s crazy.
It should not have been as fun and entertaining as it was and that’s the kicker. It is really a fun and exciting read. It sticks out in fans memories because of this. All of these stories on this list are that way. They were fun and exciting! Yes, this story did spawn a bunch of crap down the line trying to cash-in on the popularity of this crossover (even AoA X-babies!)
So, all I have to say is please don’t bash a good and fun book because it resulted in lazy writing later.

Kraven is another of mine to make the list.

When I was in high school, I made a prose version of the first issue for a speech assignment. The name “Spider-Man” wasn’t in it until almost the end. And, up to that point, I had the class’s attention. And, even that only lost one person. The rest of them still wanted to know what happened next.

Theno

V FOR VENDETTA was stone brilliant when it was released. If it was not the first use of a superhero as an allegory for real work politics, then it was certainly the first to which I was exposed. It changed how I thought about the worlds, which is the highest praise that you can heap upon any book.

KRAVEN’S LAST HUNT may not be the greatest Spidey story, but it is certainly a great Spidey story. DeMatties and Zeck were smart enough to use the horror elements that are the wall-crawlers DNA to great effect.

THE JUDAS CONTRACT real is the capstone of the Wolfman-Perez run on TEEN TITANS. I think that the franchise would have been in much healthier shape if they had taken their bow either here, or shortly thereafter. It is as good a summation of their take on the this property as one could hope.

THE GREAT DARKNESS SAGA is flat out awesome on a massive scale. Only the Legion could tell a story that big.

Not bad, 3 of my top 10 made this bunch with one of the other two just missing my top 10. Great stories – I can undertstand some of the AoA hate as I’m so burnt out on crossovers but when this came out there wasn’t a lot of advance press (like there is now online and Wizard) that i recall with Marvel replacing their current series with 4 “AoA” issues. It was a really fun alternate timeline story done well. Plus they managed to make it somewhat relevant with some of the alternate characters finding their way into the “regular” universe.

Great Darkness Saga should be re-released in the DC Comics Classics hardcover line. Great story.

Well, it looks like we’re not going to get a Master of Kung Fu or Hitman story in this poll.

You puppies!

you seem pretty well read, so i mean it as a compliment when i say i’m appalled that you haven’t heard of the judas contract. somehow, the wolfman/perez titans run seems to have been slightly lost to history, probably because wolfman is essentially retired, so younger readers don’t know who he is and aren’t seeking out his stuff, and the titans series has been rebooted so many times, there’s no need for younger readers to have any interest in the back issues.

This, I am sure, is surprising news for Marv Wolfman to hear, seeing as how he is plainly still working.

I’ve only read two but the other three are on my “Damn, I need to read that someday” list. I agree with those saying that AoA deserves a spot on the list, but probably not top 15.

@daniel-
Don’t forget to mention that the Ninja Turtles got their powers in the same accident that Matt Murdock (Daredevil) became blind.

The Mutt – No Hitman makes me a sad panda. Zombie Aquarium! For Tomorrow! Who Dares Win!

V and Kraven’s Last Hunt were in my top 10 (so I’ve hit 5 out of 10, it seems that my top 2 won’t make it though, I expect only one more hit).

I love V for Vendetta, the story is great, it has an interesting issue where the story goes through a song and it has what made me consider anarchy as a serious philosophy. I’ve always thought of anarchy as very stupid and irrational but somehow this book made me think that anarchy has a lot of valid points to spread across. V for Vendetta is what I think about whenever I hear the word anarchy.
I think a lot of us get the image of 1984 in many things we read or see because 1984 has such a profound impact when read and also because many of us have read it. I’ve seen many TV shows or movies that made mt think of 1984, however V for Vendetta didn’t bring up the idea of 1984 in my head. I don’t think the world is as bas in the V scenario as it is in 1984 and I think the character of V itself is original. Also, 1984 is not a recent book when this came out (as someone erroneously mentioned).

Kraven’t Last Hunt is my favorite Spidey storyline. It is dramatic, it shows Kraven as a remarkable villain and it really got me to think about the nature of Spider-man. Spider-man is my favorite superhero and this is my favorite Spider-man storyline. I also enjoy DeMatteis funny Spider-man stories with the Legion of Losers.

I can’t believe I’m doing this, but I’ll defend Age of Apocalypse. It was exciting to see the X-books transformed into something else. The alternate reality story recast heroes as villains, gave us a world in which Jean Grey & Logan got together, was sufficiently gritty without being extremely graphic, and introduced several crappy new characters. (Okay, that last point may not have been in its favor) All of reality was at stake, but the character moments made the books shine. Some of it was bad, but most of it was entertaining. It lured me back to the X-Books for a few months.

Other than Death of Jean DeWolffe, Kraven’s Last Hunt is the only “dark” Spider-Man story that works. DeMatteis & Zeck got it right.

Judas Contract is considered a classic, and I liked it when I read it, but here’s a big caveat to all those thinking of buying any Wolfman Titans: the dialogue was excruciating. Everyone whined, Changeling was obnoxious, and every other issue featured an uncomfortable moment in which a character talked about how much they loved his or her friend(s). Perez is Perez, and his art was the main draw for those comics. The writing has not aged well. At age 13, it sounded fine. A few years later, it sounded horrible. See also: Chris Claremont.

I read Great Darkness Saga in trade. I’m not a big Legion fan, but I thought it was very well-done.

V for Vendetta is required reading for anyone looking at the history of the medium. I didn’t love it, but I respect the heck out of it. David Lloyd is an underrated artist.

I’m not sure if I’m remembering this right, but back when AoA was about to come out, wasn’t Marvel advertising it as a permanent change in the books? Or at least indefinite? I know pretty much no one bought this and knew that it would be a limited thing, but I could swear I remember hearing that. Although maybe I just heard it from some idiot at the comic shop that didn’t know what he was talking about.

Not so far as I know.

Shoot, I missed a day.

Certainly… variable levels of quality here, but I like all of these quite a bit. Made me oddly happy.

I remember there being a lot of speculation about whether the AoA change was going to be permanent, but I don’t know if that was actually fueled by house ads. I’ll also agree that some of the AoA characterizations were much preferred to the regular universe. Iceman, Sunfire, Sabretooth, Dazzler and the aforementioned Quicksilver were all much cooler (in my opinion, of course) in AoA than they ever have been in the mainstream Marvel U. Iceman in particular had some nice moments, and a really interesting take on his powers that I hoped would bleed into the regular series.

Loved today’s list.
i read AoA while in college, and had read X-men since #193 monthly. i also had [still have] a collection of X-men that goes back to X-men #95. So, i knew my X-books & characters. i loved AoA because it was an alternate look at the team, and their world. i knew it was temporary and that anything could happen. All the books have a great energy about them, if not actually being great themselves. i liked everything about it, but as soon as nobody [but Bishop] remembered ANYTHING about it, i dropped the X-books like they had the Hamthrax that is going around today. However, for those 4-5 months, the X-books were great, exciting reading. They hold up better than almost any other X-book on the list for their energy, i think.

Don’t forget, these are FAVORITE storylines, not the ones that i think are the best representation of the genre. That’s why i didn’t vote for Maus. Its a great story, but as one who has been to Auchwitz [sp?], it certainly isn’t my FAVORITE read ever. It’s damn depressing and so crushingly sad! Of course, its amazing as well, but it ain’t ever going to make a list of my favorite stories to read in comics.

i second the list of comics/stories that i would recommend to non-comics readers. That could be a very interesting list, especially if we throw in the intended audience [young girl, wife/g-friend, boss, etc]
DFTBA

I remember when AoA was first announced, reading in Wizard that Marvel was planning to ‘cancel’ the entire X-Line and relaunch it as books. There was the feeling in the press releases that it was a big change that was going stick around. Obviously, the idea of just canceling the entire line like that is pretty ridiculous, but when I was 14 it seemed like a big hairy deal.

I only read a few issues of the series at the time, and thought it was alright, but I wasn’t blown away or anything. But then I was ever only a casual X-Fan.

“…relaunch it as a new line.” Not “relaunch it as books.” ugh. don’t know what I was typing there….

Wow, AoA makes me 5/10. I actually wasn’t expecting to see it after it didn’t make on the list already. Glad to see it got so much loving. I started reading comics literally right before Onslaught, so when I picked up AoA for the first time, it was Shakespeare by comparison. The characters were so fresh and Gambit, Quicksilver, Exodus, Iceman, Sunfire, and Blink were all so much more badass than their counterparts. I guess Blink was already dead, but same difference.

Anyway, I’m still waiting on Watchmen, All Star Superman, Marvel Boy, Origin, and X-Men: Inferno. At this point, I’m guessing only Watchmen and All Star are going to make the cut for my remaining 5. There’s no way Inferno is going to beat out Dark Phoenix, Marvel Boy would be a surprise ahead of some of Morrison’s better work, and I’m hoping Origin makes its way in the list, but I might be alone on this one. I haven’t found too many people who thought it was the achievement that I thought it was. We’ll see.

Good Lord..I knew i shoud’ve put Sin City: That Yellow Bastards and 300 in my Top 10 List, excluding perhaps the likes of Seasons of Mists, because i’m sure Seasons of Mists will now be in the Top 10.
Now the 2 greatest Frank Miller indepedent stories will be beat by the likes of Civil War and Identity Crisis.
Yikes!!

V for Vendetta was okay for the time and place it came out, but it’s extremely weak compared to almost anything else Moore has done. Maybe it’s because I read it after From Hell and Watchmen, but I had to force myself to finish it. It’s the biggest example of Emperor’s New Clothes in comics.

Looks like the top 10 is going to be ruled by miniserieses and the miniseries-within-a-series. Given the strong showing of the Byrne/Claremont run in the last poll, I’m hopeful that Dark Phoenix could beat Watchmen to the number one spot.

to clarify – not because I think Dark Phoenix is necessarily “better” than Watchmen, but because I’d like a genuine storyline to win this thing. The Dark Phoenix saga is the best storyline from the best creative run in Uncanny X-Men. Watchmen isn’t the best storyline in Watchmen, it IS Watchmen in its entirety.

I’ve read 3 of these bringing my total to 69 out of 90.

A surprisingly weak bunch considering how high we are now.

V for Vendetta – Very good stuff, but not one of Alan Moore’s standouts for my tastes. Still very good and worthy.

Kraven’s Last Hunt – This was decent, but nothing more than that for me.

The Judas contract – I haven’t read this.

Age of Apocalypse – Haven’t read and probably never will.

The Great Darkness Saga – This bored me silly. I don’t get what the fuss is all about. It doesn’t help that half the story is a mystery about who the bad guy is and they went and slapped his face on the cover.

Kraven’s Last Hunt, Judas Contract, and Great Darkness are perfect! They are where they belong. V for Ven, is ok, although the movie was better then I expected I felt the actual graphic novel was so-so, nice piece of modern sci fi with traditional sci fi sense, but not better then some other ones (all in my opinion of course), Age of Apocy, well, that’s a huge surprise because I thought it was too big to vote for. I might have it in my Top 100, top 50…maybe, I can think of a few X-men storylines that were better (Mutant Massacre, Days of Future Past, Inferno, to name a few), but probably none are as large. Still, the “fans” have spoken.

Top Ten…I only have seven in my head including my all time fave (not Watchmen!!).

Love AoA.

Kraven’s last hunt desperately needs a printing with decent colouring – the trade I’ve got has more modern colouring that doesn’t sit well with the source material.

@Jeremy:

Keith Giffen appears to have dropped off your list completely!

I’m not sure if I’m remembering this right, but back when AoA was about to come out, wasn’t Marvel advertising it as a permanent change in the books?

Along those lines, I remember at the time (this was a few years after I had gotten into comics, and I was in full-on X-geek mode; I was probably 13 or 14) a friend of mine told me, a few months before the AoA story broke, that he had heard that Marvel was going to cancel all the X-Men books.

Being a colossal X-Men fan, I angrily denied that they’d ever do such a thing. I cited how well they sold, etc. etc. but really, I was just trying to convince myself that he wasn’t right in some way and that the books weren’t going away.

A few months later, I heard about AoA and realized that was the source of the rumors my friend had heard about the books getting canceled. Turns out we were both right: the books were, technically, getting canceled, but I wasn’t really losing my favorite comics forever.

Age of Apocalypse ranking this high is a bit of a surprise, but it probably was the high watermark not only for the X-Men, but for all of the early to mid 90s mainstream comics before things really hit the shits for Marvel and DC. The other picks I’m not too shocked about, although I’m a bit impressed that V for Vendetta ranked this high.

Blackjak: Yeah, I didn’t want to include artists, but I completely forgot he also wrote a lot of the work he drew. Let me go and correct that.

-Giffen (2 entries, 835 points)

There we go! That puts him right up there in the top ten, although he’s likely to get bumped out once Claremont and Miller get their time in the sun.

Cheers, Jeremy.

Sorry for being a nagging ass, when you’ve done all this off your own back…

:-)

Of course, any minute someone is going to point out that Giffen WAS just the artist on those two storylines and I will have to apologise profusely to you for the rest of the year…
;-)

Oh, no problem man. I encourage corrections; this thing is a lot harder than in it looks!

Just wanted to say thanks to Jeremy for all his work. i actually don’t care about the totals, but i know that it takes much time & effort. So, Thanks!
DFTBA

So are we ever going to see the 25 missing writeups? (50-46, 40-36, 35-31, and 20-11)

And if so, will there be a front-page notice that they’re up?

So are we ever going to see the 25 missing writeups? (50-46, 40-36, 35-31, and 20-11)

Perhaps. Doesn’t really seem to be much of a call for it, but perhaps.

And if so, will there be a front-page notice that they’re up?

No.

I’d like to see the missing write-ups but I’d love to see some of the runners-up after 100 even more!

Brian,
after some months of this list, I came back to check if the write ups were already done.
I understand that this probably is not your priority right now, but the list was very important to me to get some stories that I wouldn´t have got to read.

I would love to see this finished. I have already picked “We3″ and I am into “Y: the last man” right now. Thank you for opening those pages to me.
Really enjoy your work.
Take care!

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