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The Greatest Darkseid Stories Ever Told! – Voting

Here’s the latest of the daily voting threads for The Greatest ____ Stories Ever Told!

Next is the Darkseid, Jack Kirby’s awesome villain who has been a major part of DC comics over the past few decades. From The Great Darkness Saga to Final Crisis – he’s been all over the DC Universe!

You have until 11:59 PM Pacific time, May 4th to vote for your top ten favorite Darkseid comic book stories. Your choices will be revealed on May 5th.

You vote by sending your top ten choices to bcronin@comicbookresources.com (make the subject heading clear that it is about The Greatest Darkseid Stories Ever Told Voting) by that time (you send your votes by e-mail, not in the comments to this piece).

Be sure to first click here to read about the rules and guidelines for the voting (so you don’t vote for stuff that is ineligible – like, for instance, you can’t just say “Jack Kirby’s New Gods – you have to pick the specific story or storyline).

Have fun voting and be sure to check back May 5th to see the results!


I cannot read, punch me in the dick.

I’ll send them by email as well, but here they are…

1. Orion 1-15 – The Saga of Red Orion, in which Darkseid manipulates his son into becoming the monster he always wanted, culminating in one of the greatest Darkseid/Orion confrontations of all time, in which not a punch is thrown.

2. New Gods v1 7 — The Pact! – One of the best New Gods stories of all time, one gets insight into the true genius of Darkseid, the sheer audacity of his schemes.

3. Rock of Ages – Yes, I did indeed prefer this to the Great Darkness Saga. A spot on Darkseid.

4. Great Darkness Saga – I’m sure it will be a number of people’s number 1.

5. Final Crisis – Never has Darkseid’s threat felt as overwhelming as it did here.

6. Hunger Dogs – One of the more in depth looks at Darkseid under Kirby himself, we see a Darkseid confronted with an increasingly automated world where the value systems of old are replaced by cold hearted machinery. In a lot of ways this was an interesting reflection of his relationship with Steppenwolf.

7. Spectre 19 – A wonderful story that shows how important Darkseid is to the Universe, and how twisted his value system is.

8. Legends – Relatively straightforward tale about taking over the world that was still fairly clever and had a sufficiently ominous Darkseid (though it was later retconed into Desaad)

9. Mr. Miracle 25 – For giving us the line “There are gods, and there are Gods….and then, there is DARKSEID”

10. Foundations – DnA trying to recapture the magic of the Great Darkness Saga and not remotely succeeding but still turning in a fun Darkseid story.

1. Final Crisis: Hands down the best one, the only story where he really acts like a god too.
2. Great Darkness Saga
3. Martian Manhunter’s story in DC 1,000,000


Have you read the 4th World comics (New Gods, Mr. Miracle, Forever People, Jimmy Olsen)? If you want to see Darkseid act like a god, those are excellent comics, and paint him as not just evil but actively feared by heaven (New Genesis). Although Kirby never got to do as many 4th World stories as he wanted to, he certainly made Darkseid into a deadly and awe-inspiring antagonist.

Martian Manhunter 1,000,000 and the last few issues of the series (which ended at 36) were good Darkseid tales. John Ostrander crafted some memorable scenes between J’Onn and Darkseid.

1. THE PACT (New Gods #7)
2. READ LIFE VERSUS ANTI-LIFE (Forever People #3)
3. KINGDOM OF THE DAMNED (Forever People #4)
4. SUNNY SUMO (Forever People #5)
5. HIMON (Mister Miracle #9)
6. DARKSEID AND SONS (New Gods #11)
8. THE OMEGA EFFECT (Forever People #6)
9. THE POWER (Forever People #8)
11. IN SEARCH OF A DREAM (Forever People #1)
12. Hmmm… Need to think about this.

Final Crisis and Death of the New Gods should be automatically disqualified because they were so fracking awful. I swear Jack Kirby was spinning in his grave when that whole “Boss Dark Side” crap was foisted on us by Morrison. Complete *and* utter crap.

The Great Darkness Saga

1. Rock of Ages: JLA #1–15
2. The Pact: New Gods #7
3. Wonder Women #102-104, Vol 2
4. Orion #4, Tales of the New Gods by Frank Miller
5. Great Darkness Saga: The Legion of Super-Heroes #290-294, Vol 2
6. Legends #1-6
7. Superman, The Man of Steel #134
8. Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle #1 – 4
9. The Quite Darkness: Legion of Super-Heroes #24, Vol 4
10. Death of the New Gods

Damn – I love Darkseid but I’m having real trouble thinking of more than about 4 of his stories that I like. And it doesn’t help that I really didn’t like The Great Darkness War or Hunger Dogs – or (if I’m honest) most of the original Jack Kirby stories.

I’ve made my vote. I managed 6 in the end.

Some stories not mentioned yet that may warrant attention:

– Swamp Thing # 62 (Metron and Darkseid discuss Swampy, the Source and Anti-Life)

– The Suicide Squad arc where the team goes to Apokalips

– The JLI arc where they do the same.

– the first Ambush Bug mini (“Darkseid!”). ;)

I was tempted to vote for the Ambush Bug mini

Some of yall need to watch cosmic Oddessy

Eh, can’t think of many right now (besides most Darkseid stories tend to be the same.) My vote for best ever would have to go however to that DC Christmas story where all the forces of Apokolips cannot stop Santa Claus from delivering his annual piece of coal to a annoyed Darkseid. Now THAT’S a twist! :D

I want 10 entries per ballot, but I’ll admit that, unlike the big lists, these things are considerably more narrow in scope, so I can’t say that I would necessarily throw out a list with less than 10 entries.

Ambush Bug is near the top of my list as well, though lower than the Great Darkness Saga and X-Men/Teen Titans.

I have to say, I’m also fond of his Bronze Age appearances in JLA and Secret Society of Super-Villains.

“X-Men/Teen Titans.”

Oh, good one. Now I have seven.

Darkseid showed up in several DC/Marvel crossovers, and even costarred in one with Galactus. My favorite single Darkseid moment from one of them would probably be in JLA/Avengers, when the Infinity Gauntlet more or less drops in his lap and he quickly loses interest in it when he realizes it only affects some other universe he doesn’t care about. But other than that he’s hardly in the comic, so it’d be hard to make a case for it as a Darkseid story.

The Pact and Himon were 1 and 2 for me. Then Great Darkness Saga, which was an incredible reading experience when it first came out issue by issue, maybe my favorite secret villian unveiling sequence ever.

I’d like to give #4 to Jim Starlin’s original Captain Marvel/Thanos run, which was a glorious Darkseid homage.


May 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Final Crisis, The Pact, The Saga of Red Orion and Rock of Ages.

The Great Darkness Saga hands down.
Also, I would have to agree with the X-Men/Teen Titans crossover.

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