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Today’s list is the Greatest George Perez Stories Ever Told!
10. Justice League of America #195-197 “JLA and JSA vs. the Secret Society of Super-Villains”
This story, written by Gerry Conway, opened with a very memorable cover (shown above) and had a notable good ol’ brawl between the good guys and the bad guys!
9. Avengers “The Serpent Crown Saga”
This storyline came in #4 on the Greatest Steve Englehart Stories list, and makes Perez’s top ten, as well.
This is early Perez, just starting to come to prominence, and this storyline sure helped, as this sprawling epic had everything, including time travel, the Squadron Supreme and President Nelson Rockefeller!
8. Avengers #161-162 “The Bride of Ultron”
This was a dramatic two-parter by Perez and writer Jim Shooter that both A. Set up Hank’s later emotional problems (and his infamous slap of Jan) and B. Introduced us to Jocasta (well, not called Jocasta yet).
In this dramatic tale, a clearly insane Ant-Man attacks the team and teams up with Ultron to “save” the Wasp’s life by giving her a robot body (of course, Ultron is actually using Pym to kill Wasp and use her life force to activate a robot bride for Ultron).
In battle with Ultron and a new weapon, a bunch of Avengers are seemingly killed by Ultron, leading to the living teammates to vow to avenge their friends’ deaths (one of the times “avengers” really worked).
This leads to a thrilling conclusion with still more twists in store.
7. Avengers Vol. 3 #1-4 “The Morgan Conquest”
This is the story that began Perez’s acclaimed run with writer Kurt Busiek!
6. Wonder Woman #1-6 “Gods and Mortals”
This is the beginning storyline of George Perez’s reboot of Wonder Woman, which he plotted and drew!
5. Avengers Vol. 3 #19-22, 0 “Ultron Unlimited”
This epic storyline by Busiek and Perez really gave us the “ultimate” Ultron storyline!
It also has one of the coolest moments in a Marvel comic of the past fifteen years or so!
4. Hulk: Future Imperfect
This story came in #1 on Peter David’s Greatest Stories Told list, so it is not surprising to see it here, as well, as this was a great story set in the future that gave Perez a lot to work with, action, drama and an extremely memorable museum piece that looked like it took Perez years to draw, that’s how detailed and cool it was!
3. New Teen Titans “The Judas Contract”
This was the game-changing story arc in New Teen Titans that revealed a traitor among the Titans and introduced a new member of the Titans and new identity for Dick Grayson!
Not only that, but an origin for Deathstroke the Terminator!
Written by Marv Wolfman (I believe Perez co-plotted, though), this is one of the most acclaimed Titans stories of all time.
Almost 20 years after Perez began work on a similar project, the massive Marvel/DC crossover pitting their preeminent teams against each other (and then with each other) was written by Kurt Busiek, but it was Perez who had the task of making dozens and dozens of superheros look cool, while managing to both A. have as many Justice League and Avengers members appear as possible while B. still keeping things coherent.
It’s amazing that he pulled it off (Kurt Busiek as writer surely helped).
1. Crisis on Infinite Earths
One of the most memorable stories of the past three decades, Crisis (written by Marv Wolfman) involved George Perez drawing effectively the entire DC Multiverse.
Plus, of course, one of the greatest covers of all time, which you see above.
That’s the list! I’m sure there is a lot of agreement and disagreement with the list out there! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!
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