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The Greatest Geoff Johns Stories Ever Told!

Every day in May we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!

Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).

Today’s list is the Greatest Geoff Johns Stories Ever Told!

Enjoy!

I’ll give you the top five stories that DIDN’T make the Top Ten…

15. JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice

In this sort of tribute to all the classic team-ups of the Justice League and the Justice Society in years past, Johns and co-writer David Goyer have the teams come together to deal with the fact that seven of their teammates (some from each of the teams) have been possessed by the Seven Deadly Sins!!

14. JSA #23-25 “The Return of Hawkman”

Co-written by David Goyer, this is the storyline where Johns brought back Hawkman and, amazingly enough, made him make sense (Hawkman had some pretty insanely convoluted continuity for a long time)!

13. Flash #197-200 “Blitz”

The introduction of a new Johns’ creation, Zoom, who thinks that Wally West needs to have a more tortured existence to be a better hero. So what does Zoom want to do? Kill Wally’s unborn children!! Can Wally stop a villain who is faster than time itself? And what dramatic decision will Wally make to protect his wife and himself from future attacks?

12. Booster Gold #1-6 “52 Pick-up”

This is where Johns (and co-writer Jeff Katz) set up the current status quo for Booster Gold. Booster is tasked to save the heroes of the DC Universe from time-travelers set to destroy the heroes before they ever BECOME heroes. But to take on this role, Booster can’t draw attention to himself, so no one must know he has been saving all of their lives – so he has to act like the joke that they all THINK he is. Some especially strong work in this one, especially the issue where Booster tries to skirt the “rules” and save Barbara Gordon from a crippling by the Joker.

11. Final Crisis: Rogues’ Revenge

Rogues Revenge reunites Johns with his former Flash creative partner, Scott Kolins, as they show the Rogues seeking, well, revenge as they blame the villain Inertia for them being hunted down due to their role in the death of Bart Allen (a role they played due to being tricked by Inertia).

10. JSA #56-58 and Hawkman “Black Reign”

The Justice Society of America is torn asunder when two of their former teammates, Black Adam and Atom-Smasher, along with a group of other JSA-related heroes (or villains?) take over the country of Kahndaq. What can the JSA do? What SHOULD they do? These questions are put to the test in this crossover between two titles written by Johns.

9. Green Lantern #29-35 “Secret Origin”

Johns and artist Ivan Reis re-imagine Hal Jordan’s beginnings as Green Lantern, while also sowing seeds for what would eventually become Blackest Night (through guest-star Sinestro and Atrocious).

8. Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds

In this sprawling epic with artwork by George Perez, Johns brings together all the different Legions of the past 20 years or so (the “original” Legion plus the two reboots that followed) and ties them together in a dramatic battle against Superman Prime – one of the most powerful villains imaginable! Luckily, two heroes who were thought to be lost will show up to help save the day!

7. Infinite Crisis

Along with artist Phil Jimenez, Johns revisited the ending of Crisis on Infinite Earths by seeing what happens when the group of heroes who sacrificed their worlds for the good of the multiverse see what “our heroes” have done with their sacrifice – and find it wanting. To what lengths will someone go to make things “right”?

6. 52

Along with co-writers Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid, Johns delivered readers a compelling tale of a year in the lives of a DC Universe that was without Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

5. Action Comics #858-863 “Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes”

After seeing a little bit of them, with this storyline, Johns (and artist Gary Frank) fully brought the Legion of Super-Heroes of Superman’s past into the forefront with a story of Superman visiting the future only to see that things are not going so well. Can a powerless Superman do much? You’d be surprised and delighted by this action-packed drama.

4. Flash #177-182 “Rogues” (but mostly Flash #182 “Absolute Zero”)

Most of the votes for this came for specifically one issue, Flash #182, the spotlight on Captain Cold, but a number of votes also went for the trade collection “Rogues,” which collects a few spotlight issues on the Rogues, including the Cold issue, so I combined them into one vote. The Captain Cold issue, though, is especially excellent. Johns really gives Cold a lot of quite deserved attention.

3. Blackest Night

Johns was the man behind the super-popular DC epic crossover where the heroes (and villains, for that matter) of the DC Universe have to deal with the dead come back to life.

2. Green Lantern Rebirth

In this series, along with artist Ethan Van Sciver, Johns resurrected the Green Lantern Corps, Hal Jordan as a Green Lantern, John Stewart as a Green Lantern, Guy Gardner as a Green Lantern, Killowog as being alive (and a Green Lantern) and Sinestro as a villain.

So, basically, in this one series Johns laid the groundwork for most of the most popular tales in the DC Universe over the past five years or so.

1. Green Lantern #21-25, Green Lantern Corps #14-19 and Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1 “Sinestro Corps War”

Speaking of stories that couldn’t be told without Rebirth, the Sinestro Corps War saw the evil Sinestro gain his own corps of ring-bearing villains who go toe-to-toe with the Green Lantern Corps in, well, a Sinestro Corps War (hence the title).

Dave Gibbons and Peter Tomasi were along for the ride on the writing end of things.

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!

And please vote for the lists that are still up for grabs here!

66 Comments

You’ve got the images for Superman & The Legion and 52 swapped.

Well, I’m glad GL:R is in there, because Johns did a good job rehabilitating Hal Jordan. But most of the rest range from mediocre to horrible. I was going to say it reflected badly on the taste of those who voted, but that’s unfair. Considering what they had to work with, ie the endlessly muddled and repetitive output of Geoff “superheroes were better before my balls dropped” Johns, I guess they did their best.

You’ve got the images for Superman & The Legion and 52 swapped.

Oops, the pictures are actually in the right spot, but I accidentally put the ENTRIES in the wrong spots (Superman should be #5 with 52 #6). Thanks!

My favorite Johns comic is Avengers: Red Zone.

@Brian Cronin

No problem. I’m a little surprised that none of his Avengers stories made the list, but I didn’t participate in voting and I haven’t read any of them, so I can’t complain.

Red Zone (his most famous Avengers storyline) is right around #20 on the list.

I’m not a Johns fan really but when teamed up with Kolins doing Rogues books, it’s an instant purchase for me.
That being said, my favourite Johns story is the Martian BoyHunter bit on Robot Chicken.

Mmmm – a fair bit of stuff there that I haven’t read yet… which is nice.

@ Eric TF Bat: I couldn’t think of a better description of Geoff Johns than that if I tried! I agree completely.

Although I’m sure when he was a kid after reading his comics he thought “You know what this needs? More hearts being ripped off!”

I’m wondering how many people voted for the Green Lantern sections of Blackest Night, and how many for just the mini series itself. The material in GL (along with the non-Johns writte GL Corps) was much better than what was going on in the main event.

bloodandmetal

May 13, 2010 at 3:46 am

action comics whit superman and the legion of super heroes was my fav…i was never a big fan or actually read a legion story till this one…it was excellent and the art was great to…made me a fan of the legion..

I can get behind most of that list, but I’m shocked to see Inifinte Crisis ranked so high (well, maybe just saddened). For me that was a turning point in his writing, and one for the worse. It just seemed that editorial let him get away with whatever he wanted in terms of both over-the-top gory violence, poor characterisations and nonsensical plotting and the story (and most of his stories following this) suffered for it. I think he’s a good writer but needs someone to reign him in or challenge him to to better.

Well I missed this vote…but it obvious not many fellow Legion fans voted or else NO WAY would Legion of 3 Worlds be anywhere within the Top 20 much less eighth on this list….

Wow where are all of those people who consistently thought Infinite Crisis was cwap? It got 7th? Huh….

How about that one where that guy dies? that’s a good one.

I’m surprised Secret Origins got as high as it did, given that it’s mostly just a retelling of Hal’s younger days.

Were most of the votes for 52 Pickup for the entire trade, or was there a decent amount of votes for some of the individual issues?

This is one of those lists where I want to see what 16-20 are as well (mainly because Johns output is relatively recent.)

Wow where are all of those people who consistently thought Infinite Crisis was cwap? It got 7th? Huh…

Johns is a writer who is very much love it or hate it mainly because he tends to write stories that stand on the boundary of being stupid and awesome. Infinite Crisis is an example of this trend. This is one list that would be quite difference if people had 10 positive votes and 5 negative votes.

With these opt-in polls you’re more likely to get fans of a certain creator more so than broad comic-fans. Therefore the people who hated Infinite Crisis aren’t going to be voting much.

It might be more accurately Geoff Johns’ Fans’ Greatest Geoff Johns Stories.

Mike Loughlin

May 13, 2010 at 6:07 am

Ian: Exactly. As someone who is not a Geoff Johns fan (although I liked his JSA & Action Comics), I opted not to vote. I see nothing wrong with the people who like his writing voting, and I hope they get something out of this list.

You know… I thought I liked Geoff Johns and now I am trying to figure out why. I was going down the list realizing that I didn’t like most of what is one there. Blackest Night was just terrible. I just saw someone asking about Avengers Red Zone. I am a HUGE Avegners fan, but that arc was sub-standard.

I guess it is just JSA. I like JSA….

7 out of 10 in the top fifteen ain’t bad (I also had Flash: Rogue War, Green Lantern: Agent Orange, and Icons: The Thing).

I’m disappointed that Titans of Tomorrow wasn’t on the list. It was his best arc of a pretty damn good run on Teen Titans, a title that’s been unreadable since he left it, and is really iconic for fans of the core four members of that group.

I’ve always liked Johns’ ability to take what should be unbelievably obvious ideas and make them seem really innovative. The idea of Sinestro having his own corps is such a no-brainer, as are multicolored lanterns. Hell, the idea of Professor Zoom having his own Rogues is so mind-bendingly obvious, I can’t believe no one’s ever thought of it!

Johns was so much better when he was more heavily edited back in the early 00s. Now the gore and excess is just everywhere.

I loved Johns’ JSA. Unfortunately, I don’t particularly love any one story. It’s his whole run, how he kept telling character driven stuff and made characters like Mr. Terrific and Stargirl grow. I also loved his Titans, and am really surprised it’s not represented. Most of the stuff that made the list are events, so they had more readers, so more people could vote for them. Because Blackest Night and Infinite Crisis are horrible stories. And I’ve never heard anything say a positive thing about Secret Origin, so that is surprising.

I am very happy Legion of 3 Worlds didn’t get many votes, as it was one of the worst Legion stories ever. Except for the brilliant work from Pérez, nothing is saved. Retcons galore and a story that absolutely didn’t solve any issues from The Lightning Saga (top worst Johns story ever?).
So, there you go, if there is one Legion story that Geoff didn’t screw up is this one with Superman. And this list just proves that Johns is a nice writer, but far from all the accolades he gets.

I’m not an avid Johns’ fan but I really liked the three top entries on this list (probably would have been the only votes I would have been able to cast).

Guess I’m pretty mainstream. Except I didn’t care for Infinite Crisis (started with promise, but a bit crazy near the end).

Huh. I woulda put the first volume of Hawkman with the mutli-armed elephant people at # 1. Sad to see it didn’t make it.

cactusjac2000

May 13, 2010 at 9:57 am

I’ll be the odd man out and say I enjoyed Infinite Crisis a hell of a lot. It had everything I wanted in a sequel to COIE.

OK, I don’t feel so bad about not liking Johns’ work since I’ve apparently read most of his “best” and found it to just not be my cuppa.

My problem with Infinite Crisis is that it really, really was a crossover event more than a story. You could get a sense of it by reading most of the stuff associated with it, but the series itself read more like a checklist than a story when read straight through.

The top 3 was pretty much the way I expected it to be, but i’m a bit surprised to see the Legion stuff get so much love thought. It’s also incredible to see the variety of characters and stories Geoff has been telling just by the selection of the top 15 alone, it will be interesting to see what this list will look like in 5 years considering his output isn’t going to go down. Which must be horrible for the Johns haters to stomach, this guy not only writes tons of books but they are also very popular and critically well received that’s almost like a triple shot to the gut to alot of these bitter fanboys.

^And that’s why we read primarily Marvel.

@ Rusty, pretty much my opinion as well. I’ve been reading Flash v.2 start to finish and I just got up to John’s run. I have to say I just don;t like much of his writting.

He injects too much “hey look I remeber past stories too” while at the same time making some pretty decent mistakes in the continuity department (like Iris getting into the will to become the guardian of WWizard’s kid despite not havign been around until well after Wally and Linda are together). Same with making the stories too dark (I mean some are good on their own but they aren’t Flash stories). I haven’t read Red Zone since it came out but I didn’t care for his Avenger’s run either or what Teen Titans trades I got out of the library (most of his run now that I think about it).

That said I did enjoy the little of JSA I read and same with STARS and Stripes and Booster Gold so it’s not like I hate everything he does. But as for the list I’ve read most of these and not that impressed (of course I just borrowed copies from the libraries of from friends so for free no big deal but he’s not a writer I’ll pay money to read anymore).

@Jeremy: Good one, ha!

@ Thok:

I was a bit surprised by the strong showing by GREEN LANTERN: SECRET ORIGINS as well. It is the third best re-telling of Hal’s origin that I’ve read (after NEW FRONTIER and EMERALD DAWN I & II). I like his GL overall, but the origin re-telling was nothing special. Its strongest point was that it fit tightly within a larger story Johns was telling.

Awesome list. I’m really not understanding what all this hate is for Johns. 7 of my 10 made the top ten, which was cool, and I was especially glad to see Infinite Crisis make the top ten, as well. Fans were very mixed on the story, with a lot of very vocal bashers, but I thought it was awesome. Glad to see his “Green Lantern Trilogy” take the top 3 spots.

Brian, any chance we can see 15-20? I want to know where “Thy Kingdom Come” and “Rage of the Red Lanterns” ended up.

Thanks for all the lists you put out!

This is like revealing the top 15 Bay City Rollers songs. Actually, Johns’ Superman stories aren’t bad. But Green Lantern just perverts everything that O’Neil, Adams, Wein, Gibbons, and Moore made great.

Oh yeah, those Booster Gold issues were pretty good. With that series, there’s a strong reason for the narrative to be so immersed in continuity, so it doesn’t feel grating.

Eliot Johnson

May 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I’ve never considered editing as the potential reason for Johns’ decent from “obvious fanboy pandering but fun” to “awful” but that makes sense.

@ Carter Hall:

I think the Johns hate comes from two sources. One is unfair and the other totally reasonable.

The unfair one is that people are jealous of the seat that he is sitting in. Not only does he write popular comics, but he he has a large degree of control over the comics that other people can write. Plus, he has a voice in the adaptations of DC properties into other media. No one person has had that much control over a superhero universe since Stan Lee. Half the people in your average comic shop would cut off a finger to have that role and that jealousy makes people hyper-critical. Johns is clearly deeply influenced by Bronze Age DC Comics, but every creator is influenced by something: Grant Morrison’s DOOM PATROL was influenced by Jorge Luis Borges and Arnold Drake, while Johns’ GREEN LANTERN was influenced by Steven Speilberg and Alan Moore. Just because the reader can identify the influences does not make the work itself any worse.

From my perspective, the more fair criticism is that Johns too often writes to achieve what appears to be a fan-ish agenda. Johns has strong beliefs about various DC properties to which he seems intent on winning converts. Worse, he seems at times to be more interested in pushing his agenda than telling a compelling story. That can sometimes subvert even material where his positions are relatively uncontroversial. For example, the current SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN feels less like a story itself than a clip show of other stories. It hammers home that the Donner-Reeve Superman movies were charming, that SMALLVILLE was inventive and the Bruce Timm’s SUPERMAN: TAS was exciting. Johns is unquestionably right on each of those counts. However, S: SO fails to be charming, inventive or exciting in itself.

Using the comics themselves as a platform to debate fans is a lose-lose proposition. These debates are never, ever settled. Fans that love something are not going to persuaded to abandon their devotion by watching Hal Jordan (or whomever) fight straw-man versions of their arguments. If anything, that sort of behavior causes people to stop reading DC Comics. Worse, it doesn’t add anything worthwhile to the canon of the character being “supported”.

If Geoff Johns wants to debate DC fans, then he really should start a blog. That is not meant to be dismissive. I genuinely think that he would be better off just saying stuff like “Paul Levitz wrote the best LOSH ever and I think DC screwed up moving away from the status quo he built” and letting people react to him in the comments. Honestly, I think he would get a lot of agreement. Trying to have a meta-textual debate through the comics themselves puts him at an unfair advantage and makes people genuinely angry.

@ Dean-

Really? People are critical of Johns’s work because they’re jealous? I don’t buy it. People are critical of Johns’s work because A.) it’s not very good, and B.) it influences just about every DC book. But mostly just the first part.

I love 52 and JSA.

I like Green Lantern (except for Rebirth), Action Comics, and Booster Gold.

Flash had good and bad moments. I suppose I still prefer Waid and Messner-Loebs.

Legion of 3 Worlds is almost unreadable. Infinite Crisis is unreadable.

@Rene, I have little attachment to the Flash but for the past 6months or so I’ve been reading through all of vol 2. I’ve gotten as far as the end of the Rogues Storyline (mentioned above) and John’s run so far pales in comparison to either Waid or Loebs (or even Barron for that matter). He did have some decent stories but they’re too brutal to be Flash stories. Then again at the end of Rogues he had Cyborg randomly turn back into his original design for absolutely no reason (and it made no sense what happened) which killed a half-way decent story for me (it was fairly average before that).

Ah, hell. I totally forgot to finish my voting list and send it in.

I doubt Morlocks had a chance at cracking the top fifteen anyway, though.

@ DanLarkin:

No. I do not think that people are critical of Johns solely as a result of jealousy, but I do think that it is a source of some of the vitriol. The personal nature of some the attacks on him are (frankly) a bit weird. I think that comes from envy.

On the other hand, there are certainly things in his work that warrant criticism. His dialog is not great. He falls in love with certain tropes and re-uses them unwisely (i.e. “it was only one date”). While he is fantastic with plot, his pacing can get thrown off by his love of Bronze Age comic and Blockbuster movie references. I am just growing tired of hearing “But, that is not MY (Green Lantern, Flash, Atom, etc.)” followed by a personal insult lobbed at Geoff Johns.

Man, if all this hate for Geoff Johns, I wonder what a “Greatest Mark Millar Stories Ever Told!” could muster up!

i thought infinite crisis was kind of lame. It wasnt awful but not really anything special. On the other hand i am not the biggest johns fan and didnt particularly care for sinestro war either. To me they were both kind of the same crap.

Matt,

I agree with you. I’m not one of those fans that wants all things superhero to be all FUNFUNFUN. But there are a few characters out there that don’t work well when you get too dark. I’d say the Flash is one of them (at Marvel, I’d say the Fantastic Four doesn’t work when you make it gritty).

Some of Johns’s Flash felt weird in that regard.

funkygreenjerusalem

May 13, 2010 at 7:10 pm

It just seemed that editorial let him get away with whatever he wanted in terms of both over-the-top gory violence, poor characterisations and nonsensical plotting and the story (and most of his stories following this) suffered for it. I think he’s a good writer but needs someone to reign him in or challenge him to to better.

Dave, why do you think he was allowed to get away with nonsensical plotting and poor characterisations, and not forced into it by editorial?

If you get the trade and read the commentary with the creators, they mention several plot changes editorial forced upon them, as well as others that they were able to argue their way out of.

@Rene, it is quite jarring coming off of about 15 years of Flash stories (all I’m reading is volume 2). I mean when Cicada went on that killing streak of everyone Flash saved, it almost lost me right there. A Batman book it could work, but not the Flash. I have little issue some of his stories taken by themselves, but as you implied these character’s have continuity which includes tone as well as characterization and it seemed as though Johns tossed out a lot of both when he wrote his stories.

Yeah, Cicada. And there was Murmur, that I thought was even more of a Batman villain.

Sometimes the darknening of villains can work. I like what Johns did with the Green Lantern villains. But you get villains like Black Hand and Hector Hammond, and I suppose there was already something a little creepy in them that Johns just expanded, and it has worked well, IMO.

But the Flash? Not so much. And not when you had 200+ issues of very successful stories to compare Johns against.

I think the new rogues were an exercise he quickly realized was going the wrong way to go and dropped it in favor of doing more work with the originals. Even with the Iron Heights bridge, I never really thought the new rogues as a whole were much of a threat (and some, like Double Down, were never really explored).

GL’s apparently the flavor of the year, which I’m mixed about. Sinestro Corps. War was a solid story and I get why it was #1, but Rebirth was a lot of plot device work to get things back to status quo with Hal and company. And Blackest Night at 3? For a story that is a similar re-hash of a previous DC Annual event with very similar, in-general plot points (a lot of these) and an obvious ending, I have it way lower (IMO, very little to no new ground was broken in it save that the Care Bear Corps. exist now).

I didn’t care much for his Avengers but I loved Red Zone and his Thing mini was great too.

His Flash pulled me back to the character. I got back into right when he came on and went back issue diving buying anything of his I could get.

Infinite Crisis was not terrible, but it felt like it was all across the board and too formulaic.

His Titans had me interested for the first time in 10 years or more. It immediately crashed when he left.

He totally owns Hawkman as far as I’m concerned. He made a solid character a great character IMO.

@ Funky

What changes are you alluding to ? Spill for those of us that don’t have the trade and, you know, foolishly bought the singles.

funkygreenjerusalem

May 14, 2010 at 6:23 am

What changes are you alluding to ? Spill for those of us that don’t have the trade and, you know, foolishly bought the singles.

Brought the singles?

You foolish suckers!

The big one of course is that editorial wanted Dick Grayson to die in the series, but the creators begged and pleaded for it not to happen.

Just flicking through it – It was Didio’s idea to a Crisis sequel,
Levitz asked for the scene at the start with big three at the ruined watchtower – Johns had wanted the massacre of Freedom Fighters to open it,
they mention the original plan was to have all story lines in the main series ‘but was decided to split it into four minis’,
Jeph Loeb suggested the characters returning from the original Crisis…
Johns mentions destruction of Atlantis being forced upon him due to events in Aquaman – he’d prefer it wasn’t there – at which point the assistant editor mentions lots of scenes had to be moved about due to other books… Johns wasn’t the only on who to decide who got killed by Superboy Prime – everyone nvolved picked.
Peter Tomasi, working as an editor, suggested Black Adam pushing his fingers through Psycho Pirates eyes and out though his skull.
Superboy died because Didio wanted Nightwing to die, and Johns felt it was wrong, so says he basically had to offer up Conner as a character who would have a similar emotional effect but without the damage to DCU – he specifically says he didn’t want a female as too many had died in DCU recently.
(Eddie Berganza says the team tried to save both Nightwing and Superboy, but had to choose one to die).

Johns also points out that Superboy Prime never punches a wall in his series, and a footnote points out that was only in a Secret Files.

So it’s not that dramatic, but reading this over, it doesn’t even read like he was the main architect of the book.

Soooo…. 16-20? Brian? Any chance? Please?

Dave Anderson

May 14, 2010 at 3:56 pm

I may be swimming against the current on this particular thread, but I’m a fan of Johns’ work. His writing repeatedly got me to pick up titles that I had long since lost interest in — such as Justice Society of America and Teen Titans — before I really started to connect that writing to a name. Now, I’ve come to associate his name most often with really strong mainstream story telling — such as Green Lantern, Action Comics, and Booster Gold.

I may look to other writers if I want to see something really different, something that challenges story structure, expands subject matter, introduces more personal story telling, or experiments with the standard conventions of a super-hero. But, if I want the rush of a exciting super-hero adventure told well, then Johns does that really well.

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I love Johns’ work and I don’t care who knows it!

Clegane, Sandor

May 19, 2010 at 10:36 am

This list is pretty good.

Infinite Crisis being on the list is interesting in the sense it’s representative of Johns’ overall scriptwork: Lots of bombastic developments and drama, interesting character beats and insights, by-the-numbers superhero action/adventure mechanics, and a tendency towards underwhelming endings.

Also, Blitz is the best *arc* of his Flash run, though I understand the votes for Rogues – the Cold issue contained in it may be his best single Flash issue.

Johns’ career highlight is clearly his Green Lantern, which the poll proves out. And while Sinestro Corps was a worthy sequel to Rebirth, the GLC tie-in issues drag it down. And Blackest Night isn’t one of Johns best GL stories, let alone one of Johns’ best overall. His GL stories should be ranked:

1. Rebirth
2. Sinestro Corps
3. Secret Origins
4. Revenge of the Green Lanterns

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IMHO, Black Reign, The Flash Issues were all better than Blackest Night. Which was okay but those were better. Like this list, just not the order of some.

Lots of great, great stuff to choose from here, but I think The Return of Hawkman ought to be higher. Epic and star-spanning, as good as anything he’s done. I’d rank Infinite Crisis lower since it was compromised by editorial.

For me, blackest night was a correct storyline, it means a lot from GJ, the end of a era, the end of his trilogy, and a great mega event from DC. I understand that maybe it isn´t the best story ever, but c´mon, it is a correct story about emotions, it was exciting, and at least didn´t change a lot of things in the DCverse (just like the rest of the events promise ) the ending isn´t bad, just necesary about the path the series was do it. Maybe is simple, but have a lot of satisfactions.

Red Zone is one of my all time favorite Avengers tales…too bad it didn’t make the list.

I would have disqualified 52 because we have no way of knowing what he actually wrote or not in this series. I would replace it with JSA #1-4.

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