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2012 Top 100 Comic Book Runs #80-76

You voted, now here are the results of your votes for your favorite comic book creator runs of all-time! We’ll be revealing five runs a day for most of the month. Here is a master list of all of the runs revealed so far.

Here’s the next five runs…

80. Joe Kelly’s Deadpool – 111 points (1 first place vote)

Deadpool #1-33

Deadpool was first introduced by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza in the closing issues of New Mutants. The “merc with a mouth,” Deadpool was an amusing mercenary who often encountered Cable and his gang of mutant mercenaries. He has healing powers, but his body is horribly disfigured.

Popular enough to receive a pair of mini-series in the early 90s, it was still a bit surprising when Deadpool was given his own series, but within a year or so, Joe Kelly’s Deadpool was an acclaimed series.

The original artist on the book was Ed McGuinness, in one of his very first comic assignments. Later artists included Pete Woods and Walter McDaniel.

Kelly played Deadpool up for laughs, including one of the funniest single issues you’ll see, where Deadpool (and his “hostage,” Blind Al, an elderly blind woman) travels back in time…to an issue of Amazing Spider-Man!! Through Deadpool, Kelly plays Mystery Science Theater 3000, of sorts, on an old issue of Stan Lee and John Romita’s Amazing Spider-Man.

Classic comedy.

During his run, Kelly did a great job making Deadpool’s supporting cast interesting. He introduced the aforementioned old blind woman named Blind Alfred who apparently was being kept hostage by Deadpool, even though they seemed like friends. Kelly also increased the role that Deadpool’s weapons supplier, Weasel, had in the title.

The book was amusing, but Kelly also would bring in drama from time to time, particularly the notable Annual where we learned the meaning behind Deadpool’s name – when he was being experimented on by Weapon X, fellow prisoners would often bet on who would die next, since Deadpool had regenerative powers, they all knew he would likely never die, so he was the king of the “dead pool.”

Kelly wrote Daredevil at the same time as Deadpool, so he intertwined a lot of the same plots and characters, including having Deadpool win Matt Murdock’s seeing eye dog in a poker game and naming him Deuce the Devil Dog. Also, Typhoid Mary was a major character in Deadpool, too (I especially enjoyed how Kelly surreptitiously retconned Frank Miller’s The Man Without Fear, in using Typhoid Mary).

During Kelly’s tenure on the book, the sales were never exactly stellar, and the book was actually canceled TWICE during Kelly’s run, only to be brought back from cancellation by fan support BOTH times.

The second time, though, was enough for Kelly. As you might imagine, it’s not fun to work on a title that was canceled out from under you, only to have it brought back (so you have to suddenly come up with a new storyline), only for it to be canceled AGAIN, so Kelly took the second cancellation as his cue to leave.

79. Jim Starlin’s Warlock – 112 points

Strange Tales #178-181, Warlock #9-15, The Avengers Annual #7 and Marvel Two-in-One Annual #2

Jim Starlin had already established himself as a tremendous cosmic writer with his work on Captain Marvel, but his run on Warlock (spanning FOUR different titles) really cemented that reputation, with his back-to-back classic arcs, The Magus Saga and then whatever you call the story with Thanos.

Starlin had Adam Warlock face off against an evil religious empire, also Magus, his evil future self, not to mention Thanos, who is, as you know, an evil guy who loves him some death. Warlock and Thanos teamed up to fight Magus…

Starlin introduced some notable supporting characters, too, with Pip the Troll and Gamora, the “deadliest woman in the universe.”

Sadly, the books didn’t sell that well, so Starlin had to use other comics to finish his story, with the two Annuals, which ended with, well, everyone dying. :)

Starlin would later revive all these characters for future fun stories.

78. Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force – 113 points

Uncanny X-Force #1-current(#32)

Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force run has been marked by a LOT of different artists, with Jerome Opena being the initial artist on the book but the book ships so frequently that there have been a bunch of fill-in artists.

The book revolves under an interesting concept. Wolverine and Psylocke put together a secret black ops team with Fantomex, Deadpool and Archangel joining them. That conceit is not all that interesting, but what IS interesting is how Remender opens the book with them being a secret death squad and then has the entire series basically be about the ramifications of their actions.

The opening arc, with art by the brilliant Opena, involves the group trying to hunt down and kill a reincarnated Apocalypse while he is still a boy. Eventually, though, Psylocke decides that such actions are wrong, leading to a conflict with her teammates…

That story ends with a dramatic flourish, but the ramifications of that first story are felt throughout the rest of the series’ run, right up until the current storyline.

What Remender has done an especially nice job with is taking cool, under-utilized characters and, well, utilizing them. Fantomex, for instance. Also, Jason Aaron’s revamped Deathlok. In the epic Dark Angel Saga, Remender brought the Age of Apocalypse characters back into play and one of the AoA characters joins the team.

The book is also notable in how heartfelt so much of it is. Remender can really tug at the heartstrings when he wants to, which is weird in such an action-filled series. This has quickly become one of Marvel’s top comic book series.

77. Larry Hama’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – 114 points (4 first place votes)

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1-155

If you had to rank comic books on degrees of difficulty in making them into a good series, you wouldn’t have to look much further than a comic book series that is based on a toy line, where you have to work in new characters based on whatever new toys are being released. And yet that’s exactly what Larry Hama did for over a hundred issues of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. Eventually, the toy line got so ridiculous that not even Hama could save things (Eco-Warrior Joes, Day-Glo Joes, Ninja Force, etc.) but while Hama was allowed to keep the book grounded in a general sense of reality (just over-the-top reality), the series was an absolute delight. For a book that had such a massive cast, it was astonishing how good Hama was at developing the various personalities of the cast members. You really got to know the members of G.I. Joe and Cobra, to the point where a good deal of the enjoyment of the series was seeing how things were developing in the lives of the various characters.

Meanwhile, there were plenty of action-packed adventures to keep your attention. Hama was a master of balancing plot lines. He would easily have multiple plots running at once and it would never get confusing. For a book that had so many plots going, it was remarakbly easy to just pick up any issue at random and just enjoy the series.

Hama worked with a number of artists over the years, from Herb Trimpe to Frank Springer to Ron Wagner to M.D. Bright to Ron Garney to Andrew Wildman and many more in between. Hama himself even occassionally drew an issue, including the famous “Silent issue,” which starred the breakout character of G.I. Joe, the silent ninja soldier, Snake Eyes…

Good stuff.

76. Denny O’Neil and Denys Cowan’s The Question – 115 points (2 first place votes)

The Question #1-36, Annual #1-2

When DC purchased the Question from Charlton (where Steve Ditko had created the book decades earlier), the book was given to Denny O’Neil, who basically “owned” the Question for the next decade or so (more, even), as he was essentially the only writer of the Question during that time period. However, for most of that time, there was no Question series. From 1987 to 1990, though, there was, and it was by Denny O’Neil and Denys Cowan, and it was good.

In the series, O’Neil had the Question become a book that was more about Eastern philosophies than anything else (heck, there were even “recommended readings”!!), as the Question changed his methods and tried to deal with crime in his city, Hub City, by attacking the corruption at its source in the government. Also, he did a lot more as Vic Sage, reporter, as far as being a crusading journalist.

O’Neil worked in a number of intriguing supporting characters, such as Myra, the mayor of Hub City, Lady Shiva and Richard Dragon.

In this scene from an early issue, we see the government corruption plot plus the interactions between Vic and Myra…

Denys Cowan’s art worked well with the almost surreal take by O’Neil. It was an excellent comic book and it is great that DC collected the whole series into trades.

44 Comments

STILL no runs from my list here. Either all my choices are very popular, or I’m in for a very rude awakening. Have to say, I’m not a major fan of any of these runs, although I did enjoy the Question run.

“So young to be involved with the crack” is still one of my favorite lines.

Yeah, such a great line.

Still 0/10 also

0/10 for me too, ..though 2 of my votes are unlikely to get anywhere near the top 200 and another is probably going to be overlooked due to too many alternative runs on the franchise
Still 5-7 with a good chance

G.I.Joe is my first run to appear. Love that run, and it still holds up, in my opinion.

The Crazed Spruce

October 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Nothing here from my list, although I did like Joe Kelly’s “Deadpool” and the few issues of “G.I. Joe” and “Warlock” I read. (“The Question” and “Uncanny X-Force” weren’t available where I live, so I haven’t read either of them.)

I love Jim Starlin, but i just read the Mystery In Space limited series from 2007, and he really reuses concepts a lot more than he should. universal galactic church as the big bad guy? warlock, dreadstar, MiS. fighting another version of himself? warlock, MiS. death and rebirth to fulfill a destiny? warlock, dreadstar, MiS, the 90s thanos saga…

Magus: The most laughable superdupervillain ever? Purple skin, white afro or ponytail, a kiddie lighting bolt as a chest symbol, big boots, big shoulder pads, a skull in his belt…

Was this current Deathlok a Jason Aaron thing? I thought it was first in Uncanny X-Force and then Wolverine And The X-Men.

Philip, if I remember right, Aaron introduced him in the Wolverine: Weapon X series he did a few years ago.

Oh really? I’ll have to track that down, thanks Dan.

Warlock is my first to appear. Sad it’s so low. I blame Marvel for not having it available in trade.

I think of it as one of the classic superhero comics, but it’s apparently less popular than a random X-title from last year.

Remender’s X-Force is the only real surprise on here.

G.I. Joe was my #1 pick. Glad to see it make the top 100 this time (last time it was a runner-up).

It probably should be noted that Hama’s run on G.I. Joe included 4 Annuals (called “Yearbooks” in this case) plus he was also writing a second ongoing G.I. Joe title, named “G.I. Joe: Special Missions”, at the same time that he was writing A Real American Hero (and I do believe that the rules explicitly mention that runs covering multiple titles would count). Not only that but he also wrote a mini-series of “technical manuals” related to the characters/general lore of G.I. Joe called “G.I. Joe: The Order of Battle” which was published during his run as a sort of “companion” to the rest of the series.

Yay ! I voted for O’Neil & Cowan’s “The Question” . While the run was good, it became GREAT after ….

[spoiler ???]

….Myra was elected mayor .

Then, the run became quite gritty, with that bittersweet ending … There were 2 episodes that I liked most : the one with the Riddler (pencilled by Bill Wray) and the one with the “Captain Stars & Agent Stripes” (or was it the other way ?) …

Chris N.
“Warlock is my first to appear. Sad it’s so low. I blame Marvel for not having it available in trade. ”

Corrected now … An “Essential” has been released last month, I think …

Deadpool is good, X-Force is really good. I confess to being zero for three on the older runs. Comixology should have these up for a dollar an issue!

I was wondering if Hickmans FF was going to make it. Seeing Remenders X-Force I think confirms it’ll be on here.

I never read the Question or the Warlock runs, but they look pretty interesting. I’d check them out. I did read the Hama GI Joe run and I totally agree with how great it is. It petered out at the end when it fell prey to 90s excess but when it was good it was great.

I finally tried Joe Kelly’s Deadpool and sorry, it left me cold. It just tries to hard and seems way too satisfied with itself, it seems to imagine itself being way more clever than it actually is. Also, it’s just ridiculous to mock a Silver Age 60s comic intended to be disposable entertainment for kids with the sensibility and level of scrutiny of an older and more modern audience. That’s just a level of scrutiny it was never meant to pass. It’s just too much of an easy target to take shots at a book like that, which makes the jokes far less impressive to me. These types of jokes work better when you show how a work is flawed even by the context of its times and the standards it was aiming for. Also, the artist, whoever it is, doesn’t do a very good job of making his artwork blend it with Romita’s.

I never read Remender’s X-Force, but wow, that writing seems really good. I’m afraid to try it though because these days Marvel seems to revamp the direction of the X-books every 6 months, so I feel like if I try to read X-Force, I’ll be forced to read Messiah Complex, Utopia, We All Love Hope To Death, and a million other crossovers in order to keep track of what’s going on.

You can read Uncanny X-Force without having to keep up with anything else. Heck, the only crossover (Fear Itself) was handled in a separate mini-series by a different writer.

Okay, that’s great to know. Also, how is the pre-Remender X-Force stuff? Is it worth checking out? And is it as crossover-free?

I am definitely going to get the Remender X-Force, but does reading the earlier stuff make it more rewarding reading?

I remember that I voted for that Warlock run the last time this list was compiled. Alas, I bumped it this time in favour of more modern fare.

But I do love it, the Magus story was one of my first epics I enjoyed as a kid (reprinted in Fantasy Masterpieces). I tracked down the original Warlock issues and just got some signed by Starlin himself! (including that classic “Death of Adam Warlock” cover, one of my favourite covers ever).

The main reason I decided not to vote for it was that I pretty much loved it for the Magus story that dominated the run, and I decided to cast my votes more for runs that contained multiple great stories ahead of ones with one dominant arc. That’s why I wouldn’t have voted for Miller/Mazuchelli Daredevil even if it hadn’t been ineligible this time, it’s a great storyline more than a great run. Miller’s first DD run, on the other hand, was my number one pick, but we’ll be seeing that one later, no doubt…

The Question is a bit lower than anticipated but thats still cool. haven’t read Remender’s X-force stuff but Chris Yost’s run is killer.

Okay, that’s great to know. Also, how is the pre-Remender X-Force stuff? Is it worth checking out? And is it as crossover-free?

I am definitely going to get the Remender X-Force, but does reading the earlier stuff make it more rewarding reading?

The earlier stuff is okay, but you’re fine if you just start with Remender’s run. Essentially, the old X-Force was Cyclops’ secret death squad. They decided to go off on their own and that’s pretty much all you need to know before reading Uncanny X-Force #1.

Just wanted to chime in and say thank you for doing an update for these lists. They’re so much fun to peruse and I actually discovered this site because of the last version you did. I didn’t participate in the poll because I am more of a casual reader and couldn’t come up with a list.

From the last list I was able to discover and read in its entirety:

-Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s X-Men run (and I am so glad I was able to finally read the whole run rather than just the Dark Phoenix Saga)
-Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s Spider-Man run (so much better than I expected it to be)
-Grant Morrison and Howard Porter’s JLA run
-Jeff Smith’s Bone
-Love & Rockets (my personal favorite discovery in the last five years of comics that I have read. Had I voted, this would have been my #1)
-Alan Moore’s Marvelman/ Miracleman run
-Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All Star Superman (probably one of the best superhero books ever in my book)
-Chris Claremont’s New Mutants
-Chris Claremont and Paul Smith’s Uncanny X-men run
-Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker’s Gotham Central
-Chris Claremont and John Romita, Jr.’s Uncanny X-Men run
-Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library (another favorite discovery)
-Grant Morrison/Mark Waid/Greg Rucka/ Geoff John’s 52
-Matt Wagner and Steven Seagle’s Sandman Mystery Theatre (I loved this!)
-Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum’s Uncanny X-Men run
-Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers
-Alan Moore and Alan Davis’ Captain Britain
-Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada’s Daredevil

There were more on the list that I had read previously to seeing the list (Sandman, Preacher, Grant Morrison’s New X-Men, and more) and there were some that I have sampled but not completed. It’s all been great fun going through these lists and checking out and tracking down old runs. I still have a lot of reading to do from the old list but this new list will provide me with reason to check out some more recent stuff. I don’t keep up with newer stuff but now I will try some of it out.

Thanks for the answers Brian.

Also…

Corrected now … An “Essential” has been released last month, I think …

I don’t know much about Starlin’s Warlock, but based on the few preview pages shown above, it seems like it would be especially criminal not to release that in color. The color really adds a lot to the visuals.

I only have a few scattered issues of Starlin’s Warlock, but I agree that the color really adds a lot. An Essential version is better than nothing, but it would be way better if they released it as a couple of full color trades.

I hunted down all the Warlock stuff in dollar bins about ten years ago. Glad I did. Starlin had such a fascinating comic as it was just so out there. Definitely worth having in color.

Jim Starlin’s Warlock run was collected in Marvel Masterworks Warlock vol. 2.

Loooooooove uncanny X-Force. Its the book that brought me back to Marvel, after nearly 6 years of not buying one title off them (me being a hardcore DC guy, normally). Easily my current fave series next to Snyders Batman and Batman Inc. Its soooooooooo good. Its the prime reason I will check out Uncanny Avengers in trade also.

Didnt vote for Uncanny xforce but it is prolly my current favorite current comic book run

Besides Morrisson’s Xmen its the best the x books have ever been

Once again, I have some familiarity with 4 out of 5 . . . although in Hama’s case, I think I’ve literally just read one issue of his G.I. Joe run, a long time ago. Evidently it failed to persuade me to start collecting all the rest!

The one I’ve never read is “Uncanny X-Force.”

Quite some time ago, I finally read reprints of Starlin’s original run on Adam Warlock. I found it very hard to figure out what all the fuss was about. It just didn’t impress me the way it seems to have done for people who were actually reading it as it came out, back in the 1970s.

I like O’Neil’s “The Question” better than any of the other 3 items here which I’ve looked at . . . but I never seriously considered it for a position on my ballot. (I seem to recall that I felt it wasn’t as good toward the end as the strength it seemed to show in the first several issues.)

We are now a quarter of the way through the results, and I still have not seen anything from my ballot get a place of honor! (I continue to believe that at least 5 of my picks will, in fact, be mentioned during the remainder of the countdown, however!)

Everything here (with the probably exception of X-Force) looks like something I’d like to check out.

Four runs I will probably never read (three due to my previous experience of the writers) and The Question which I loved dearly, but didn’t quite make my top ten.

Nice art in that X-Force sample though…

Man, I know I’m far behind in my “curent” reading when whole runs of stuff I own but haven’t read yet (Uncanny X-Force) show up on this list…

Somehow, I managed to completely miss Kelly’s Deadpool run, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

As much as I love the Essentials, I’d love to see a colored reprint of Starlin’s Warlock stuff as well.

Nice to see GI Joe crack the list. A great example of making lemonade out of lemons, or something like that.

Ed (A Different One)

October 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

Deadpool is one of those characters whose core creative history seemed to have transpired, in its entirety, during my long hiatus from comics. I came back to comics and thought, “hey, who the hell’s this Deadpool guy and why is he in so many damned books?” Interesting to see a glimpse of his comedic roots here with Kelly.

And while I share Chris N’s chagrine at having Warlock so “low” in the countdown, to call Remender’s X-Force a “random X-title from last year” does it a real disservice. Remender paid his dues for years doing independent and non-superhero work. And since he’s signed on with Marvel he has been a creative tour-de-force and breath of fresh air for their titles. I daresay that in a very short period of time I can consider Remender’s X-Force on a very short-list of X-works worthy of being consdiered classics – Byrne/Claremont, Claremont, Morrison and now Remender. I’ve been saying for a few years now that Remender should be given a larger role in the overall direction of the X-titles and the MU as a whole – and low and behold, it looks like I may be proven prescient (now don’t make me look stupid Remender!).

And the Opena-pencilled issues of X-Force were always the best. He has this way of doing small panels with lots of detail that just goes so well with Remender’s writing (dense, action-packed and filled with detail). And Dean White on colors has been a revelation for my small artistic mind which has historically never given the colorist a second thought.

And count that Dennis O’Neal Question series as one of those comics I never heard of that sounds like something I would have absolutely loved back in the day. Having spent most of my tender comic book reading years in an area that had probably never even heard of direct market comic book shops, there was like zero chance of me ever coming across that title back in its heyday. But, hey, I suppose that gives me something to look for in trades now that I know it’s out there.

Deadpool Day! This should be way, way higher. Like top 50. There’s only one book on the stands right now that matches dark psychodrama with humor in the same way this does.

Uncanny X-Force – And this is it. Never an X-Men fan, but this is an exception. I feel like I’m alone on interpreting the whole thing as a piece of Grant Morrison-esque meta-fiction, with the team worrying that X-Force has no place in this world. I always interpreted that as asking whether relics from the 90s had a place in modern comics, because that’s the whole book. Do they serve a purpose, or has the rest of the world matured and moved on. Just my interpretation, but I think it’s pretty obvious. I REALLY wish Marvel would stop insisting on their stupid double shipping model so we could get the consistent art this book deserves.

I haven’t read anything else, but Warlock and Question sound cool.

These 5 runs all fit in the same boat for me: I’ve read at least one issue of each, but less than 50% of each.

From what I’ve read of Deadpool (a few random issues from dollar bins, including #11), The Question (the first trade, which is the only one my library has), and Uncanny X-Force (the first trade, getting more soon), they’re all very good.

Warlock I just recently finished getting, and I’m really looking forward to reading it. For anyone curious on how to get this, the best way is the reprint series from 1982. Marvel released a 6 issue Warlock Special Edition series in the 80s, with each issue at 48 pages on nice baxter paper, and collectively they reprinted every issue Brian mentions, including the two annuals that ended the run. I was able to find the 6 issue miniseries on eBay for $10, which is much cheaper than trying to get it in any other format, and it retains the color. Here’s a link to the covers of the series, if anyone is going to try and track them down:

http://www.mycomicshop.com/search?TID=277981

And FYI, a TON of great Bronze Age stuff was reprinted in that format in the early to mid 80s. You can find Steranko Cap & Fury, Adams Avengers/X-Men/ Batman/Deadman/GL-GA, Goodwin/Simonson Manhunter, Englehart/Rogers Batman, Englehart/Brunner Dr. Strange, Windsor-Smith Conan, Claremont/Byrne Starlord, Moench/Sienkiewicz Moon Knight (the early Hulk Magazine stuff), Starlin Captain Marvel, Mantlo/Golden Micronauts, and I’m sure some others I’m forgetting. For anyone that doesn’t like paying for Masterworks editions or losing the color from Essential/Showcase editions, this is the way to go. You can usually find them cheap oneBay or at conventions.

And as for GIJoe, it just doesn’t do anything for me. I completely understand the degree of difficulty Hama was dealing with, and I also understand the nostalgia the series has for so many people, but I didn’t find anything there worth the praise. To be fair, I only read the first 25 issues before giving up, so if it got significantly better after that point, I don’t know. But I wasn’t impressed by what I read. So it goes I guess.

Haven’t read enough of that Kelly Deadpool run, but I will say that the Daredevil/Deadpool Annual ’97 (which where the Deuce and Typhoid stuff took place, so I think it should maybe be edited into the list of what is in the run) is one of my favorite one shot stories ever. It obviously builds on stuff in both books, but everything you need to know is right there. (If I don’t have this filed with my DD stuff, though, I need to move it….) Also, did Kelly write the zero issue that was in Wizard around that time? (GCD says YES) That’s a good one, and also features a character in the pages you show. One thing I don’t like is Blind Al, as I was always confused about Al being a woman. Doesn’t look act or talk like a woman….

Warlock. Lookit that afro! And that philosophizing!!! Man, it looks pretty, but I just can’t read through some of that stuff. It’s probably just me, but it’s too…much, I guess. Or else me dum.

I like what I’ve read of Uncanny X-Force. Although I don’t quite get the whole issue surrounding the Apocalypse kid. If he’s a clone, he doesn’t have the same brain, and if he’s reborn big A, then he does. I know, I know, it’s a nature/nurture thing, man. Anyone notice that Archangel sez “he’s a bloodTHIRTY monster”? I hope this scan is from the original issue and they fixed it in the trade.

GI Joe is surprisingly good. My local library has a mess of those Classic trades that (IDW, I think?) put out in recent years, so I read about the first 100 issues, and it’s really well done. Plus, Hama does amazing work at done-in-ones. Just a really good book all around. Did the new version do very well in points, Brian?

The Question — I have maybe half the issues, and it’s almost every other one. It’s annoying. I’ve got to back issue dive and fill in the gaps. What I’ve read is quite good, though. Did Cowan not do the Quarterly book that came after the series ended? That lasted 8 issues, I think.

I too have yet to see any of my choices on here.

Joe Kelly’s Deadpool 2012: #80, 111 points
Joe Kelly’s Deadpool 2008: #47, 202 points
Down 33 places, -91 points

Jim Starlin’s Warlock 2012: #79, 112 points
Jim Starlin’s Warlock 2008: #86, 109 points
Up 7 places, -3 points

Newcomer: Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force, #78, 113 points
2008’s #78: Joe Casey’s WildCATS, 117 points

Newcomer: Larry Hama’s GI Joe: A Real American Hero 2012, #77, 114 points
2008’s #77: John Byrne’s Superman, 119 points

O’Neil/Cowan The Question 2012: #76, 115 points
O’Neil/Cowan The Question 2008: #96, 99 points
Up 20 places, +16 points

The big winner of this run of the Top 100 is clearly the O’Neil/Cowan The Question, which climbs up 20 places and even gains points. There does seem to be a recent surge of interest in the character, and this is perhaps his best-known run.

Starlin’s Warlock climbs 7 places despite having a virtually unchanged point total, which says a lot about how different the point distribution is this year. Starlin’s also a hot topic lately, which probably helped Warlock hold attention.

The big loser of this list, sadly, is Joe Kelly’s seminal run on Deadpool. It crashes an incredible 33 places down the list, and loses a hefty 91 points. This I would lay squarely at the feet of Marvel’s drastic overexposure of the character in recent years.

Remender’s Uncanny X-Force joining the list is no surprise, as it’s probably one of the most popular Marvel books of recent years. I can’t say I ever expected I’d see an X-Force run on a list like this prior to Remender’s tenure.

Larry Hama’s GI Joe was one of the omissions in the 2008 voting, though that go-round he simply failed to garner enough votes. Hama’s work has been re-evaluated in recent years, though, and his GI Joe was clearly a big influence on kids who discovered comics in the 80s.

Lynxara — I mentioned on another list about Suicide Squad and the Spectre dropping due to no trades. Here, the Question undoubtedly gained because the entire (I think) series got collected in about 6 trades since ’08. When you can read the run like that, people will remember it and vote accordingly.

Oh, and for the GI Joe fans, IDW is putting out a HC collection of the whole shebang, starting on Halloween. FYI

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