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Comic Book Team Tournament – Danger Room Region, Round 1

The first round of voting begins now!

Simply choose which run on the team book you like better. So choose whichever run is your favorite (whether it be that you think it was more interesting, more appealing, whatever criteria you want to use) in each of the following eight match-ups. You’re judging the run itself, not the individual characters that make up the team in the listed run. The voting concludes 48 hours from right now!


NOTE: The polls are in Javascript. If your computer doesn’t allow java, well, you won’t see the polls.


The funny thing is, the only one here that tripped me up was the Legion vs. the Squadron. “Objectively” I think LSH was better, but I did really enjoy All-Star Squadron as Thomas clearly having a ball with a dream project.

In most cases I’m pretty sure that my choices are going to lose (I only voted for muties once, when there was no other choice), but there’s no doubt in my mind which is my favorite.

And wait, did anyone actually like Johns’s Titans? JSA I can see, but his Titans? Really?

Oh man. I LOVE New Mutants, but Secret Six is one of my all-time favorites.

Johns’s Titans was weird. I had the impression that he had to change directions abruptly every 6 issues or so because of some crossover or editorial mandate or whatever was imposed by other characters’ books.

The thought of Johns as a helpless pawn of crossovers and editorial mandates is hilarious. Oh, how the tables would turn!

The Crazed Spruce

March 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm

The only one so far that was even close for me was Levitz and Giffen’s LSH vs. The All-Star Squadron. The Squadron’s almost criminally underrated, but the Legion is just pure awesome.

MI13 over X-Men. Make it happen, Internet.

I second that. Just lie back, vote, and think of England.

The Invisibles/Defenders matchup was a killer. Grant Morrison is probably my favorite writer in any medium ever, but man, those issues of Defenders….

Ugh. You had to put LSH vs. All-Star in the first round, didn’t you? Like several others have said, that one was the only killer one to choose in this round.

Ha! By the way, just in case anyone’s curious, these match-ups were based solely on the votes in the last poll. I didn’t make any of the pairings. In fact, as I sorted them out into regions, the match-ups were just as much of a surprise for me as they were for anyone (well, except obviously I knew that the #1 overall run was going to be up against the #64 overall run, of course). So some of the weird quirks are total coincidences (like Geoff Johns and Peter David going up against themselves in the first round and PAD having three runs in a single region).

I guess that answers my question about anyone liking Johns’s Titans. Clearly someone must have. Unless they messed up and actually meant to write Bill Mantlo’s Micronauts.

I really enjoyed Johns’s Teen Titans. It’s probably the second best Teen Titans run, after Wolfman and Perez’s seminal New Teen Titans (unless you count Peter David’s Young Justice run).

For my money it’s dust and ashes before the mad genius of Bob Haney, but admittedly being the best run since Wolfman isn’t exactly hard. That’s been a troubled franchise for a remarkably long time.

For all that Paul Cornell is a cool guy for being involved in WILD CARDS and DR. WHO, the Claremont/Byrne X-Men are the CITIZEN KANE of superhero teams. Don’t blame them for the franchise later growing like a cancer to overtake the whole comic book industry.

Or maybe they’re the STAR WARS of superhero teams. Awesome the first time around, but influenced the whole industry too much in an unhealthy direction, and the later sequels are self-parody.

Oh yeah, Star Wars is a pretty apt analogy. That run is awesome for all (and sometimes because of) its considerable flaws.

That said, I can’t bear to reread it now because I can’t get into Claremont’s purple prose the way I could when I was 12, even the stuff from when he was in his prime. So there’s no question that I actually like Cornell’s Captain Britain series much better. If I were voting on which I feel was more historically important, Claremont/Byrne would win it in a walk, but I ain’t.

Claremont/Byrne’s run will be forever tarnished in my eyes by those Arcade issues. There are few characters I loathe more than he.

I’m surprised that I voted Claremont for everything. His work left a greater impression on me than I thought.

What, no Claremont JLA? Shenanigans!

Claremont wins all my votes.

The problem for me here is that all but one of these match-ups include at least one run that I’ve never read.
the only one for which I’ve read parts of both runs is the Uncanny vs Astonishing, and I’ve only read two isses of Astonishing.

I voted for Secret Six because I’m afraid BeccaBlast would beat me if I didn’t.

Otherwise, it was fairly easy, because as with Mary, most of the matchups I hadn’t read one of the runs, so I kinda had to vote for the one I read.

Unless it sucked.

other then one vote for gail. clarmont is getting most of my vote for his teams

Yea I picked Claremont for everything. He had a stellar uninterupted X-Men run that is unbeatable from Cockrum to Lee. No doubt Legion vs All Star was the most troublesome. Picked Legion cause of the overall quality, but All Star was good also, I prefered that concept.

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