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Every day in April 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 Jim Starlin Stories Ever Told!
We’re behind, so I’m just going to give you bare bones descriptions to catch up…
10. Cosmic Odyssey #1-4
Written by Starlin with art by Mike Mignola and Carlos Garzon.
The heroes of Earth are brought into battle with Darkseid and his forces as the evil head of Apokolips seems poised to finally possess the Anti-Life Equation. Perhaps best known (besides the awesome Mignola art) as John Stewart’s cockiness in his abilities leading to an entire planet being destroyed.
9. Thanos Quest #1-2
A couple of people combined this (written by Starlin with art by Ron Lim and John Beatty) with The Return of Thanos in Silver Surfer #34-38, which ended up as #11 on its own. Combined, they’d be around #6 on the list.
Anyhow, the now revived Thanos sets off to collect the Infinity Gems from each of their current owners in his quest to put together the most powerful force in the galaxy – the Infinity Gauntlet (hint: he succeeds).
8. “The Metamorphosis Odyssey: Book Three” Dreadstar #1-31
Chad Nevett insists that I treat these issues as one story, and since if I didn’t do so, Dreadstar wouldn’t make the list (which just seemed so wrong, since obviously enough people voted for parts of this story that it made the list otherwise) so I figured I’d count it this way.
Anyhow, this is about Vanth Dreadstar and his small band of rebels as they try to first topple the Monarchy but also the Church of the Instrumentality.
7. “Death in the Family” Batman #426-429
Written by Starlin with art by Jim Aparo and Mike DeCarlo, this is the storyline where readers got to vote to decide Jason Todd’s fate. They voted for him dying, which is just what happened, and Batman would never quite be the same again.
6. “The Thanos War” Captain Marvel #25-33
Written by Starlin and Mike Friedrich with art by Starlin and a bunch of different inkers.
Thanos is always trying to find super-powerful objects to help with his obsession with mass murdering (by mass I mean MASS) and in this story, he tries to take control of the Cosmic Cube and Captain Marvel and a variety of heroes must try to stop him. During this storyline, Captain Marvel was given a makeover by Starlin.
The top five is on the next page!
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