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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!
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Today’s list is the Greatest Brian Wood Stories Ever Told!
10. DV8: Gods and Monsters #1-8
Wood and artist Rebekah Isaacs give their take on the mid-90s nihilist superheroes, DV8, by having the group transported to a pre-historic world. The superpowered youths are, in effect, gods on this world, and Wood and Isaacs show how these gods quickly turn into, well, you’ve seen the title of the series, right?
9. “Girl You Want” Demo #5
Wood and Becky Cloonan introduce us to Kate, in this tale of a young woman who shapeshifts based on how people perceive her. If someone thinks of her as a sexy librarian, she becomes a sexy librarian. When a barista sees Kate as herself, then, Kate becomes obsessed with her, although along the way she ends up creating an identity for the barista just as much as other people have created for Kate. It’s a fascinating exploration of how we tend to reduce people, even ourselves, into cliches.
8. Reservation X Ultimate Comics: X-Men #19-22
In the regular Marvel Universe a few years back, the mutant population was reduced to a few hundred. In his powerful Ultimate X-Men arc, Brian Wood did them one better and through the introduction of a “cure,” the mutant population is reduced to a couple of dozen mutants. The United States government has given them a terrible spot of land and given it to them. However, when Kitty Pryde and her misfit bands of mutants find a way to make the best out of what they were given, how quickly do you think the United States government decided to reverse their non-intervention policy? All of this outer pressure is countered by the inner pressure Kitty has from her fellow mutants, those who feel that she essentially sold them out after they won their freedom in the previous storyline. Artists Paco Medina, Carlo Barberi and Juan Vlasco did the art (and Nathan Edmonson co-wrote the last issue).
7. “Body of a Journalist” DMZ #6-10
After the opening arc established the main concept of the DMZ (Manhattan has become the demilitarized zone between two warring factions of the United States – The “main” Union and the “Free States”), we left off with Matty Roth being the survivor of a journalistic expedition into the area by a famous journalist (who Matty was working with as an assistant). In this story, though, Matty finds himself working at the mercies of both sides before he uses the only thing he has – the truth – to bargain his way into a unique position in the DMZ, someone who is free to report on what he wants. Riccardo Burchielli did the artwork for this story.
6. “Sven the Returned” Northlanders #1-8
This story, drawn by Davide Gianfelice, introduces us to the world of vikings as Wood explores how a young man returns how to reclaim what he feels is rightfully his. As you might imagine, it does not go smoothly.
The top five is on the next page!
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