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The Greatest Alex Ross Stories Ever Told!

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Every day we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator. 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 Alex Ross Stories Ever Told!


10. Shazam!: Power of Hope

Ross and Paul Dini have Captain Marvel visiting a group of sick children after the wizard Shazam tells him that a child is in danger of losing hope. While almost all of the kids are thrilled to see Captain Marvel, one of the boys at the hospital is distant. Captain Marvel realizes that the boy is having domestic problems with his father. Captain Marvel threatens the dad and goes back and spends more time with the kids. In the end, Captain Marvel learns that the boy Shazam was talking about losing hope was Billy Batson himself, and the visit with the children has renewed Captain Marvel’s hope just as much as it helped the children.

9. Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth

Ross and Paul Dini explore the way that reactions to superheroics can be mixed depending on how people perceive the person doing the heroics. For instance, Wonder Woman is viewed by the populace as essentially a goddess and as such, they cannot relate to her. Wonder Woman disguises herself as a “normal” woman and helps some women in disguise and sees how different the reaction is. This teaches her a lesson in how you can’t hold yourself out as being ABOVE the people you are setting out to protect.

8. Universe X #0-12, X

After the events of Earth X, the Earth finds itself in a state of disrepair. A cult of crazy folks are trying to put together the Absorbing Man and when they’re ready, the now nigh-omnipotent Absorbing Man spells doom for the rest of the world (unless it instead means SAVING the world). Meanwhile, a “Marvelous” child has been born to Him and Her, with Captain America as the child’s protector. The forces of the Dead are out to get the child, as Captain America travels the country collecting items of power to protect the kid when all is said and done. When everything comes to a head, not even Death itself is safe. Ross and Jim Krueger wrote the series, with art by Doug Braithwaite and Bill Reinhold.

7. JLA: Liberty and Justice

A virus threatens not only the Justice League but the world itself. The world loses faith in the Justice League, but they come through in the end (as they always do) and the Martian Manhunter explains that the League draws as much inspiration from the people of the world as the people of the world draw inspiration from them. Ross and Paul Dini produced this comic.

6. Superman: Peace on Earth

Ross and Paul Dini show Superman trying to do something about world hunger and realizing that it is not so easy to affect change on the world.

The top five is on the next page!

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Glad to see Earth X up in the top 5 as it’s one of my favourites. Little disappointed that none of Ross’ Dynamite work got on the list as his Superpowers limited series and the whole Kirby: Genesis saga were IMO amazing. I just loved being on the ground floor of a new universe being built or re-established after being in limbo for so long.

Wow, amazed that neither Project: Superpowers nor Kirby Genesis made the list, but the lackluster Justice did and at #3!

I figured that Marvels and Kingdom Come would take the top spots but to find out the race was so close is pretty awesome.

This is one where I had a bit of a hard time coming up with ten stories I felt were good enough to make the list. If we’d been choosing Alex Ross’s greatest covers, however, things would’ve been much easier. ;) I did have no problem putting Marvels at #1 right off the bat, though. Kingdom Come is good and all,and I’ve always liked the DC universe more in general, but I always thought Marvels was clearly better.

I’m kinda sad that Uncle Sam didn’t make it.

I loved Marvels (though I’m a DC man), liked Kingdom Come and really enjoyed Justice – so I can’t argue with the top 3 (though I’d have changed the order).

It ends there for me though. The three oversized Paul Dini books that I actually read and Earth X all bored me silly.

Two ace picks for the top slots. I enjoyed the tabloid books too, but like DanCJ I found Earth X a mess.

Turd Burglar

May 3, 2013 at 4:38 am

No JLA: Secret Origins?

And Superman: Peace on Earth sucks. That was by far the worst of the Dini collans.

Mike Loughlin

May 3, 2013 at 6:12 am

3 points? That’s what I get for not voting! Kingdom Come has a lot going for it, but I like the writing and pacing better in Marvels. Ross’s art was a tad less polished in the earlier work, which I found a touch more appealing.

I’ve only read #’s 1-3 on this list, so I guess I’ve got the best stuff covered. I’m a bit surprised Justice placed so high, as I had the impression it wasn’t that well received, but I liked it so I’m happy to see it here! Marvels and Kingdom Come are, of course, great.

The only other Ross story I’ve read was Uncle Sam, but I can’t remember much about it. I guess neither did a lot of voters. Earth X is something I’ll read someday, but I’m not in a huge rush.

This was a fun month of these lists, thanks for all the hard work!

Turd Burglar

May 3, 2013 at 6:54 am

Justice is phenomenal. It’s the Super Friends vs. The Legion of Doom! What’s not to like?

Superman : Peace on Earth RULES!

Justice was beautiful to look at and a simple fun story. Not every story needs to have essays written about it to be considered good.

Turd Burglar

May 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Ross is one of the few illustrators in modern comics that really has a solid grasp on anatomy. It almost makes up for the overly “posed” look of his figure work.

Turd Burglar

May 4, 2013 at 7:43 am

Biggest surprise on here for me is that War on Crime was the highest ranked of the Dini stories. Is it because the story is actually that popular, or does it have more to do with Batman being so popular?

Read Justice as it was coming out and found it tedious and very poorly paced. I don’t know if not having to wait for two months for each issue would make it different, but it just felt like it took forever for things to begin happening. I agree with a prior poster who said that voting on Ross’ best covers would result in a much higher quality list than his best stories.

Kent Kleinowski

May 5, 2013 at 3:47 pm

No Uncle Sam? So sad.

As long as we’re on the “Justice” subject, I actually wanted to know if anyone else felt the way I did about that…

I also read that series as it was coming out, and liked it quite a lot. My little hang-up was that I thought the last volume was pretty much unnecessary. It almost seemed like Ross just wanted to draw cool armored suits for everyone, so they kept going.

I liked the idea/aesthetic of Justice and found it a little slow in practice–but it had one moment in it that I flat-out loved. It’s when Captain Marvel finds Sivana near-catatonic from whatever brain parasites he’d been infected with and pleads for someone to help cure him. “This is my greatest enemy,” he says with that earnest look on his face, and it’s just heartbreaking. For me, anyway.

Arrgh! And I gave Kingdom Come 4 points, allowing it to beat one of my all time favorite comic stories.

I renew my objection to feeling forced to list 10 stories, when I really only like 5 or 6.

Jonathon Riddle

May 21, 2013 at 1:12 am

Has Alex Ross done enough comics work to really justify a list like this? With the exception of Uncle Sam, this list contains everything I’ve ever seen his name attached to. Ever.

Has Alex Ross done enough comics work to really justify a list like this?


This list is more about ranking his work.

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