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The Greatest Alex Ross Stories Ever Told!

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5. Earth X #0-12, X

Set in the future, Earth has gone through constant upheavals, especially when a mysterious Plague has mutated much of the world’s population and a mysterious new villainous kid named the Skull has killed most of the world’s telepaths as he slowly grows an army. The small band of heroes left on Earth have to settle things on Earth before things get out of hand – not to mention the fact that the Earth happens to be gestating a cosmic egg of sorts that is about to hatch! Ross wrote the series with Jim Krueger (Ross also designed all the characters). John Paul Leon and Bill Reinhold did the art.

4. Batman: War on Crime

In this powerful tale by Ross and Paul Dini, Batman encounters a young boy from the proverbial wrong side of town who ALSO lost both of his parents. Through this young lad, Bruce sees the road not taken and commits himself to making sure that while the OVERALL war on crime might never end, Batman can at least win the battle over this one child.

3. Justice #1-12

After a series of premonitions show that the Justice League of America are going to come across a situation where the entire planet is imperiled and FAIL to save it, the Legion of Doom decides that they have to save the world…in their own twisted way, of course. This sets off a series of battles between the two groups that soon brings in pretty much every DC hero and villain Alex Ross felt like dealing with. Ross wrote the series with Jim Krueger and did the artwork with Doug Braithwaite (Ross painted Braithwaite’s pencils).

2. Marvels #0-5

Ross and Kurt Busiek re-examine the Golden and Silver Ages of Marvel Comics in this story, with the age of heroes being viewed through the eyes of “everyman” photographer Phil Shelton. Ross’ photorealistic art really drove home the idea that these normal people are suddenly seeing SUPERbeings.

1. Kingdom Come #1-4

Ross and Mark Waid deliver this story of a future where superheroes are barely differentiated in their behavior from supervillains. Superman is called out of retirement to put an end to this behavior, but is it too late for him to change things? And is he even the right (Super)man for the job anymore? The handling of the trinity of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman highlights this story, along with, of course, Alex Ross’ brilliant painted artwork.

NOTE: Kingdom Come won by just THREE points over Marvels! Wow!

That’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let us know!

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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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