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2013 Top 100 Comic Book Storylines #100-91

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97. “Unmanned” by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan, Jr. (Y The Last Man #1-6) – 105 points (2 first place votes)

Unmanned is the first storyline in the Y the Last Man universe.

The conceit of the book is that one day, 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999% of all the men (and male mammals) on Earth died off. All except one (well, as far as anyone can tell), Yorick Brown, and his male monkey, Ampersand.

When the calamity hit, Yorick was talking to his girlfriend, Beth, who was on vacation in Australia. Yorick was in the midst of proposing her to when everyone died, so now he makes it his life’s mission to get to Australia to be with her again.

Of course, things are not that simple, what with him being the only man left on Earth and all. He travels to Washington D.C. where his mother is a member of Congress and she assigns a government agent to work as a bodyguard for Yorick. The two of them (Yorick and Agent 355) are tasked to find Dr. Ashley Mann, a geneticist who may be the only hope at using Yorick to fashion a cure for the plague. However, an Israeli operative ALSO wants Yorick, so the Israelis trash Mann’s Boston laboratory, Yorick, 355 and Mann have to head off to Mann’s back-up lab in San Francisco.

And so begins an epic journey through a world where their are no longer any men. How will society work with just women?

That’s the point of this series, and this first arc introduces us to the concept quite nicely. Pia Guerra’s character-driven artwork really helps Vaughan get across the emotional roller coaster these characters are on in this brave new world.

Here’s an example of how the death of all the men have affected society when Yorick encounters a young woman (who he mistakes for a man at first because she’s wearing a gas mask, just like him – which is what he uses to disguise himself)…

And we see Yorick’s hot-headed nature when he sees the Amazons…

Yorick’s impetuousness drove a whole lot of adventures as the series went along.

96. “The Love Bunglers” by Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets: New Stories #3-4) – 108 points (3 first place votes)

It’s fascinating. We as comic book readers are used to long-running relationships. Hell, Superman and Lois Lane went back and forth for over fifty years before they got married! But we’re typically used to relationships that do not actually go by in real time. That is what makes the relationship at the core of Jaime Hernandez’s brilliant “The Love Bunglers” so remarkable. In the aforementioned “Death of Speedy” storyline, Speedy Ortiz was the bad boy that Maggie wanted even though Speedy’s friend Ray seemed to be the better fit for her. Now, thirty or so years later, Ray and Maggie have a second chance at love. If, of course, they don’t bungle it. The name of the storyline, though, IS “The Love Bunglers,” so you might have some idea at how it goes. Hernandez has done such wonderful work with Maggie over the years that we know her as well as we know any longtime friend or family member. We know how she works. We know her quirks. We know her best qualities. We know her worst qualities. And all of them are at play when she gets involved with Ray again, with both now middle-aged. Hernandez’s skills are readily apparent in the control he maintains over their interactions, both with the dialogue and also his incredible skills with characterization. It’s stunning, really, to see how good he was with these characters thirty years ago and yet he is even BETTER now!

Check out this date. Try not to be affected by these interactions…

Hernandez uses flashbacks to gives depth to the modern day interactions, as we the reader know exactly how the past is affecting the present but no one else in the present knows what we do. It is pretty heartbreaking and powerful stuff. But, like all stories involving Maggie, the power of love is always present. Man, Maggie is such an awesome character.

It is heartening to know that the modern masters like Jaime Hernandez can still put out gems like “The Love Bunglers” decades into their career.

95. “The Death of Jean DeWolff” by Peter David and Rich Buckler (plus many inkers) (The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #107-110) – 109 points

The Death of Jean DeWolff is a powerful examination of the problems you often get when you try to strictly apply morality to the world of superhero comics.

The story opens with the murder of Captain Jean DeWolff, a background supporting cast member of the Spider-Man books (very background).

It turns out that she was murdered by a mysterious new villain called the Sin-Eater.

Throughout the story, through the murderous efforts of the Sin-Eater, Spider-Man and a guest-starring Daredevil continue to find themselves put into situations where they are unsure of themselves. Twice Daredevil is forced to choose between giving up his secret identity and doing something to possibly help stop the Sin-Eater, and both times he chooses to preserve his ID.

Spider-Man, meanwhile, is even MORE upset about the situation when he learns that DeWolff had a heavy unrequited crush on him.

By the time the pair catch the Sin-Eater, Spider-Man is willing to kill him, and Daredevil has to stop him…

Few writers challenge ideas like this as strongly as Peter David does in this story. Plus, this is one of the best Spider-Man/Daredevil team-ups of all-time. Rich Buckler does the art with a variety of inkers (Brett Breeding, probably most prominently). Very good stuff.

This was Peter David’s first comic book storyline and wow, what a great introduction of Peter David to the comics world!

94. “Blood of Palomar” by Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets #21-26) – 110 points (4 first place votes)

We’ve already featured Jaime Hernandez’s most prominent Love and Rockets works and now we take a look at his brother, Gilbert.

Gilbert’s most significant work was examining the lives of the inhabitants of Palomar, a fictional South American country where crazy things happen.

This storyline, originally published under the name “Human Diastrophism,” follows the people of Palomar as a serial killer strikes the town.

While the serial killer aspect of the story might be the most notable aspect from the outside of the story, within the comic it exists more as a plot device to push the character development that the Hernandez brothers are so well known for.

There IS a mystery, but it is solved (for the reader) fairly early – instead, the main part of the story is seeing all the many (MANY) characters interact with each other as they all grow, some for the better and some for…well, I wouldn’t say “for the better.”

Gilbert’s most notable Palomar character, Luba, has an important storyline as she begins to re-think her life as she grows older…

and decides that she wants to change the way she relates to her children as they grow older. But deciding how to do so is no easy task…

Heck, Luba is not even sure about her own place in the world…

This is such a detailed, multi-layered storyline – it’s very dense, but accessible, and Hernandez’ art should get a lot of that credit, as he knows how to simply draw the reader in with seemingly simplistic designs.

Things get even MORE complicated in later Palomar stories, so if you wish to catch on before things get even denser, this is the story to seek out!

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a few decent titles but i’ve never read Love and Rockets or Y: The Last Man. Best of the bunch so far is Top 10 and Peter David’s Spectacular Spider-Man. O’Neil’s and Adam’s batman comics always looked nice but the writing was really overblown and pretentious.

Raymond Wonsowski

November 6, 2013 at 6:31 am

I am really impressed with all the love for Love & Rockets. There’s hope for humanity yet. May have to feature them over at ThoughtBalloons someday…hmmmm……..

Bugger, my number one vote went to Scott McCloud’s Zot! Since it hasn’t appeared here, I doubt that it got into the top 100. Ah well, I liked it enough that I don’t feel like I wasted my vote.

Nothing I voted for here – but I’m quite pleased that – with the exception of The Korvac Saga – It’s all stuff I’ve read.

Top 10 is the best thing here for me – but this stuff is all good.

Interesting start 2 new ones (Love Bunglers and Man of Steel) and 8 from last time. Particularly noticeable are the big falls for The Death of Jean De Wolff and New World Order.

None of mine yet, but I doubt if even half of them will turn up at all. Insanely I’ve never read any L&R, really need to do that at some point.

hmmm…never read the Hernandez brothers’ stuff. Based on these excerpts, it doesn’t seem like my cup of tea (does anyone else find the dialogue clunky?).

Happy to see Top 10. While it didn’t make my list, that was a great comic. The only surprise here for me is the Man of Steel mini-series. Didn’t think it was all that good, but I’m guessing some people got interested in it with the new movie and thought otherwise (it didn’t make the previous list, did it?).

Great food for thought once again, particularly in the lower ranks.

A big thank you to Brian for the doubtless sometimes mind-numbing hours, putting this together!

Ooo, these are all stories I really, really like. A great start to the list–can’t wait to see what’s next.

I think you got a number wrong. The Death of Jean DeWolf happened 1986 and not 1976. Great list nevertheless.

Hard to evaluate until I see what scored better. Never cared for Love and Rockets myself (I’ve tried). Loved Morrison’s JLA, but I hope some of his DP gets in.
The Korvac saga was some of Shooter’s best work. Though rereading them some months back, I was struck that a running element in his story is some of the team worrying it was falling apart (more argument, less cohesion). It felt like it was leading up to something but it never did.

I voted for Korvac last time around, but it didn’t make my list this time. But I’m glad to see it, it was probably the first multi-issue “epic” I read and it was great. I had been hoping to see that cliffhanger listed among the Great Avengers Moments a couple of months ago. Love that stuff.

I finally read Death of Jean DeWolff last year, but I think I’d heard to much about it and am a bit too old to feel the emotional weight it’s meant to carry. I appreciate the storytelling and am sure I would’ve been blown away as a young reader in the 80s. But I think I’m at that age where I can’t come cold to the old school stuff and feel the excitement I felt discovering Korvac or Man of Steel (or, it should be said, JLA New World Order, which got me excited about a comic for the first time in years).

interesting start to the list so far love see love and rockets start off with some picks. though was thinking death of speedy would not show up till higher in the countdown along with the demon story from batman

Read a few of these:
#99 Tale of the Demon — A very good story. Some great art.
#98 The Korvac Saga — One of the best Avengers stories.
#95 The Death of Jean DeWolf — The only Peter David story that I kind of liked.
#92 New World Order — Didn’t care for it at all.
#91 Man of Steel — Made me interested in Superman.
All the others are of no interest in me.

Great to see Korvac Saga, one of my list that appeared so far.

Good to see The Death of Jean DeWolf and other classics.

“Black and white comics about relationships? Count me out!!”

Seriously folks, the Hernandez brothers have done as much for comics, if not more, than most of the guys that wrote for the Big 2. Glad to see a good showing (even if it’s this far back on the list!). Can’t recommend them enough!

Y the last man, oh man…
these first few issues are really a good showcase, not for the 100 best but the 100 worst storylines ever.

they feature one disconnected cliffhanger after the other, unbelievable characters that seemingly serve only ‘trendy’ gender specific issues and a premise that is so freaking ludicrous you might as well say fuck it, lets just say “Gandalf” waved his magic wand and killed every male chromosome….

mckracken – I’m with you on Y the last man. Really hated that series.

Top 10 is one of my least favorite Alan Moore books. Too tongue-in-cheeky.

New World Order was OK, I guess.

Love and Rockets is fantastic, though I didn’t read the new ones.

Never read The Death of Jean Dewolff, The Man of Steel, Tales of the Demon, or The Korvac Saga (gasp)

None of these ranked in my top 10…

I’m not sure what’s surprised me so far with this list. The number of “Love & Rockets” stories that have made the top 100 (albeit, in the 91-100 slot, IMO, “The Death of Speedy” should be in the Top 50 – at least) or all the commenters who’ve stated that they HAVEN’T read any L&R stories (!!)
Really?
Just when I think the majority of comic readers are “growing up/expanding their horizons” I get slapped back into reality.
*sigh*

The Crazed Spruce

November 6, 2013 at 8:45 am

I’ve never read “Love and Rockets” because the series has never been available where I live. I also haven’t read “Tale of the Demon”, “The Korvac Saga”, “The Death of Jean DeWolff”, or “Y: The Last Man” (except for the first issue).

I enjoyed “Top 10″, but it didn’t make my short list. I felt it was a bit too episodic for a “top storyline” list. Good stories, though.

“New World Order” wound up at 23rd on my top 25 list. I tried to avoid using more than one storyline from each creator run, and I felt this one was the most memorable of the Morrison/Porter issues. (It definitely had the most memorable moment.)

I actually had “Man of Steel” in my final 10 at one point, but it was squeezed out by another story I remembered at the last minute that I enjoyed just a little bit more. Still, it finished at 11th on my list.

I really need to read some Love & Rockets. Actually ordered the first trade (Maggie the Mechanic) a few months ago, but Amazon didn’t have stock and still don’t, so my order’s still pending. May have to get it from somewhere else.

Of the others, I’ve read Unmanned and Man of Steel. I think I read New World Order when it came out, but I’m not really sure (though I definitely read the Prometheus issues and Rock of Ages, not that I remember much about those either).

All of the others are on my wish list though.

I’m actually in the process of reading Y (about halfway through), and I’m enjoying it a lot. As far as McCracken’s criticisms go, I don’t see how the cliffhangers are “disconnected”, I find most of the characters fairly believable (though Yorick annoys me a fair bit and I think Hero’s change is a bit stretched), and the premise is no more “ludicrous” than what you’d find in the majority of comics. The cause of the deaths is not important. But each to their own I guess.

I just reread The Death of Jean Dewolff for the first time since it came out and it’s not that good. It’s interesting since it’s really early Peter David. But it’s so early you can barely tell he’s there and all I could think to myself was how different it would be by a more accomplished Peter David. It just didn’t resonate. I wonder if Kraven’s Last Hunt would still do anything for me.

Well, nothing of mine made it up there :(
Though I won’t be surprised if every few do..I did pick some rather obscure stories.

Fug, I don’t see why that particular plotline out of the many made the list. Even at the time, it annoyed me (dang, good character dead) more than it moved me.
Brian, you’re spot on about how human the O’Neil/Adams Batman is. It’s not just that he isn’t invincible, we have stories like “Silent Night of the Batman” where he stops patrolling for a few hours so sing Christmas carols with the police. It’s a neat story, but it flies in the face of everything Batman is in the 21st century (which is why I don’t buy them).

- The great thing about the Korvac saga is that at the end you are left with the knowledge that maybe the Avengers were the bad guys.

– I have a great love for the two panels in the Death of Jean DeWolf where Daredevil says “You’ll have to go through me.” and is then immediately punched out out a window.

Ant, I remember a What If? where Korvac lives and it turns out if he’d won everything would have gone to Hell. I always felt the author missed the point of the original.

“Black and white comics about relationships? Count me out!!”

Yeah me too. i can ‘live’ that part myself and dont need to read about some made up persons having made up romance troubles. at least if there is nothing else in the way of a premise. ‘love’ is so overdone in fiction it makes me sick.

so, mckracken, you the resident hater troll, eh? get a life, brother. peace

Ant & Fraser: Well, maybe. I liked the note of doubt at the end of the Korvac Saga, but it was essentially Moondragon’s opinion, and she’s not the best judge of… well, anything.

But then, I totally loved that What If? story back in the day. Its epic cosmic scope blew me away, decades before stuff like that started happening every single year..

Psh. Tales of the Demon should be in the top five. Buncha Philistines ’round here.

@ dread,

if you can’t participate in a comment section without childish name-calling of those whose opinions diverge from your own, then perhaps you should be the one to “get a life”

I loved reading every entry on this list, both the stuff I’ve read and the stuff I haven’t. These things always strike a good balance of “ooh, I remember that” and “boy, I need to get around to reading that”.

As always, I made grand plans and then didn’t get around to voting, but I’m glad to see both “Top 10″ and “New World Order” on here. Looking forward to the rest, and excited to see when/if some of my favorites like “Sleeper” and “Runaways” will place.

I love when these types of lists come out. It’ll be really interesting to see the differences in this one vs. the list from 4 years ago.

Nothing from my list yet. What I’ve read of these entries I’ve liked. Although I mainly liked New World Order for how badass Batman was in the last issue.

The feminine of ‘machismo’ is ‘machisma’.

@ jerzy:
apparently, I shot at his balls, but hit your mouth. be cool, man. peace.

2 for 10…y the last man and top 10 both on the bottom of my Top 10 list.

@manar

the 1976 refers to the date the series started….in this case, Spectacular Spider-man V1

All great stories I’ve read or heard about; I’m shocked and happy that Love and Rockets made the cut, but I’m wondering if there’s only a couple more storylines from Love and Rockets that will make the cut if we already have two in the bottom ten.

Death of Jean DeWolfe was one of the first Spider-man comics I ever read, and it’s still a powerful read, I also have to agree it might just be the best DD/Spidey team-up ever. Also, I love Morrison’s JLA and his opening arc is still a favorite of mine to reread. And thanks for pointing out Porter’s art Brian! Most people either overlook it or bash it, but I was a huge fan of his art after this run. It’s sad knowing that the reason he fell of the map was because of an accident, he could have done so much more if not for unfortunate circumstances, however he’s making a comeback on JL3000! I was going to follow that book because of Kevin Maguire (and it sucks that DC went and fired him…), but seeing Porter on a regular book again (and Justice League one to boot!) means I’ll be picking it up for sure.

Wish I would have voted, but I just couldn’t narrow my list down from a top 20. Still, I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of this list!

Wow, so low for such a consistently top 5 rated Spider-Man story (usually top 3?)

Makes me a little worried about what’s yet to come.

Nice to see 70s Batman making an appearance with the Ra’s Saga.

Korvak Saga seems lower than I’d expect too. Good story, probably my favourite of the Avenger stories I’ve read, lots of twists and turns, intrigue, and some neat ideas here and there.

I didn’t vote, but I’m so glad that The Death of Speedy made it to the list. I’d probably have put it in my top five storylines. (I have to say, the pages shown here are some of the most soap-operatic Jaime has ever made and not really representative of what I personally like best about the comic. For people interested in storytelling in comic books I highly recommend the album Flies on the Ceiling, which contains many short stories told skillfully in an interesting, condensed way. I’ve read a _lot_ of comics but the characters in Love & Rockets feel more real to me than any other characters in any other comic.)

I’m a huge fan of Love and Rockets, so I’m happy to see three storylines from the series make the list. I agree with most of these other choices, as well. Looking forward to seeing what comes next.

Man of Steel was on my list, too. It’s the definitive Superman origin story to me.

Love Jaime Hernandez, and very happy to see Love Bunglers on here. After loving these characters for so long, the story had me in tears. Really powerful.

List is off to a good start, both in terms of the voters showing good taste and the organizer delivering exceptional write-ups.

And another reminder to myself it’s really past time to finally read this “Love & Rockets” series.

I almost objected to the
99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999% number, but I decided you meant the percentage of mammals, not just humans. In which case you’re probably fine.

The only one I voted for on the list is the Death of Jean DeWolff. But I’m surprised to see it, Man of Steel, and Y: The Last Man’s first arc ranking so low.

Is there a way where we can see where the storyline ranked on the previous list?

For those who have never read Love and Rocks by Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez and are considering giving it a try, about a year ago I penned a blog post where I took a look back at L&R volume one. I think it offers a pretty good breakdown & summary of the series’ characters & themes, and how Los Bros’ work evolved through the years. I highly recommend it… Love and Rockets, that is, not my blog, although I do try my best to put together decent reviews there :)

http://benjaminherman.wordpress.com/2012/11/20/looking-back-at-love-and-rockets-series-one/

@Jay the previous master list is here

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2009/11/27/top-100-comic-book-storylines-master-list/

Jean Dewolff dropped from #53 to #95
Korvac Saga dropped from #70 to #98
Unmanned dropped from #76 to #97

Man of Steel didn’t make it onto the previous list.

The Crazed Spruce

November 6, 2013 at 9:11 pm

And while we’re at it….

Death of Speedy dropped from #87 to #100
First Tale of the Demon dropped from #90 to #99
Blood of Palomar stayed at #94 (but gained 8 points and a first-place vote)
Top 10 dropped from #84 to #93
New World Order dropped from #66 to #91

The Love Bunglers is also new to the list.

Not sure why the first Jaime Hernandez volume (Maggie the Mechanic) is out of stock at Amazon but it is listed at the Fantagraphics website for $14.95 and it would probably help out if anyone was going to buy it if they bought it from there, considering their current financial situation that has been widely reported over the last few days (with the news of their Kickstarter project.) You could also pick up the the first Gilbert Hernandez volume (Heartbreak Soup) as well. It is also $14.95.

I didn’t vote but those are my favorite things on this list. I also really liked Top 10. I didn’t like the JLA issues as much as everyone else did, but I cannot say they are bad or anything like that. I kinda like Y the Last Man but never finished the series. Maybe someday I’ll get back to reading the whole thing. I really like John Byrne during this time period, based on his X-Men work which I loved so someday I’ll have to read his Man of Steel, especially since Superman is my favorite DC comic. I can’t really say anything about the other stories due to lack of familiarity. I like a lot of the anatomy of the superheroes in the pages displayed though. I feel like a lot of the best artists of the 70s and 80s had that part down pat.

First, I love these lists and am always grateful that Brian does the thankless number crunching.

Second, this is a really nice mix of stories. There were some of the biggest superhero epics ever mixed in with B&W indies. Awesome.

From a personal standpoint, none of these made my list. I enjoy LOVE & ROCKETS, but I didn’t read consistently enough to get its story lines, It is good to see it recognized so frequently. The first Ra’s al Ghul story could hardly be more influential. Morrison’s arrival on JLA was arguably even a bigger shift. Byrne’s MAN OF STEEL was terrific.

Great stuff.

The only one of these that was on my list (although I am familiar with most of the stories and am certain all are worthy contenders) was First Tale of the Demon (or ‘The Saga of Ra’s al Ghul’ as I usually refer to it [that being the title it was first reprinted under]). I am a trifle concern by its drop from #90 to #99, which suggests that next year it might disappear altogether.

No way, Y: The Last Man had some fantastic moments…

A bad guy (girl) inspecting Ampersand’s diaper, trying to fnd a clue as to who this mysterious man is:
“Unless his name is Brown, we’re out of luck.”

@Martin, I’m proud to say that “The Death of Speedy” is in the list thanks to me: I am who vote for it in first place, so I gave it 10 points, so it could be in #100 of the Top!

I can see many lovers and haters of “Love & Rockets” here –it’s clear Hernandez Bros. leave no one feeling indifferent. To me, there’s no doubt they’re monsters of comic.

I’m so glad multiple Love & Rockets stories showed up in the Top 100. The Palomar hardcover (containing all Beto’s stories from L&R v1 that take place in the titular town or feature characters from there) is my favorite comic book collection.

For those who want to sample Jaime’s work, be warned: a lot of the first trade (Maggie the Mechanic) is Jaime still finding his feet. His work gets stronger from the second collection on. It’s good stuff. Maggie is one of the best developed characters in comics.

I liked Y: the Last Man, but it had its share of ups and downs. The first collection did its job and got me hooked.

You can’t go wrong with ’70s Neal Adams Batman. If nothing else, it always looked great.

JLA was the most exciting super-hero comic of its time. Morrison’ & Porter’s summer-blockbuster approach was exactly what I wanted, even if I didn’t know it until I saw it.

I find Man of Steel somewhat boring, but it’s preferable to what we’ve seen in DC lately.

“Death of Jean DeWolffe” is one of my favorite Spider-Man stories. Spidey is pushed to the brink in a way that didn’t feel forced, and it cemented the Spider-Man/ Daredevil friendship. I’m surprised it only ran for 4 issues.

The comparisons when the total list are out should be interesting. Roger Ebert would often point out how changes to some of the big Great Films list reflected the age of the critics or the availability of films on cable that hadn’t been seen a decade earlier.

The Crazed Spruce

November 7, 2013 at 11:13 am

@fraser: Personally, I’m waiting to see how a certain good-but-not-great movie and a few prequel miniseries affected the placement of one of the list’s perennial front-runners. But that’s just me….

…and so the debates begin! Seriously, I love these because I always get new books to try out. I read all of these previously but I have to read Demon and Speedy again. I haven’t in ages. Thx Brian and I look forward to 90-81.

I have read the JLA, Top 10 and Spider-Man stories.

I really dug the Death of Jean DeWolfe story, it was my first exposure to both Peter David and Dardevil.

Morrison’s JLA is a feat to behold. Such a fan of his epic run on the title.

Travis Stephens

November 8, 2013 at 4:25 am

Korvac Saga, Man of Steel, and New World Order are way too low. This generation of comic book fans needs to get over the fact that these storylines are very representative of the eras they were written in- the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

morrison’s jla is a great run, but new world order isn’t that good, don’t be fooled by nostalgia
rock of ages is way better and it’ surely will be in the top 60

The Most Honorable Reverend Colonel Joseph W. Rice

November 8, 2013 at 8:15 am

If this list gets more people to experience the joy of Love and Rockets, I can live with the indignity of so many dumb old superhero stories placing “above” them.

Nice start to the list!

I’ve read everything here except the three L&R stories. (I know, I know. I actually own the Locas giant hardcover, just haven’t gotten to it yet. Someday.) Nothing here that I voted for, but objectively everything feels deserving of the list.

New World Order made my vote in 08 but I dropped it off this time for stories that are a bit more complex and have deeper character work. I do still love it though, and Batman’s “Ready when you are” line to the villains is one of my al-time favorite comic moments.

Jean DeWolf & Top 10 are both stories I really love, but they didn’t quite make my shortlist of 25. But I did give my vote to three other Moore stories, so we’ll see if they show up. Watchmen is a given, but the others are iffy.

Y The Last Man is one of my favorite runs, but like Starman, Scalped, and Preacher, it’s the whole that really does it for me, less so any single storyline.

Korvac, Man of Steel, and the first Demon story are all comics I own and appreciate, but don’t really love. Nice to see them here though.

I’m not sure what looks more dated – Lois Lane’s outfit or Korvac’s short-shorts.

interesting things to note
these first 10 include more stories from Love and Rockets than from Marvel

100th place = 98 points, last time 100th place = 98 points (strange coincidence)

None on my list though the Death of Jean DeWolff was one of my runners-up. I particularly remembered how in each issue the final panel was black (containing the credits) …typically just after Sin-Eater shot someone -which I found an interesting dramatic effect for that story

..and I will add my voice to those saying that some of these are too low and should be placed “higher” as they are clearly better than some stories not yet announced so I have no idea what they are or how good they are….

100th place = 98 points, last time 100th place = 98 points (strange coincidence)

It is kind of odd that the uptick in votes didn’t really bump up the bottom end of the list, points-wise. The top end definitely saw point inflation, though.

Hot damn I love Top Ten! I think I ended up re-reading it the last time Brian did one of these lists!

“Top 10″ is one of those comics that can be re-read over and over. I mean, obviously any comic can be, but “T10″ is very easy to do so with. It’s not so much like a regularly-structured story with big twists and dramatic reveals. It has those, but it’s more of a procedural. Also, the humor, the multiple storylines going at all times, and just the amazing amount of detail packed into every panel (both writing- and art-wise). I’ve read it at least three times and noticed new stuff every time.

Well, this list is already off to an interesting start. Got my first one with New World Order. I think a lot of it had to do with the time and how the Justice League had been watered down at the time. This made it a grand event again. And I considered this Spiderman storyline, both for Spidey and for Peter David. But I just couldn’t fit it into the top 10. This was the hardest list ever.

The only issue I have with Bruce(Batman) fighting RAS is he has his cowl on. Why. Ras already knows your identity and your alone in the desert.

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