Saturday, April 12, 2008

The 55-51 Greatest comic runs PART 9 - As per the readers of

First I'd like to thank everyone at the CBR especially Brian Cronin for getting all the votes and putting the list together. and to everyone that voted, thanks.

Props given, lets see what they came up with:

55. Roger Stern and John Romita Jr.’s Amazing Spider-Man – 170 points (4 first place votes)

Amazing Spider-Man #224-227, 229-252

- A lot of classic adventure stories.

- Great John Romita Jr. artwork

- Character-driven comics, as well as action-packed

- The classic Juggernaut vs. Spider-Man story, which Burgas recently wrote about

- The introduction of the Hobgoblin, who was one of the coolest Spider-Man villains ever, at the time (he’s since been basically ruined)

- The mystery of who was the Hobgoblin was great.

- The Boy Who Collected Spider-Man - almost ‘Nuff Said, right there.

53. Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern – 174 points (1 first place vote)

Green Lantern: Rebirth #1-6, Green Lantern #1-current (#29)

- Brought back Hal Jordan as Green Lantern

- Brought back Guy Gardner as Green Lantern

- Brought back John Stewart as Green Lantern

- Brought back Hal Jordan as a test pilot again

- Brought back Coast City

- Brought back the Green Lantern Corps, period.

- Wrote a bunch of nice adventure stories.

- Wrote one of the better recent crossovers, the sprawling Sinestro Corps War, where Sinestro forms his own Corps of yellow-ringed bad guys who all inspire fear.

53. Mike Baron and Steve Rude’s Nexus – 174 points (4 first place votes)

Nexus #1-current (#101, I believe)

- Stunning Steve Rude artwork.

- Nice morality questions, as Nexus (who is forced to hunt down mass murderers and execute them) often questions his purpose

- Great action sequences, as Nexus is often, despite his clever premise, just a straightforward action book - hunt down the bad guys and kill them.

- A LOT of nice social and political satire by writer Mike Baron

- An engaging array of supporting characters

- An in-depth new futuristic society, well-researched and well-executed by Baron and Rude.

- Lasting power, as Nexus has been around for over 25 years, and numerous comic book companies - now Rude and Baron make it themselves.

- Great Rude artwork (its so good, I have to mention it twice)

52. Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All Star Superman– 176 points (3 first place votes)

#1-current (#10)

- Amazing Quitely artwork.

- Great stories with a Silver Age bent to them.

- Almost each issue is a done-in-one story, while all being part of a 12-issue-arc.

- Nice character moments, but also large otherworldly moments

51. Mike Mignola’s Hellboy – 179 points (2 first place votes)

Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1-4 in 1995, then lots of mini-series ever since then.

- For most of the run, great Mignola artwork.

- An impressive lead character, who had enough depth to hang a number of bizarre stories on, as the idea of a demon working for the good of humanity is a great hook.

- An impressive array of folklore shows up in the comic run

- An equally impressive influence of great literature is clearly present in Mignola’s work.

- A group of supporting characters in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD) who are so good that THEY have supported their OWN classic run of comics (which almost made the Top 100! Okay, not almost, but still!).

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