Five of my favorite runs

14 Jan

It’s that time of year when people do top ten lists.  Because of this, I figured I would spend the next two blogs to tell about my favorite runs in comics.  There have been a lot of great runs in the twenty years I have been reading and then I have suffered through some runs do to a love of a character or previous love of the author.  But what follows are the best of the best to me.  

10 Classic Suicide Squad

This book actually came out before I began reading comics but it was such an interesting title that I went back and collected most of the series.  The book included B, C, and D list villains who were recruited by the government to solve problems.  It was “birthed” out of a fun crossover called Legends, one of my favorite crossovers ever.  Several characters died in the book and Deadshot and Rick Flag became two of my favorite characters ever.  Plus the early crossover with the JLI was too much fun.  

9 DNA Legion

I began reading comics right around the time the Legion rebooted.  Due to my love of sci-fi, I quickly began reading the adventures of the 30th century’s greatest heroes. After a while, the reboot began to fizzle but then suddenly Abnet and Lanning came on board and shook it all up with the dark “Legion of the Damned” and “Legion Lost” stories. They reminded me of what I loved about the Legion but also actually had consequences.  Characters died (seems to be a theme) and others eventually debuted.  Shikari became my second favorite reboot Legionnaire (nothing will take Gates’s place!).

8 Geoff Johns’s Flash

Mark Waid’s Flash had been one of my favorite runs of any book ever but had begun to fizzle (also a similar refrain).  When I heard he was leaving, I worried the new writer would drop the ball.  I then heard Geoff Johns (of then JSA fame) was coming in to the title.  This alleviated my fear a great deal.  His first two story lines were kind of slow but introduced several new police to Wally’s life.  They also slowly began to reintroduce the Rogues in a big way.  Over time, the Rogues became essential to the Flash in a way they had not been in years.  And his Zoom (Hunter Zolomon) is my favorite Flash villain.  

7 Kelly and Loeb’s Superman

I began reading comics with the death and return of Superman.  When the architects of that storyline left, I was worried I would be disappointed in Superman’s continuing adventures (twenty years too early to worry about that!). Instead, Loeb and Kelly began introducing new villains that breathed new life in a stagnant title.  They also added new concerns.  Would Lois and Clark break up?  No but as soon as that was settled, we find out Lois had been kidnapped and replaced.  When they found Lois, we hear Superman had been slipped a Kryptonite kiss (way before Trinity War!). And this continued thoughout their fun run.  

6 Gerard Jones’s Green Lantern

I have previously blogged of my love for this run in Green Lantern history.  But to recap: before he came along, the Green Lantern Corps had been destroyed.  Sinestro had died. Hal’s life had been in shambles.  And the Gaurdians and the power battery on Oa was gone.  And Jones brought it all back.  His run was so popular that the franchise grew to three regular titles and an auxillary title.  Sounds very similar Geoff Johns’s more recent run!

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