Top Five Runs

17 Jan

Yesterday I blogged about five runs in comics that I think are some of the best.  What follows is my five favorite runs in comic history.

5 J. M. Demattias’s Dr. Fate

Dr. Fate is one character I have always thought looked great.  It is such an elegant costume.  The backstory is neat but unfortunately I never really cared for the Fate minis or series that have come out since I began reading comics.  And then, this summer, at a convention I found Demattais’s classic run on the character.  It is a crazy series that is much deeper than your typical comic. It deals with the nature of reality, love, and God. Although I might not always agree with the theology, I can’t argue that it is a much more intelligent and thought provoking read than most comics.

4) Karl Kesel’s Superboy

As I previously said, I began reading comics with the death of Superman.  Karl Kesel wrote about a clone of Superman named Superboy and soon began writing a Superboy book.  The book had a high level of fun and great art for most of Kesel’s run.  To make it better, Karl also introduced me to much of Kirby’s DC work in the title.  I definitely recommend this book!

3) Geoff Johns’s Green Lantern

My favorite character in comics has always been Green Lantern. Geoff Johns’s run on the book is easily my favorite run on anything in the last fifteen years. Bringing Hal back from Emerald Twilight was a huge success. But the book continued getting better building to the Sinestro Corps War and then my personal favorite story in fifteen years, Blackest Night. It’s high octane and one crazy idea after another.

2) 5YL Legion

The 5 Years Later Legion is one of those runs that people love or hate. It is easy to see why if you have ever read. Beloved characters were irrevocably changed or killed. And that is before the series even began, as background for the title. Then, due to unforeseen problems with post-crisis continuity, the book had to go through several timeline changes. But if you can accept that, it is a rare chance to read a book where things REALLY change and characters REALLY died. It’s a chance to see a team slowly come together and rebuild. The 5YL Legion may not be the easiest read but is an unbelievable ride.

1) JLI

And the only book I would rate higher than that is Giffen’s other 80s and 90s era masterpiece. And like the Legion, the JLI is another book which relied heavily on collaboration (with Demattais and Maguire) and also involves the rebuilding of a classic team. Unlike the Legion though, the fun in the JLI is that most of the characters in this version of the Justice League were new characters to the franchise.  In fact, some like Blue Beetle and Captain Atom were fairly new to DC, having been introduced to the DCU through the Crisis.  It also featured new characters in general  like Rocket Red and Booster Gold. But the beauty of the international league is found in the characterization of the members of the league.  They acted like real people.  Jokes are aplenty; flirtation is essential.  Fights happen.  Life is what it is all about.  And although the book is most famous for the humor, serious story lines like the Despero saga and the Extremists were some of the best books I have ever read.  Seriously, give it a shot.  


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