Best Comic Book Scenarios: 48-45


Today we continue our countdown of your choices for the greatest comic book storylines of all time with # 48-45.

You have voted (more than 1,000 votes cast and one little a little more than the last time we did this countdown) and you all sent out ballots ranking your favorite storylines from # 1 (10 points) to # 10 (1 point). I added up all the points and we are there!

48. “Grand Guignol” by James Robinson and Peter Snejbjerg (with Paul Smith) (Starman # 62-73) – 219 points (5 votes for first place)

In the climax of James Robinson’s Starman series, Jack Knight returns from a trip to space to discover that his Opal City home is under siege by a collection of villains from Jack, apparently led by Shadow, who , although nominally a villain, had never acted quite like that. Robinson’s Starman wasn’t a rainbow and puppy type book, but there was also a general lack of the same dark, gritty style of storytelling that had become so prevalent in the comics of the time. When something bad happened, the people involved really thought about the gravity of the situation. You wouldn’t see things like destroyed buildings and that’s okay. So when Jack returned to see such devastation in his town it was like a slap in the face and Robinson and Snejbjerg handled it beautifully…

The epic story continued through a series of clever battles (The Shadow cut Opal City off from the rest of the world, so the city’s only heroes are those who were in the city at the time, including Jack , Elongated Man, Black Condor and Jack’s father, the Golden Age Starman) interspersed with flashbacks. There were a lot of twists and turns, of course, including revealing who REALLY was behind it all.

The story ended with a sad and dramatic sacrifice. It was one of those perfect mixes of character-driven action and drama that made Starman such a special comic book. Robinson’s collaborator in the Golden Age, Paul Smith, even got a chance to return to say goodbye to that era with Robinson with a flashback to Justice Society of America wives.

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47. “The Court of Owls” by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion (Batman # 1-11) – 225 points (3 votes for first place)

This story is about the revelation that there was a secret organization controlling Gotham City behind the scenes called the Court of the Owls. They collect and train agents known as “Heels” to do their dirty work. Naturally, they dispute that Bruce Wayne has such an influence on how Gotham City decides to kill Bruce Wayne. Obviously, Batman disputes this and soon finds himself trying to bring down the organization.

Greg Capullo is a magnificent action artist and Scott Snyder cleverly alternates between the mystery of the court and all the action sequences where Capullo’s pencils practically explode on the page. Take, for example, this sequence where Batman discovers one of the nests in the courtyard and they attempt to kill him …

such an action!

Wow, that’s a striking streak. I especially like how Snyder really nails Batman’s attitude in the face of these circumstances – analytical, calm under pressure and just, “Go on, I know it’s not a good situation, but I’m the fucking Batman. , I know exactly what to do here. “

After Court Chief Talon William Cobb nearly beats Batman to death (after forcing him to go through a glove that teaches Batman the history of the Court), Batman shocks Cobb and the Court itself. even managing to not only escape death, but beat Cobb almost to death. It lets the court know that Batman is way more great than they ever knew he was. They had worried about Bruce Wayne, but now they had to destroy Batman and show Gotham City that he was ruled by the Court. So that led to the Night of the Owls, where they activated all of their talons and sent them to assassinate just about every major figure in Gotham City. Batman had to call in all of his various Bat-related agents to save the day.

Batman then apparently toppled the Court for now, while also finding out that one of his members could in fact be BOUND to him!

It was the reintroduction of Batman in the New 52, ​​and Snyder’s intricate storylines and daring new characters quickly made him the centerpiece of the bat books.

46. ​​”Wolverine” by Chris Claremont, Frank Miller and Joe Rubinstein (Wolverine (1982) # 1-4) – 229 points (4 votes for first place)

When Marvel decided to expand their release approach by adding a miniseries as a standard release tool (rather than a very rare event), there was no doubt that Wolverine would be one of the characters to get one. of these new mini-series. However, it probably still brought people back to how GOOD the miniseries was. A lot of those series turned out to be pretty forgettable, but when you put top Marvel writer Chris Claremont with top Marvel artist Frank Miller, you had to get a comic. This series (with finishes by Joe Rubinstein, whose contribution to this series is often overlooked). This series takes Wolverine to Japan for an epic battle between Wolverine and the evil ninja Lord Shingen and the Hand (the evil ninja organization of Miller’s Daredevil).

Miller’s layouts are stunning and indelible, like this incredible two-page splash ….

We also meet the free spirit Yukio, who helps Wolverine in Japan. Ultimately, Wolverine manages to secure a sufficient position of honor that his Japanese girlfriend, Mariko, can agree to marry him. By the way, the front page of this miniseries debuted with the phrase “I’m the best at what I do”. So for that alone this series would be pretty memorable.

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45. “House of X” by Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, RB Silva and Marte Gracia (House of X # 1-6, Powers of X # 1-6) – 231 points (5 votes for first place)

A few years ago, Jonathan Hickman was given permission to completely overhaul the X-Men franchise with a pair of miniseries called House of X and Powers of X. As part of their commitment to Hickman’s new take, Marvel canceled all of their X-Men titles and only released the two Hickman books for three months, with House of X one week and Powers of X the following week. He worked with artists Pepe Larraz, RB Silva and Marte Gracia on both series.

The series reshaped the entire X-Men experience by creating their own nation and opening it up to representatives of other nations in exchange for a special drug that the X-Men developed from a Krakoa plant, but things take a strange turn with Ambassador Magneto …

The series has gone into the past and the future to show how decisions made today with the new fate of the X-Men will impact everything for generations to come. Hickman has always been one of the great planners of comic book history and this care was shown in the intricate plot in House of X / Powers of X, which led to a whole new relaunch of the X Universe. with the still current dawn of X.

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