Geoff Johns, the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, has played a big part in molding the publisher's universe and many of its big characters. This week, we placed two of his massive events in the Favorite Comics Spotlight and, as always, a winner has been determined by the community. One option was FLASHPOINT, the big event that painted a picture of a horrific future and its developments changed the entire DC universe. The other option was SINESTRO CORPS WAR, the cosmic battle which raged across the universe as Thaal Sinestro took action against the Guardians. The Comic Vine crowd had all week to vote, and in the end, Flash's story just wasn't able to catch-up with SCW on the poll. The Green Lantern-focused epic is taking the victory with an impressive 66% of the votes.
Sinestro's war earned a hefty majority, but FLASHPOINT was still able to receive 28% of the votes. 7% confessed they haven't read either of these stories. While the alternate timeline story featuring Flash sought out to craft interesting new takes on characters, SINESTRO CORPS WAR was a staggeringly enjoyable blockbuster. Not only did it incorporate a tremendous cast of characters (aside from the obvious Green Ring and Yellow Ring slingers, there's the Anti-Monitor, Superboy Prime, Hank Henshaw, and more) but it played out in a way that kept a tight grip on your focus with every single issue and absolutely refused to let go. It spread across the universe, had ramifications, and was legitimately stellar as it delivered strong developments and some of the best fights you'll ever read (personal favorite is the grudge between Kilowog and Arkillo). While FLASHPOINT most certainly had its moments and is responsible for bringing one of the biggest changes to the DC universe (a change which has many of us divided, to say the least), it's beyond easy to understand why so many love and continue to re-read SINESTRO CORPS WAR. And if you're part of the 7% that hasn't read it, hopefully this has finally given you the motivation to check it out!
Viner Post of the Week for Sinestro Corps War is by sinestro_GL
"As a big Geoff Johns fan, myself, this contest only has one winner. Though Flashpoint was a mega-significant event that brought about the new 52, Sinestro Corps War wins this one as it is not only considered the pick of Johns' Green Lantern run, but ranks very, very highly in his larger body of work.
In all fairness, both stories contain examples of some of Johns' best writing, and I'm happy to have been able to experience both these arcs. Some particular highlights of Flashpoint include the nightmarish alternate reality, but what stuck with me most was how Johns wrote Barry - evoking many tear-filled moments - especially with the 'twist' ending, and the reason why Flashpoint happened in the first place. Additionally, who can forget Thomas Wayne, and what a great character he turned out to be? Those final scenes with a teary-eyed Bruce certainly will live long in the memories of comic fans.
However, as great as Flashpoint was, it didn't come without its controversy. The Sinestro Corps War, in comparison, was really an explosive arc - and that's a major understatement. Already from the first issue, we were left gasping for air following the formation of a Sinestro Corps, the return of the Anti-Monitor and the capture of Kyle. The chilling role played by Superboy-Prime was especially haunting, and how about the fate of Hank Henshaw? Overall, Sinestro Corps War just had so much going and was really fantastic right down to that incredible last issue."
Viner Post of the Week for Flashpoint is by The_Tree
"Flashpoint. It was a fun event in a wicked alternate universe, with cool new characters and interesting twists on old ones. I also really enjoyed the emotional mother-son, father-son moments between Barry and his mom and Bruce and his dad. Andy Kubert's art was monstrously good as well."
Last but most definitely not least, we've included a teaser for next week's match-up! It's just a small sample of the image that'll be used in Monday's new Favorite Comic Runs. Be the first Viner to get both covers correct and we'll be sure to give you some praise in Monday's article! Alright, ready? Go get your guesses on!
Be sure to check the homepage on Monday for a new Favorite Comic Runs! If you want to make suggestions for future matches, feel free to tell us below or reach out via Twitter. Have a good weekend, everyone!