Top 10 Marvel Arcs from 2000-2010 (Inspired by Morpheus_'s list)


An "Arc" must be at least 3 issues long.

No Order.

If an entire Series is exemplary, I'll nominate the best Arcs of that Series, rather than just writing down the Series as a whole.

I haven't read Silver Surfer Reqiuem yet, so it wont be appearing on this list, purely due to ignorance on my part.

List items

19 Comments Refresh
Posted by InnerVenom123

Great list! :)

Posted by Morpheus_
Badass list. I'm rather surprised at # 1, to be honest. I was expecting a New X-Men storyarc but I did not anticipate you'd pick Planet X. It ended up being a tad too metatextual to be as effective as it should, for my taste, even though I love the series as a whole. But I love nearly everything else here.
Posted by FadeToBlackBolt
@InnerVenom123: Thanks ^_^
Last Temptation of Eddie Brock was too short to make it on the list, so don't lynch me haha

It was an incredibly tough call on which arc to pick, but I had to go with Planet X, purely because I spend so much time talking about it. Honestly though, you could interchange any of the New X-Men arcs.

It's funny though, despite all my complaining about Modern Marvel, it was really hard to trim this down to 10.
Posted by Mercy_


"One word. Fingernails" 

Effing love that!
Posted by FadeToBlackBolt
@The Dark Huntress: Thank you ^_^

Probably my favourite moment in the entire Ultimate Universe.
Posted by CombatSpoon86

That's a good list, there are so many more out there but I like this alot. I definitely like the welcome back Frank one alot. I'm so spoiled with Miller's Daredevil there isn't much competition to it but Bendis/Maleev run has to be the 2nd best daredevil run

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

awesome. i've read only a few of these but seeing Pete smack Kingpin around like a bitch made monumentally happy.....if only he had saved some of that for Norman Osborn.  
Gifted was cool to though i wanted to rach into the comic and smack Emma a couple of times. 
i read a little bit of the original ultimates and all of ultimates 2 and while the story was pretty epic im not very fond of any of the ultimate versions of the characters.
Posted by FadeToBlackBolt
Ugh, I hate Osborn so much. Him not being murdered at the end of Dark Reign was just a weak effort by Marvel. 
I love Emma (providing Fraction isn't writing her), so I didn't have that reaction :)
I prefer Ultimate Iron Man to 616 Iron Man, and Thor, Cap and Wasp are good too (though not as good as their 616 counterparts). Hawkeye was just as good as his 616 version, maybe a little better, imo.
Ultimate Hank is obviously a terrible character. 
This is all based solely on Ult Avengers 1 and 2 mind you, Loeb ruined all of these characters beyond repair.
Posted by Cervantes

Very comprehensive! I'll have to check out Books of Doom...
Posted by jrock85

You should do one for DC.

Posted by FadeToBlackBolt
@jrock85: Good idea, I mainly did this to remind myself of why I love Marvel during their current slump, but now that DC is doing the reboot, it would be a good move to do one for them too =] 
Posted by ReVamp


Posted by RainEffect

Would you recommend Annihilation over The Thanos Imperative? I want to get into the cosmic side of Marvel, and I've been told I should read TI - but the fact that Annihilation sits so high on your list is appealing.

Posted by FadeToBlackBolt
@RainEffect: 100 million times over. Annihilation is way better than the stuff DnA wrote.
Posted by X35

Pffft. not even gonna update it with the page I made for you for The Widow. :(

Posted by FadeToBlackBolt
@X35: Fiiiiiiiiiine, sorry =P
Posted by Squalleon

Exceptionally good!
I really like that you put Back in Black in there,It's a great story and for those who say Spiderman isn't dark, they don't understand how much suffering has Peter endured to this point,it was his lore that gave birth to this story not any writer or artist.

Edited by FadeToBlackBolt

@squalleon: Yep, agreed. Peter's not a dark character, but he is a perfect character to illustrate what happens when a good man is pushed too far.

Like that Doctor Who quote "demons run when a good man goes to war"

Posted by Squalleon