Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome to the first edition of the Best of the month in the year 2013!
What is this?
This is one edition of Comic Vine's Best of the Month Poll, which is a poll designed for the CV community voice their oppions on what what are the best issues and comics of a certain month.
Each vote placing is worth different points (1st place = 3pts, 2nd place = 2pts, 3rd place = 1 pt) and the highest 5 of each category will be declared The Best of The Month!
Best Cover Artwork
1st Batgirl #25
2nd Darkwing Duck #19
3rd Snarked #13
Favorite Male Hero
1st Alfred Pennyworth - Batman's Butler #1
2nd DW - Darkwing Duck #19
Reminder: Voting is ONLY for comics in THIS month (meaning FEB 2013)
Voting Ends: March 7th (exact time will be specified closer to date)
At any time until March 7th, you may edit your vote. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! :)
Best Interior Artwork
Best Cover Artwork
Favorite Marvel Comic
Favorite DC Comic
Favorite Indie Comic
Most Underrated Comic
Favorite Male Hero
Favorite Female Hero
Favorite Male Villain
Favorite Female Villain
Wild Card:Best Comic which reminds you why you read comics!
-Note: this category changes every month and will be decided by the nominators of last month’s Wild Card winner. This month's category brought to you by JairamGanpat, broo1232, namtabmi, usabfb, RawrImADragon, cyberchop979, MadeinBangladesh, and ckuakini.
We've done Top 100 Batman Stories and more recently we did Top 100 Superman Stories , so by the order of appearances according to our wiki is Spider-man! This list will be a community project list (hosted by myself) which collects and later organizes 100+ stories (story arcs, Mini series and individual issues) staring Spider-man and his legion of supporting characters including but not limited to MJ, Aunt May, Norman Osborn, Black Cat, Venom, JJJ, Doc Ock and etc.
What does a nominator do?
they pick 5 stories (see definition of stories above) and writes 3+ sentences reasons why the story should be included in the list (ask if you need an example)
We currently have 21 nominators ( 0 nominator slots left!)
Can't be a nominator or didn't get the chance to? Don't worry! You'll still have the chance to participate in the COMMUNITY NOMINATIONS step (where you can nominate stories which our nominators miss or Cosign/add you name in support of existing stories!
With Superman's 75th Birthday coming up in June and the Man of Steel also coming in june (plus Scott Synder's Superman title also coming up), what better year than 2013 to create a top 100 list of Superman's Best stories (plus the stories of his family, friends and, of course, enemies)?
Similar to Comic Vine's Top 100 Batman Universe Stories, this list collects issues, story arcs, mini series and other stories staring the Man of Steel and related characters (like Supergirl, Powergirl, Superboy, the Justice League, Lois Lane, Steel, Lex Luthor and all that gang).
I would like to thank all the nominators who worked a lot to bring you this list (they were perhaps the quickest group of nominators we have ever had!). In addition, I would like to give a special to Squalleon (for all his help. Wouldn't have run smoothly without him), etragedy (for his extra help including writing reasons) and everyone who made this a reality! And finally, a great big thank you to Primmaster64 for suggesting this list and Sandman_ for keeping the idea alive.
Then, the community nominated 46 additional Stories to make a total of 146 stories. The community also had the chance to co-sign (in other words add a single point to their favorites). We had 37 Co-signers including:
All-Star Superman is well known for its mostly talented writer Grant Morrison. Here, Grant proves just how great he can really be, by delivering an epic story that will make sure to keep you intrigued at all times. Superman learns that an intelligent enemy can prove to be a greater threat than a super-powered one. By the end of this mini-series, you'll be wishing it weren't mini. - tomlikesfries
Although not completely a Superman story,Kingdom Come defined the character in the 90s.The interaction between old Superman and the new generation of super heroes his fight with Captain Marvel his never bending ideals made this book a classic .By Mark Waid and Alex Ross. - Squalleon
Superman Annual #11: In this story entitled "For the Man Who has Everything", we are introduced to a Man of Steel put through one of his greatest trials by succumbing to a vegetative state under curse of the Black Mercy administered by Mongul. A classic tale deemed even by Wizard Comics to be one of the best stand-alone issues of all time, this issue of Superman Annual was also written by the unbeatable writer/artist combo of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons of Watchmen fame. A true fan favorite for any Superman reader, this issue definitely has its place among the Man of Steel's greatest stories. -- RedheadedAtrocitus
What if? What if Superman's rocket had landed in Soviet Russia and he had to fight an unending battle for Stalin? Of course such a great story could have only been written by the talented Mark Millar. Throughout the book, we see Superman fighting for the same desire as the regular Kal-El. Superman: Red Son is a must read tale for any Superman fans. - tomlikesfries
Brought on by the legendary Alan Moore, this is the tale of the final days of Pre-Crisis Superman and how he was able to deal with his problems after the Crisis. Watch as he gives it his all battle ling Mr. Mxyzptlk and sacrificing everything for his love ones in this imaginary tale. --Sandman_
It is obvious why this story arc should be among Superman's greatest stories of all time. Fans were introduced to a great force of nature that appeared nigh unstoppable in facing the immovable object. And from this encounter we had not only a shattered second rate Justice League but we as fans discovered that even a Superman can be killed. Without a doubt this was one of Superman's greatest challenges and thus belongs here. -- RedheadedAtrocitus
Superman is about to meet one of this greatest foes of all time... for the first time? Here, Kal-El must defeat Brainiac, the collector, and even if he manages to win in this breath-taking battle, Clark shall face a great loss. A must read story for any fans of the Man of Steel. - tomlikesfries
Superman : For All Seasons is a story of the early years of Clark Kent as Superman.Seen from the eyes of those closest(friends and enemies) to him on both sides of his life.By Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. - Squalleon
Action Comics #1: This stand-alone issue was where it all started for Kal-El in comics. Not only was it the first appearance of Superman, but introduced readers to the superhero genre in comic books as we know it. Now while the issue didn't deal exclusively with Superman per se, it is still an essential issue of the Man of Steel that is timelessly popular as it is vibrant. -- RedheadedAtrocitus
Though not a direct Superman story, it still contains in part of the overall tale one of the most important tales regarding Superman: the death of the Golden Age Superman. Kal-L, largely based on the original Superman that appeared in the very first action comics, meets his tragic end at the hands of the now villainous Superboy-Prime. The death of Kal-L marked the final end of an era, as the Golden Age Superman gave it all to save the universe one last time. --Delphic
Action Comics #1-8: The new origin of Superman in the New 52. Written by Grant Morrison himself. Tells the story of how Superman was on his early days fighting criminals and corrupt politicians, while learning the truth about the place he was born. -- Sandman_
Action Comics #775: A new team of superheroes emerges ready to take lethal actions.As the popularity of the team increases,Superman wonders if the world has outdated him.Superman is conficted and starts to think that maybe the world moved on and he fights a lost cause! - Squalleon
#1-6: It goes without saying almost why this six-issue miniseries belongs among the top Superman stories ever told. Following Crisis on Infinite Earths and the rebooting of reality in a singular universe, it was decided that a story was needed to make Superman relevant to the modern age, and this series is the definitive work that made the Man of Steel once again relevant to contemporary readers while paying homage to readers of old who had held Superman near and dear to their hearts. Required reading for any Superman fan or someone intrigued by the Man of Tomorrow. -- RedheadedAtrocitus
#1-5: An incredibly written work that delves into the twisted psyche of criminal mastermind and archnemesis of Superman, Lex Luthor. We see just how far Lex is willing to go to achieve a world without Superman. Not only is it a story about one of the greatest villains in the DC Universe, but it's a story about hope, sacrifice, and humanity. --The_ Tree
Superman #247: Before there was Watchmen or The Dark Knight, this story in Superman #247 set the stage for stories questioning the long term impact of superheroes on society. Yes, super beings may be good on the micro level, but do their acts on a macro level really benefit mankind in the long run? An amazing story that began a paradigm shift in the way writers thought about Superman (and thus the way the character thinks and behaves). -- etragedy
It's an entire Superman story arc with Joker as the most powerfull being of the universe!! Joker tricks Mxyzptlk into taking his powers!The world is going mad and Superman is the villian!A great story that shows how brains beat brawns sometimes even when the brawns can change the universe to their will! --Squalleon
This was a controversial story and worth noting in part because of that. We get a pretty badass Superman from Brian Azzarello and that is what irked some people; the characterization of Superman. What I liked about it though was that it was a story that took Superman out of his comfort zone, where all of his friends were gone, and he had to resort to desperate measures to get them back, making choices he wouldn't otherwise make. It's a story that asked the question, how far would Superman go for tomorrow? Plus it is the first time Jim Lee worked on teh character, and the art is fantastic. It also has arguably one of General Zod's best appearances. -- Icon
Despite the crossover not being over, it is still an important crossover in the new 52. It is the event bringing the current Superman universe/family together in one event. Also it introduces us to another kryptonian: H'el. -- joeagentofhand1
#1-6: The story of the legendary Man of Steel is retold in a homage to the Christopher Reeve style, more innocent take on Superman; it is also worth noting this was also the canon origin of Superman up until the events of the New 52. This establishes his upbringing as well as his connection to the legion of super heroes, and even the beginning of an ever so bitter rivalry with the devious Lex Luthor. This is a story that can make you really grow to admire the boyish charm of Clark as well as the heroic modesty of the man of tomorrow himself- Superman. Secret Origin is my number one Superman story of all time. -- GunGunW
Final Crisis is a universe sprawling, mind bending adventure through the multiverse. As Darkseid brings about the end of all existence, Superman is the only man capable enough to stop him. With the highest stakes ever, Superman goes to great lengths to save Lois and the whole of existence from the ultimate evil. -- The_ Tree
In the Last Son, Geoff Johns delivers a bit of everything, as we see action, drama and decent piece of dialogue throughout its issues. General Zod's son manages to get away from the Phantom Zone and his abusive father. In this epic tale, Superman must protect the apparent last son of Krypton from the many prisoners of the Phantom Zone. In order to do so, he will have to fight aside some of his greatest enemies. - tomlikesfries
I think JMS did a great job with volumes one and two of this series at introducing a young, modern Superman for today's generation. The characterization is really strong and relatable, and all of the iconic and essential story-beats are there but presented in a fresh way. Also, the art by Shane Davis is excellent. -- Icon
Aka: Public Enemies (superman/Batman #1-6): This is the first story arc of the Superman/Batman series. I find this a return of the World's Finest. It had a great story and who does not love seeing super heroes battle superheroes? -- joeagentofhand1
Adventures of Superman #505: Ignoring the flat out cheesiness of the 90's as well Clark's excruciatingly bad hair cut, this issue brings much joy to my heart. After the turmoil of the Doomsday crisis, this is the issue where the man of steel himself finally returns to be the hero he once was. It was great finally getting to see Superman back in action after all that had happened, even if he was only at a fraction of his power... and had a bad hair cut. This is an inspiring issue that could bring tears to the eyes of those who miss their favorite hero. -- GunGunW
In the Unauthorized Biography, a journalist investigates the past of Lex Luthor, how he became this cruel and manipulative businessman, and tries to find a publisher for his revealing story. Soon he's under the radar of Luthor himself and ask the only person he can still trust, Clark Kent, for help. Though this story is not considered to be canon (anymore), it is still a great crime noir story. -- DonFelipe
This was the last story before the reboot and focuses on the whole super family trying to stop a group of doomsdays from destroying everything this story also has art done the awesome kenneth rocafort. --Z3RO180
While not a Superman, it does contain two superman related villains: Superboy Prime and Cyborg Superman. Due to this story arc we got two one shots(one for each) on these Superman rogues. This story arc probably contains one of the saddest Hank Henshaw moments in all of comics. - joeagentofhand1
I know what you're thinking. That's a Batman story! Well, true enough, but Superman also appears; and no other story better crystallizes the differences between Batman and Superman's approach to fighting crime. -- etragedy
#1-3: The big 3 in a world before the Justice League and any other superheroes. It's not the strongest of all stories but it's a nice characterization of the 3 and their view of each other with pleasant art. -- DonFelipe
Superman #141: In this classic story Superman finds a way to travel back in time lands on his own planet Krypton. Meeting his own parents and falling in love with the actress Lyla Lerrol. Superman was comfortable with his life there and was willing to die there when the planet would reach its end. Unfortunatly, fate has other plans. -- Sandman_
The life and times of Clark Kent, no not the Clark Kent we know and love, but another guy by the same name. Clark lives in the real world and is teased due to the unfortunate naming by his parents. One day, he discovers that he has the abilities of the Man of Steel, but the name Clark Kent doesn't give you powers, does it? -- The_ Tree
Written by Paul Dini with art by Alex Ross, this Superman story dealt with Superman trying to fight a battle that has never been fought previously on his part: ending world hunger. As it is a daunting task, he learns that even if he may posses the powers of a god, missions on this scale are just too much, even for him. This beautifully written story also contains a little nugget of wisdom by Pa Kent himself: "Not every seed will make it... But they should all have a chance to grow." --Gambit1024
Geoff Johns, writer of Superman: Secret Origin as well as Brad Meltzer wrote this cross over of both the Justice League of as well as another superbly famous team in DC history, the Justice Society of . It is split up into four parts, including Lightning Lad, Dreams of Fire, Suicide, and Three Worlds. Including a fantastic cover art by the very talented Alex Ross, this is a story that does not disappoint... Especially the romance... -- GunGunW
I chose Superman: new krypton because it shows what superman would do if kandor was actually restored to full size and presents supes with the question " kryptonian or human" and superman has to find a way to deal with the warmongering kryptonians and the skeptical humans who dont like the idea of thousands of supermen flying around their planet. This was a really good story that shows how great of a writer Geoff Johns is and later James Robinson who finishes the story off. -- Eternal19
1976 will go down in history as the year when it finally happened - DC Comics and Marvel Comics had joined forces to give us the most mouth-watering features of all time: Superman vs. Spider-Man. In one single issue, readers were treated to the sight of two of the comic world's most popular characters standing side-by-side, battling not only each other, but the joint forces of Doctor Octopus and Lex Luthor. Though this story may comic book (a generously oversized issue) not necessarily be remembered for it's story, it is more significantly remembered for the teaming up of the flagship characters of DC and Marvel. -- sinestro_GL
Watch as Superman and his friends from the Legion battle it out with the fascist forces of this new Earth that doesn't allow any one species that isn't the human race! You will learn that no matter where you come from or how you look like, Superman will always defend those in need. -- Sandman_
Action Comics #890-900, Action Comics Annual #13 and Secret Six #29: In this extra-long thrilling tale, Paul Cornell presents the comeback of Superman's greatest foe: Lex Luthor, now more powerful than ever in the aftermath of The Blackest Night. Fasten your seat belts and be ready for an epic story with non-stop action and fitting artwork. Not to mention the multiple characters that make an appearance. The Black Ring is a story that must not be missed by any Superman comic book fans. - tomlikesfries
For the first time in its history, the city of Metropolis is ravaged by a terrible earthquake. Following the rescue efforts, Superman discovers that it was a man-made disaster caused by Luthor, a “Mad Scientist who plots to dominate the Earth!" This first appearance of Luthor (the “Lex” would be added later), features a number of firsts. Not only is it the first meeting of Superman and Luthor, it’s also the first time the Daily Star is known as the Daily Planet. More than a standard mad science type, the competitive nature of Luthor is established in this early story when he challenges Superman to a contest pitting his scientific genius against Superman's super-human abilities. For the first time, Superman's powers are nearly pushed to the limit. The art is among the best of the non-Shuster pre-war issues. Luthor of course becomes Superman's second recurring nemesis (after the Ultra-Humanite) – and the plot to use earthquakes of course influenced the fist Superman movie. -- etragedy
Superman/Batman #44-49: In this storyline we are introduced to the world's finest teamup of Superman and Batman on a mission to rid Earth of kryptonite forever. I believe this story belongs in the top hundred because of how it once again reminds us how very vulnerable the Man of Steel is over a simple radioactive piece of his homeworld. On the other hand, it doesn't help that we are introduced to a variation of Doomsday that threw us all for a curve when we first read this story. A true classic for any Superman fan!
This is the ultimate story of pre-crisis Superman! Denny O'Neil crafts a story of a depowered silver age Superman still strong enough to eat Kryptonite :-P! This is clearly a story that any superman fan can enjoy,the story is weird and quirky and if you don't have a problem with 70s storytelling i would recommend to buy this volume! By Denny O'Neil, Murphy Anderson and Curt Swan! -- Squalleon
Superman #712: After Superboy's death in Infinite Crisis, his friends and allies were devastated. Each of them mourned him differently, but this issue specifically dealt with Krypto's perspective on the matter. In this touching story which is almost entirely made up of artwork, Krypto flies throughout the world, reminiscing on the memories of his beloved Conner Kent. A fantastic and heartwarming issue, this one is certainly one that shouldn't be overlooked. -- Gambit1,024
Adventure Comics #285-299: Despite his tragic and Frankenstein-esque origin, Bizarro #1 quickly became a fan favorite comic relief character throughout the Silver Age, using an imperfect duplicate ray stolen from Lex Luthor to make the twisted world of Htrae, or Bizarro World. In a compilation of madcap stories featuring a cast of Bizarro-doppelgangers of Superman and his supporting cast, "Tales of the Bizarro World" manage to make the Silver Age even stranger than anyone thought it could be. Anyone who enjoys campy humor and trippy characters and concepts would love this read. -- Dracade102
This 1 year later story has Superman powerless and focusing on his journalistic skills to save Metropolis while Luthor is bankrupt in the aftermath of Infinite Crisis and 52. If it wasn't obvious by now, I do love "What if..." stories or any story that takes a different approach. This is more of a Clark Kent than Superman story and about being a hero... even without superpowers! Love it! -- DonFelipe
One of the best events of all time, and a good Superman story since it is all about the return of the original Superman (Superman Prime) to the universe after centuries of ceclusion to the sun! The JLA of the past meets the JLA of the future for an epic battle against the living sun Solaris! -- Squalleon
Following the events of "New Krypton", Superman faces entirely new challenges on New Krypton... Some he would've never before anticipated. The entire concept of "New Krypton" alone being fascinating enough, now Superman must deal with General Zod, as a legitimate military leader -- and the ethics of the society of his once lost home world. This story arc makes Superman the hero in a perspective that's rarely been seen with him before; on an equal playing field with the entire world around him. -- Dracade102
"To save the woman he loves, the greatest hero of all time becomes the pawn of ultra-dimensional forces when a wounded emissary from a world of doomed super gods comes to Earth on the eve of the Final Crisis! Superman Beyond features Supermans from parallel earths and 3D comic format which makes it quite unique and enjoyable " -- DC Comics
Superman Adventures #25: Some of the very good DC-series have been the ones based on the Warner Bros-animated series. This series is one of them, and this issue is one of the series highlights. The premise is this. Bruce Wayne/Batman has been taken captive by the Mad hatter , who he`s gonna kill, and he wont let him go if he doesn`t get Supermans infamous cape! It`s up to Superman and Batgirl (and Nightwing, to a lesser extent) to defeat him. But unlike you might think (`cause, for the damnedest reason, Mad Hatter`s not as celebrated a character by readers as, say, Two-face), Hatter doesn`t go down easily. Partly, because Supes doesn`t operate as well in Gotha m city, as he does in Metropolis. Also, Batgirl doesn`t get along with Supes that well. For some reason. This creates drama. Eventually, of course, Supes gets the hang of it, and Hatter`s won. Quite originally too. It`s 22 pages of jam packed, well done story. Whats more, this is a kid friendly comic written by, believe it or not...Mark Millar. -- kfhrfdu_89_76k
Superman #165: For many people Christopher Reeve WAS Superman. There have been a lot of other actors who have portrayed him, before and since, but for most of the public Reeve was Superman. He was so typecast in this role that it's hard to think of him in any other role - and no actor has been as convincing in the role since. But then the man who in our public conscience was the Man of Steel - was thrown from a horse and ended up paralyzed. How should we feel about this? How would Superman want us to feel about it? Fortunately the answers to all life's problems have already been given in comic books. Such as this issue where Superman is thrown from a horse. And ends up paralyzed. -- etragedy
The Wedding of Lois Lane and Superman, there are few more notable events in the life of Superman than this. In one over sized special, written by five different writers and several artists, we see the entire event starting from the engagement, through the bachelorette party, and up to the final "I do's" and the kiss sealing the deal. It was an event that several fan's had been waiting for, and after several decades their patience was rewarded as the Super-Couple finally tied the knot. -- Delphic
Action Comics #484: The wedding of Clark and Lois! In this 40th Anniversary issue, Colonel Future and his C-F Gang recruit The Wizard to perform the greatest disappearing act he's ever done - making Superman disappear. While that has the intended effect for them - a world they can loot (nearly) unopposed, it has another unintended effect for Clark Kent. Free of his obligations as Superman, he can and does marry the woman he's always loved, Lois Lane. Artist Curt Swan imitates his own early art style in this Golden Age homage. -- etragedy
Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #106: Another one where the focus is not on Superman. In order to do a story on Metropolis' black community, Lois Lane has Superman use Dahr-Nel's Plastimold Machine in the Fortress of Solitude to transform her into a black woman. One of the things that makes this issue so great is the final page which contains no dialog whatsoever, but delivers the great sense of hope in the brotherhood of mankind that lies at the heart of the Superman series'. -- etragedy
One can argue there's too much action and too many characters involved on less than 100 pages. It's definitely not easy to keep track with all the action. However, it's a story about the Superman family protecting their adopted home, as they choose to defend Earth and fight against their own people, the Kryptonians led by General Zod. This 4-part mini-series is the conclusion to the New Krypton arc and comes with brilliant artwork and a great message (Lois' memo) at the very end; excerpt: 'Someday I hope humankind will be more receptive to change, to living as a "melting pot" of people and cultures. To set aside suspicions and live together peacefully. [...] Sometimes that seems to be an impossible goal.' -- DonFelipe
Action Comics (2011) #13: The New 52 has been filled with some surprises, but this issue's was by far the most appreciated. Written by Grant Morrison, this Superman story features Superman getting pulled into the Phantom Zone, and with the help of Phantom Stranger, he must get himself out of there before he gets trapped forever. The reason why this particular story is important is because Krypto, Superman's dog, makes a stunning comeback into this new continuity, and saves Kal-El from the perils of the Phantom Zone. It was also revealed in this issue that Krypto, even when he was in the Phantom Zone, was always watching over Clark Kent: from the second his rocket shot from the dying Krypton, to his current days as the Man of Steel. It was a touching comeback and excellent surprise, and it should absolutely be on this "best of" list. -- Gambit1,024
Superman/Batman #14-18: Although non-canon, the story was a vivid reminder of why we all love the Man of Steel-his courage, honor, and dedication to doing the right thing. And in this story, you'll see those core values be challenged, and how he deals with it, will forever change how we all view the world's most iconic superhero! -- xxxddd
Kal-El's rocket ship lands outside of Gotham and is discovered by Thomas and Martha Wayne who take him in and raise him as their own. When they're gunned down that fateful night in crime alley, "Bruce's" heat vision powers are triggered for the first time and he incinerates the mugger, but not in time to save his family. Years later he takes to the streets and fights crime as a super powered Batman. Coincidentally, Lex Luthor becomes a version of the Joker in this book. -- Onemoreposter
Bizarro being one Superman's most colorful foes, it was a pleasant surprise to see him get a modern story arc to himself. Richard Donner himself being one of the writers in this arc makes this story even better as a part of Superman's mythos. Eric Powell being the artist of this whole arc makes it even greater to read. The story itself really highlighted many unique characteristics in Superman's personality, while fitting him in a bizarre and comically twisted world where no one can make sense of his heroics or rationality. Not only is it a good Superman story, it's also a great Bizarro story; making him to be much more than just a comic relief villain with a warped sense of logic. It's an all around fun story and I'd recommend it to any Superman fan, especially those who enjoyed the Richard Donner films. -- Dracade102
SUPERMAN/BATMAN #53-56: Ever wondered what would happen if Batman suddenly gained the powers of Superman? What would he do with them? Well, in Finest Worlds, exactly that happens. Superman must learn to live with only basic human abilities and lead a normal life where as Batman gains all the powers, and weaknesses, of his solar powered counter part. Such an interesting concept makes this a worthy nomination. -- GunGunW
The Man of Steel has returned to Metropolis and must battle to rout Intergang out of Metropolis! He also faces trouble with Lois, looming problems involving Lana Lang, and a dangerous new discovery in Kazakhstan! - DC Comics
Superman has been trapped in a alternative Bottle City of Kandor, with no memory of how he got there. Now he has a new wife and a new life. Could he ever find a way back to his formal life in the Daily Planet? -- Sandman_
#1-4: A beautifully written story about the first meeting between the Big Blue Boy Scout and the Big Red Cheese. While the story may include beating up criminals, it's not just that. First Thunder is a story about friendship, the ties that bind people together, and overcoming tragedy. -- The_ Tree
Superman/Batman #81-84: Our 2 favorite heroes in a story of magic and time travel! Medieval Batman from the future recruits current day Superman to help him correct the time line while current day Batman searches for Superman with the help of Shadowpact (Detective Chimp, Phantom Stranger, Ragman, etc.) and the JLA of the future. Besides the actual story, the appearance of all the different mystical and dark characters (and versions of some of them) makes this an interesting read and with great artwork. -- DonFelipe
I honestly don't have a terribly long reason for why the Dark Side should be nominated, I guess the biggest thing is that it proves how lucky the world is that the Kents found Clark. As a loyal minion of Darkseid he was key in detroying New Genesis, he lacked compassion and empathy and was basically a living weapon -- Joshmightbe
Action Comics #761: Superman and Wonder Woman are summoned to fight a war in valhalla.As the time pass Superman starts to forget his life on earth and more importantly his wife! As Superman and Wonder Woman start coming very close, will superman betray his beloved wife? One of my favorite single issues of AC! -- Squalleon
In this story, Superman has voluntarily exiled himself from Earth following feelings of guilt over recent things he had done and thus is on a travel throughout the cosmos in the hope that he'll never do harm to anyone again. Making a life for himself among the stars and strange new worlds, Kal runs across new foes and old adversaries before deciding whether or not his exile was the right move or not. This story arc belongs with Superman's all time greatest stories because of its dramatic intensity in looking at the internal problems facing the Man of Tomorrow in how he believes he fits with Earth society and is a great tale of personal ostracism and redemption. Being that the story is taking place primarily outside of Earth makes it especially stand out as well. A must read for anyone who is under the mistaken impression that Superman has never grappled with the implications of whether he is truly a burden or a help to Earth. -- RedheadedAtrocitus
An imaginary story where Superman has two boys: one with powers and one without. The son without powers gets depressed and discouraged next to his super-brother and Superman struggles to find a way to raise his son's confidence like any good father. Here Superman is dealing with the direct consequences of how powers like his make normal people feel. The dynamics here do reflect real families. How do you boost the confidence of a child who is less naturally gifted than his brother? This story arc is written by Howard Chaykin and David Tischman, with art by J.H. Williams III and Mick Gray. -- ckuakini
Action comics #500: A giant-sized issue, recalling everything you need to know about Superman - Krypton, Superbaby, Superboy, Smallvile, Metropolis, Krypto, Supergirl, even his greatest loves, and a few of his dastardly enemies, one of them (not so surprisingly "guess who"?) behind the entire plot, involving a Superman Museum, throughout the issue. -- ngroove
SUPERMAN #174: I am a huge fan of Mr Mxyzptlk and this issue here presents one of my favorite Mxy stories!Mr.M decides that he will stop his pranks and start helping the world like Superman does!The incredible powers of the 5th dimensional imp make Superman seem unnecessary and a little bit zealous!By the legendary co-creator of Superman Jerry Siegel and Curt Swan! -- Squalleon
This is kind of special to me because it was really the first Superman comic I ever picked up, and it's sort of what paved the way for the character to become an all-time top favorite character of mine, now that I have the fandom out of the way... The Last Family of Krypton is an elseworlds title that explored just what it would be like had Jor-El and Lara, as well as Kal-El, had survived the destruction of Krypton and made it to Earth. As with all Elseworlds books things don't exactly turn out well, and though it focuses a little more on Jor-El, we still see Superman deal with "daddy issues" as well as see some glimpses of what it would be like if he had "actual" siblings. It is a short three issue book that eventually ends up turning things back to status quo, but overall it is a well written tale that explores, maybe a somewhat familiar concept, but it does so in a different and entertaining way. -- Delphic
Superman #156: In a more than obvious way, this is the All Star Superman of the pre-crisis on infinite earth era. Though a lot of comics from this era are hard to sit through due to the corniness, and although this is no exception to said corniness, this is still definitely worth reading especially if the ideas of All Star Superman and Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? interested you. It even has a happy ending that made it all worthwhile in the end. -- GunGunW
Superman Confidential #'s1-5 & 11: It's the story of Superman's first encounter with Kryptonite. It's a tale that's been told many times, many ways, but never by such masters of the comics art form as Cooke and Sale. Every page is a revelation, as Cooke and Sale deliver the excellence in storytelling we've come to expect from them, while exploring the early days of the Man of Steel. -- Chalkshark
I know earth one is a little divisive, but I thoroughly enjoyed this new version of Superman. Perhaps its because we saw this interesting revamped version of Parasite and he just look so damn awesome. Like Toyman, Parasite has been plagued with horrible portrayals in the past, but several stories like Earth 2 and also STAS really gave this character new life, adding a new chapter to the character, which was one of the main reason why I nominated this. I also really enjoyed seeing this young and edgy Superman that allows DC to tell stories that the regular universe may not. -- sethysquare
Superman/Batman #8-13: The second arc of the Superman/batman series. the kryptonite asteroid is revealed to hold a pod that contains Superman's cousin Kara Zor-El.The arrival of Kara catches the attention of the amazons,Apokolips and the attention of the whole superhero community.By Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner.Seriously one of the best illustrated books i have seen! - Squalleon
This is the story that brought KC Superman over to the main DC universe. While the focus of the story itself was not fully on KC Superman he played an important role in the story though. It was just a lot of fun seeing how KC Superman reacts to Magog(before killing the Joker) and it was great way to incorporate him into the main DC universe. - joeagentofhand1
I thought this was a great series because that was IIRC the first time that Lex ever took up the mantle of being a president. That was extremely unprecedented that a villain could reverse roles and turn into a president. It was such a successful portrayal that it was brought into main stream cartoons and animated movies. If you think about it, Lex is a character that believes he is doing the best he can for humanity, he never viewed himself as a villain and thats how this storyline really showed that. -- sethysquare
SUPERMAN #677-680: Has Superman finally met someone who is just as powerful as Doomsday? Meet Atlas, a being who rivals Superman's power and who is determined to take him down and out. Will he succeed? -- Sandman_
Action Comics #865: Well, we all know Toyman is this Joke character that nobody took seriously. The first time he was ever menacing was in STAS and I thought that it was a perfect portrayal. Shortly after that Geoff Johns took some cues from the animated series and made Toyman this A-list character and since I love toyman I thought this was a great time to add it to Superman's greatest stories -- sethysquare
Superman #292: SERIOUSLY, I GENIUNELY CANNOT BELIEVE this has not been elected / cosigned yet! A classic by Elliot S. Maggin! in the Bronze Age, incorporating a previous Silver Age story, while making it its own! A penultimate story chronicling, along with a flashback from their very start, as friends, Lex Luthor's relationship with Clark Kent / Superboy / Superman, as a mischievous friend with test tubes, to young nuisance, to perpetual enemy! -- ngroove
Superman Adventures #41 is a collection of first presented one-page adventures based on Superman TAS! This four stories can be considered as part of a great one! They are funny and clever,Mxyzptlk tries to beat Superman and he tricks him every single time! By Mark Millar and Mike Manley! -- Squalleon
Written by Paul Dini with art by Alex Ross, this story pits the Justice League against a villain which they've never quite faced before: an illness that plagues an African village. While this is no doubt a Justice League story, meaning that each member plays a role that isn't significant over another, it does have a Superman moment in it worth mentioning for this list... kind of. Allow me to explain. Because of the panic this illness caused, Superman went on live television to calm the nerves of those panicking. His words and his image were enough to ease up any of the built-up tension, but it was revealed in a few panels later that it wasn't Superman that caused all that relief, but rather the Martian Manhunter, who took on Superman's form with his shape-shifting abilities. While it may not seem like a Superman moment, the reason J'onn took the form of the Man of Steel is because he's a figure that inspires hope, humanity, and utter calmness. Sure, it may not be suitable for a "best of" Superman stories list, it is a scene that I feel is worth mentioning. --Gambit1024
Superman Family Adventures #1: This is the best kids comic on the shelves today and the first volume is enough to hook anyone really, young and old alike. I'm loving the whimsy and the fun characterizations here. I've only heard good things about it from everyone else I know who is reading it. It's another great intro to Superman, but really for the whole Super family as a whole (as long you you're into light stories with a lot of humour). -- Icon
#1-12: An encounter with a telepathic alien leaves Superman feeling disconnected from his life, and relationships, in Metropolis. Returning home to Smallville does little to alleviate Superman's feelings of isolation, or the sobering truth that the only place he truly felt a sense of belonging was on Krypton. In just 12 pages, Arcudi severs Superman's connection to humanity, casting the Man of Steel in the role of a despondent strange visitor from another planet, forever destined to stand outside of the human race. That the status quo is re-established by tale's end might be a little too pat. Arcudi definitely could have used the kind of breathing room the Wednesday Comics format just didn't allow. for story telling. Still any failing in the writing is more than compensated by Bermejo's absolutely gorgeous artwork. No other artist does a finer rendering of the Man of Steel.
Last stand of new Krypton is a great story to add because it shows superman teaming up with his fellow kryptonians to fight the very being that imprisoned Kandor the first time Braniac. This story also includes superman's greatest villians Lex Luthor, Braniac, and General Zod and this leads to an epic showdown on new Krypton between the three villians. This story kind makes Zod seem more of an anti-hero than a villian who jjust wants to protect his people and establish their place in the universe -- Eternal19
Superman #2: This highlights the difference between the Golden Age Superman and later interpretations. First, he is far less of a goody two-shoes. He lobs bombs and destroys buildings. He threatens a villain with the line 'cracking your head like an egg shell will be messy'. He stands by while a bad guy dies from poison gas, etc. And secondly, Superman isn't an all-powerful god here. He nearly loses his balance and falls off a plane (remember he can't fly at this stage), and is later knocked unconscious by an exploding shell. -- etragedy
#1-8: I think JT Krul is doing a great job at defining an older Superman, and and the art is top notch too, which is something since this is a digital first series. As far as digital Superman comics go I think this is better than Smallville. -- Icon
The worst case scenario of Superman's existence comes to life, his secret identity has been discovered and his worst enemies are ready and willing to capitalize on this information. Superman races against his worst enemies to save the ones closest to him while trying to get to the bottom of who's responsible. This story arc features a colorful variety of Superman's most notorious and lesser foes, but with no holding back anymore; Superman is confronted with a far greater challenge; his morality. Fast paced as it may be, Superman's inner struggle with himself is what really makes this story interesting.
DC Comics Presents #85: While not the most well known of Alan Moore's Superman stories that does not mean it is not as great as the rest of them. This story really shows us what would happen if Superman began to loose his powers. Throughout the story it is interesting to see how Superman reacts to a paper cut or not being able to fly. - joeagentofhand1
Superboy #1-8: One reason why I chose this was because this is perhaps the best version of Superboy I've ever read. I mean I did enjoy Geoff John's take, but the whole new 52 really made Superboy this force to be reckon with. He turned from mary sue into this kick ass character. Filled with mysteries and potential to grow. i really liked how he felt like he was doing the best he could and at the same time questioning, life, civilisation, good and evil and everything that a full grown adult being thrown into a world would. I guess this is why I really like Young Justice's portrayal of Superboy as well. -- sethysquare
One of Superman's darker stories (a common trend in the 90's), it manages to go beyond what you could expect without spoilers and doesn't fail to keep things interesting with a variety of surprises. In this post-COIE story arc, Lex Luthor is supposedly killed and replaced with a far more likable and charismatic heir named Lex Luthor II, Supergirl makes her debut (again) and three Phantom Zone renegades confront the Man of Steel, resulting in one of the most shocking conclusions in the Man of Steel's life. This story arc has larger than life plot twists, action and a landmark ending. It may not have been the biggest or best story of it's time, but it's a gem nevertheless. -- Dracade102
Hello all! and welcome to the final part of our Superman Stories List which is the really easy one day thing...TIE BREAKING!
I could do a fancy intro, but we'll get down to business...
Rank the below ties one through however many there are. If you don't know/like a story don't include it in the ranking. I want 25 % of the number of voters we had for the Final Order Voting, so 10-15 or more users should participate before we are finally done with this top 100 list.
Superman: Secret Identity
Justice League of America: The Lightning Saga
Superman: Peace on Earth
Superman: The Black Ring ( Action Comics #890-900, Action Comics Annual #13 and Secret Six #29)
Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man
Superman and The legion Of Superheroes
Superman (1939) #4 ("Challenge of Luthor")
Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3D
DC One Million
SUPERMAN: KRYPTONITE NEVERMORE
Superman Adventures #25
JLA: The Nail
Superman (1939) #712 ("Lost Boy, A Tale of Krypto the Superdog")
Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #106 ('I Am Curious (Black)!')
Superman (1939) #165 ("The Sweetheart Superman Forgot")
Action Comics (1938) #22-23 "Europe at War"
Superman (1939) #53 ("The Origin of Superman")
Action Comics (1938) #484 ("Superman Takes a Wife")
Superman: Tales of the Bizarro World (Adventure Comics #285-299)
I am sure you all are tired of 2012 review threads, but in case you aren't tired...HERE IS ANOTHER! We did Comic Vine 2012 Comic Awards to showcase what every member of the community liked of 2012, but now I present to you what just a group of 12 mods including: RazzaTazz, Sora_thekey, jloneblackheart, Icarusflies, god_spawn, myself, Deranged Midget, KillerZ, Shatterstar, Vance Astro, fesak, and Mercy_. Hope you find it as interesting as I did...
Favorite Cover(s) of 2012
RazzaTazz: I am actually going to choose two here. The first most would think of an unconventional choice for me, that being Dejah Thoris and the White Apes of Mars #4. I actually came to this story as I was looking for some inspiration for my writing and it just so happened my female main character was often getting in battles with wild animals, so Dejah Thoris fighting apes might give me some ideas. Before ever reading her I always kind of typecast Dejah as too much of fantasy, in a lot of ways, but specifically her nearly not there costume. While I am still not so keen on that part of her depiction, what this series did show was that she is an absolutely strong female character and one that in her stories is truly worthy of being a princess that leads her people. The cover for issue 4 captures that really well, showing her toughness and resolve while also being very feminine in a different sense. The other cover which really stands out for me is Mind the Gap #5. This series which has taken a lot of unexpected twists has at its heart Elle Peterssen, former party girl, now discovering something else in life, ironically through her brush with death (she remains in a coma at the moment.) This issue captures perfectly what the series is about, and specifically that the reader has no idea what is happening. Elle is both the focus here (thanks to her being the impact point) as well as disinterested in the setting. A brilliant cover for an engaging series.
Sora_thekey: Since AvX is so recent in my mind right now, I must warn you that a lot of my choices will probably resonate that event. My favorite cover of the year is the variant cover to Avengers Vs. X-Men #3 by Sara Pichelli. I am really fascinated by covers that use that "mirror effect" where your reflection shows something that you are on the inside or something you could be. Anyone who knows me would tell you that any psychological story/piece that dwells on the inner battle with your mind and/or persona will attract me like moths to a flame. Pichelli's cover establishes all of that with Hope's inner battle of what she could become and what her "destiny" writes. Plus, I really, really, really like Pichelli's art style!
jloneblackheart:Mega Man #12 - Nostalgia overload. It's awesome.
Icarusflies: I can't really think of my FAVORITE, but I very much like Animal Man #10. It's creepy, gives a very good idea of the Red, and is more than just a DRAMATIC POSE cover. And come on, flying guardian dogs. Awesome.
Deranged Midget:The Amazing Spider-Man #695by Steve McNiven - Honestly, what isn't great about this cover? Besides this probably being the hardest category to choose from, McNiven really steps it up a notch with this cover and it just looks absolutely fantastic in every regard. Setting the tone for the upcoming arc by tossing in all the major players while magnificently separating them through the infamous usage of the Spider-Sense. It's a beautiful cover that should receive far more recognition.
Vance Astro:Daredevil : End of Days #3 -Between a hung Elektra & a cop that looks exactly likeBendis, how could you not like this cover? So far all of the covers for this series have been very graphic and so has the book, so for Daredevil fans that have had it with the lighter side of Daredevil as displayed by Waid, this book will return you to the Dark side and the covers say it all.
fesak: The Daredevil covers were good, especially Daredevil #10 which was an homage to Dante's Inferno, and Daredevil #18 which also was pretty cool.
Mercy_:X-Men #55 - Seriously, there's not a bad thing that I can say about Phil Noto. He's one of the best artists currently working in comics and whether it's just posting more in his series of 'archived photos' on his tumblr, or composing and drawing stunning covers like this one, his work never fails to amaze. The colors are understated and the concept is simply brilliant. This cover isn't a misleading advertisement of what's going on in the comic, it's a piece of art.
Favorite Overall Issue(s) of 2012
RazzaTazz: I think a common theme among my picks is that they are unexpected. When the new 52 hit I started out reading a lot of them to see what I might like (I was reading over 30 at one point.) One of the themes that I picked up on in a few issues was a focus on harder science for some of the characters. The place where this was best handled which I discovered was Captain Atom. As opposed to the other series where they mostly seemed interested in separating their gluons from their muons, Captain Atom took a look at the character in a different light. As the height of scientific progress what role was he morally expected to play for humanity? If he was no longer human then who was he? How far should he use his powers to help the few as opposed to helping the many? In fact Captain Atom is probably the best series to get canceled so far in the new 52. For me the high point in a completely unexpected story was issue #6 where the subject was what he should do about his predecessor in the experiments that gave him his powers, a now out of control lab rat. It was a very compelling discussion, not really pulse pounding, but the kind of issue that sticks out in my mind for having tried a novel approach and succeeding completely at it.
Sora_thekey: Again, I'm coming back to AvX... There is a moment I simply loved in Avenger's Vs. X-Men: Infinite #6 that plays very well off of Cyclops and Jean's character. This is before Scott becomes the villain and is still sharing the Phoenix among four other X-Men. Before he is consumed by the Phoenix Force he doubts his actions with this power and creates a sentient Jean copy out of moon dust to converse with. Cyclops questioned if he still had his humanity and this Moon-Dust Jean response in my favorite line of the whole book: "If you did... would you have recreated a corpse out of moon dust?". This is the moment in the whole event that I realized he was going to be the villain of the Marvel U.
jloneblackheart:Fantastic Four #611 - The end of the series. I've never been as happy and sad at the same time.
Icarusflies: Again, I can't really think of my favorite, but Dial H #2 was up there. Intro is out of the way, the capabilities of the H-Dial are explored, and the major players are set. I love seeing what bizarre heroes the H-Dial produces.
god_spawn: I'm tied on this one. I really enjoyed Uncanny X-Men #12 with Namor and the Thing, it was hysterical. I think Gillen writes a pretty funny Namor and can make him a likable character. I always hated Namor for the most part so he gets some extra props from me and his Thing was written very well too. Red Hood and the Outlaws 5. Hear me out. Jason Todd has been one of my favorite characters in DC for awhile and what I really liked about this issue was that for me it was really about Jason getting over his demons of revenge and I really liked the scene with Starfire and Roy in the issue which set the tone for their eventual relationship. As wacky as it is, Lobdell makes it work and Rocafort's art was amazing.
The Poet: I liked Snarked! #12 because it was a sweet last issue. I would be a huge supporter of Roger Langridge continuing that series. it's sweet. Batman #14 goes on up there because the confrontation between Batman and the Joker is really cool. Now for a little surprise: I liked Batman Beyond Unlimited #5 because of the "Legends of the Dark Knight: Jake". It's really cliche, but it gives a new twist to the Beyond story and gives further connections with the original Batman Origin story.
Scarlet Spider #12by Christopher Yost - Yes, this is an insanely recent choice but honestly, words cannot express how much I love this latest issue and the series as a whole. It almost replaced Hawkeye as my favourite series of the year, that's how good it is. Yost is simply a magnificent writer, he effortlessly draws in incredible humour, some of the best action scenes you'll ever see in a Spider book and also a fantastically gripping story at all times. With Issue 12, Yost brings it all to the next level and adds in some Christmas spirit while doing it. It's a hilarious issue, boasting some of the funniest moments I've seen in comics and simply one of the most brutal, yet satisfying fight sequences I've seen yet. Do not miss out on this book.
KillerZ:FF #17 - The dynamic between Human Torch and Spider-Man was just awesome.
Shatterstar: Might be cheating but I'll say Jim Henson's Tale of Sand
Vance Astro:New Avengers v2 #30-New Avengers hasn't been good since Civil War but issue #30 was my favorite issue this year just for the back and forth banter between Daredevil & Luke Cage. Bendis doesn't always properly utilize characters or make them really share the responsibility but what he's always done well is write scenes that can make me laugh without being over the top.
Mercy_:Batgirl#3 - Putting aside all of the dissent between Barbara fans about her going back to walking, putting aside the dissatisfaction from Dick Grayson fans about him going back to Nightwing after his tenure as Batman, this was an issue that fans of both characters - and especially fans of the characters together - could sink their teeth into. As an enormous fan of both characters and especially the characters together, this issue was a treat, even if they were never officially together.
Favorite Overall Series of 2012
RazzaTazz: Again another one that I would not have ever thought of last year at this time. I read the first story arc of the new Justice League series, and I thought it was a pretty fun story with lots of action, even if it had less substance. The kind of thing that your eyes thank you for but that your brain might want an apology for. Fast forward to the end of summer and just on a whim I started to read old issues of Danger Girl ... and I loved it. Sort of tying again into the question of "Why is Razz who is one of the biggest proponents of realistic female characters now hyping Danger Girl, after she already betrayed those ideals for Dejah Thoris?" It is one of those cases where you absolutely cannot judge a book by its cover though. Does DG use its main characters in an exploitative way sometimes? Sensational? Absolutely! It is only when you start reading and realize that every character is a caricature though (both male and female) that you realize that the female character in the mix are actually some of the best written female characters in the medium. Getting back to the Justice League "apology to the brain" idea, in the series where the Danger Girl team joins forces with the G.I. Joe team (called Danger Girl/G.I. Joe) the action is almost non-stop but the characters are so rich and the developments are so fun that really you do not owe any body parts an apology. It is just pure fun and was undoubtedly my favourite series of the year.
Sora_thekey: That would have to be Matt Fraction'sHawkeye series. The Ultimates made me like Clint's character, New Avengers: The Reunion movie made me love the character, by The Avengers movie I rooted for the character and this series simply came at the appropriate time. It was very smart of Marvel to show a different side to super hero books. The same thing that applies to Winter Soldier,Gambit andDaredevil, Marvel is now giving an accurate facet of street-level characters (or in the case of Winter Soldier and Gambit, the spy/secret agent facet of comics unlike Secret Avengers). Clint as a character can be considered as the playboy and flirtatious guy in the Avengers but this series has shown that there are more levels of this guy. He hasn't lost these traits but he shows that there's more than just an awesome archer.
jloneblackheart:Saga - If you are reading, I don't need to explain myself. Science Fiction. Fantasy. Naked Spider Chicks.
Icarusflies:The Manhattan Projects. It takes the arms race and escalates it in a world of sci-fi and magic. Absolutely amazing characters and a surprisingly accurate overview of the mindset of the time. The art is whimsical, while still conveying a fair amount of the darkness and insanity that underlies everything.
god_spawn:Winter Soldier. For me Brubaker has done a phenomenal job at just making every character interaction work, no wasted words, no wasted scenes, action is balanced and not biased at all for any of the characters. I am disappointed when he leaves the book after issue 14 but I do hope Latour and Klein can at least do some good stories. I won't expect comparisons though. I'll see it as its own entity.
The Poet: Well, I really enjoyed some parts of Kyle Higgins's Nightwing (always near the top of my pile) and I have to give props to Scott Snyder for his Batman series. I simply do love Snarked!because it was a lot of fun. Oh! and honorable mention goes to Geoff Johns's Green Lantern series. I actually got a subscription for that series as a simi-Christmas gift last year and then again this year and I have been greatly surprised by that series.
Deranged Midget:- Hawkeye by Matt Fraction - I had no hopes for this title whatsoever nor did I ever think for a second that it could be successful in any right. Wow, was I ever wrong in every sense of the word. Coupled with the simplistic, yet brilliant artwork of David Aja, Fraction creates one of the most gripping, enticing and hilarious titles I have ever had the joy of reading. By the end of each issue, you will most definitely be left craving a LOT more and you'll hate that you have to wait another month to get more of Hawkeye. It simply is that good. Every issue brings something ingenius to the table and every bit of the critical acclaim it's receiving is well deserved. Good on you Matt.
KillerZ:Evil Ernie - just because I'm hoping for full return of chaos comics.
Vance Astro:Amazing Spider-Man-Amazing Spider-Man has by far been the most consistent superhero book this year. Aside from issue 700 (which is causing an uproar) the primary Spider-Man book has been delivering worthwhile story arcs the entire year without fail. I hated the idea of One More Day, just like everyone else but since then this has been the best Marvel has to offer even through the events. I always believed that villains make the hero and this is probably the first time ever that i've found that certain villains are interesting to me. Dan Slott to me is the most valuable writer that Marvel has, he is the only writer that can take characters and concepts that I once found ridiculous or annoying and he makes them respectable and worth reading about. I'm anxious to see what comes of Doctor Octopus under Slott's writing in Superior Spider-Man.
fesak:Uncanny X-Force. This series has been one of the better from marvel in a while.
Mercy_:Saga - As jlone said, if you're reading this, you know why it's my favorite series. The art, the story, the concept, there's just not enough that I can say about it. If you're not reading it, you should be (the first trade is something like ten dollars for six (?) issues, that's a steal. If you are reading it, good job and keep up the good work.
Favorite Arc(s)/Event(s) of 2012
RazzaTazz: I get an easy out on this one because I generally stay away from events and mostly I don't really read series with definite story arcs either. So I will go with an unconventional choice, a series which is not great but a decent amount of fun. As some know about me I review a lot and blog a lot, and some times I try to overlap those with occasions. So for instance I did a Christmas themed review last year on Christmas. This year in April it was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic so I thought I might do a review on the hundredth anniversary just because it is something which interests me a bit. The problem is that the Titanic has almost never shown up at all in any comic, and the only one I could find recently was one from Grimm Fairy Tales. Never having read this before this before I was hesitant to pick it up as I fell into the usual trap of judging a book by its cover. I read the first one for the Titanic and I was impressed enough at the format, so I hunted down the main series and I was hooked! Seriously I love pretty much everything that has come under the GFT umbrella. There are so many strong females being presented there, both heroes and villains. So in terms of an event, I will choose the series Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Bad Girls. This has a collection of just about all my favourites with heroes Sela, Samantha Darren, Britney Waters and Nathan Cross squaring off against Baba Yaga, Venus, and the Queen of Hearts (only Calie Liddle and Cindy are missing.) Not really great by any standards, but for a setting which has had very few crossovers it gets my vote.
Sora_thekey: This one is probably the easiest one to answer. Bendis'Spider-Men would be my pick... Why? Because it's awesome! The series followed Main-Marvel-Universe Peter Parker in the Ultimate Comics Universe. Yet, what a lot of people didn't realize is that this wasn't a story about Peter Parker but reather about the cast that surrounds Miles Morales in the Ultimate Universe. That moment in issue four when Gwen and Aunt May realize that Peter is actually Peter was amazing. This is a series I simply love. I never thought that this would be a concept that worked.
jloneblackheart:Secret of the Indigo Tribe (Green Lantern #7-#10) - I thought this was a great twist to the formation of a corps, not just the standard. (I would pick Hickman's run on Fantastic Four, but it's been going on for 3 years and doesn't really fit the bill).
Icarusflies: Probably Animal Man 1-5. (The Hunt). I have never actually found things in comics scary before (not counting Alan Moore...the person, not his work). The art is bone-chilling, and the writing is superb.
god_spawn:Winter Soldier takes it again with Widow Hunt. I've loved seeing Bucky's reaction to losing Natasha and Brubaker has just kept me on the edge of my seat in regards to the story.
The Poet: I know it's cliche, but I'm going to go with A Court of Owls and Death of the Family. Both are great crossover events which effect a large group of people, but they are actually done well and not as chaotic as say x men vs avengers which sounds really chaotic and leaves me asking, "Didn't they just do a crossover? why are they doing another one? Why don't they give it a rest for a little bit?" I didn't have that same response to these story arcs.
Deranged Midget:Spider-Men by Brian Michael Bendis- Alright, putting it simply, I had severely low expectations for this to be successful or interesting at all. I mean, crossing over 616 and the Ultimate Universe just seemed like an unnecessary thing to do at that point in time especially with the recently revamped Ultimate title and replacing Peter with newcomer Miles Morales who has truly won me over. He's become a fantastic character in his own right and isn't just locked in as "another Peter clone".
Matching up Peter with Miles in a somewhat cliche plot became one of the most emotional, funny and thrilling events to read as we discovered Peter's reaction to a world who believes him dead and has full knowledge of his secret identity. There are very beautiful and touching moments all around which are masterfully crafted by the brilliant hands of Sara Pichelli. Needless to say, this has been not only my favourite Spider-Man story of the year, but one of my favourites of all time.
Vance Astro:Night of the Owls-This may be one of my top 5 favorite Batman arcs ever and not so much just because the story was elaborate and very intriguing but also because of the combat. I don't always have to be interested by the story being told in a comic as much as i'm impressed with the level of action in the book. Which is kind of why I can read books like Punisher & Hulk because sometimes you just want to see someone get their ass handed to them. What I also liked about this arc was the introduction of the Talons, because like with Spider-Man I found many of Batman's villains to be a joke but during the arc I found myself not being able to wait for the next issue to see what they will do next. DC really stepped it up on the character design too, the Talons came a long way from what were used to getting from Batman villains. This was a much needed change of pace at a time where most of the books I was reading had declined in quality.
fesak: Amazing 698-700. Haven't actually read Spider-Man since OMD, but felt compelled to pick this up since it was going to change Spider-Man FOREVUH!!1 Kind of impressed that they had the balls to go through with it. Looking forward to Superior Spider-Man and i haven't been this excited to read Spider-Man since i was a kid.
Mercy_: Night of the Owls - In Scott Snyder's first event of his tenure was head of the Bat-Family crew of writers, he hit it out of the park. Every issue left you on the edge of your seat, wondering if the protagonist was going to make it and wondering how things could possibly get worse for the citizens of Gotham.
Favorite Hero(es) of 2012
RazzaTazz: I was thinking about another choice here, but really, who would believe me if I said anyone other than Wonder Woman. Like many people I am frustrated with the big two at times because of their creative decisions, and the one which hit me hardest this year was no doubt the decision to make Wonder Woman and Superman start being a couple. Her main series left her in a bit of disarray as well as we are going to find about her in the long run, not immediately. Fans are still wondering what connection she has to the Byrne origin, and early on we were not even sure if she could still fly (she can). I can't abandon my favourite character though just because of what I perceive to be a bit of frustration over how she is being treated. She is after all the main reason that I read comics at all.
Sora_thekey: This is a tough one. You would think I'd automatically pick Spider-Man (or the way I spoke of the Hawkeye series it would probably be Clint Barton), but after giving it a lot of thought I think I'm going to go with Batman. He's gone through Court of Owls, Death of the Family and the awesomeThe Dark Knight Rises. Spider-Man and Hawkeye have gone through some equally as awesome moments like Batman's... but I haven't talked about Batman in this list.
jloneblackheart:Bentley 23 - We didn't know if he was going to be a hero or not, but he finally picked a side. Who says you have to be nice to be a good guy?
Icarusflies:Animal Man. How can one NOT love this guy? He's just your average loving family man...with super powers. (Alternately, Richard Feynman in Manhattan Projects...he's just so self-centered, but he really does want to help humanity. FOR SCIENCE!)
god_spawn:Colossus. He gave whales legs. Or maybe Thing for bashing Sunspot with a tree and hitting Namor for being Namor? Or Damian for saving a cow and putting a crowbar in Jason's bed. Realistically, I will have to say Bucky again. Like I said, Brubaker's book has just been consistently one of the best things I have read all year and Bucky has really shined in my eyes under his pen and I am happy he is out Cap's gear after last year and into the alias I liked him most as. I'd almost give it to Kaine too as Scarlet Spider. Great book as well.
The Poet: While Batman probably deserves it with all the stuff he has had to go through, I'm going to give my vote to Nightwing because a lot of his past has been coming back to haunt him. I mean, two of his friends (Raya Vestri and Saiko) tried killing him, he had face his great grandfather (William Cobb (Talon)), he was framed for murder and he faced Lady Shiva. I think that was a busy year and I'm sure after Death of the Family he's going to have an even busier year in 2013 picking up the peices of his plans and such...
Deranged Midget:Peter Parker/Spider-Man - Oh look, surprise surprise! I chose Spider-Man! I wonder who couldn't guess that one... That was sarcasm by the way. In all seriousness though, Peter has had it rough this year and he's been absolutely persistant and selfless in his acts. Jumping from Spider-Island and almost instantly into Ends of the Earth where all the pressure is thrown on him to succeed and come out on top. And now, it all comes down to Issue 700 people... and don't any of you dare spoiling it for me or I will find you... *points finger at crowd while backing away slowly*
KillerZ:Pantha - It was good to see her return to comics. Plus I'm still proud to this day that my origin was loaned from this site to describe her in the Prophecy comic.
Vance Astro:Iron Fist-He didn't have his own book this year but he definitely made his mark on the Marvel Universe in 2012 and showed everyone while he's a valuable member of the Avengers and also a valuable earth hero.
fesak: Loki. He heroed quite a bit. Will be fun to see him in Young Avengers
Mercy_:Layla Miller - Gonna go with one of my long-time favorite characters. She doesn't get a spotlight because she's off in her own corner of the X-Universe with the rest of X-Factor in a book that is largely removed from the majority of nonsensical goings on (AvX, I'm looking at you! -___-), but she's always awesome. The epitome of a complex character, she's always acting multiple moves ahead and leaving you wonder just WTF she is thinking. She's not the most purely altruistic, but she bears a burden that many will never begin to even get a smidgen of understanding - the burden of knowledge. And she does so with poise.
Favorite Villain(s) of 2012
RazzaTazz: I am going to kind of cheat here. One of the biggest surprises for me coming into the new 52 was Voodoo. The character was so far off of my radar that I had never heard of her before, let alone knew that she was going to get her own series. Then I wrote a blog critiquing the depiction of women in the new 52's first month and someone told me "you better check out Voodoo then, she is a super hero stripper." So I did, and I was pretty much hooked from the start. The character was somewhat ambiguous in what she was doing with her bloodbath crime spree across the US South and connection to the Daemonites. The problem was that from this beginning that the series seemed to flounder. Of the few readers that the series had, a lot of them dropped the title after a change in writers. I stayed on as I witnessed a change from great to good in the series, and as the compelling character from the first issues was changed into a clone of the actual hero who we didn't see until about halfway through the 12 issue run. I suppose that the best moments of the evil clone's depiction happened in 2011, but the series only wrapped later on this year (in DC's Zero Month.)
Sora_thekey: "Hoddie", the villain in Mind the Gap. I love Jim McCann's writing and his series follows all those psychological aspects I like that I mentioned before. This is the character in the series who becomes the catalyst for this murder mystery (minus the murder). Plus the fact that he's working for the victim's mother and even after six issues we have never seen his face.
jloneblackheart:Abbot - By favorite, I mean least favorite. This guy is completely despicable. A nutcase with no morals. What a ****!
Icarusflies:Madder Red...at first glimpse he seems like a lame Joker rip-off. But there's really a lot more to him than meets the eye. What's motivating him? What's he going to do next? I want to knoooow....
god_spawn:Hope. She is terrible. Seriously, Phoenix 5 Namor. I loved watching him kick the crap out of the Avengers. I'm not an Avengers hater ( I like 90% of their characters) but during AvX and with it being as bad as it was, I liked watching Rulk's arm getting twisted off, Coipel's art is just amazing as well.
The Poet: There are so many good ones to choose from...I'm going to cheat and name off some of the characters who won best male/female villain for the Best of the Month poll (call me lazy...). William Cobb (aka Talon) was interesting in both Batman and Nightwing. Black Hand was a fun villain (come on! he resurrected his family members to have a nice dinner. how can he not be a fun villain?) and Joker has been interesting, though I think I'll have more to say on him in the 2013 edition of this because things are just getting warmed up...Talia al Ghul and Cheetah (Minerva) should get honorable mention.
Deranged Midget:Russian Tracksuit Mafia from Hawkeye - Alright, this is a little ridiculous but these guys were AWESOME! I mean, the Russian Landlord was probably the most devious villain of them all! "I KEEL YOU BRO!" How can you top the insatiable amount of "bro's" being thrown out there!? And more kudos thrown to Matt Fraction for how brilliantly hilarious he wrote these guys. Leaves me in pain from how much I laugh when I re-read these issues.
KillerZ:Cheetah - Only villain I care about, so I'm happy to see her return in the new52 this year. And she took down Supes with just one bite.
Vance Astro: It's hard to even pick one because their are so many but I have to say that my favorite villain this year was, Doctor Octopus. I always took the character for a joke between his costume and his bowl cut and his lack of combat skill; I couldn't stand him, but as of recently, I don't take Otto for a joke any more. He's definitely more formidable of a villain than I had realized.
fesak: Dr Octopus. Somehow i always like it when the villain wins. Muahahaha.
Mercy_:Unit - I didn't realize how much I liked him until I had to write this up. He was a foe from Kieron Gillen's Uncanny X-Men run and at every turn had the X-Men outmaneuvered and out-plotted. He was a recurring character throughout the run after his first appearance and made his final appearance in the very last issue of the series, when he departs the planet. Throughout his 'captivity' he is manipulating Danger to his own whims, of which we'll never know.
Favorite New Character(s) of 2012
RazzaTazz: I had originally written up an entirely different entry here (for Ya'Wara from Aquaman) and then while writing another category I thought to myself "How could I forget Mowgli?" In yet another Grimm Fairy Tales re-imagining, the Jungle Book story is given their treatment with a girl in the lead role instead of a boy. This worked ok in other series as well (Robyn Hood for instance) but really this was the best of such series put forward thus far. Mowgli is a character that connects with the reader right away, a testament both to the art and the writing behind her. She was featured for only five issues in the Jungle Book series, but it was a pretty exciting run, with loads of action, drama and character development. She is an extremely endearing character, driven on by that most common of factors (revenge) but she learns the hard way what it means to be consumed by that impulse (Batman could learn some stuff from her).
Sora_thekey: Uh... Gawd. This one is a tough one. The series I have showcased so far are pretty much on top of my pull list and except for Mind the Gap, they all include characters that have been around for a while. I'll go with Cherry, who first appeared in Hawkeye #3. While I am one of the few that still ships Mockingbird and Hawkeye (Mockingeye? Hawkbird? Bolint? Clobbie?) I thought she was an okay love interest for my favorite non-powered Avenger. Plus, I want her to return to the book so we can get the full story as to why she was fleeing from the Tracksuit Mafia.
jloneblackheart:Scowl- When he was introduced as Moonbeam, sidekick of the original Scowl, they were totally lame. Now taking the mantle, Jeffery is a total bad ass.
Icarusflies: I'm going to mix things up and leave characters from the series I already mentioned out of this (So go read Manhattan Projects already!). So my favorite new character is Alana from Saga. She's tough, she's witty, and she has cute little wings! She's not some stereotypically written mom, she personifies motherhood.
god_spawn:Warbird and Broo tie for me. I think Broo is just awesome and Warbird, while being a space nympho is pretty cool.
The Poet: I suppose Simon Baz would be a nice candidate for this section, but he hasn't had enough character development to be my favorite. Talon could also be a nice character to be here, but since I have mentioned him way too much I'm going to go more obscure and nominate the Gryphon ofSnarked!, because he was a fun villain. In all honesty, I really don't have a favorite new character, so I guess I cheated by naming a character that first appeared in November of 2011 (as host, can't I do that? :P ).
Deranged Midget:Russian Landlord from Hawkeye - Again, there is no other choice for me than the Tracksuit mafia maniac. He is absolutely hilarious and with what should be a massive annoyance, the insane usage of "bro" is constantly hilarious.
KillerZ:Shark-Girl - Not a lot were-sharks in these waters.
Shatterstar: Drawing a total blank at the moment, if I can think of one I'll post it.
Vance Astro: Miles Morales wasn't created in 2012 but he's definitely my favorite new character this year. I was skeptical of whether he would be written well or whether he'd be able to make a decent Spider-Man but he's actually a decent character. His creation caused a bit of of a stir but I think people are starting to take to him and accept him as the new Spider-Man.
Mercy_:Alana - For reasons stated previously, Alana is not only my favorite new character of 2012, but one of my favorite characters of all times. Icky said it more eloquently than I will, but she's the epitome of a badass and the combination of her fiery, flawed personality put into a brand new mother keeps me waiting on the edge of my seat to see what happens next and how she deals with it. There are traits in her that we all recognize in ourselves and she is by no means perfect - and that's what makes her so captivating.
Favorite Movie(s) of 2012
RazzaTazz: I am so completely going to cheat on this one by not really answering at all within the confines of the question. Rather I discovered a television series recently which kind of blew my mind. The television series is Dollhouse (which last aired in 2010) is a pretty well developed one from Joss Whedon (who directed Avengers this year and included cameos from some actors from this series.) Again this probably falls into the category of "Why is Razz who likes strong female characters and already betrayed those for sass talking and often scantily clad secret agents and bikini clad princesses from Mars, now advocating a television show about programmable prostitutes?" Well if there is anyone that hasn't exposed themselves to a lot of stuff from Whedon, the guy has a great mind for science-fiction and for unreal plot twists. Also the word stylistic could be used (which really wasn't so evident in the Avengers). Anyway he takes the series from a point of ... yes ... programmable prostitutes and gets into some pretty deep concepts of man and the interface with machine, the power of individuality and corporate ethics and responsibility. The end game of his series was a post-apocalyptic/dystopian world gone wrong (it is hard to mesh the two genres, even though they have a related outlook.) What is the the tie to 2012? Well Whedon in a relative first among canceled tv shows decided to continue on the story in comic format (this used to be done a lot more back in the 1960s.) And the TPB of the Dollhouse comic series was released in 2012. Also he cast a lot of the series regular in the Avengers.
Sora_thekey: Marvel's The Avengers. Why?? Well, the movie made a worldwide grossed amount of $1,511,757,910. That means that everybody reading this went and watched it. That also means I don't have to explain how awesome the movie is.
jloneblackheart:The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - It wasn't quite as good as the LOTR trilogy, mostly due to the frame rate that sometimes made things look really fake, but other than that it was awesome. I only saw two movies in the theater this year, so The Hobbit was the best and I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment. I also watched and really liked Brave. Sue me.
Icarusflies:The Dark Knight Rises. What can I say, I'm a sucker for comic movies...and the Avengers just didn't cut it for me (I'm not much of a Marvel fan). TDKR had some heft, and everyone played their role to perfection. I saw it twice in two days.
The Poet: With all respect to the Dark Knight Rises, I think my favorite movie of 2012 would have to beSkyfall. I was thoroughly entertained by its action scenes and its humor was an added bonus. Plus, I went with a friend who had never seen a Bond film before (I know, Right?) so I can say the writers did a great job in creating a jumping on point for the franchise. I should give an honorable mention to The Hobbit which was also pretty fun and . Probably, Hitchcock and Les Miserables would also top my list, but I haven't seen them yet.
Deranged Midget: C'mon guys... you can't go wrong with The Avengers. Can you?
KillerZ:Prometheus - I like space travel movies, and this was the closest one I got.
Shatterstar: Dark Knight Rises
Vance Astro:Avengers-This was basically the portrayal of a superhero team that I was waiting for. I can't give the writers\director props on the casting because it was done before Avengers was set to come out but I can give them props on writing and knowing the characters well enough to do them some justice. It seems like comic adaptation films that came before this just didn't take those characters serious enough or they tried to put too much of their own personal stamp on it and it didn't work but Avengers had everything in order. My only problem with the film was the enemy they faced. I would have liked an actual villain or group of villains but I know how films are with introductions, they feel like they have to tell you everyone's back story before you meet them in a film but I'd assume they'll step it up in the next film.
fesak: Looper. Kind of predictable, but still solid
Mercy_:The Avengers- Not even a little difficult to figure that this was my favorite movie of the year. This was everything that a superhero movie was supposed to be, plain and simple. Add Joss Whedon into the mix and you have surefire gold when it comes to my tastes. After years of being built up through other films in the MCU, expectations were high for this one and they were met.
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