dibnys

My Top 10 Favorite Comics of All Time

Hi guys,

I’ve been getting asked a lot on and offline what are my favorite comic books? That’s a loaded question. I had to think about it. There are some great runs in comics. Some great story arcs. But I had to dig down and see what I really liked. What books have I read over and over and over. These are what I enjoyed the most, I’m not saying these are the greatest comic books ever, I’m just saying they appealed to me. So here are my top 10 favorite comics.




10. Identity Crisis
The DC Comics crisis events. Mostly just okay stories. Too much going on and not enough time to invest in any one character. But Identity Crisis stands out above the rest. Instead of a multiverse changing, massive story, Identity Crisis focuses on the mystery of who killed Sue Dibny. The wife of the Elongated Man. More and more of the heroes civilian loved ones are attacked and the heroes have a ticking clock to solve the mystery before another loved one is murdered. Written by Brad Meltzer this book focuses on the cost of living a double life. Highly recommended.



9. Young Avengers: volume 2
Not to be confused with Young Avengers volume 1. Volume 2 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie is nothing short of awesome. A multiverse hoping, teenage super hero daydream. It’s a really great story about teenage love, magic, pop references, LGB, and Loki. Lots and lots of Loki. So if you ship Wiccan and Hulkling, love Kate Bishop, and cannot get enough of America Chavez, you’ll want to read this book.



8. Superman American Alien
A lot of people have mixed opinions on this book, but I really enjoyed this unique take written by Max Landis. Focusing on the early years of Clark Kent, it felt more grounded in what Clark would actually be going through on his journey to becoming Superman. Each issue has a different artist which is fitting because each issue focuses on a different year in Clark’s child to teenager to young adult to man journey. It’s a mini series that should be pretty easy to find and I highly recommend it.



7. DC The New Frontier
A book paying tribute to the Silver Age of DC Comics. Focusing on the Macarthy era, A time where America couldn’t be less trusting, the story focuses on the super heroes once praised for their services, now find themselves ridden off as outlaws. Multiple perspectives from Hal Jordan (Green Lantern), Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, Flash, etc, as they fight for truth, justice, and the American way, accumulating to the upcoming battle with “The Center.” Darwyn Cooke tells an amazing story that you all should check out.



6. Scott Pilgrim Vol 1 through 6
I cannot recommend these books from Bryan Lee O’ Malley enough. 6 graphic novels in total, focusing on Scott Pilgrim’s desire to date Ramona Flowers, his journey to defeat her 7 evil ex’s, and the challenge of being a responsible adult. This book is filled with post high school confusion, punk rock, video games, anime style action, and heart. If you liked the movie, I promise you, you’ll love the book.



5. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man volume 2
My favorite super hero is Spider-Man. In 2011 when they announced they would be making a new Spider-Man of color I was ecstatic. As a person of color it’s been great to have a Spider-Man that fills that need for minority characters. Obviously just having a minority character isn’t enough but Brian Michael Bendis’s run on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man makes you really love the character of Miles Morales. The story of what happens after Peter Parker dies and a new clueless Spider-Man must fill the void, is nothing short of great. It puts you in the shoes of a new character trying to figure out who he is, all while trying to keep the memory of Peter Parker alive. 



4. Paper Girls
If you like the show “Stranger Things,” you’ll love Paper Girls. Taking place in the 1980s, 4 middle school girls, on their morning paper route get caught up in the strangest day of their lives. To ninjas, dinosaurs, time travel, clones, to apple products, Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang hit you with a sci-fi nostalgia story that will keep you guessing where the next turn is.




3. Justice League International
The late 80′s had one of the greatest Justice League runs of all time. Keith Giffen and J.M. Dematteis pumped out some of the funniest and most entertaining comics to date. Focusing on the Justice League as a work place comedy, this massive run follows the adventures of a newly formed Justice League made up of mostly second string characters. The satisfaction of Batman punching out Guy Gardner, the comedy duo of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, GNORT! If you want your super hero books to be fun and hilarious, this is the book for you. Starting in Justice League #1 through 6 and transitioning to Justice League International, then splitting between Justice League Europe and Justice League America.



2. New Avengers
This comic book run written by Brian Michael Bendis is what got me back into comics after an 8 year absence. 6 months after the Avengers disbanded due to the Scarlet Witch killing some of her fellow teammates, a massive prison break, orchestrated by Electro forces Spider-Woman, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, and the Sentry to come together to put an end to the riot. The book follows the newly formed team on their mission to track down the 42 escaped prisoners, all while trying to solve the mystery who hired Electro and why? New Avengers also brought some of the best characters in Marvel including Wolverine, Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and more, to join the team. The book became the center stage for Marvel Comics from 2005 until 2012 running through events like House of M, Civil War, Secret Invasion, all the way to Avengers vs X-Men. It’s a fun super hero book that really throws you into the world of Marvel Comics.



HONORABLE MENTIONS
Black Science
Sex Criminals
New Teen Titans (Marv Wolfman)
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey
Uncanny X-Force (Rick Remender run)
Batgirl: Year One




AND NUMBER ONE….




1. Saga
If you’re not reading Saga, you are missing out. A Romeo and Juliet story set in a sci-fi fantasy space adventure. In the middle of an intergalactic war, Alona and Marko leave their worlds behind to risk everything for the survival and protection of their newborn Hazel. Hunted by both sides of the war, the two travel across the stars and encountering creatures from all over the galaxy who either want to help them or want them dead. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples take a story about the ups and downs of parenting and throws it into a cosmic and crazy story of awesomeness. Look out for Izabel, Prince Robot the IV, and Ghus. You will smile every time they are on the page.

anonymous asked:

if they're gonna have ralph, eventually they're gonna need sue!

I want to agree, and that would be great, but it’s the CW so honestly, who knows ^^;

I mean, Wally West is with Jesse Quick instead of Linda Park…

But also, I worry if they’d use Sue’s death as narrative fodder, since when I checked “The Elongated Man”’s wikipedia page to respond to this, her death was one of the first things I found…

manic-pixie-dream-man  asked:

Can you talk a bit about green arrow? He's been a favorite for a long time, but arrow just completely ruined his character, and i want to feel good about him again.

Green Arrow’s pretty great. He’s not someone I actively follow - I’ve never read a run with him aside from O’Neil/Adams Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and I doubt I’ll ever go out of my way to, though never say never - but he’s one of those characters I’m always happy to have around and see pop in now and again; it’s nice knowing that guy has his little corner of the DCU to do his thing in. He’s an almost exactly perfect combination of insufferably smug and genuinely really likable in a way that’s incredibly difficult to pull off, and even acknowledging that they clearly wanted to just do a Batman show (and that it’d be hard to produce 22 40-minute episodes a year of him yelling about corporate greed and social apathy on the CW, though they particularly shot themselves in the foot on the political aspect of his character), it remains insane to me that someone made an entire TV show about a superhero with this much outsized personality and couldn’t think of anything to do with him but turn him into Sadder Green Murder Batman. It’d be like making a show about Ben Grimm where he never tells anyone what time it is.

The thing is, as much as he typically works for me as a funny, fun character above all else whose entertainment value comes in large part from him being an asshole - my favorite Green Arrow stories are Tom Scioli’s “reimagining” of his origin, and Al Ewing’s take on him in the comments section of his old Diary of Ralph Dibny blog - there’s a reason he works for me as a character rather than just as a borderline walking gag. There’s a scene in some retro-style JLA comic I otherwise don’t remember where a businessman’s offering to fund the League, and Ollie’s telling/ordering them not to bite, because the guy must be crooked because of his money; the phrase “fat cats” almost certainly worked its way in, because Ollie. Black Canary I think is the one who smirks and reminds him he used to be a billionaire, and asks if he was a bastard too. Ollie, without missing a beat, snaps back “Aren’t you listening?! Yes!” 

And that to me is the heart of it - that he used to be a bad person, and he knows it. And suddenly all the hilariously over-the-top performative speechifying becomes not (just) a rich white guy trying to look more woke than he really is, but a guy who’s profoundly ashamed of the brat he was and is trying way too hard to convince everyone, himself included, that he’s changed. It lends him some real depth - without getting too maudlin about it, because for all his flaws he really is an immeasurably better man than he was - and makes the hero he’s turned out to be genuinely impressive and meaningful.

Also he shoots boxing gloves at people, and occasionally will hum his own theme song while kicking you in the face. That’s pretty great too.