Name: Matt Adler
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May 3, 2012 10:27 am And those broccoli headed aliens? Theirs was the planet that Phoenix destroyed during the Dark Phoenix Saga!
May 2, 2012 6:41 pm Yep, they're all in collected editions, and you'll see I linked to the Amazon listings for everything except the single issues-- Avengers #4, #16, and #58-- which can be found in the Masterworks or Essentials volumes. By the way, I should note that The Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators is an invaluable resource, and it even has a listing of every collection that each issue appears in. Here's the listing for the Avengers: http://www.maelmill-insi.de/UHBMCC/repa5.htm?s#R20 One surprising thing I discovered when trying to narrow down all the great Avengers stories... I considered Roger Stern's "Ultimate Vision" storyline (where the Vision takes over all the world's computers), and though I ultimately decided it didn't make the Top 10, I was shocked to discover it's never been collected! It's all the more surprising when you realize that John Byrne's Vision Quest from Avengers West Coast (which is a follow-up to that story) HAS been collected. Hopefully this will be remedied by Marvel's Collections Department soon.
May 2, 2012 3:55 pm I would argue that the ones from the '80s (eg; Stern's Under Siege) and later, aren't "old-style". It's certainly different from Bendis or Millar, but the dialogue is mostly stuff you could imagine real people saying. The stories are fast-paced and exciting, the characters have depth and real emotion, and most importantly, stuff that happens that matters AND makes sense in terms of the ongoing story and characterization. Many of today's writers could learn from that.
January 2, 2012 4:47 pm Excellent list! 7 of them I did consider for my list. Maybe next year I'll do a Top 20, though I doubt that'll satisfy people ;)
December 29, 2011 5:01 am I'll just quote myself from the above article: "The appearance of Action Comics on this list really sets the tone for this year; how can one of the most venerable titles in the history of comicdom be considered new?" I then addressed that very question. It's okay if you don't like my answer to the question, but the way some are posting as though it was never even considered makes me ponder the irony of complaining about people not opening up their eyes and reading more... when it sounds like you haven't even read what you're complaining about. As for being willing to take chances on new things; I'll stack my reading list up against anyone's in terms of what's new and different. Some of it made my Top 10, some of it didn't. I just don't have the bias against "corporate comics" that some seem to, and I think the unwillingness of some to even consider that innovative things can come from the Big Two is a pretty damning indictment in and of itself. On a side note, it's interesting to see that out of all the suggestions for the list, only 3 creator-owned comics were suggested--Witch Doctor, Super Dinosaur, and The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, with WD being seconded by a number of people. I have read WD and SToLS, but they didn't quite make my Top 10 (they would have made a Top 20). Still, I would have thought those against "corporate comics" would have come up with more suggestions, at least enough to replace the five that are on this list. After all, it doesn't make much sense to say "There's so much great stuff out there that you overlooked," and then not tell us what.
December 27, 2011 2:52 pm In addition to their being #1s, I would say that the relaunched titles on the list also are fresh and different enough takes on the characters to qualify as new. But I understand people's quibbles with these sorts of things, which is why I addressed it up front in the article. Haven't read Rocketeer Adventures, along with some of the other books mentioned here, but I will try to check them out. Ultimately, of course, any list like this is subjective since nobody can have read all the new books that come out in a year. That's why it's good to have you guys recommend stuff :) And I agree, Thunderstrike was very cool.
September 2, 2011 3:16 pm Yeah, just read about that today. A certain irony in a tech blogger declaring somebody else too geeky for them.
July 22, 2011 11:27 pm I sort of feel like Scourge wasn't really a storyline; more of a recurring character. At any rate, the mystery of who he was and what motivated him stretched virtually the length of Gruenwald's entire run!
July 22, 2011 11:00 pm Great pick, Tork-- I think an argument can be made that belongs in the Top 10.
July 22, 2011 3:40 pm @JohnVFerrigno - Ah, but I said "first African-American superhero." The Black Panther is not American ;)