85. Keith Giffen and Tom and Mary Bierbaum’s Legion – Have not read
84. Alan Moore, Zander Cannon and Gene Ha’s Top 10 – This is good. Really good. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was the best of Moore’s ABC line, but this was a close second. Doesn’t make my top 10 though.
83. Kazuo Koike & Goseki Kojima’s Lone Wolf and Cub – This does. Heck it might be #1. Lone Wolf & Cub. It is awesome sauce lightly dribbled over a nifty mousse. It is uber violent. So I don’t recommend it to everyone. And some of the later stories have an unpleasant ick factor.
82. Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark and Stefano Gaudiano’s Daredevil – Smith then Bendis then Brubaker then Diggle and now Waid. The modern Daredevil has had a pretty good run of writers. Brubaker’s arc had weaknesses. The globe troting Daredevil didn’t really work. But the prison arc might be the best arc in any of those five runs.
81. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Criminal – I like Criminal. But I’ve liked Brubaker on so many other things more. See the item above for instance. And Gotham Central and Sleeper and, personal favourite, Scene of the Crime. And now Fatale – also with Phillips. This is really good though.
80. Joe Kelly’s Deadpool – Yes. Yes. Yes. There is no reason why these issues should have been so good. It made me a Joe Kelly fan, but he’s never done anything this good again. Makes Todd sad. Don’t own them though. Tim does.
79. Jim Starlin’s Warlock – Have no read. I picked up the story later with Thanos Quest. The last two annuals of this were released last month as a special. They were OK. Not great.
78. Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force – This is solid super-hero stuff. The colouring is always too dark. But not near a top comics list of mine.
77. Larry Hama’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – Have not read
76. Denny O’Neil and Denys Cowan’s The Question – Have not read.
75. Kieron Gillen’s Journey Into Mystery – Have not read. Gee it looks like every modern Marvel series is going to make its way onto this list. Bet Bendirs’ Avengers make the top ten. Sigh.
74. Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s Doctor Strange – This is the only volume of Marvel Essentials I own. Good stuff. The art is the star. The stories are corny. But there are also ideas aplenty.
73. Peter Milligan and Mike Allred’s X-Force/X-Statix – Not my cup’a’tea.
72. Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Clapion’s Batman – Hmm. Snyder’s run on Detective was better than his current run on Batman. But it is my favourite title from DC right now. I am a fan of the Capullo art.
71. Mark Waid’s Daredevil – Hmm. The early arc with Rivera and Martin on art are some of the best comics published in the last two years. The current Samnee stuff is also good, but is no longer magical. So this isn’t my top material either.
Newer runs are obviously showing up here a lot. In ten years many of these won’t even be on such a list. Lone Wolf and Cub and Doctor Strange still will be though. 70 more to go.