For those unaware this is what I look like, and usually you find me on the Marvel side of things I’ve decided to list my favorite story arcs in the world of comics! Obviously this is completely biased and slanted and just my opinion, it in no way reflects the views of my fellow Outright Geekers.
Honorable Mention: Death of the Family:
Writer(s): Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins, John Layman, Scott Lobdell Ann Nocenti, Gail Simone, Peter Tomasi, and James Tynion IV
Batman #13-17, Batgirl #13-16, Batman and Robin #15-16, Catwoman #13-14, Detective Comics #15-16, Nightwing #15-16, Red Hood and the Outlaws 15-16, Suicide Squad #14-15, Teen Titans #15-16
This Story was awesome, for the most part, a butt-load of tie ins really weighed it down, but even if you ignore the extreme out of tie-ins you still get a lack luster ending to this story. Scott SNyder really put in the ground work for everyone else and established a Joker who misses his relationship with Batman and is sick of the Batfamily. So the deranged Joker with his face stapled on begins to bring havoc to the Batfamily. Absolutely solid build in the beggining but falls flat in the end of the story
5. Wrath of First Lantern
Writer(s): Geoff Johns, Tony Bedard, Peter Tomasi, and Peter Milligan
Green Lantern #17-20, Green Lantern Corps #17-20, Green Lantern and the New Guardians #17-20, Red Lanterns #17-20.
The Guardians have lost their mind in trying to wipe out the Green Lantern Corps, in their over exuberance they unleash Volthoom, the First Lantern, and he begins to bring his wrath upon our heroes, I know go figure. This story was really the end of an era, Geoff Johns ten year run ended, Tomasi and Beddard who also ben fellow light bearers through his run where ending their era writing ring-slingers. SO they all go out with a bang, and honestly this event gives you a feel for whatever the whole legacy of each character as the First Lantern explored the pasts and possible lives they could have had. The Last Issue was straight the best part of the entire event. Green Lantern #20 was a tour de force way to end an event, pay off and then some, of course it was 7.99 issue, so it better have been. This honestly was a great event, and a good way for writers to part a series they loved.
4. Battle of the Atom
Writer(s): Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, and Brian Wood
X-men Battle of the Atom #1-2, All New X-men 16-17, X-men #5-6, Uncanny X-men #12-13, Wolverine and the X-men #36-37.
Yes that’s right, I liked Battle of the Atom more than Death of the Family, sue me. As far as beginning, middle, and end I liked what this story did more.Three writers who seemlessly push a story chapter by chapter. Honestly I’m a huge X-men fan, and this was a fun X-event, and call me weird but I miss the days when X-men were the fun team to follow. The original 5 X-men have overstayed their welcome and its apparent they need to go back, so apparent a group of X-men from the future come to the present to help send them back. Of course the X-men of the future are actually the Brother Hood of Mutants from the Future, and the real X-men of the Future are pissed. Confused? Of course you are, it’s the X-men, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Quentin Quire as the Phoenix in the Future, yes. And I haven’t even talked about the already divided Present X-men and how they feel about all of this. Of course the end of this event lacked a bit, nut such is the nature of events in on-going continuity comics, was it the best X-event? No. Was it a ton of fun? Hell yes. I loved it, don’t care.
3. Age of Ultron
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Age of Ultron #1-10
Somebody had to get rid of Ultron, why not let the guy who’s dictated all the big Marvel Events in the last ten years. I honestly didn’t think I was gonna like this event at all, but boy was I surprised! Holy Timey-Wimey Doctor! This event turned the 616 on its @$$. Ultron has conquered Earth in a single day, The X-men and Avengers left in disarray and confused as to what the hell happened? Ultron apparently did it from the future, so using a time portal various heroes go to try and stop him, two heroes; Wolverine and Invisible Woman decided to sneak into the past to stop Hank Pym from ever creating Ultron. All hell breaks loose when they fail to fix things and just flat out make them worse *cough Wolverine*. Why can’t the X-men ever just leave the timeline in tact? Well guess what things get resolved but the timeline doesn’t…Ominous…..Marvel.
2. Throne of Atlantis
Writer: Geoff Johns
Aquaman #14-16, Justice League #15-17
Geoff Johns has done great things with Aquaman since the New 52 reboot. Honestly if you haven’t touched his Aquaman run you are seriously missing out on one of the best revamps to a classic character who’s never deserved all the flack given to him over the years. This event was Aquaman being awesome and being probably the scariest and most capable member of the Justice League. Atlantis has declared war on the Surface World, Orm, brother to Aquaman, King of Atlantis, is in the center of the chaos. The League find themselves out matched and confused as hell as to what to do. Well after some twists and turns King Arthur decides its time to step up to the plate. This event had plenty, it was just awesome, things happen, it wasn’t exactly long, but it was super awesome!!!
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Infinity #1-6, Avengers #18-23, New Avengers #9-12
Of course this was number one. If you’ve read any of my reviews, or seen weekly recs, you know I loved everything about this event. It was absolutely brilliant for me from beginning to end. Every issue provided a new twist in the tale, as the story progressed I found myself confused and maybe a little bit in love. Here’s what I can say for sure, I think is was the best event/story Marvel has had in a decade. I mean it trump whatever you thought the house of ideas had going for it in the last ten years, OurUniverse is being threaten by those who helped to build it, Engineers, Builders of the Universe see Earth as the problem as they make their way they destroy all in the path. The Avengers set out to stop them. While the Avengers are away Thanos comes to play as the Mad Titan comes to Earth with more on his mind then just conquering or gems. Needless to Say this event had it all for me. If your a fan of epic in comics, this was the event to read, still is! Best Event of 2013 for me!