The following are my top five comics (monthlies or minis) or events (crossovers, etc.) from ’07.
- 5. The Order, Marvel
- Superheroes meet celebrity. It was a tough call between this and Avengers: the Initiative, but in the end The Order’s cast of newly minted superheroes wins out. A good team book that in many ways mirrors reality television, it uses the unique (to comics) device of the “confessional”/interview to both flesh out the characters and set the tone/theme of individual issues. Drama, action, excitement, and fantastic writing make this book the best thing to come out of Civil War.
- 4. Messiah Complex(X-books), Marvel
- With several strong X-titles “in” continuity and at least one outside (Astonishing X-men) the multi-book Messiah Complex brings the X-men back to the basics and the X-books back up to the standard of quality they deserve. Hated, hunted, backs to the wall Marvel’s merry mutants are doing things old school: fighting overwhelming odds, time-traveling, and playing catch-up with the bad guys. Old faces return. Heroes rise and fall. This is an X-men crossover done right.
- 3. World War Hulk(Incredible Hulk, various one-shots and tie-ins), Marvel
- A bunch of jerkwads sent Hulk into space to be at peace except they screwed up and sent him to a hostile world where Hulk had to fight his way to the top. Achieving peace, of a sort, Hulk had it snatched away when the shuttle that carried him exploded killing his wife and their unborn child. Enter World War Hulk with a supremely pissed Green Guy out for revenge. Carnage, destruction, and a boiling down of who and what the Hulk is. Look for the trade soon.
- 2. The Sinestro War (Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, various one-shots and tie-ins), DC Comics
- Sinestro, the pink man with the plan, is back this time with an army of yellow ring toting psychopaths. Amongst which are Superboy Prime (not called such thanks to pending legal issues), the Cyborg Superman (Hank Henshaw), and the Anti-Monitor (of Crisis fame). All out war waged over the center of the universe (not where it used to be, nuts to you Guardians) with deaths all over the place. New laws are written for the GLC and hints of conflict to come thrown left and right. An exciting read in the old school space opera fashion.
- 1. Starlord (Annihilation: Conquest), Marvel, 4-issue mini
- The dirty dozen in space. A squad of misfits led by former Starlord Peter Quill face off against the technology devouring Phalanx. Great team interaction, gritty action, and refreshingly unique characters and settings set this book apart from other Marvel titles. If you haven’t already check out any of the “cosmic” Marvel titles for some great reads.