Comics – Favorite Stories

Recently on Facebook a friend of mine posted that his son had asked what his top ten favorite comic book stories where. When I saw the post my brain automatically kicked in and I had to make a list of my own!

The Rule I made was I had to list the first ten storylines that I could remember really liking. Logic being that the ones I thought of first would be the ones that I had liked the most…

xtinctionXMEN BOOKS – Xtinction Agenda

This was the first major cross-over storyline I read and collected in a comic. I had been collecting old issues for a while but had just started picking up X-FACTOR after finding out that it was spun out of the last issue of New Defenders. Really dug the story. It was the underdogs and against the evil in a expanded story (Nine issues total, three each from New Mutants,X-Factor and Uncanny X-Men). It was a good story with a strong start and end. Something that is missing in the crossovers of today where the story idea is forced into every title from the publisher no matter if it works or not.
Batman Eartquake in Gotham storyline– Cataclysm, Aftershock, No Man’s Land

I always love disaster movies… so how could I not love disaster comics? I loved this era of Batman comics, but thought it sadly took a dive right after and was many years before it came back…
uy8_lgWolverine : Old Man Logan

End of the world story… What more needs to be said?
DC: New Frontier

Darwyn Cooke.
Annihilation and Annihilation : Conquest

DNA make the Marvel Cosmic books cool.
Batman: Contagion

A Batman Virus story. I love reading about virology. I love virus stories…

Bone

Jeff Smiths epic tale.  I love Epic Tales and this is one that ranks with the best.
Kingdom Come

I have to admit this one makes the list mainly for the art.

Usagi Yojimbo – GrassCutter

It was hard picking just one Usagi Story. While they are all epic, this one makes the top as one of my favorites.

Mage – Hero Discovered/Defined

Seems most of the stories that made my list are Epic Tales. Mage, a retelling of the Arthur myth is another one. Parts one and two of a trilogy , I like many Matt Wagner fans await the final volume of this tale.
Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck

One of the best epic stories ever told. Detailing the life of Scrooge McDuck this tale combines Don Rosa’s Masterful art with his ability to tale wonderful and funny tales.

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Artist to Watch – Grant Gould

Grant Gould
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2009_sketchbook_cover_by_grantgoboomGrant is a great guy, and an amazing artist on top of that. I have more original Grant Gould pieces in my art collection then any other artist. I have had the chance to talk to him at a number of different conventions and he is always one of the most polite and down to earth artist at the cons. I have been collecting his yearly sketch books from the very first time I meet him and waiting very patiently for him to put a comic out. This past year that wait finally came to an end. Grant finally had a book coming out!

the_wolves_of_odin_by_grantgoboom This past year SUPER REAL GRAPHICS published Grant’s first book. The Wolves of Odin summed up as brief as can be is Vikings Vs. Werewolves. While the art in the book was everything that I had hoped it would be coming from Grant, I was a little let down. It ended way to soon. I was hoping so much for it to go on much longer then it did. Hopefully this is just the start and we will see more stories from Grant.

I think that Grant is best known for his work with the trading card companies doing sketch cards for the various sets. He has done sketch cards in way to many sets for me to even try to start listing here. He has also contributed the art for a base card in the Star Wars Galaxys volume 4 set as well as one of the Lord of the Rings card sets.

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Of all the art that I have collected of Grant’s, I think by far my favorite is a Rocket Raccoon drawing that I bought off of him at last years FALLCON. I loved Rocket when he first showed up in Marvel Comics way back when and he is what got me to read the Annihilation miniseries from Marvel Comics which led me into the relaunch of the Guardians of the Galaxy. The Rocket drawing is not only one of my favorite pieces, but one of my top two favorites in my whole collection.

And now just to make you jealous… My Rocket Racoon picture of Grant’s

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