Our next category is Best Marvel or DC Comic.
This category is for your favorite comic published by Marvel or DC in the past ten years. Pretty straightforward. Note: licensed comics aren't eligible for this, they just had a category. This one's probably going to be packed, either way.
1) Nominate as many comics as you want! There's no limit, but this isn't meant to be comprehensive. Nominate the stuff you really like.
2) We're going to go back to needing three nominations again, because there are likely a lot of possible nominees for this and I want to keep it sane.
3) Remember, this is your place to make your case for your favorite comic. Voting will be in a Google form, as usual
4) And: keep it civil. This isn't a place to be shitty to each other.
Alright, and nominations are open...NOW
Put your nominations in BOLD TEXT. You don't need to all caps them, though
Actually, you know what? Go by volume whenever possible. I don't want to define runs by writer plus the nine artists they worked with.
This is the one that got me into reading weekly comics. Although the later part of the run has been marred by crazy delays, it's still one of the defining comics of the current era for me. Clint Barton is my spirit animal. I got a tattoo of the damn chest emblem! Something something Pizza Dog! It's good stuff, guys.
Avengers, Jonathan Hickman
The other half of the equation. Where Hawkeye represented street level personal storytelling, Avengers is the epitome of grand operatic adventure in current comics. Hickman is fucking crazy.
Ms. Marvel, G. Willow Wilson
I don't think I can praise this series in a way that a hundred others haven't done better. It's not only really really good, it's also necessary.
Batman, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
Batman is both really good on its own merits and largely free from the mess that is the rest of the New 52. It also gave us Zero Year, the best Batman story of the last, I don't know, maybe ever?
I'll nominate Runaways Vol. 2 because it's actually eligible and also because it's really fucking good. This is my absolute first choice whenever someone asks me how I should get someone started in reading comics, because it's got a great cast of characters, really unique and stylish art, and it's relatively closed off from most of the shared universe shenanigans that can make it rough for someone to hop right into a new comic, while still incorporating fun nods to existing comics history. It's funny, moving, and it's got a telepathic dinosaur (kind of), an eleven-year old that punched Wolverine through a church.
Strange Tales (v5)
...because I love anthologies and out-of-continuity work. I also dig when folks generally outside of the big two get their hands on big-2 property.
FF (Fraction & Allred)
Immortal Iron Fist
Nominating Hickman's Fantastic Four.
Nominating Morrison's Batman & Robin.
Nominating Whedon's Astonishing X-Men. (Does this count? Started in 2004 but ran through 2009.)
Seconding Future Foundation and Immortal Iron Fist!
The rest of the run has Cap fighting against the results of the Weapon Plus program and his legacy as the world's first super-soldier, culminating in the serum being drained from his body and reverting to a ninety year old man. But Cap doesn't lose, gaining a new family and watching as his best friend and partner takes up his shield and ideals.
I'll also back up the nominations for Ms. Marvel Vol. 2 by G. Willow Wilson, Avengers Vol. 5 and New Avengers Vol. 3 By Jonathan Hickman and Immortal Iron Fist by Matt Fraction
But it is my favorite Batman comic of all time, so I have to nominate it
I need to nominate Thor: God of Thunder
@Grey Ghost should be able to articulate why
When I was in... I guess it must have been junior high, I saw a Deadpool Marvel Overpower card. I don't know why, but I thought that that costume was the best. I didn't know anything about Deadpool, and all I knew about comics was that the X-Men, Spider-Man, and Batman animated series were all great, but that card just called out to me. I guess I made enough pitiful noises that my classmate (who had this card) gave it to me.
In 2004, when I was in college, I decided to check out this comics thing for real. I've bought some comics here or there, and I've certainly spent plenty of time just kinda browsing comic book stores, but I never really followed a title regularly, and I was curious to see what it was like. I walked into Forbidden Planet (the New York one, not the London one) full of determination and money, and was kind of surprised to see a Deadpool comic on the shelf. It was one of the first issues of Cable and Deadpool, number 6 if I'm not mistaken. I bought it, and was hooked kind of instantly. I found the issues I missed, and started down the path I'm on now.
Cable and Deadpool was a pretty remarkable comic, I think. For one thing, it had a good grasp on Deadpool (which I suppose isn't too surprising given that Fabian Nicieza co-created him): mainly, a damaged person, who dreams of being the Good Guy, but has too much baggage and too many negative tendencies to ever really achieve that dream. Most importantly, he wasn't a two-dimensional violent cartoon character, which is how some of the recent comics depicted him as. Cable and Deadpool also presented Cable as a fully-realized character, and made me care about him. I consider this a feat. Most importantly, the comic managed to strike a balanced tone between comedic and serious, over-the-top and genuine, that lasted throughout the series. The "thank you" letter from the creative team to the readers in the final issue of that series made me pretty emotional. I think I may attribute more importance and quality to the series than it deserves just because it's so important to me, personally, but I really think it's a series worth reading.
I still have that Marvel Overpower card sitting on my shelf with the comics.
Bring back Freedom Ring!
ALL-BLACK THE NECROSWORD
SLICER OF WORLDS
Seconding Cable and Deadpool
Also nominating Wolverine and the X-Men , which took it's premise and ran with it in the best ways and gave us some of the greatest new characters (or better versions of established characters)
Finally, nominating Ultimate Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis, which has been a great, sprawling run of comics which "got" Spider-Man in a way that the 616 comics seemed to have left behind (For the worse in most occasions) It also was the comic that made me start looking at comics as a hobby I really enjoyed rather than just something my dad passed on to me and I read when I was bored.
Also I need to grab all my overpower cards from my parents house at some point. They would go well with some of my other displayed nerd collections. I also love that Deadpool.
Also nominating Venom 2011-present (I haven't seen a volume label with it for certain)
I love this take on the character and generally think the run has been quite good overall.
Batgirl by Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr
Ms Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
Immortal Iron Fist by Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker
Daredevil by Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark
Captain America by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting
Nextwave by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen.
Here's what some smart person had to say about it in the Character Revival Thread:
Beyond that, Journey Into Mystery was a comic that should have been terrible, dragged down by event tie-ins. Hell, it even launched as a tie-in to the largely underwhelming Fear Itself, and immediately made it's mark by being the best part of the whole event (aside from maybe the Cyclops plan montage in Uncanny X-Men). It was like that with other events as well. Gillen said at a panel the other weekend that he knew going in to JIM that it would be dragged into events and crossovers for it's whole run and planned accordingly, designing it from the start to mess with the larger stories it got tied in to.
Planet Hulk (The Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #92-105) (2006-2007)
Seconding Nextwave and Uncanny X-Force
I'd nominate Squirrel Girl, but it's only been three issues.
nominating DnA's Nova
nominating Tomasi's Nightwing
nominating Tomasi's Green Lantern Corps
DnA's Guardians of the Galaxy,
Hickman's Fantastic Four/FF
and a great cast that really went through the ringer. That Hickman managed to cram his other project, S.H.I.E.L.D. into it was just mind boggling.
How would Agents of Atlas work? It's technically a bunch of different series, but they're all of similar quality and written by Jeff Parker.
Slott's early Spider-Man run was pretty fantastic, but Superior is clearly his crowning achievement.
He took a concept that almost everyone was shitting on and made it work. SpOck was a fascinating character, someone you both rooted to fail and succeed.
Batgirl by Bryan Q Miller
52 by Rucka, Morrison, Waid, and Johns
Checkmate by Greg Rucka
Wonder Woman by Azzarello
Batgirl by Bryan Q Miller
Batman & Robin by Morrison and Quietly
Astonishing X-Men by Whedon and Cassaday
I'd nominate Cassandra Cain's run as Batgirl too, but most of the good issues were before the cut-off, and most of the bad ones are really fucking bad.
I'm pretty sure that ALL of Hickman's Marvel books are connected and planned that way. He didn't cram S.H.I.E.L.D. into Secret Warriors, it was there all along