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Hey folks, today we're asking what your favorite event is.



52 was really something special, in both form and content. A year-long weekly set in real-time, it pulled the spotlight off the big stars of the DCU and gave a few underdogs their chances to shine. It made Booster Gold a big deal again, introduced Batwoman to the world, and, perhaps most importantly, told the story of how the no-face was handed off from Vic Sage to Renee Montoya. There's story fodder here that's still being explored today, while others that unfortunately haven't gotten a proper look yet (dc where are my ghost detective dibnys they need to have their own book).

And beyond the compelling story, the process of how the various story beats were juggled between the four writers, Greg Rucka, Grant Morrison, Mark Waid and Geoff Johns, is pretty fascinating on its own. The commentary in the trade collections is invaluable stuff. The art could be a little iffy at times and uses guys like Joe Bennett and Eddie Barrows a little more often than I would've liked, but every now and then you get someone like Chris Batista, Drew Johnson or Darick Robertson, and the whole thing becomes a little more worth it. And the covers by J.G. Jones are gorgeously designed and rendered!

So how about you, what comics event really got your attention?

Date: 2010-09-05 04:02 pm (UTC)
retro_nouveau: AARP Bruce (15)
From: [personal profile] retro_nouveau
Flash of Two Worlds. Not the first story about parallel universes, but the introduction into the DCU. I love love love love love the multiverse. Love.



Comics event that I ragingly hate beyond all reason (well, there are at least a hundred, but this is #1): Crisis on Infinite Earths. Oh, wait, no one asked? Oops! Sorry! I withdraw this part of the comment.

Date: 2010-09-05 06:40 pm (UTC)
kamino_neko: Kamino Neko's evil icon. (Evil)
From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
You two must now fight to the death!

Date: 2010-09-05 09:44 pm (UTC)
nezchan: Navis at breakfast (Default)
From: [personal profile] nezchan
There will be fanwank. Oh yes, there will be fanwank.

Date: 2010-09-05 04:22 pm (UTC)
nezchan: Navis at breakfast (Default)
From: [personal profile] nezchan
I'm totally gonna have to go old-school:



There was something special about this one. A universe-spanning houseclearing that was, at the time, sorely needed. Before the concept became old-hat, before the revolving door of death robbed most sacrifices of their meaning, this was something that set fans like me back on their heels. Oh, Marvel beat them to the punch with Secret Wars, but SW ended up being just another hero crossover (biggest lasting effect was the introduction of the Venom costume), where CoIE became an event beyond expectations.

There've been awesome events since then, and terrible ones. But in many ways, they all came from here.

Date: 2010-09-05 05:35 pm (UTC)
retro_nouveau: AARP Bruce (5)
From: [personal profile] retro_nouveau
Hah!

Date: 2010-09-05 05:52 pm (UTC)
ext_171733: (Default)
From: [identity profile] werehawk.livejournal.com
I agree with this assessment, especially since every 'event' we see now gets advertised as 'the one that changes EVERYTHING!' and never follows through. COIE was the one that changed everything and is the gold standard for that. (Even after time has diluted many of the pieces (Supergirl, Flash, one universe, Crime Syndicate etc.). My only complaint is that, after getting about 90% of the crossovers, most of them were crossovers because in one panel, a person said, "Wow. The sky is red.", Others were really intrinsic (All-Star Squadron 50-56 - kudos Roy Thomas, Firestorm 42, JLA 244) but there was no way to differentiate.

Date: 2010-09-05 06:28 pm (UTC)
perletwo: a man can fly (superman fly)
From: [personal profile] perletwo
Yes, this one. The one that started it all, and it's been all downhill from there. It was a real restructuring. I remember what a mindblower it was when they did the temporary merging of the earths in the middle of the series, and Helena Wayne realized she didn't exist anymore - that twist just baked my noodle.

Date: 2010-09-05 04:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cainofdreaming
This is a hard one. Secret Wars, the first I really got into, holds much nostalgic value for me and there's been some really good stuff (Annihilation + all that came out of it, GL Corps events and stuff) lately too. The three Infinity events, also, were quite nice.

Hmm. I think, going by the nostalgic value plus writing quality and all balled together (though there are some who win at nostalgic value, and some that are of better quality, but not both at the same time) I have to say that Kulan Gath's takeover of Manhattan, and further turning into a pseudo-Hyborian era counterpart, is the one I remember most fondly.

Date: 2010-09-05 04:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
Secret Wars II. It was my "first " comic event because it ended two years before I got I "officially" got into comics. I went on a hunt for the back issues, and these were the days before Internet comic ordering. I have no apologies about liking Secret Wars II. The INCREDIBLE HULK crossover issue by Bill Mantlo and Mike Mignola reveals Bruce Banner's childhood, and that Brian Banner was an alcoholic psychotic who was convinced Bruce was a monster and killed Bruce's mother. (Voldermort/PAD added elements to that about ten years later.)

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Date: 2010-09-05 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] falseaesop
I'll agree with 52. I had no faith that it would work but it did so freaking well.

On the marvel side I'll go wth World War Hulk... mostly because by that point I wanted to see Stark, and Richards beaten to death.

Date: 2010-09-05 05:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ian_karkull
For simple nostalgic value, I'd say The Infinity Gauntlet. That series completely blew my mind as a kid and though overwritten in places, it still holds up reasonably well as an epic of epic epicness.
For more recent crossovers, I'd choos DC One Million, which was a lot of fun and Vandal Savage totally had the best lines in it:
"Look Hitler, look!"

Date: 2010-09-05 06:38 pm (UTC)
newnumber6: Ghostly being (Default)
From: [personal profile] newnumber6
Hmmm... probably a toss-up between two 80s event. One was "The Pitt", from New Universe, where the main character of one book accidentally turned Pittsburgh into a several-mile-wide crater and changed the entirely world forever. Other books' cast went to investigate the Pitt, or were caught up in the Draft when the US believed the Pitt was caused by foreign paranormals and started drafting their own force to fight them, pretty much every book in the line was affected by it.

The other one was Inferno. It's hard to say I like the whole of event because some of the X-books were kinda 'meh' with it, but I loved the idea of a demon invasion of the city, lovedt he New Mutants at the time and the conclusion to Illyana's story, and loved how other books temporarily had to deal with NYC going crazy with demons. Even Power Pack fought demons and had to reveal their powers to their parents because of it. I get a big kick out of the fact that the current New Mutants run is directly refernecing the Inferno period of history.

Date: 2010-09-05 06:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] newnumber6
Honorable mention on the DC side goes to Cataclysm/No Man's Land, which I'm including as one big event. I loved the idea of it, even if it's a little silly on the face of it (declaring it uninhabitable and saying anyone who wants to stay is on their own... okay, MAYBE. destroying the bridges and deciding that anyone who decided to stay can never come out? Uhm... WTF?), but once you got past that it was quite a neat idea to explore.

Date: 2010-09-05 06:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] neuhallidae
Inferno gave me nightmares the first time I read it. That bit with the elevator, huagh.

Date: 2010-09-05 06:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] a_mae_zing
52 was the first comic series I picked up and what got me hooked on the medium. <3

Date: 2010-09-05 07:01 pm (UTC)
kamino_neko: Kamino Neko's evil icon. (Evil)
From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
Countdown! Especially Arena!

*runs and hides*





OK, seriously...it's a tough choice.

I have a real soft spot for, of all things, Armageddon 2001.

Re-reading it fairly recently, it's...not terribly good (though not really terrible, either)...

But they were some of the first new comics I bought for myself, having mostly lived on DC's 60s reprint digests (especially Legion) and Archie digests, bought from the second-hand book store just down the street from my house, and the occasional new book bought by my parents (this is how I got hooked on Captain Carrot), before that.

So, despite the mediocrity of the books, I have a real nostalgic love of the whole event. And the idea behind it was pretty awesome, even if the execution lacked something, you have to admit.

And, actually, speaking of Countdown...the main book was bad, and Arena was worse, but the one-shots showing off various other universes were quite good.

Date: 2010-09-05 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] falseaesop
B-b-b-but Didio said Countdown was 52 done right.

You know that guy has ruined too many things for me. Canceling Reboot, turning Beast Wars into the god awful Beast Machines, and the editorial mandates at DC... why must he ruin that which I like.

Date: 2010-09-05 09:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] darkblade
Didio was connected to Reboot and Beast Wars/Machines?

Date: 2010-09-05 11:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aeolos_sakya
I'm not sure about Reboot, but Didio was the guy who had the brilliant idea of ignoring previous Transformers works when Beast Machines was being written.

Date: 2010-09-06 01:04 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
He was a writer on Reboot.

Date: 2010-09-06 04:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] autohobbs
I honestly didn't think there was any more fodder out there to fuel my hatred for Didio, but to learn he was the reason for canceling Reboot...so much more.

Date: 2010-09-05 08:01 pm (UTC)
kamino_neko: Kamino Neko's shocked icon (Shock)
From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
Actually, know what? I think I have another candidate for my favourite.

The two original Tangent series.

They came out after I'd drifted away from superhero comics for the most part, but...I bought them, because they seemed interesting, and I did not regret the purchase at all.

Especially since some of them were my first exposures to artists and writers I've come to really like.

Date: 2010-09-05 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ajremix.livejournal.com
Don't really know if it could really be called an 'event' as it was more Batfamily-centric, but my favorite would be Joker's Last Laugh in which it took the genius and insanity of the Joker and cranked it to eleven.

For runners up I'd have to say Blackest Night, No Man's Land and 52.

Date: 2010-09-05 11:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] http://www.google.com/profiles/NielJacoby
52, Secret Invasion, and The Great Fables Crossover.

Date: 2010-09-06 01:20 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] saralakali
My favorite events were the annual JLA/JSA get-togethers. All other events should never have happened.

Date: 2010-09-06 02:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] apexpredator
I'll prepare for my flames now, but I really enjoyed "Identity Crisis". Aside from "HEY, WAITAMINNIT..." solutions at the ending, the story was built well, and humanized character's I'd grown to love through the years.

Honestly, I'd called Jean as the killer early in it, but had her motivations wrong. I figured she was using a combination of different villain tech to throw people off her path. Or teleporting them in and out of the scenes to cover her tracks, and throw off the heroes trail.

But that's just me.

And for reasons why? This.



Date: 2010-09-06 03:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] big_daddy_d
For me. Countdown to Infinite Crisis: Rann-Thanagar War, Day of Vengeance, Villains United, The O.M.A.C. Project. Loved those books. Another one for me would be:

52

Batman: Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul

Batman: R.I.P. because I will never grow tired of the scene where Joker is driving an ambulance and ends up knocked off the road by Damian driving the batmobile. Pure gold!

Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night.

Shadowland is becoming a favorite of mine right now.

Date: 2010-09-06 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
If by 'event' you mean 'big crossover story', then I'm not really sure I have a favorite. Generally speaking, I actively dislike those things - I have a few of the old-school ones, and some of them are OK, but they've been popping up like popcorn recently, and I'm just sick and tired of them.
If I had to name one as a favorite, though, I guess I'd pick 'Crisis on Infinite Earths'. It was one of the first, it was a sincere attempt to clear up tangled continuity, and it had a lot of cool stuff in it (such as, for example, Supergirl's death, which wasn't necessarily cool in and of itself, but was very moving and well-handled). It's becoming increasingly irrelevant in recent years, as most of the big changes it ushered in have been quietly ushered out, but if you ignore all that...

Date: 2010-09-06 05:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] schmevil
I've actually given up event comics, so um. Age of Apocalypse? idek... it's been so long since I've been really invested in an event.

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