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Title: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: GalvaTRION on April 20, 2008, 05:57:40 PM
So yeah, post em', argue, bitch, etc.

City at War
Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
vol.1 # 50-62


Back in the day, I was a big, big TMNT fan. Forced the parents to spend hundreds of dollars on so many damn toys, movies, bed sheets, curtains, food tie-ins, bodily care products, etc. I began getting into comics seriously in my early teens, reading Spider-Man, Transformers Generation 2, Spawn, and the Archie TMNT Adventures series. However, I had never been to a comic shop. Ever. Had no idea they existed until dad visited a friend who happened to own one. After some searching, I stumbled upon issue 58 (http://www.ninjaturtles.com/).

Up to that point, I had no idea that the turtles were originally a black and white comic book, independent, and not for kids (which isn't to say there was tits and gut-wrenching violence, it just wasn't intended for kids). The story arc- which I have yet to read in it's entirety due to the issues eluding me (this will hopefully change shortly)- shows the turtles in the way that I like them best. They're not superheros. They're just characters thrown into fucked-up situations.

Agh, gotta go. Get back to this later.

You guys turn.
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 20, 2008, 06:02:36 PM
I got to say the entire run of Grant Morrison's New X-Men.  It was really underrated and introduced lots of cool ideas to the X-Men universe, as well as one of the best plot twists ever.  Too bad Marvel decided to ret-con it.  Seems like there was no reason to in my opinion.  But I especially like the idea of Mutant culture, which mixes different elements from different movements, cultures and subcultures.  Personally I thought it was really cool.
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: mrbasehart on April 21, 2008, 05:38:37 AM
I know it was a little messy, but I enjoyed the Death of Superman arc.  Doomsday probably shouldn't have been the one to "kill" Supes, but I thought the aftermath, with all the fake Supermen, was really interesting. 

I also enjoyed the Hal Jordan/Parallax storyline.  Killing the entire Green Lantern Corps? That's bad ass.
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Post by: NinjaComic on April 21, 2008, 06:02:57 AM
Oh yeah, I loved Enmerald Twilight from Green Lantern.  Good stuff and that cover with Hal having all those rings and that twisted grin, priceless.

I also loved The Return of the Mask.  Walter is awesomely creepy.
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: Nick on April 21, 2008, 08:54:41 AM
I don't get into a lot of comics, mainly because I never know where to start. I'll see a comic and it will be labeled "Issue 25, Volume 12," and I won't get, because I know I'll be lost. And sometimes the universes get confusing with all the heroes running into each other and all these heroes and neyyaahh. But I do enjoy comic stories, when I know what's going on. :)
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: Fortis on April 21, 2008, 02:22:46 PM
The Dark Phoenix...dang, I didn't get enough comic books when I was a kid.
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: Tyrant on April 21, 2008, 02:41:20 PM
Well, the title doesn't deal with story arcs the same way superhero comics do, but I'd have to say my favorite right now are the most recent events in Walking Dead (which could be loosely considered an arc). Unlike most zombie titles, Walking Dead doesn't feature the main characters somehow trying to stop the zombies, or find cures or causes for the zombies, or running into a military installation to find out why there are zombies, etc. It's an ongoing chronicle of normal people just trying to survive.

 Thusly, it reads more like a soap opera where changes to the story gracefully roll into other changes and events aren't so rigidly divided. At any rate, the most recent events revolved around the main characters finding some measure of safety in a prison compound, but through a series of events, they're discovered by the leader of a small town (who, of all characters ever shown in WD, comes the closest to being considered 'evil') nearby who wants all the resources in the prison for said town, if not outright moving the population of the town into it for more safety. The story evolves from mere competing for territory to outright hatred and vengeance on the part of the town leader against the main characters, resulting in a bloody showdown that reached its climax in the last issue. Pivotal characters (some around since the first issues) have been killed and the prison sanctuary invaded by zombies.

 I'll add that Kirkman is a brilliant writer and doesn't insult the reader by being predictable by any fashion. His mantra with Walking Dead is that "no one is safe", even main/popular characters, and it makes for a very tense, engaging read.
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: orionpaxxx on April 21, 2008, 08:04:00 PM
I really loved the Fall of the Mutants that crossed between X-Men, X-Factor and New Mutants. And it was the reinvention of Arch-Angel!!
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: a pretty girl is like on April 22, 2008, 08:01:03 PM
I loved the early '90s Walt Simonson run on The Fantastic Four.  He had the FF romping and stomping all over and outside of time.  There's Kang, Galactus, a Celestial,  a time sled named Rosebud II, dinosaurs, a robot Stalin and Dr. Doom returns for one of the best fights in comic history .  The time battle between Doom and Reed Richards in issue 352 is an absolute masterpiece.

Another one I really like is The Kindly Ones storyline from The Sandman. I think the story started somewhere around issue 55 and runs about a dozen chapters altogether.   It has Neil Gaiman bringing together and tying up various plot points starting from the very beginning of the series. 
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Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: TeamRAD on April 22, 2008, 08:14:42 PM

Venom single handedly brought me into the world of comics, but The Death of Gwen Stacy cemented my residency in it.

Arguably, I enjoyed it even more so in Busiek's Marvels.

/end Gwen Stacy love-fest

Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: mrbasehart on April 22, 2008, 09:03:22 PM
I loved the early '90s Walt Simonson run on The Fantastic Four.  He had the FF romping and stomping all over and outside of time.  There's Kang, Galactus, a Celestial,  a time sled named Rosebud II, dinosaurs, a robot Stalin and Dr. Doom returns for one of the best fights in comic history .  The time battle between Doom and Reed Richards in issue 352 is an absolute masterpiece.


I also really liked Byrne's run on the FF, successfully managing to make an interesting character out of She-Hulk. 
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 27, 2008, 06:20:21 AM
I loved the early '90s Walt Simonson run on The Fantastic Four.  He had the FF romping and stomping all over and outside of time.  There's Kang, Galactus, a Celestial,  a time sled named Rosebud II, dinosaurs, a robot Stalin and Dr. Doom returns for one of the best fights in comic history .  The time battle between Doom and Reed Richards in issue 352 is an absolute masterpiece.

Another one I really like is The Kindly Ones storyline from The Sandman. I think the story started somewhere around issue 55 and runs about a dozen chapters altogether.   It has Neil Gaiman bringing together and tying up various plot points starting from the very beginning of the series. 
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Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: gbeenie on April 28, 2008, 06:01:10 PM
Any of the arcs in Matt Wagner's Grendel series are terrific in and of themselves; the fact that they add up to tell what is, in my opinion, the greatest sci-fi epic comics has ever produced is an added bonus.

The "Death of Stinky" storyline in Peter Bagge's Hate!

"The Tornado's Path" from Brad Meltzer's excellent run on Justice League of America.
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 28, 2008, 06:08:54 PM
I just finished The Inivisibles.  Still not entirely sure what it's about but nonetheless... WOW!
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: BathTub on April 28, 2008, 10:13:20 PM
I just finished The Inivisibles.  Still not entirely sure what it's about but nonetheless... WOW!

Hah right, that pretty much sums up the Invisibles. I don't know how it ended, but I read all the way to the end!
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: PsypherPunk on April 28, 2008, 11:44:52 PM
Not sure if it qualifies as an arc but Hellblazer's Dangerous Habits. Wonderful stuff.
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: Kat Rocha on April 29, 2008, 11:21:37 AM
Hmm. tough call..
Grendel: Devil Tales  Homecoming is definately up there.

That and... I think it was a one-shot in Transmet. about the woman who was cryogenically frozen and then revived and what her life has been like. I really liked that one.

-Kat
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 05, 2008, 05:35:07 PM
Yeah, that was a really good issue.  It's titled "Another Cold Morning".
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: Darth Geek on May 05, 2008, 06:49:22 PM
I always liked the Age of Apocalypse story.
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: OTC316 on May 31, 2008, 09:14:35 AM
Growing up, I was partial to the Armor Wars storyline in Iron Man. Tony loses Stark Industries to Obadiah Stane, and discovers that many of the other tech-using characters in the Marvel Universe are using versions of his technology. Tony sets up a new company, and decides to track down every one of those characters and take his technology back. It was interesting to see a super hero take initiative on something instead of just waiting for a villain to show up. I can't recall which villain, but one of them hears about what Iron Man is up to and just gives his gear up to avoid a fight. Tony invents a stealth version of the Iron Man suit to fly to Russia and take down Crimson Dynamo and Titanium Man. Stark's actions also put him at odds with the government, and at one point Tony narrowly escapes a confrontation with Captain America.This all culminated into a final fight with Stane (in the Iron Monger suit), and Tony (in the prototype red & silver armor), and Tony reclaiming Stark Enterprises.

Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: Tripe on May 31, 2008, 10:37:14 AM
I liked the Hellblazer: Bad Blood mini series set in the future.
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: Maverick Joe Six-Pack on June 17, 2008, 08:14:36 AM
I always liked the Age of Apocalypse story.

AoA is what really got me into comics back in the day.  I loved the character designs and the story was so damn good.  The tragedy is when they had the anniversary story arc that was just so terrible. 
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: Douche Baggins on June 20, 2008, 07:15:10 PM
Preacher: when his grandmother comes into the picture all the way to when she dies. jesse custer's grandmother is, in my opinion, easily one of the creepiest/most evil comic book characters out there. his twisted upbringing to his return to the farm and setting things right really was better than going to the movies.

Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: a pretty girl is like on June 21, 2008, 12:23:01 PM
Preacher: when his grandmother comes into the picture all the way to when she dies. jesse custer's grandmother is, in my opinion, easily one of the creepiest/most evil comic book characters out there. his twisted upbringing to his return to the farm and setting things right really was better than going to the movies.

I've always liked everyone in the Custer family.  I thought The Good Old Boys was the best of the Preacher specials/spin-offs.
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: pezdrake on July 11, 2008, 10:17:40 AM
I liked all of Meltzer's run on Justice League, best arc of all time...?
I'll say the JLA/JLE crossover The Teasedale Imperitave.  All the Giffen run JLA/ JLI/ JLE books were great.
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: mrbasehart on July 11, 2008, 08:25:02 PM
All the Giffen run JLA/ JLI/ JLE books were great.

Amen.  Making Batman comedic without taking away any of his menace? Brilliant. 
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: Nick on July 14, 2008, 05:35:11 PM
I've recently read some of the Civil War arc. Personally I liked it, even though I've heard a lot of the comic community were not so enamored. Currently reading some of the Secret Invasion arc.
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 19, 2008, 09:05:35 PM
I read Dan Slott's Arkham Asylum mini-series.  I almost wish it was a series.  In fact, why hasn't someone taken the "Arkham Asylum" archetype and made a series with it.  That could be cool.
Title: Re: Favorite comic book story arcs.
Post by: Destin on July 24, 2008, 07:03:31 PM
Favorite Comic Book Story Arcs!

Batman Vs Predator (Asmuch gore as any other predator comic)

X-Men where Magneto went batshit insane powerful and killed almost all the X-Men
X-Men when the professor Xavier turned into a magneto looking guy and went insane and killed everyone

The Death of Superman. This was probably during a time where I was following comics the most. Him coming back was great but his death was much better.
Superman Vs Doomsday Vs That one fake superman from after the death of superman.