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2013 Top 100 Comic Book Storylines Master List

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Here is a master list of all the top 100 comic book storylines, as voted on by YOU, our readers (over a thousand of you)!

Click on any storyline for a write-up on that story (complete with some sample pages from the story)!

100. “The Death of Speedy” by Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets #21-23) – 98 points (1 first place vote)

99. “First Tale of the Demon” by Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, Bob Brown, Irv Novick and Dick Giordano (Batman #232, 235, 240, 242-244 and Detective Comics #411) – 101 points (2 first place votes)

98. “The Korvac Saga” by Jim Shooter, Roger Stern, David Michelinie, George Pérez, Sal Buscema, David Wenzel and Pablo Marcos (Avengers #167-169, 170-171, 173-177) – 103 points

97. “Unmanned” by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan, Jr. (Y The Last Man #1-6) – 105 points (2 first place votes)

96. “The Love Bunglers” by Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets: New Stories #3-4) – 108 points (3 first place votes)

95. “The Death of Jean DeWolff” by Peter David and Rich Buckler (plus many inkers) (The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #107-110) – 109 points

94. “Blood of Palomar” by Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets #21-26) – 110 points (4 first place votes)

93. “Top 10 Season 1? by Alan Moore, Gene Ha and Zander Cannon (Top 10 #1-12) – 112 points (2 first place votes)

92. “New World Order” by Grant Morrison, Howard Porter and John Dell (JLA #1-4) – 115 points (1 first place vote)

91. “The Man of Steel” by John Byrne and Dick Giordano (The Man of Steel #1-6) – 116 points

90. “Sleeper Season 1? by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Sleeper #1-12) – 118 points (2 first place votes)

89. “Avengers Forever” by Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern, Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino (Avengers Forever #1-12) – 119 points (1 first place vote)

88. “Jimmy Corrigan, Smartest Boy on Earth” by Chris Ware (Acme Novelty Library #5, 6, 8, 9 and 11-14) – – 120 points (1 first place vote)

87. “Secret Wars” by Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck, Bob Layton, John Beatty and a host of other inkers (Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #1-12) -121 points (1 first place vote)

86. “Rock of Ages” by Grant Morrison, Howard Porter, Gary Frank, Greg Land, John Dell and Bob McLeod (JLA #10-15) – 122 points

85. “Half a Life” by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark (Gotham Central #7-10) – 123 points (2 first place votes)

84. “Scott Pilgrim” by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness, Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together,Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe and Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour) – 125 points

83. “Elektra: Assassin” by Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin #1-8) – 127 points (1 first place vote)

82. “Squadron Supreme” by Mark Gruenwald, Bob Hall, Paul Ryan, John Buscema, John Beatty, Sam De La Rosa, Jackson Guice and Keith Williams (Squadron Supreme #1-12) – 128 points (5 first place votes)

81. “The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck” by Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge #285-296) – 129 points (3 first place votes)

80. “Welcome to Lovecraft” by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke and Key #1-6) – 131 points (5 first place votes)

79. “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 1? by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1-6) – 133 points (2 first place votes)

78. “Saga, Volume 1” by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Saga #1-6) – 134 points (1 first place vote)

77. “Love and Death” by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, John Totleben and Rick Veitch(Saga of the Swamp Thing 28-34 & Annual #2) – 137 points (3 first place votes)

76. “The Death of Superman” by Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Louise Simonson and Roger Stern (writers), Dan Jurgens, Tom Grummett, Jon Bogdanove and Jackson Guice (pencilers) and Brett Breeding, Doug Hazlewood, Dennis Janke, Denis Rodier and Rich Burchett (inkers) (Superman #74-75, Adventures of Superman #497, Superman: Man of Steel #18-19, Action Comics #684, Justice League America #69) – 139 points (2 first place votes)

75. “Ultimates 2? by Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary (Ultimates 2 #1-13) – 140 points (2 first place votes)

74. “Confession” by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson and Will Blyberg (Kurt Busiek’s Astro City #4-9) – 141 points (1 first place vote)

73. “Kree/Skrull War” by Roy Thomas, Neal Adams, Sal Buscema and John Buscema (Avengers #89-97) – 144 points (2 first place votes)

72. “Knightfall” by Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, Jim Aparo, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan, Jim Balent and a number of inkers (Batman #491-500, Detective Comics #659-666) – 146

71. “Homelands” by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha (Fables #36-38, 40–41) – 147 (1 first place vote)

70. “A Game of You” by Neil Gaiman, Colleen Doran, Shawn McManus, Bryan Talbot and many inkers (Sandman #32-37) – 148 points

69. “Anatomy Lesson” by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette and John Totleben (Sage of the Swamp Thing #21-27) – 150 points (1 first place vote)

68. “The Magus Saga” by Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom and Steve Leialoha (Strange Tales #178-181, Warlock #9-11) – 151 points

67. “The Painting That Ate Paris” by Grant Morrison, Richard Case and John Nyberg (Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #26-29) – 153 points (3 first place votes)

66. “Super-Human” by Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch and Andrew Currie (Ultimates #1-6) – 154 points (1 first place vote)

65. “Tower of Babel” by Mark Waid, Howard Porter, Steve Scott, Drew Geraci and Mark Propst (JLA #43-46) – 156 points (2 first place votes)

64. “Dangerous Habits” by Garth Ennis, Will Simpson, Mark Pennington and a host of other inkers (Hellblazer #41-46) – 158 points (1 first place vote)

63. “Wolverine” by Chris Claremont, Frank Miller and Joe Rubinstein (Wolverine (1982) #1-4) – 160 points (5 first place votes)

62. “Safeword” by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan Jr. (Y: The Last Man #18-20) – 161 points (2 first place votes)

61. “The Great Cow Race” by Jeff Smith (Bone #7-11) – 163 points (2 first place votes)

60. “Grand Guignol” by James Robinson and Peter Snejbjerg (with Paul Smith) (Starman #62-73) – 165 points (6 first place votes)

59. “The Longbow Hunters” by Mike Grell (Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #1-3) – 170 points (3 first place votes)

58. “JLA/Avengers” by Kurt Busiek and George Perez (JLA/Avengers #1-4) – 173 points (1 first place vote)

57. “A Court of Owls” by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion (Batman #1-6) – 175 points (3 first place votes)

56. “Church and State” by Dave Sim and Gerhard (Cerebus #52-111) – 177 points (6 first place votes)

55. “Gifted” by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men #1-6) – 180 points (3 first place votes)

54. “Winter Soldier” by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, Michael Lark and Michael Perkins (Captain America #1-6, 8-9, 11-14) – 182 points (1 first place vote)

53. “Annihilation” by Keith Giffen, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Simon Furman, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Scott Kolins, Kev Walker, Renato Arlem, Jorge Lucas, Greg Titus, Andrea DiVito and more (Annihilation: Prologue, Annihilation: Nova #1-4, Annihilation: Silver Surfer #1-4, Annihilation: Ronan #1-4, Annihilation: Super Skrull #1-4, Annihilation #1-6) – 185 points (5 first place votes)

52. “The Kindly Ones” by Neil Gaiman, Marc Hempel, Richard Case, D’Israeli, Ted Kristiansen, Glyn Dillon, Dean Ormston and Charles Vess (Sandman #57-69) – 187 points (7 first place votes)

51. “The Dark Angel Saga” by Rick Remender, Jerome Opena, Mark Brooks, Billy Tan, Robbi Rodriguez, Richard Elson, Scot Eaton, Dean White and a whole bunch of inkers (Uncanny X-Force #8, 10-180 – 200 points (5 first place votes)

50. “High Society” by Dave Sim (Cerebus #26–50) – 203 points (7 first place votes)

49. “The Surtur Saga” by Walter Simonson (Thor #349-353) – 213 points (3 first place votes)

48. “Doll’s House” by Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III (Sandman Vol. 2 #9-16) – 216 points (3 first place votes)

47. “Ultron Unlimited” by Kurt Busiek, George Perez and Al Vey (Avengers #19-22) – 218 points (1 first place vote)

46. “Infinity Gauntlet” by Jim Starlin, George Perez, Ron Lim, Joe Rubinstein and a couple of other inkers (Infinity Gauntlet #1-6) – 223 points (1 first place vote)

45. “Identity Crisis” by Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales and Michael Bair (Identity Crisis #1-7) – 230 points (2 first place votes)

44. “Blackest Night” by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert (Blackest Night #1-8) – 234 points (3 first place votes)

43. “Return of Barry Allen” by Mark Waid, Greg Larocque and Roy Richardson (Flash Vol. 2 #73-79) – 235 points (5 first place votes)

42. “We3” by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (We3 #1-3) – 238 points (3 first place votes)

41. “If This Be My Destiny” by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee (Amazing Spider-Man #31-33) – 240 points (8 first place votes)/a>

40. “The Last Iron Fist Story” by Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, David Aja, Travel Foreman and Various Artists (Immortal Iron Fist #1-14, Civil War: Choosing Sides and Annual #1) – 243 points (4 first place votes) – 243 points (4 first place votes)

39. “The Black Mirror” by Scott Snyder, Jock and Francesco Francavilla (Detective Comics #871-881) – 245 points (3 first place votes)

38. “Final Crisis” by Grant Morrison, JG Jones, Doug Mahnke, Carlos Pacheco, Lee Garbett, Matthew Clark, Marco Ruby and a host of inkers (Final Crisis #1-7, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1-2, Final Crisis: Submit #1 plus I would throw in Batman #682-683) – 252 points (7 first place votes)

37. “All in the Family” by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon (Preacher #8-12)– 260 points (3 first place votes)

36. “E is for Extinction” by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely and Tim Townsend (New X-Men #114-116)– 262 points (5 first place votes)

35. “The Death of Gwen Stacy” by Gerry Conway, Gil Kane and John Romita (Amazing Spider-Man #121-122)– 269 points (5 first place votes)

34. “Olympus” by Alan Moore, Rick Veitch, John Totleben, Tom Yeates and John Ridgway (Miracleman #11-16)– 271 points (6 first place votes)

33. “Hush” by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee and Scott Williams (Batman #608-619) – 274 points (5 first place votes)

32. “From Hell” by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell (From Hell #1-11) – 276 points (7 first place votes)

31. “Marvels” by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross (Marvels #1-4, plus #0, I guess) – 281 points (5 first place votes)

30. “Brief Lives” by Neil Gaiman, Jill Thompson, Vince Locke and Dick Giordano (Sandman #41-49) – 283 points (7 first place votes)

29. “Deus ex Machina” by Grant Morrison, Chas Truog, Doug Hazlewood, Mark Farmer and a few other artists (Animal Man #18-26) – 295 points (8 first place votes)

28. “Runaways Volume 1” by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, Craig Yeung, Takeshi Miyazawa and David Nebold (Runaways #1-18) – 298 points (3 first place votes)

27. “Under Siege” by Roger Stern, John Buscema and Tom Palmer (Avengers #270-277) – 300 points (7 first place votes)

26. “Who is the Fourth Man?” by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday (Planetary #1-12) – 305 points (8 first place votes)

25. “The New Frontier” by Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier #1-6) – 307 points (10 first place votes)

24. “Batman R.I.P.” by Grant Morrison, Tony Daniel and Sandu Florea (s #676-681) – 329 points (12 first place votes)

23. “Civil War” by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines (Civil War #1-7) – 384 points (5 first place votes)

22. “The Sinestro Corps War” by Geoff Johns, Dave Gibbons, Peter Tomasi, Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver, Patrick Gleason plus a whole lot of other pencilers and inkers (Green Lantern Sinestro Corps Special #1, Green Lantern Vol. 4 #21-25, Green Lantern Corps #14-19) – 386 points (7 first place votes)

21. “The Age of Apocalypse” by Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid, Fabian Nicieza, Andy Kubert, Joe Madureira, Steve Epting, Roger Cruz and a pile of other artists and writers (X-Men: Alpha #1, Amazing X-Men #1-4, Astonishing X-Men #1-4, X-Men: Omega #1 plus a bunch of tie-ins) – 389 points (12 first place votes)

20. “American Gothic” by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, John Totleben, Rick Veitch, Stan Woch, Ron Randall, Alfredo Alcala and Tom Mandrake (The Saga of the Swamp Thing #37-38, 42-45, Swamp Thing #39-41, 46-50) – 391 points (9 first place votes)

19. “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” by Alan Moore, Curt Swan, Kurt Schaffenberger and George Perez (Superman #423 and Action Comics #583) – 394 points (7 first place votes)

18. “The Elektra Saga” by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (Daredevil #168, 174-182, 187-190) – 432 points (10 first place votes)

17. “The Coming of Galactus” by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott (Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #48-50) – 444 points (5 first place votes)

16. “V for Vendetta” by Alan Moore and David Lloyd (After beginning serialization in Warrior, V for Vendetta #1-10) – 446 points (7 first place votes)

15. “Days of Future Past” by Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin (X-Men #141 and Uncanny X-Men #142) – 449 points (2 first place votes)

14. “The Great Darkness Saga” by Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt (Legion of Super-Heroes #290-294) – 451 points (10 first place votes)

13. “Kraven’s Last Hunt” by J.M. DeMatteis, Mike Zeck and Bob McLeod (Amazing Spider-Man #293-294, Spectacular Spider-Man #131-132 and Web of Spider-Man #31-32) – 511 points (3 first place votes)

12. “The Judas Contract ” by Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Dick Giordano and Mike DeCarlo (Tales of the New Teen Titans #42-44, Tales of the New Teen Titans Annual #3) – 566 points (14 first place votes)

11. “The Long Halloween” by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (The Long Halloween #1-13) – 631 points (12 first place votes)

10. “Crisis on Infinite Earths” by Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Dick Giordano and Jerry Ordway (Crisis on Infinite Earths #1-12, plus a bunch of tie-ins) – 645 points (17 first place votes)

9. “Maus: A Survivor’s Tale” by Art Spiegelman (For simplicity’s sake, let’s just say Maus: Book 1 and Book 2) – 648 points (9 first place votes)

8. “Season of Mists” by Neil Gaiman, Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Matt Wagner, Dick Giordano, George Pratt, and P. Craig Russell (Sandman #21-28) – 826 points (7 first place votes)

7. “Kingdom Come” by Mark Waid and Alex Ross (Kingdom Come #1-4) – 941 points (21 first place votes)

6. “Year One” by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli (Batman #404-407) – 1270 points (26 first place votes)

5. “Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (Batman: The Dark Knight #1-4) – 1637 points (41 first place votes)

4. “All Star Superman” by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (All Star Superman #1-12) – 1658 points (58 first place votes)

3. “Born Again” by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli (Daredevil #227-233) – 1685 points (55 first place votes)

2. “The Dark Phoenix Saga” by Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin (X-Men #129-137 – 1985 points (62 first place votes)

1. “Watchmen” by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen #1-12) – 2590 points (106 first place votes)