After nearly 1,400 ballots were cast, YOU the reader ranked your favorite comic book characters from 1-10. I assigned point totals to each ranking and then tabulated it all into a Top 50 list. We're now revealing that list throughout September. Here is the master list of all the characters revealed so far. The countdown begins now...
50. Death - 343 points (2 first place votes)
One of the most popular characters from Neil Gaiman's Sandman series (and he created a ton of great characters), Death is a member of the Endless, a group of siblings that each personify a natural force. The representation of Death is, surprisingly, a young woman. One of the most impressive things Gaiman did with the character was not overuse her. She's such an interesting character that you'd be hard-pressed not to use her constantly, but he held true to making her each appearance in the series be a "special" moment. Gaiman also wrote two acclaimed mini-series starring Death.
49. Spider Jerusalem - 344 points (10 first place votes)
Spider Jerusalem is the star of Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson's Transmetropolitan, about a journalist in the mold of Hunter S. Thompson forced to end his self-imposed exile in the country to return to "The City," where he began the task of uncovering the truth, causing problems for "the man" and doing a lot of futuristic drugs.
48. The Question (Renee Montoya) – 357 points (3 first place votes)
Created for the Paul Dini/Bruce Timm Batman animated series, Renee Montoya became a stalwart member of the Batman supporting cast as one of the most prominent members of the Gotham City police department. She was partnered with Harvey Bullock for a long time before Greg Rucka began writing Detective Comics. Rucka paired her with Detective Crispus Allen. The duo became the nominal stars of the Gotham Central ongoing series written by Rucka and Ed Brubaker. It was there that Rucka revealed that Montoya was a lesbian. After the death of Allen, Montoya left the GCPD and drifted aimlessly for awhile before Vic Sage, the Question, took her under his wing and trained her to be his replacement. She currently fights the good fight (wherever it may be) as the Question.
47. Lois Lane – 367 points (4 first place votes)
There is an interesting duality to Lois Lane's character over the years. Mark Waid captured it well in this scene from Superman: Birthright where Perry White examines Lois' pluses and minuses...
46. Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) – 376 points (6 first place votes)
Jaime Reyes had big shoes to fill, as the previous Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, was a fan favorite. But partially by embracing the memory of Ted, Jaime Reyes was adopted with open arms by many fans. Writers Keith Giffen and John Rogers (and then John Rogers solo) did a strong job establishing Jaime's family and an interesting supporting cast, apart from the standard plots and locales of typical DC superheroes. The result was a unique and compelling (and FUN!) comic book series. Tony Bedard will try to duplicate that success with Jaime's new series, a part of DC's "New 52" relaunch.
NOTE: If you wish to e-mail me (at firstname.lastname@example.org) your reasons for voting for any of these five characters (or really, for any of the characters on your list), feel free to drop me a line and I'll edit your thoughts in (and feature them in future character pieces).
Check back tomorrow for Marvel's #50-46!