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2014 Top 50 Comic Book Writers #10-7

Here are the next four writers that you voted as your favorites of all-time (out of roughly 1,040 ballots cast, with 10 points for first place votes, 9 points for second place votes, etc.).

NOTE: Don’t be a jerk about creators in the comments section. If you are not a fan of a particular creator, that’s fine, but be respectful about it. No insulting creators or otherwise being a jerk about creators. I’ll be deleting any comments like that and, depending on how jerky the comment was, banning commenters.

10. Geoff Johns – 1182 points (12 first place votes)

Geoff Johns' first major series was Stars and STRIPE, starring his own creation, Star Girl. Soon he began getting more and more work at DC, including an acclaimed run on Flash following Mark Waid's run. Eventually, Johns became one of DC's biggest writers, even writing their company-wide crossover, Infinite Crisis. He was then one of the four writers on 52.

Johns most notable character work for DC has been his work revitilzing older characters like Hawkman, Hal Jordan and Barry Allen. Johns memorably brought Hal Jordan back as Green Lantern, making Green Lantern one of DC's biggest titles.

One of his biggest innovations was the introduction of OTHER colored rings, which came to the forefront in the Sinestro Corps war.

This epic crossover brought to fruition a number of ideas first introduced during Green Lantern Rebirth (the storyline where Geoff Johns returned Hal Jordan to life and the Green Lantern Corps to existence). Sinestro had returned during that storyline and in this story, he returns to vex the Green Lanterns with his OWN Corps - the Sinestro Corps! The idea of a Corps of yellow-ring wielding villains (chosen because they possess the ability to instill great fear in others) was an amazing high concept and this storyline opened with perhaps one of the most over-the-top thrilling debut issue you'll see in superhero crossovers.

Kyle Rayner had temporarily been the host of "Ion," the entity that essentially powered the Green Lanterns. In the debut issue of the story, Sinestro not only removed Ion from Kyle, but substituted Parallax, the YELLOW entity (that Johns had introduced in Green Lantern Rebirth)...

What a stunning sequence. What a way to start a crossover! Soon, there were Red Lanterns, Purple Lanterns, Blue Lanterns and, finally, Black Lanterns. This was the inspiration for the major DC crossover, Blackest Night.

He then gave Barry Allen much of the same treatment, providing a new origin that is currently playing out on the Flash TV weries.

A few years ago, Johns was named DC's Chief Creative Officer. He helped launch the New 52 with a new take on the Justice League with Jim Lee and a new Green Lantern ongoing.

Johns recently wrote yet another crossover for DC, Forever Evil, giving him more crossover comics for one company than I believe any other comic book writer (perhaps Brian Michael Bendis?) He's clearly the driving creative force behind DC Comics.

9. Mark Waid - 1420 points (15 first place votes)

Mark Waid came on to the Flash with a strong opening arc that was literally Wally West: Year One. Waid then solidified one of the best parts of Bill Loebs' previous run, the relationship between Wally and Linda Park. And then, Waid did something REALLY clever...

In "The Return of Barry Allen," Wally's greatest dream turns into a nightmare as his uncle, Barry Allen, the Flash before Wally, returns to life. Only thing are not what they seem, and soon Wally is forced to collect a group of speedsters to confront Barry, who has returned...different. This storyline introduced Max Mercury to the title and really began the whole "Speed Force" idea that became such a major part of the title. In any event, while Wally gets help from the other speedsters, he soon learns that it ultimately comes down to him and his own fears of replacing his uncle to win the day. Waid planned it this way, to show that the only way for Wally to truly be accepted as a Flash by the fans is for Wally to accept HIMSELF as the Flash.

Epic.

Waid went on to write the Flash for roughly 100 issues, including a few more great epic tales. He had an excellent run on Captain America over at Marvel and wrote Kingdom Come for DC.

In recent years, Waid has been quite busy, writing an awesome stint on Daredevil (plus an upcoming stint on the SHIELD book) as well as his own creator-owned comics. He will also be relaunching Archie next year, which should be fascinating to see (Waid has done strong reboots in his career, including Superman Birthright, which ended up being used a lot by David Goyer in the making of Man of Steel and also the Legion TWICE, once after Zero Hour and once again roughly ten years later).

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