TOP 5 by Jamie Dunst
Who are your favorite superheroes? Favorite artists? Favorite ships? Weapons? Everyone makes top lists. I remember reading the novel HIgh Fidelity and the characters of the book would make top 5 lists. I listen to a podcast where they make top 5 lists and another podcast where they sometimes list the 5 top books they would keep in their pull list if they had to cut their reading pile to just 5 books. I love top 5 lists because I think they make for great conversation starters. I always wonder why someone would put comic book X in their list and why they didn’t have comic book Y. I also feel it’s a great way to get to know a person’s interests and likes when it comes to these lists. So, to start things off, I am going to begin with a top 5 list that I had just mentioned. TOP 5 COMICS THAT I WOULD HAVE TO KEEP IN MY PULL LIST:
#5. Nightwing. I have always loved the character of Dick Grayson. I remember growing up and reading his adventures as Robin and watching him get to hang out with Batman, Superman and the rest of the Justice League. Now as an adult, he continues to fight crime as Nightwing. I have loved what Kyle Higgins has done with the character. He’s added so much to his history and has made the character even more intriguing and compelling and so he has to be in my top list.
#4. Hawkeye. I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of the character. I have read a lot of books with him from Avengers, Avengers Spotlight, West Coast Avengers and even his own series. It doesn’t mean that I think he’s Marvel’s answer to Green Arrow. Having said that, this book is fantastic. The premise is a simple one. This is the adventures of Clint Barton when he’s not an Avenger. I find the writing to be entertaining and the art to be beautiful. I love how Matt Fraction crafts each issue and it’s one of my favorite go-to books when it comes to being entertained.
#3. Fantastic Four. I have to admit. I haven’t read a Fantastic Four comic since the mid to late 90′s. It’s not that I don’t like Marvel’s First Family. It’s just that II had lost interest in their exploits at some point and I don’t even remember when that was it was so long ago. However, I remember reading the premise of this series and found it intriguing. The Fantastic Four traveling through time and space. It’s the Fantastic Four having Doctor Who-like adventures. Sign me up. However, when I read the first issue and saw the reasoning behind this, I found it very interesting and I can’t wait to see where this series goes. I may not stay on for the long-run but for now, this is going to be a top pick for me.
#2. Batman. I have been a big Batman fan going all the way back to the Adam West television show. I have seen this character in all kinds of incarnations, drawn and written by a lot of different people but the character has never looked better under the creative team-up of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. These two have crafted amazing stories adding complex and intriguing history to not only Batman but to the Batman lore and I have loved every panel of every issue.
#1. Green Lantern. For those that know me, this shouldn’t be a big surprise. I have been a huge fan of Green Lantern and in particular Hal Jordan. If I had to pick between all of the Lantern books that are currently in the market, I will always go with the book that has my favorite character involved. The fact that this book has been more of a buddy cop book between Hal and Sinestro only makes my decision easier.