College newspapers are just filled with comic book-related oddities today. In the Keene State College (New Hampshire) Equinox, writer Keith O’Neil, without caveats or criteria, offers up “the list of the top five comic stories of all time.”
Not his favorite comic stories; the top five comic stories of all time. “All time” apparently spans an entire decade, from 1985-86 to 1996. And “comic stories” apparently means “superhero stories.” From DC Comics.
O’Neil’s list runs the gamut from Batman: Year One and Superman: The Man of Steel to Crisis on Infinite Earths and The Dark Knight Returns. Kingdom Come gets the top spot.
Crisis on Infinite Earths and The Man of Steel? Really?
I don’t mean to slight the artists or, I guess, the works — both series loomed large in my formative comics-reading years — but those aren’t even (arguably) the best works by those creators. If I were itching to choose a Marv Wolfman-George Perez story, I’d pick “The Judas Contract” from New Teen Titans over Crisis, any day.
Curiously, though, Watchmen doesn’t make O’Neil’s cut. And I’m pretty sure it’s required by law to be on every best-of compilation.
So I’ll ask: What do you think are the “top five comic stories of all time”? You can even look outside of DC Comics and superheroes. I won’t hold you to 1985-86 to 1996, either.