9) BATMAN, GREEN LANTERN, and the Five Year Plan. Or better known as, how The Sinestro Corps War and Batman R.I.P. got me through the toughest part of my career. First, some back story. In late 2007, and into 2008, we hit a rough spot. Our delivery was shaky, several series were starting to struggle for direction, and our next big event felt rushed (too many crises too soon). Yet, whatever pressure we were feeling across the line, it did not appear evident in Green Lantern and Batman. Geoff had a five year plan for GL that would see that character from Rebirth to Blackest Night, and Grant Morrison had the same for Batman, starting with Batman R.I.P. Batman R.I.P. preformed the herculean task of crossing over with an event book, Final Crisis yet positioned the story of “The Death Of Batman” to stand on its own if read separately. The Sinestro Corps War showed that you could keep the spectacle in the main title so the on-goings can have events unto themselves. On the personal side, they were the solid ground needed to regain our footing, and a reminder that consistency in story and character, and planning, will win out over the usual bags of tricks, if the usual bag of tricks is overplayed.
It’s interesting to look at the full list (Superman: Earth One makes it, but All-Star Superman doesn’t?) and see how Didio views the successes and failures of his tenure, as well as hints at admissions of trouble and disaster without coming out and just saying “Yeah, 2007 we were publishing some terrible books.” All in all, I think he’s surprisingly on point in terms of the truly successful projects of his time with the company to date – but I admit, I almost wish he’d done a Top 10 Projects I Regret, instead.