Astonishing X-Men has been a fan favorite for decades. To many, the X-men represent the oppressed underdog. This comic book consistently shows a creative team at the top of their game. While the series has been going for years, story arcs usually last around six issues allowing new readers places to jump in.
Justice League of America
Novelist Brad Meltzer was entrusted with DC‘s flagship title, and it was well worth it. Teamed with artists Ed Benes and Sandra Hope, the JLA is having a resurgence of popularity. The comic has really taken off with sales going through the roof, and the JLA is stronger than ever.
Brian Michael Bendis changed the Avengers forever. He relaunched the title with a brand new team of heroes adding fan favorite characters Spider-Man and Wolverine to the mix. With artists like Francis Leinil Yu on the New Avengers and Frank Cho on the upcoming Mighty Avengers, Bendis has taken the Avengers to new heights of popularity.
There’s no doubt about it; Batman is one of DC’s top characters. The title has had numerous high profile creators on it, including Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Frank Miller, and more. Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert have been lighting up Batman’s world with shocking results to the characters associated with the title.
J. Michael Strazynski, JMS to his fans, managed to bring even more emotional depth to Spider-Man. The maturity in his writing shows as he handled the Civil War storyline, showing a confused hero on the fence of a huge issue. Artist Ron Garney’s art is superb, often reminding me of Romita or Ditko’s artwork from Spidey’s early days.
Superman is a classic superhero with fans worldwide. He is one of the worlds most famous superheroes. Adam Kubert’s art is spectacular, and the pacing and storytelling are excellent. Fans of the films as well as fans of the character are in for a treat with the return of villains like General Zod.
Greg Pack and artists Aaron Lopresti and Carlo Pagulayan have rocketed the Hulk in a story that is near rivaling the crossover Marvel event, “Civil War.” Pak takes the Hulk back to his roots and gives him a world to destroy. The result, along with the stunning art, has done great things for the popularity of this character.
Wolverine is arguably one of the top characters in the Marvel universe. The title has seen many great creators associated with it, and it continues to sell well. The latest creative team of Jeph Loeb and Simone Bianchi will surely send Wolverine’s popularity even further forward.
Mark Millar is famous for pushing the envelope with huge story arcs, violence that mirrors today’s issues, and many twists and turns that leave the reader wanting more. Bryan Hitch’s art is superb and highly detailed, showing the massive battles and emotion from the characters all at the same time. If only the Ultimates would stay on schedule and arrive every month, then this comic would rank much higher.
The Teen Titans have seen a huge rise in popularity with the help of a smash hit cartoon series, as well as some great writing and art. Writer Geoff Johns has taken the Titans to new ground that would make the classic team of Perez and Wolfman proud.