12 DC Stories I Love

Hey there!

I’ve been working hard on a list of 12 DC storylines that are my favourite. It hasn’t been easy to the point I’m not even sure I’m right about my own list. My reasoning, for a lot of them, is remembering how much I enjoyed reading them and also the effect they had on me, sometimes profound enough to change my outlook on things (the nihilism in Watchmen really effected my outlook on human existence when I read it. I know, it’s crazy that comic books can do that and that surprising aspect is something I love about them!)

A lot of these I read as a teenager, and it’s heavy with Batman stories, as Batman is my favourite DC character. I’m going to try and break down each one on a daily basis. But for now, here’s my list, I would love to see your lists too.

  1. Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying
  2. Watchmen
  3. The Dark Knight Returns
  4. The Killing Joke
  5. JLA: Rock of Ages
  6. Kingdom Come
  7. The Long Halloween
  8. Hush
  9. Hawkworld
  10. Flash: The Return of Barry Allen
  11. Gotham by Gaslight
  12. Superman: For All Seasons
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That’s a great list!

It’s hard as hell narrowing down favorites- I imagine making a list then immediately thinking of 12 more that I loved as much. But it’s a fun game to play, do I’ll think on it and come back with mine in a few days.

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Yea, I found it a very challenging task, and it really came down to personal preference; a) how much I enjoyed reading the story and viewing the artwork and then b) the effect it had on me, how much of it is engrained in my memory. For example The Killing Joke I read when I was 13, it had curse words and hints of sexual assault, I was totally shocked by it.
Some almost made its were:
Green Arrow: Quiver
Superman: Man of Steel
Identity Crisis
Batman: Dark Victory
The Ray: A Blaze of Power
Batman: Red Rain
…there’s loads more…

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I said a few days- narrowed it down in a few hours :slightly_smiling_face:
I think I could come up with another 12 pretty easily-been reading comics for a long time, and have several stories that have had an effect on me.

In no particular order:

All Star Superman

JLA: Crisis Times Five

Superman: Up in the Sky

JLA vs Avengers

Sandman: A Game of You

Flash: Blitz

Kingdom Come

Batman: the Killing Joke

Multiversity

Green Lantern: the Sinestro Corps War

Wonder Woman: Eyes of the Gorgon

Superman: Birthright

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If I had to pick twelve DC stories that were the only twelve I could ever read ever again, I would pick the following:

-All-Star Superman

-DC: The New Frontier

-Gotham Central

-Mister Miracle (by King and Gerads)

-Scalped (Vertigo, but still)

-Selina’s Big Score

-Batman R.I.P.

-Superman #156

-Dark Night: A True Batman Story

-Batman: Mad Love

-Hitman

-Starman

Are these the twelve best DC comics ever made? Probably not. Are they the twelve I’d be most likely to recommend to friends? Probably not. Are they the twelve that I’ll probably never get tired of flipping back through, or talking about, or thinking about, or loving? The twelve that I wouldn’t trade for anything? Absolutely.

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I completely agree about STARMAN, one of the finest examples of DC’s love and respect for their oldest characters.

I also submit “The Bad Seed,” from JSA 29-33. In fact, every story arc in JSA, another example of DC’s love for the OG superteam.

And, of course, The Brotherhood of Dada v2, from Saint Grant Morrison’s DOOM PATROL, especially the Bicycle of Albert Hoffman!

JLA v Avengers probably should be on my list. That was magic…

I’ll play
All Star Superman
The Golden Age
New Frontier
Kingdom Come
Superman for All Seasons
Superman #775
Batman Hush
Brotherhood of the Fist
Long Halloween
Wonder Woman The Hiketeia
JLA Earth 2
Young Justice Sins of Youth
DC 1million
Great Darkness Saga

And while not DC (but you can read it here) Planetary

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The Judas Contract
The Longbow Hunters
Swamp Thing (Anatomy Lesson)
For the Man Who Has Everything
Arkham Asylum
Man of Steel (Byrne)
V for Vendetta
Mister Miracle (Tom King)
Death and Return of Superman
The Question (Peacemaker)
Batman: Son of the Demon
Shazam: The Power of Hope

And maybe not exactly a “story”, but something I read countless times as a kid (and my very favorite cover ever). So, honorable mention…

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My top 12 stories, that’s a hard one. I know so many and they are all good. However I think these are the best for me personally.

  1. The Sandman: Fables and Reflections
  2. Batman: The Black Mirror
  3. Swamp Thing #34: The Rite of Spring
  4. Watchmen
  5. Mister Miracle
  6. Doom Patrol: The Painting That Ate Paris
  7. All Star Superman
  8. Black Orchid
  9. Kingdom Come
  10. The Long Halloween
  11. Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow
  12. The Killing Joke
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I need to get my hands on the Tom King Mr. Miracle run.

I still haven’t read Judas Contract or Swamp Thing, they’re on the list…

All Star Superman came very close to making the list. I would have loved to have seen more…

Really good stuff.

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You know you can read it here on DCU?

Wow @DCGF12, what an incredible idea and such a nice dozen on your personal list. It’s interesting to see The Long Halloween as a top pick of most contributors here. Using your “grading scale” as a template for myself, here are my selections:

  1. Batman & Robin (The New 52)
  2. Batman: Ego
  3. Batman: The Dark Prince Charming
  4. The Untold Legend of The Batman
  5. Deathstroke (The Terminator)
  6. Damian: Son of Batman
  7. The Many Deaths of The Batman
  8. Cursed Comics Cavalcade
  9. Batman: Damned
  10. Batman: The Long Halloween
  11. Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth
  12. Birds of Prey
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The Untold Legend of the Batman is soooo good. I forgot about that one (I’m ashamed to say​:flushed:). There’s a good number of things I haven’t read on that list that I’ll add to the reading list. Thanks!

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Yep…

01 1961 Brave and the Bold 34 36 42 43 44 Hawkman by Schwartz Fox Kubert.

02 1993 Death High Cost of Living Neil Gaiman

03 1996 Supergirl 75 to 80 by Peter David Linda Danvers Matrix Supergirl meets Silver Age Kara el Supergirl

04 2000 Planetary Warren Ellis John Cassidy

05 2002 Hawkman By Geoff.Johns

06 2004 DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke

07 2011 Demon Knights. Paul Cornell

08 2011 Huntress mini Paul Levitz

09 2013 Earth 2 17 on.by Tom Taylor

10 2015 Superman Lois and Clark Dan Jurgens

11 2016 Wonder Woman Year One. Issues 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 Rucka Scott

12 2016 Detective Comics Rebirth Tynion IV.

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Nice! Supergirl and Death: The High Cost of Living are great reads…

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You’re most welcome @DCGF12! That’s awesome! I’d love to hear your thoughts if/when you check any of them out! Most are on the service - but not Batman: Ego or Batman: Damned.