Sunday, August 28, 2005

Top Five Final Issues

To celebrate the last day of Top Five Week (which has already been extended one week extra!), I give you the Top Five Final Issues!! To count, the issues have to be designed to literally be last issues (so the issue before a relaunch doesn't count, but the issues before Heroes Reborn DO, as those issues were, at the time, treated as "last issues") of ongoing series.

5. Sandman #75

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This is ranked low because it was not really a standalone issue, but it was still a very strong issue from Neil Gaiman, as Gaiman tells a great Shakespeare story.

4. Captain America #454

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This was the last issue of the classic Mark Waid/Ron Garney run. They tried recreating the magic after Heroes Reborn, but could not match it.

Still, this was a fine issue, really capturing the grandeur of Waid's Cap.

3. Justice League Task Force #37

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In this twisted issue, the Leaguer Triumph, who was erased from history BEFORE, is erased from history AGAIN....and we find out that it did not matter. Nothing he did mattered.

Such a twisted ending to a strong series by Christopher Priest.

2. Preacher #66

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An almost perfect ending to this acclaimed series.

The John Ford tribute towards the end is just brilliant.

In fact, it WOULD be #1 except for one thing...

1. Suicide Squad #66

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..and that one thing is that I think you have to take SOME credit off for being a finite series starring original characters, while John Ostrander's cancellation was NOT planned, and he had to give most of the characters back to DC in one piece.

So the fact that Ostrander wrote such a strong issue is a nice testimony to his skills.

I especially liked the ending, which Ostrander originally was going to have be Deadshot killing Count Vertigo, but instead, has the much more original, "You still want to do this?" "No."

And that's it.

Quite clever.

And the letter column is a lot of fun.

Two #66s in the top two spots...weird, eh?

Those are my picks! Feel free to share yours, and I hope you enjoyed Top Five Week!


Blogger Ronald Bryan said...

I enjoyed it! Hate to see it go.

8/28/2005 11:16 PM  
Blogger Sean Hutchinson said...


I mean, good ending to the Top 5 Week (and then some) Brian!

8/29/2005 4:26 PM  
Blogger Bill Reed said...

Orion #25 was cool...

9/03/2005 11:36 PM  

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