30 Day Comic Book Challenge Day 30 – Favourite Run
It’s day 30 of the 30-day comic book challenge! Every day I cover a different comic book question, along with the other members of the IGN Assemble Facebook group.
Day 30 – Favourite Run Of All Time
Here we are, the final question. What better question to end on that what’s my favourite run of all time?
Throughout this whole process I’ve mentioned multiple times that my tastes when it comes to ‘favourite ever X’ generally change. Or to be more specific, there is usually a set list that I pluck from.
My favourite runs are the comics that have cropped up over this whole challenge: Saga, Irredeemable, Avengers, Invincible, Fables, The Walking Dead etc. There’s a reason they appeared so much, it’s because they are staggeringly better than the average comic, to me anywhere. There’s something special about all of them. Picking just one is nearly impossible.
To make this a fair question I decided that ‘favourite run’ must mean something finished. A work that you can look back on and say that it had full duration that I loved. There was never a weak point. Something that really resonated with me. That helped make this a much easier selection. Tough candidates like Fables and Saga were off the table. I was left with one answer that just has to be my all time favourite completed comic book run: Mark Waid’s Irredeemable.
I’ve already explained about what the series is all about in an early entry, but here’s a quick re-cap: Superman has gone nuts, but with original characters.
The super hero side of the story is fantastic, there’s great action and awesome original characters. But it’s the human element that sticks with me. The main character, The Pultonian, shows qualities that are hauntingly relatable. The stress of having others depend on you, the pressure to always do your best, the immense regret when you make that colossal mistake. Despite being an overwhelmingly powerful villainous character there were so many shades of him where I saw myself in him. Which is scary!
That is the reason the writing is so good. Irredeemable isn’t just a regular super hero comic, it really makes you think. Not just about people in colourful tights but about people in general. About humanity and maybe how we take a lot of things for granted. Or hey, maybe I’m just looking too much into it!
The bottom line is, it’s my favourite run. There is a lot to like about it. There’s an intelligence to it that’s lacking from lots of super hero stories. But it’s not pretentious or too heavy handed with its message.
…And that’s that! 30 Blogs down. It was a fun experiment and a change talking about something personal, rather than news and reviews. But for now it’s back to normal. I’m going to swap back to opinion pieces and The Lying Cat Cast will be back very soon too. Stay tuned! And thank you for checking out my little corner of the internet.