Ranking the New 52: Master List

I’m currently ranking DC’s new 52 titles from worst to best, based on the first five issues. Here is the Master List, with links to the write-ups. It will be updated as the countdown continues.

In other slightly related pieces, I pondered what it meant for a work of art to be average. And I compared the new 52 launch to Ultimate Marvel.

As a Marvel zombie reading a shitload of DC comics, I also decided to look at the differences between the two publishers/ shared universes in an ongoing series. DC is a patchwork consisting of the contributions of many disparate writers and artists while Marvel had Stan Lee. The best DC stories tend to be self-contained, while the best Marvel stories tend to be part of a shared universe. And DC’s villains are typical supervillains, while Marvel has more real-world analogues to their bad guys. DC’s families tend to be based on characters with similar abilities, while Marvel’s are typically based on characters with unique powers. DC went with the Sherlock Holmes approach to episodic serials, while Marvel had more long-term story development.

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About Thomas Mets

I’m a comic book fan, wannabe writer, politics buff and New Yorker. I don’t actually follow baseball. In the Estonian language, “Mets” simply means forest, or lousy sports team. Currently, I’m writing a few comic books about my grandparents’ experiences in Soviet Estonia for Grayhaven comics. You can email me at mistermets@gmail.com
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