Top 100 Comic Book Storylines Master List | CBR

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Here is a master list of all the top 100 comic book storylines, as voted on by YOU, our readers (over a thousand of you)!

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100. “The Painting That Ate Paris” by Grant Morrison, Richard Case and John Nyberg (Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #26-29) – 101 points (1 first place vote)

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98. “The Doll’s House” by Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III (Sandman Vol. 2 #9-16) – – 104 points (1 first place vote)

97. “The Dark Angel Saga” by Rick Remender, Jerome Opena, Mark Brooks, Billy Tan, Robbi Rodriguez, Richard Elson, Scot Eaton, Dean White and a whole bunch of inkers (Uncanny X-Force #8, 10-18) – 106 points (2 first place votes)

96. “The Great Cow Race” by Jeff Smith (Bone #7-11) – 110 points (1 first place votes)

95. “Superman for All Seasons” by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (Superman For All Seasons #1-4) – 113 points (1 first place vote)

94. “Weapon X” by Barry Windsor-Smith (Marvel Comics Presents #72-84) – 115 points

93. “Final Crisis” by Grant Morrison, JG Jones, Doug Mahnke, Carlos Pacheco, Lee Garbett, Matthew Clark, Marco Ruby and a host of inkers (Final Crisis #1-7, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1-2, Final Crisis: Submit #1 plus I would throw in Batman #682-683) – 116 points (1 first place vote)

92. “The Death of Speedy” by Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets #21-23) – 118 points (3 first place votes)

91. “The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck” by Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge #285-296) – 121 points (3 first place votes)

90. “Perfect Strangers” by Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Cory Walker and Bill Crabtree (Invincible #1-12) – 123 points (1 first place vote)

89. “Superman Smashes the Klan” by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (Superman Smashes the Klan #1-3) – 124 points (2 first place votes)

88. “The Love Bunglers” by Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets: New Stories #3-4) – 127 points (3 first place votes)

87. “Who Killed Jimmy Olsen?” – Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #1-12 – 130 points

86. “High Society” by Dave Sim (Cerebus #26–50) – 132 points (3 first place votes)

85. “First Tale of the Demon” by Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, Bob Brown, Irv Novick and Dick Giordano (Batman #232, 235, 240, 242-244 and Detective Comics #411) – 135 points (2 first place votes)

84. “Darkseid War” by Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson and a whole pile of other writers and artists on the one-shots in the middle of it all (Justice League #40-50, Justice League: Darkseid War: Batman #1, Justice League: Darkseid War: Superman #1, Justice League: Darkseid War: The Flash #1, Justice League: Darkseid War: Green Lantern #1, Justice League: Darkseid War: Shazam! #1, Justice League: Darkseid War: Lex Luthor #1 and Justice League: Darkseid War Special #1) – 136 points (1 first place vote)

83. “New World Order” by Grant Morrison, Howard Porter and John Dell (JLA #1-4) – 138 points

82. “Old Man Logan” (Wolverine #66-72, Wolverine: Old Man Logan Giant-Sized #1) – 140 points (2 first place votes)

81. “Church and State” by Dave Sim and Gerhard (Cerebus #52-111) – 141 points (5 first place votes)

80. “A Game of You” by Neil Gaiman, Colleen Doran, Shawn McManus, Bryan Talbot and many inkers (Sandman #32-37) – 143 points (1 first place vote)

79. “Anatomy Lesson” by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette and John Totleben (Sage of the Swamp Thing #21-27) – 144 points (1 first place vote)

78. “Planet Hulk” by Greg Pak, Gary Frank, Aaron Lopresti and Carlo Pagulayan (Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #92-105) – 146 points (2 first place votes)

77. “E is for Extinction” by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely and Tim Townsend (New X-Men #114-116) – 148 points (1 first place vote)

76. “Little Worse than a Man, Little Better than a Beast” by Tom King, Gabriel Hernández Walta, Michael Walsh and Jordie Bellaire (Vision #1-12) – 150 points (2 first place votes)

75. “Hush” by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee and Scott Williams (Batman #608-619) – 152 points (2 first place votes)

74. “Mutant Massacre” by Chris Claremont, Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, John Romita Jr., Alan Davis, Rick Leonardi, Sal Buscema, Terry Shoemaker, Jon Bogdanove and a host of inkers (Uncanny X-Men #210-213, X-Factor #9-11, Thor #373-374, New Mutants #46 and Power Pack #27) – 153 points (1 first place vote)

73. “The Korvac Saga” by Jim Shooter, Roger Stern, David Michelinie, George Pérez, Sal Buscema, David Wenzel and Pablo Marcos (Avengers #167-169, 170-171, 173-177) – 155 points (1 first place vote)

72. “Olympus” by Alan Moore, Rick Veitch, John Totleben, Tom Yeates and John Ridgway (Miracleman #11-16) – 157 points (4 first place votes)

71. “Welcome Back, Frank” by Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon and Jimmy Palmiotti (Marvel Knights: Punisher #1-12) – 158 points (3 first place votes)

70. “Knightfall” by Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, Jim Aparo, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan, Jim Balent and a number of inkers (Batman #491-500, Detective Comics #659-666 and Showcase ’93 #7-8) – 160 points (2 first place votes)

69. “We3” by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (We3 #1-3) – 163 points (1 first place vote)

68. “Demon Bear Saga” by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz (New Mutants #18-21) – 164 points (1 first place vote)

67. “Deus ex Machina” by Grant Morrison, Chas Truog, Doug Hazlewood, Mark Farmer and a few other artists (Animal Man #18-26) – 166 points (3 first place votes)

66. “Ultron Unlimited” by Kurt Busiek, George Perez and Al Vey (Avengers #19-22) – 169 points (1 first place vote)

65. “The Age of Apocalypse” by Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid, Fabian Nicieza, Andy Kubert, Joe Madureira, Steve Epting, Roger Cruz and a pile of other artists and writers (X-Men: Alpha #1, Amazing X-Men #1-4, Astonishing X-Men #1-4, X-Men: Omega #1 plus a bunch of tie-ins) – 171 points (2 first place votes)

64. “From Hell” by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell (From Hell #1-11) – 173 points (3 first place votes)

63. “The Man of Steel” by John Byrne and Dick Giordano (The Man of Steel #1-6) – 176 (1 first place vote)

62. “Tower of Babel” by Mark Waid, Howard Porter, Steve Scott, Drew Geraci and Mark Propst (JLA #43-46) – 178 points (1 first place vote)

61. “Red Son” by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson, Kilian Plunkett, Andrew Robinson and Walden Wong (Red Son #1-3) – 181 points (1 first place vote)

60. “House of M” by Brian Michael Bendis, Olivier Coipel and Tim Townsend (House of M #1-8) – 184 points (1 first place vote)

59. “Runaways Volume 1” by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, Craig Yeung, Takeshi Miyazawa, David Nebold and Christina Strain (Runaways #1-18) – 186 points (4 first place votes)

58. “Brief Lives” by Neil Gaiman, Jill Thompson, Vince Locke and Dick Giordano (Sandman #41-49) – 189 points (2 first place votes)

57. “Confession” by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson and Will Blyberg (Kurt Busiek’s Astro City #4-9) – 191 points (4 first place votes)

56. “The Kindly Ones” by Neil Gaiman, Marc Hempel, Richard Case, D’Israeli, Ted Kristiansen, Glyn Dillon, Dean Ormston and Charles Vess (Sandman #57-69) – 193 points (2 first place vote)

55. “Who is the Fourth Man?” by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday (Planetary #1-12) – 194 points (1 first place vote)

54. “Kree/Skrull War” by Roy Thomas, Neal Adams, Sal Buscema and John Buscema (Avengers #89-97) – 196 points

53. “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 1″ by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1-6) – 199 points (3 first place votes)

52. “The Magus Saga” by Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom and Steve Leialoha (Strange Tales #178-181, Warlock #9-11) – 202 points (2 first place votes)

51. “The Eternity Saga” by Steve Ditko, Stan Lee and Denny O’Neil (Strange Tales #130-146) – 206 points (2 first place votes)

50. “American Gothic” by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, John Totleben, Rick Veitch, Stan Woch, Ron Randall, Alfredo Alcala and Tom Mandrake (The Saga of the Swamp Thing #37-38, 42-45, Swamp Thing #39-41, 46-50) – 209 points (4 first place votes)

49. “Secret Wars” by Jonathan Hickman, Esad Ribic and Ive Svorcina (Secret Wars (2015) #1-9) – 213 points (3 first place votes)

48. “Grand Guignol” by James Robinson and Peter Snejbjerg (with Paul Smith) (Starman #62-73) – 219 points (5 first place votes)

47. “The Court of Owls” by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion (Batman #1-11) – 225 points (3 first place votes)

46. “Wolverine” by Chris Claremont, Frank Miller and Joe Rubinstein (Wolverine (1982) #1-4) – 229 points (4 first place votes)

45. “House of X” by Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva and Marte Gracia (House of X #1-6, Powers of X #1-6) – 231 points (5 first place votes)

44. “Squadron Supreme” by Mark Gruenwald, Bob Hall, Paul Ryan, John Buscema, John Beatty, Sam De La Rosa, Jackson Guice and Keith Williams (Squadron Supreme #1-12) – 241 points (1 first place votes)

43. “Identity Crisis” by Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales and Michael Bair (Identity Crisis #1-7) – 249 points (1 first place vote)

42. “Life as a Weapon” by Matt Fraction, David Aja and Matt Hollingsworth (with Javier Pulido, Steve Lieber, Jesse Hamm, Annie Wu and Francesco Francavilla) (Hawkeye #1-11) – 257 points (3 first place votes)

41. “Saga, Volume 1” by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Saga #1-6) – 266 points (4 first place votes)

40. “The Golden Age” by James Robinson, Paul Smith and Richard Ory (The Golden Age #1-4) – 275 points (2 first place votes)

39. “The Surtur Saga” by Walter Simonson (Thor #349-353) – 289 points (3 first place votes)

38. “Annihilation” by Keith Giffen, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Simon Furman, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Scott Kolins, Kev Walker, Renato Arlem, Jorge Lucas, Greg Titus, Andrea DiVito and more (Annihilation: Prologue, Annihilation: Nova #1-4, Annihilation: Silver Surfer #1-4, Annihilation: Ronan #1-4, Annihilation: Super Skrull #1-4, Annihilation #1-6) – 295 points (1 first place vote)

37. “Rock of Ages” by Grant Morrison, Howard Porter, Gary Frank, Greg Land, John Dell and Bob McLeod (JLA #10-15) – 299 points (2 first place votes)

36. “The Death of Superman” by Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Louise Simonson and Roger Stern (writers), Dan Jurgens, Tom Grummett, Jon Bogdanove and Jackson Guice (pencilers) and Brett Breeding, Doug Hazlewood, Dennis Janke, Denis Rodier and Rich Burchett (inkers) (Superman #74-75, Adventures of Superman #497, Superman: Man of Steel #18-19, Action Comics #684, Justice League America #69) – 302 points (1 first place votes)

35. “Dangerous Habits” by Garth Ennis, Will Simpson, Mark Pennington and a host of other inkers (Hellblazer #41-46) – 309 points (4 first place votes)

34. “Under Siege” by Roger Stern, John Buscema and Tom Palmer (Avengers #270-277) – 315 points (1 first place vote)

33. “The Death of Gwen Stacy” by Gerry Conway, Gil Kane, John Romita and John Tartaglione (Amazing Spider-Man #121-122) – 322 points (4 first place votes)

32. “Batman R.I.P.” by Grant Morrison, Tony Daniel and Sandu Florea (Batman #676-681) – 345 points (4 first place votes)

31. “The Elektra Saga” by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (Daredevil #168, 174-182, 187-190) – 355 points (1 first place vote)

30. “Return of Barry Allen” by Mark Waid, Greg Larocque and Roy Richardson (Flash Vol. 2 #73-79) – 362 points (5 first place votes)

29. “Secret Wars” by Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck, Bob Layton, John Beatty and a host of other inkers (Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #1-12) – 371 points (2 first place votes)

28. Mister Miracle” by Tom King and Mitch Gerads (Mister Miracle #1-12) – 380 points (6 first place votes)

27. “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” by Alan Moore, Curt Swan, Kurt Schaffenberger and George Perez (Superman #423 and Action Comics #583) – 392 points (3 first place votes)

26. “The Coming of Galactus” by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott (Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #48-50) – 405 points (1 first place vote)

25. “The New Frontier” by Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier #1-6) – 419 points (5 first place votes)

24. “Winter Soldier” by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, Michael Lark and Michael Perkins (Captain America #1-6, 8-9, 11-14) – 442 points (5 first place votes)

23. “Infinity Gauntlet” by Jim Starlin, George Perez, Ron Lim, Joe Rubinstein and a couple of other inkers (Infinity Gauntlet #1-6) – 449 points (5 first place votes)

22. “Avengers Forever” by Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern, Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino (Avengers Forever #1-12) – 462 points (6 first place votes)

21. “V for Vendetta” by Alan Moore and David Lloyd (After beginning serialization in Warrior, V for Vendetta #1-10) – 471 points (7 first place votes)

20. “Days of Future Past” by Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin (X-Men #141 and Uncanny X-Men #142) – 477 points (2 first place votes)

19. “Blackest Night” by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert (Blackest Night #1-8) – 485 points (4 first place votes)

18. “Kraven’s Last Hunt” by J.M. DeMatteis, Mike Zeck and Bob McLeod (Amazing Spider-Man #293-294, Spectacular Spider-Man #131-132 and Web of Spider-Man #31-32) – 493 points (5 first place votes)

17. “The Sinestro Corps War” by Geoff Johns, Dave Gibbons, Peter Tomasi, Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver, Patrick Gleason plus a whole lot of other pencilers and inkers (Green Lantern Sinestro Corps Special #1, Green Lantern Vol. 4 #21-25, Green Lantern Corps #14-19) – 499 points (9 first place votes)

16. “The Judas Contract ” by Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Dick Giordano and Mike DeCarlo (Tales of the New Teen Titans #42-44, Tales of the New Teen Titans Annual #3) – 536 points (6 first place votes)

15. “Civil War” by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines (Civil War #1-7) – 580 points (5 first place votes)

14. “Marvels” by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross (Marvels #1-4, plus #0, I guess) – 618 points (3 first place votes)

13. “If This Be My Destiny” by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee (Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #31-33) – 670 points (4 first place votes)

12. “The Great Darkness Saga” by Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt (Legion of Super-Heroes #290-294) – 690 points (12 first place votes)

11. “The Long Halloween” by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (The Long Halloween #1-13) – 705 points (13 first place votes)

10. “Season of Mists” by Neil Gaiman, Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Matt Wagner, Dick Giordano, George Pratt, and P. Craig Russell (Sandman #21-28) – 775 points (10 first place votes)

9. “Crisis on Infinite Earths” by Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Dick Giordano and Jerry Ordway (Crisis on Infinite Earths #1-12, plus a bunch of tie-ins) – 878 points (20 first place votes)

8. “Maus: A Survivor’s Tale” by Art Spiegelman (For simplicity’s sake, let’s just say Maus: Book 1 and Book 2) – 882 points (18 first place votes)

7. “Kingdom Come” by Mark Waid and Alex Ross (Kingdom Come #1-4) – 1153 points (19 first place votes)

6. “All Star Superman” by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (All Star Superman #1-12) – 1398 points (30 first place votes)

5. “Year One” by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli (Batman #404-407) – 1844 points (19 first place votes)

4. “The Dark Phoenix Saga” by Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin (X-Men #129-137) – 1856 points (48 first place votes)

3. “Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (Batman: The Dark Knight #1-4) – 1884 points (53 first place votes)

2. “Born Again” by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli (Daredevil #227-233) – 2207 points (58 first place votes}

1. “Watchmen” by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen #1-12) – 3461 points (146 first place votes)

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