153 10 points (1 First place vote each) - TIE Cable (Joe Casey) - AKIRA (Otomo) - Fear Agent (Remender)
Cable (Joe Casey)
So Liefeld and Nicieza created Cable, and he was basically a badass with a gun and a confusing past. Casey took things in a slightly different direction, playing up his role as a spiritual leader of the Askani, a group of survivors from the future ravaged by Apocalypse. Casey's run played up a lot of the characteristics and responsibilities that shaped how Cable has been used in the books that followed, especially Cable's desire to look out for persecuted people and his spiritual side, alongside his role as a soldier that had always been there. Despite that, Casey always remembered to bring the action as well, and for that reason it's still one of the favorites for many Cable fans.
I'll be honest, I've never read this, but the movie is pretty cool. Katsuhiro Otomo wrote and provided art on what is historically considered one of the best magna of all time, as well as what was turned into one of the best anime movies of all time, not to mention easily one of the most famous in America. Created in 1982, the series ran as a serial in the pages of a Japanese publication called Young Magazine until it's completion in 1990. The story follows a post-WWIII world, the book takes place in 2030 in a city called Neo-Tokyo where violence and anti-government sentiment run rampant, and with good reason considering the number of evil government experiments and whatnot seen throughout the story. Beyond being a famous story beloved by millions, it's also one of the first magna to get a major reprint in America, thanks to Marvel's Epic imprint that reprinted the series in English starting in 1988.
Fear Agent (Remender)
Launched in 2005 at Image Comic, Rick Remender's Fear Agent follows a space faring alcoholic named Heath Huston who goes around killing off aliens that pose a threat to the planet Earth. The book is well known for its comedy and action, not really worrying about being "realistic" or "grim and gritty", the book is meant to be fun first and foremost. Following its initial 11 issue run, the book moved to Dark Horse and came out with a mini, followed by resuming the regular numbering and counting the mini as part of that. The series went on hiatus when Remender went to Marvel to screw up the Punisher by turning him into an undead monster, but returned in 2010 with a new storyline.