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Your Top Creative Runs part 14

Written by rdrsfn82 on Monday, January 24 2011 and posted in Features
Three books, no DC or Marvel heroes, three famous indy guys, and not much else in common.

126. 26 points - Promethea (Moore)
Promethea is a story by Alan Moore about a college student that has a connection to a being that is meant to bring about the apocalypse. Artist JH Williams III did tons of experimental layouts and designs, to the surprise of no one since that's what he does, and Moore wrote the story in a way to embrace his unique visual style.

As the story begins the main character, Sophie, finds out that she is the newest vessel for the being known as Promethea, and that she's meant to bring about the end of the world. Long stretches of the book feature Moore basically just explaining his beliefs on religion and philosophy, which has led to some fairly divisive reactions to the series.

125. 27 points - Mage: The Hero Discovered (Wagner)mage

In 1984 Matt Wagner created Mage: Hero Discovered, a series about a guy named Kevin Matchstick who finds out that he has an enchanted baseball bat that's actually Excalibur and that he's actually some sort of reincarnation of King Arthur.

The series sees Kevin head on a hero quest, and was meant to be followed up by a sequel, which ended up delayed until the mid-90's.

124. 28 points - Transmetropolitan (Ellis)

transmetFrom 1997 -2002, Warren Ellis wrote this series which followed journalist Spider Jerusalem, a guy trying to expose corruption and dealing with his fame and popularity in a dystopian future. The enemies in the series tend to be government officials, specifically the two presidents that exist during this time and who both try to control the media, and are surrounded by corrupt advisers and aides. The first year or so of the series focuses on setting up the world, explaining how things work, describing life in the city, and whatnot, but after that it's mostly about Spider taking on the corruption in the world.

The main antagonist was Gary "The Smiler" Callahan, a man running for president that Spider originally supports as the lesser of two evils. The previous president, known mostly by his nickname, The Beast, was seen as an evil guy, but as it turns out he was just worried about doing his job and keeping the country together as much as possible, while Callahan was actively evil behind the scenes ordering assassinations and embracing evil to a level that the previous president never approached.

The series is considered by many to be one of the best books of the late 90's and Spider did very well on the Top Modern Characters list as a result. We'll see some more from Ellis later on.

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