Top Five Great Comic Book Stories: Random Team-Ups


By: Mark Lynch

This week’s list is all about team-ups. A team-up is when two or more heroes or villains get together in order to defeat an enemy. Of course they are going to fight and argue and fight along the way, but at the end of the day, they come together and win. And more than likely fight again later.

5. Peter Parker and Miles Morales in “Spider-Men”
While chasing Mysterio, Peter Parker ends up in a universe where everyone knows Spider-Man’s identity and unfortunately for this reality’s Peter Parker, he’s dead. To make matters worse, he runs into Miles Morales who has taken on the Spider-Man mantle. So now Peter is confused and angry.

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Sara Pichelli

Reason to Read
What makes this story stand out is watching a younger group of Peter Parker’s family and friends react to seeing Peter all grown up. It was cool watching them get some sort of closure.

4. Juggernaut, Deadpool, Sabretooth, Bullseye, and Vulture in “Identity Disc”
What could bring such a hardcore group of villains and anti-heroes together? The threat of having their personal secrets leaked out to the wrong people. One of them even had some pictures that they didn’t want the public to see. Guess which one it was.

Writer: Robert Rodi
Artist: John Higgins

Reason to Read
These are the type of people that should never be paired together. They are selfish, inconsiderate jack-asses. Which is exactly what makes this book great. Watching them try to get along is great. Especially when they form a plan and it actually works.

3. X-Factor Investigations and Thor in X-Facter #211-212
X-Factor is in Sin City Las Vegas and are looking for the ruler of Hel (Hel, not Hell) herself, Hela. Luckily Thor was able to help them fight the dead army of Hela.

Writer: Peter David
Artist: Emanuela Lupacchino

Reason to Read
Not only is this a good starting point for new readers of X-Factor, it’s also a very funny couple of issues. You get to see what this team is really made of and who they are as people.

2. Thor and The Warriors Three in “Thor Blood Oath”

Thor and The Warriors Three (Volstagg, Hogun, and Fandral) have to venture through the nine realms to find items in order to stop a war in Asgard they may have set in motion.

Writer: Mike Avon Oeming
Artist: Wil Quintana

Reason to Read
You get to see what a journey with Thor and the Warriors Three is like. While there is always a battle to be had, there’s also a lot of fun involved as well.

1. Cable and Deadpool in…Cable and Deadpool the series
Like every good team-up, they start out fighting and end up teaming up. If the odd couple was a comic book, this would be it.

Writers: Fabian Nicieza, Dan Slott, Reilly Brown
Artists: Patrick Zircher, Reilly Brown, Nelson Decastro, John Malin, Ron Lim, Starz Johnson

Reason to Read
If you ever need a series to cheer you up, this is it. Cable and Deadpool are the Yin and Yang of the Marvel Universe. Also, this story has a beginning, middle, and an end. Something a lot of books lack.

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