“Rank & Phile” is an idea that spawned out of a discussion in the 2017 Reading Thread, where some of us were ranking the artists of an Epic Collection: Captain America volume. I'll post one list of subjects each week, and to try to prevent topic confusion and having to sift through pages of posts, I'll start a new thread for each new list. Your job, if you choose to accept it, is to rank the five subjects on the list below however you see fit. Why rank my list of subjects rather than have everyone come up with their own list of subjects, you ask? Personally, I find that the more options I am given, the more difficult it is to rank them. This is meant to be a quick, hopefully fun, process that you won’t have to spend too much time on. Also, it might get us talking about characters, creators, or stories we might not talk about otherwise. On the surface, ranking the artists of the Cap Epic Collection seemed to be an impossible task, but it turned out to be surprisingly easy. It still resulted in some interesting conversation though, and that’s what I'm hoping for here.
The idea for this week’s list comes from the Modern Masters panel I moderated this past Sunday at Heroes Con with Alan Davis, Jerry Ordway, and Lee Weeks. I loved Alan’s JLA: The Nail, as well as its sequel, JLA: Another Nail, which came up during the discussion, and it got me thinking about other Elseworld titles. So here are five Elseworld books for you to rank. Most of the Elseworld titles were Batman- and/or Superman-centric books, but I’ve tried to get a mix of subjects represented while still picking out some of the best. As always, some any insight into the whys and why nots of your list are both welcomed and encouraged, but there is no obligation to do so.
The Golden Age / JLA: The Nail / Kingdom Come / Superman: Red Son / Superman & Batman: World’s Funnest