Happy birthday to Top Cow’s Marc Silvestri! Silvestri has proven his management skills with his quality team at Top Cow. But before that, he was a celebrated penciler for Marvel and DC. As one of the Image Comics founders, he created Cyberforce and co-created Witchblade and the Darkness. To celebrate, Silvestri’s birthday. I’m counting down my favorite 5 of his comic-book runs.
1. Wolverine 31-50, 52-53, 55-57
My favorite of his work is his 1990s run on “Wolverine” with Larry Hama. Silvestri, as shown here, can get a lot of characters on a cover and still clearly delineate what’s happening. His Wolverine was bestial yet honorable, and I enjoyed the storytelling throughout.
2. The Darkness 0-7
With Garth Ennis (“Preacher”), Silvestri creates Top Cow’s most-famous anti-hero, and, with Witchblade, the core of their supernatural comics. Silvestri was a great artist to create mob hitman Jackie Estacado’s dark world.
3. New X-Men 151-154
“Here Comes Tomorrow,” drawn by Silvestri, wrapped up Grant Morrison’s fantastic run on the X-Men.
4. Hunter-Killer 0-6
Developed with Mark Waid, this superpowered espionage title was a page-turner.
5. Uncanny X-Men #218, 220-222, 224-227, 229, 230, 232-234, 236, 238-244, 246, 247, 249-251, 253-255, 259-261
All with Chris Claremont, this longest of Silvestri’s runs may get overlooked somewhat for preceding Jim Lee.
- Matt Price