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Top 5 Marc Silvestri comic-book runs

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm •  Published: March 29, 2010

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

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by Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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