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9 classic comics that made George Perez a titan

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Comic book fans got some grim news like The artist George Perez recently passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Without exaggeration, Perez can be described as one of the most influential comic book artists of all time with famous titles such as Avengers and New Teen Titans, as well as famous limited series like The crisis in the infinite Earths and The Infinity Gauntlet. Were it not for Peres, Arrowverse and MCU, as we know them, they simply would not exist.

To celebrate Perez’s life, IGN breaks down nine comics that defined his career and cemented his legacy of storytelling.

9 classic comics that made George Perez a titan

Creating a White Tiger

In the 1970s, martial arts comics were in vogue, thanks to hit movies like Enter the Dragon and series like kung fu. Some of Perez’s earliest works in Marvel appeared in the anthology series “Deadly Hands of Kung Fu,” and it was there that he was able to reach his first significant creative milestone.

Together with writer Bill Montla Perez, he created the White Tiger character in 1975 in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu. like Spider-Man and Iron Fist.

The white tiger is notable for being Marvel’s first Hispanic superhero, and Perez drew from his own background and family history by reviving the character. Today, fans may be more familiar with Hector’s successors Angela Del Toro and Ava Ayala, but there is no denying that he was a critical contributor to the Marvel Universe.

Expansion of the Avengers … Twice

Perez quickly made his way to the flagship series “Avengers” from Marvel, including writing part of the main storyline of “The Saga of Corvac”. During his participation in the series, Perez created two main characters, state bureaucrat Henry Peter Girich and an elite assassin Taskmaster.

Perez would later return to the series for a second and perhaps even more influential launch in the late ’90s. After the dust of the controversial Heroes Reborn storyline subsided, Perez and writer Kurt Busik returned the series to its origins, focusing on broad cast and larger-scale conflicts. Their long series is now assembled into a series of graphic novels “Avengers Gather”.

We reinvent the Teen Titans

In the 80’s Perez really became famous in comics, when he and writer Marv Wolfman began their legendary collaboration on “New Titans”. DC sought to upgrade the team as a direct competitor to the Uncanny X-Men, and Wolfman and Perez proved to be more than fair.

Just as “Giant-sized X-Men” revived this franchise with an updated and more diverse cast and a stronger emphasis on interpersonal drama, “New Teen Titans” gave the team new life in the 1980s. Wolfman and Perez introduced a number of now iconic characters such as Raven, Starfire, Cyborg and Desstroke, and turned Dick Grayson from Robin to Knightwing.

Even decades later, the Wolfman / Pérez series is widely considered the gold standard for the franchise, heavily influencing television adaptations such as the 2003 cartoon series Teen Titans and Titans HBO Max.

The first DC crisis

Eventually Perez went on a break from Teen Titans to do an even bigger DC project with Wolfman – Crisis on Infinite Earths. As the entire comic book industry turns to more dramatic adult-focused stories, DC Crisis illuminates the green light as a way to optimize its confusing superhero universe and reconstruct some of the biggest franchises.

Undoubtedly, the crisis affected 12 issues. The series puts the Justice League in the greatest battle of their existence and features the deaths of both Supergirl and Flash, as well as the destruction of the entire DC multi-universe. Few DC stories can compete with Crisis in terms of scale. Thanks in large part to the detailed and orderly work of Perez, this wide crossover does not fall apart at the seams.

The impact of the initial crisis continues to be felt even decades later. DC has released several sequels that are even more familiar with the structure of the multiverse, and Arrowverse has embarked on its own version of the story back in 2019. Will there be the next DCEU?

Reboot Wonder Woman

While some characters, such as Batman, have not been significantly affected by the effects of Crisis on Infinite Earths, others have been essentially rewritten from scratch to fit the new, streamlined succession of DC. Wonder Woman was in that last group, and DC turned to Perez to upgrade one of the longest running games.

Perez and co-author Greg Potter changed Diana from Temiskira in a radically different direction with their updated series. The New Wonder Woman abandoned many elements of the franchise in favor of an approach that emphasized Greek mythology and Diana’s connection to the Greek gods. Potter himself did not stay long in the book, and Perez began to perform dual duties on many issues, proving that he has the ability to write scripts as well as to draw comics.

Even now, many fans cite Perez’s post-crisis wonder-woman as the ultimate look at the character, and even the DCEU version clearly owes his creativity.

A turning point for the Hulk

After devoting most of his artistic energy to the DC Universe in the 80s, Perez again began working on Marvel characters in the early 90s. This is the period that spawned the best-selling comic book event The Infinity Gauntlet (obviously a big impact on the MCU), but also one of the most popular Hulk comics ever published.

The Hulk comic we are talking about is The Incredible Hulk: An Imperfect Future. This limited series combined Perez with writer Peter David, a creator who is essentially for the Hulk what Chris Clermont is for the X-Men. Future Imperfect drags Bruce Banner into an anti-utopian future, where the heroes of Earth are destroyed by the Maestro, a version of the Hulk that is even stronger and meaner than usual. Future Imperfect is a sober look at what happens when the Hulk really becomes a monster, and it’s a series that really set the tone for so many futuristic Marvel stories that followed, for example, Earth X and Old Man Logan.

Solus and CrossGen

Although the name Perez is synonymous with the worlds of Marvel and DC, in the 90s and early 2000s he also branched out and worked with a number of small publishers. He even flirted briefly with self-publishing at a time when it was far from as easy (or potentially lucrative) as it is today.

The most notable project of this era is Solus, part of CrossGen Entertainment’s short line. Solus greatly clarified the mythology of the common Sigilvers CrossGen and proved that Perez still had more than enough free imagination. Unfortunately, the series was discontinued due to the bankruptcy of CrossGen in 2004, and even now these issues are not in print. However, for avid Perez fans, Solus is worth the hunt.

The largest crossover is Marvel and DC

It’s hard to imagine in today’s comic book climate, but there was a time when Marvel and DC were actually collaborating on superhero crossovers. The 90s even gave us DC vs. Marvel, a limited series that allowed fans to vote for major battles and spawned a hybrid amalgam universe.

But while DC vs. Marvel was the first sales ploy and the second was a story, the 2004 JLA / Avengers gave fans the thrilling epic they wanted. This series presents a massive cast of heroes from both universes and a massive conflict that brings them justice. The fact that the series reunited Perez with the Avengers writer Kurt Busik certainly helped give him extra credibility.

Unfortunately, relations between Marvel and DC have only deteriorated since the release of the JLA / Avengers. We are unlikely to see another crossover of this scale and quality any time soon. Both companies at least agreed will allow you to reprint the graphic novel JLA / Avengers in favor of the Perez family, although lucky to find a copy at retail price.

History of DC Crisis Comics

Completion of the crisis trilogy

Perez has not only done some of the best work in his long career on “Crisis on Infinite Lands”, he also has an award for his participation in all three chapters of the original trilogy “Crisis”. Perez was invited to fill in the 2005 film The Infinite Crisis, when the series fell behind schedule. And for the 2008 final crisis, Perez teamed up with writer Jeff Jones for an ambitious reconstruction of the Legion of Super-Heroes franchise.

This branch of the main Final Crisis comic, called “Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds”, details the location of Superman and explores how the cataclysmic war between the New Gods affects the heroes of the 31st century. The Legion of Three Worlds seeks to sort out one of the most intricate and intricate super teams in the DCU, presenting three different incarnations of the Legion from three different worlds. As with most of Perez’s work, the end result is an epic superhero adventure that sticks together thanks to his stunning visual effects. Even at this late stage of his career, Perez showed fans that he has not lost his magic.

To learn more about Perez’s long-term influence on the world of superheroes, see IGN a full review of The CW Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover and our election for the best comics about the miracle woman.

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