I’ve always liked when a comic writer does their magnum opus/definitive take on the superhero concept, particularly when they create their own universe doing so. Some of my favorites are;
Alan Moore: Watchmen, ABC Universe
Roy Thomas: Squadron Supreme
Grant Morrison: Seaguy, Flex Mentallo
Bill Willingham: Pantheon
Peter Milligan: Enigma
Joe Casey: Butcher Baker, Righetous Maker
Mark Waid: Irredeemable (and Kingdom Comes, even though that’s DC of course).
Paul Jenkins: Deathmatch
Warren Ellis: Avatar Superhero Trilogy
And of course, Mark has his universe–and particularly “Jupiter’s Legacy” is kind of viewed as one of his “definitive takes”.
Anyone else have favorites–and likes to see a writer and/or artist really mess with the superhero concept (either deconstruction, reconstruction or just plain weird) in their own universe?