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Best and worst comic book movies

Metacritic recently published its lists of the best and the worst comic book movies. Check out the lists and then tell us your picks for that film genre.

It's a good time to be a comics fan: Free Comic Book Day is tomorrow, and Iron Man 2 opens next Friday, May 7 in the United States (the film reportedly opened at number one is six overseas markets).

I was thinking of our Geekend comics fans when I read Metacritic's list of the best and the worst comic book movies. Since it's been almost three years since we covered this in Geekend (though Jay Garmon's post was based on ratings from Rotten Tomatoes), I thought it would be fun a topic to revisit.

The movies in the following best and worst lists include graphic novels and manga but not comic strips (blogger Nick Hyman says they will cover those films in a separate feature) in Metacritic's database, as well as a few older titles that aren't on Metacritic.

Best comic book movies

1. American Splendor

2. Persepolis

3. Ghost World

4. Superman: The Movie

5. Spider-Man 2

6. The Dark Knight

7. A History of Violence

8. Iron Man

9. Akira

10. The Crow

Worst comic book movies

1. Virus

2. Son of the Mask

3. Catwoman

4. Batman & Robin

5. Whiteout

6. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

7. Howard the Duck

8. Alien vs. Predator/Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

9. The Spirit

10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

Chime in the discussion with your thoughts about the lists, and please post your picks for the best and the worst comic book film.

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Mary Weilage is a Feature Editor for CBS Interactive. She has worked for TechRepublic since 1999.

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