Top 5 Comic Books of 2010
by Brian Tudor
2o1o was a great year for geeks, nerds and fans of the comic book genre, not only did we get some great comic book movies like, Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Red, the Losers and Iron Man 2, just to name a few. It was a banner year for storytelling and mainstream notoriety for comic books, their writer and artists.
Now while this list is my personal top 5 (and I’m sure I’m leaving something good off the list) it is based on the books I’m reading on a regular basis and spending my money on. Let me know in the comments what your top picks are and why, who knows maybe you’ll turn me on to a new book or two.
So in no particular order here is my Top 5 Comics of 2010…
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Superman: Earth One
I feel like Superman: Earth One is setting the tone for DC’s very own “Ultimate” Universe (or as they used to call these stories… Elseworlds), and I am looking forward to more of this storytelling and setting heroes origins in more modern times. If you want to see all my thoughts on Superman: Earth One, check out my review… here.
Batgirl was my biggest surprise of 2010. After being hounded relentlessly by a friend to check this book out I broke down and read the first trade. I finished Batgirl: Reborn in about an hour and then went back to the comic book store to pick up the all the issues that were current and add Batgirl to my pull file. Bryan Q. Miller has set up Stephanie Brown (formerly Spoiler) as a great character, I like to compare her to Peter Parker with her self-doubt, endless can do attitude and how quick she is with a quip with the baddies. do yourself a favor and check this book out, you won’t be sorry.
So as disappointed as I have been in Brightest Day, Blackest Night was probably my favorite story of the year. It was the perfect continuation to the Green Lantern story, picking up all of the great Sinestro Corps War attributes and then throwing in the rest of the DCU. The Blackest Night: Batman and Teen Titan stories were probably the best tie-in/stand alone stories every for a DCU wide event. The main 8 issue Blackest Night story was Geoff Johns at his very best. If you missed it, I’m not sure how you are reading this because you are obviously under a rock.
I have a love hate relationship with this book, I only get the trades and at times I want to tear pages out and purge them from my memory. The rest of the time I am devouring page after page of Mike Oeming’s amazing art. In 2010 we got a little more of a glimpse into Christian Walker’s past learning he and his time for WWII superheroes were responsible for killing Hitler and the fame and consequences that came with that action. Powers is pretty graphic and isn’t for everyone, but if you want to read a cool story in the vein of Inglorious Basterds check out the latest trade.
Batman & Robin
Batman & Robin is another book that caught me by surprise this year. I’m not a huge fan of Grant Morrison, I tend to find his stuff to far out there and repetitive. That being said… I love his take on Damien Wayne. He has also taken my favorite character in all of comics and turned him into a real life Batman and a compelling way, getting through the angst and self doubt to become worthy of the mantel like never before. The only way to read Batman & Robin is in the collected Deluxe Editions, so do yourself a favor and pick up the first 2 and then hold out for the next Deluxe release.