Best Comics of 2009!
Hey guys! It’s Julie!
So I’ve made an early New Year’s resolution to blog more. I have this forum to express myself, and I shouldn’t really let it go to waste. So it seemed like a good idea to start with something easy. Here at the end of the year, I thought I’d share a list of my favorite comic of 2009!
These selections are in no particular order other than the order I put them in. Let’s get started!
Invincible Iron Man (Marvel)
WRITER: Matt Fraction
PENCILS: Salvador Larroca
A book that works on a lot of levels. It’s accessible to new readers, and dripping with fan service. It’s a standalone epic while also being a tent pole of a company-wide crossover. It’s fascinating and intellectual but still has a lot of guys in robot suits punching each other. Matt Fraction takes one of the biggest franchise characters in comics, and makes a book that’s still very much his own. That’s a lot of bases covered.
Ultimate Spider-Man (Marvel)
WRITER: Brian Michael Bendis
PENCILS: Stuart Immonen/Mark Bagely/David Lafuente
Tearing the whole thing down and building it back up again over the year, Bendis reaches a new high point in the long running Spidey revamp, with a lot of great artists backing him up. Former pencilers Immonen and Bagely help bring the original run to an end, and when the new volume starts, it’s even better. It’s basically becoming “Spider-man and His Amazing Friends 2009″, which is pretty cool. And then there’s the new artist… I’m not gonna lie. I’m a little bit in love with David Lafuente right now you guys.
I Kill Giants (Image)
WRITER: Joe Kelly
PENCILS: JM Ken Niimura
“I Kill Giants” is a book I can’t sum up in an easy, Hollywood style pitch. It’s subtle and beautiful in ways that a quick summery can’t quite do justice. Niimura’s gorgeous art paints a sort of, I-don’t-know-how-literal-this-is kind of veil over Kelly’s amazing story. I only meant to read an issue of two from the collection, and ended up reading the entire thing in one sitting, oblivious to what time of night it was. I don’t mind saying it hit me on a pretty personal level, as I imagine it would for almost anyone with a heart.
Just take my word on this one. This list isn’t numbered, but this would come in pretty high if it were.
Agents of Atlas (Marvel)
WRITER: Jeff Parker
PENCILS: Gabriel Hardman/Carlo Pagulayan/more
Rina would kill me if this wasn’t on the list. The follow up to the awesome mini-series, the only problem with this awesome “Cool 1950’s archetypes taking down an evil empire from the inside” comic is that it’s already been canceled.Already! But within a year, we got 11 issues, a 2 issue mini series and it started up a backup feature in Hercules. Which is pretty good for the amount of time it had. And it has 2 new minis planned for next year. It seems to refuse it’s own cancellation, which I am willing to put my support behind.
Incredible Hercules (Marvel)
WRITER: Greg Pak/Fred Van Lente
PENCILS: Reilly Brown/Rodney Buchemi/more
Maybe the most fun superhero book in years. On the surface, a super-goofy adventure book staring Herc and teen sidekick/super-genius Amadeus Cho, full of giant fights and the best sound effects in comics. On closer inspection, it becomes a great exploration on the nature of heroics, and the relationship between superheroes and their older brother, ancient myth. For a few months, it even broke the two leads up, effectively becoming two great books, and showing us how great an Amadeus Cho solo book could be. Maybe someday…
Power Girl (DC)
WRITER: Jimmy Palmiotti/Justin Gray
PENCILS: Amanda Conner
Also in the “goofy superhero book” family, we have Power Girl! This book is adorable. Like, super adorable. My history with Peegee is pretty limited, but now I love the heck out of her. I don’t read a lot of DC, because I find a lot of them to be a little devoid of personality. But Power Girl has a fun supporting cast! And a weird cat. And they’re great. and Amanda Conner is the new Kevin Maguire for drawing great facial expressions, so it all comes together pretty well. Personality up the ying-yang.
Detective Comics (DC)
WRITER: Greg Rucka
PENCILS: J.H. Williams III/Cully Hamner
I’ll admit, I started reading this book for theQuestion backup feature. I’d gotten to enjoy her in “52”, and followed her here. Batwoman? Not so much. She was just sort of hanging around in 52, and wasn’t very interesting. But wait! I read this book, and it turns out Batwoman is awesome! And so is her comic! In no small part to J.H. Williams III blowing everyone’s minds with with the most varied styles and thought out page layouts seen in a long time.
Parker: The Hunter (IDW)
WRITER: Richard Stark/Darwyn Cooke
PENCILS: Darwyn Cooke
Some artists are really good at drawing certain things. “Parker” is pretty much a story filled with all the stuff that Darwyn Cooke is really great at drawing. Stylish ladies, mean lookin’ dudes, all that good stuff. Cooke’s artwork looks amazing, coated only in a single tone of blue through the whole book. It’s an exercise in simplicity that makes for a fantastic read.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Marvel)
WRITER: Eric Shanower
PENCILS: Skottie Young
I’m allowed at least one pick on this list just for the sheer eye candy, right? The always amazing Skottie Young turns in the work of his career re-imagining L. Frank Baum’s classic fantasy world. It’s absolutely beautiful. This story has been told a million times, but it feels fresh as ever. Plus, if you’ve never read the novel, you get all the stuff the movie cut out. It was new to me!
The Muppet Show (Boom! Kids)
WRITER/ARTIST: Roger Langridge
I am a dork. Seriously. I love the Muppets so much. You’ve seen that Bohemian Rhapsody video, right? Anyway, I never really thought I wanted a Muppet comic, but it turns out I did! It works really well! I get a whole “Veterinarian’s Hospital” skit in one page, and it reads perfect! So, thanks Mr. Langridge. Thanks for making the book I always wanted, even if I didn’t know it!
There! I did it! A whole giant blog. I can do it! I’m pretty proud of myself. Maybe I’ll try and keep this up, huh? And maybe I’ll try and make Rina update too, though she doesn’t post out of laziness more so than hesitancy. We’ll see!
Please, leave your own comments below. What did you like this year?