I run down a list of my Top 10 Favourite Comics.
So, I’m currently following a lot of comics right now, and they’re virtually all Marvel and DC. I haven’t caught up on Saga or The Walking Dead, nor Brian Wood’s Star Wars, all of which I enjoyed what I read of and I’m fairly certain would be in my Top 10 if they were on my weekly pulllist. Anyway here’s a quick rundown of my Top 10 Favourite Comics from Marvel and DC at the moment, in a rough (but will most likely change) order from 10 to 1:
However, first – here’s the three honourable mentions that JUST missed out on this list: THE FLASH, BATWOMAN and NIGHTWING, all from DC Comics. And before we get started – all images are their latest issues.
10 – TALON by JAMES TYNION IV
WHY? Talon is just awesome. The Court of Owls was a great event by Scott Snyder and Calvin Rose is a great protagonist. I love the whole dark atmosphere of the series and the fact that it can constantly surprise you, with some great cliffhanger endings and a great strong storyline. This in my opinion is the second most underrated title at DC Comics right now (first coming later), and the artists, Miguel Sepulveda and Guillem March are absolutely killing it on this book. I mean, just look at that awesome cover. This is a book that I look forward to every week, even more so now with the upcoming Birds of Prey crossover and the fact that this is the only current Batman book to feature Bane as a main villain so far in the New 52. (Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.
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9 – JUSTICE LEAGUE by GEOFF JOHNS
WHY? I’m following two out of the three Justice League series (The other being Justice League of America) at the moment and so far, Justice League has largely been hit and miss for me. However, ever since the conclusion of The Villain’s Journey, we’ve seen some consistently superb issues being put out by Johns and I’m really looking forward to see where the book is taken in future issues, particularly with the upcoming Trinity War series that looks really promising.
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8 – EARTH 2 by JAMES ROBINSON
WHY? I love Earth 2. The concept of the parallel world is awesome and James Robinson is a superb writer, and when Nicola Scott is at the helm of the artwork, the series continues to be consistently amazing, even if #12 may be the first issue that I’ve picked up in print. It’s a real shame to see that James Robinson is leaving the series in a few issues, but his run has been nonetheless spectacular and this series has thus quickly become one of my favourites in the New 52 reboot.
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7 – AQUAMAN by GEOFF JOHNS
WHY? Even though #20 wasn’t written by Johns and that he’s the only person with two books on this list, he’s still a really strong writer. He’s made Aquaman one of the most badass characters in the New 52, especially with the fantastic Throne of Atlantis crossover that focused on both Aquaman and Justice League. The current Death of a King arc is really promising, and I’m really looking forward to seeing where Johns takes the reader in future issues. The art is pretty strong as well, helping to make this another fantastic read.
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6 – DAREDEVIL by MARK WAID
WHY? Okay, I’ll admit it, Daredevil #26 was not just the first issue that I read from this title, but the first comic issue that I’ve read featuring Daredevil ever. And I was blown away by it. The art, the story telling – everything about this outing for Matt Murdock was superb, and I think it stands a high contender for one of my favourite issues of 2013 so far. This is a series that I’ve instantly added to my pullist after reading this issue and I’m so glad I gave it a try during a week that I had some cash left over after picking up what was already on my pullist. Anyone who’s not on board Daredevil should really give it a try. It’s just… so much win.
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5 – THOR: GOD OF THUNDER by JASON AARON
WHY? Jason Aaron, despite his Thanos Rising let down, has quickly emerged as one of my favourite Marvel Now writers and Thor: God of Thunder doesn’t disappoint. Esad Ribic is a really strong artist at the helm of this series which, like all of the above, I look forward to every month, and the plotline continues to be superb, with the interaction between King Thor, Current Superhero Thor and young, Viking Thor is ambitious, amusing and awesome – this is one of the best books to have been spawned as a result of the Marvel Now! Reboot. Spectacular stuff.
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WHY? If Talon is the second most underrated series at DC Comics right now, then Green Arrow is certainly the most underrated. With Arrow recently finishing its first season, Oliver Queen has never had a better time to get a awesome comic and although the first sixteen issues were met with mixed acclaim, it was quite clear that Ollie deserved a better series. And DC answered our calls, and gave us the incredibly talented writer of Jeff Lemire and the equally awesome artist of Andrea Sorrentino. The artwork is awesome and the storyline never ceases to relent its mind-blowing epicness. If you’re a fan of Arrow or just feel like giving the Emerald Archer a try, then don’t pass this oppurunity by. At this stage it’s much quicker to catch up with #17-20 digitally – feel free to pass over the previous issues unless you’re a die-hard completist, but if you can stomach three issues of Ann Nocenti and want to wait for the Trade Paperback, then you can pre-order Volume 3 (which collects #14-20 as well as #0) below.
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3 – ALL NEW X-MEN by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
WHY? What if the original five X-Men, Jean Grey, Cyclops, The Beast, Iceman and Angel were transported to the present day and the aftermath of Avengers vs. X-Men, an event which saw present Cyclops kill Professor Xavier and lead the likes of Magneto, Emma Frost and Magik in a mutant revolution? The whole premise for this story is so awesome, and despite the fact that it sounds quite confusing, it’s a great jumping on point if you’ve never read an X-Book before, but are at least familiar with the universe in question (for example, you’ve seen the films). Brian Michael Bendis, who is probably one of the most prolific writers in the comics industry right now, is spectacular each issue and this is another comic that I look forward to each month, especially as it’s heavily tied into two other books, Bendis’ Uncanny X-Men and Remeder’s Uncanny Avengers. The concept, design and artwork are all spectacular and now is really a great time to be an X-fan. If you’re not reading any other X-Book in the Marvel Universe, you’d be a fool not to pass this one up – for this is the X-Book to read, and the experience is only enhanced by Stuart Immonen’s incredible artwork.
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WHY? Hawkeye is another strong title at Marvel, launched shortly before the Marvel Now reboot, but is great fun and accessible to read. Taking on a much better incarnation of Clint Barton than Jeremy Renner’s portrayal as him in Avengers Assemble, Matt Fraction delivers spectacular storylines, with every issue apart from the odd one or two pretty much one-shots, although I can guarantee this is one that you’ll want to read all of. Francavillia has recently took over artistic duties from David Aja for at least #10, and whilst the artistic change threw me off at first, a re-read showed me just how wrong my decision was and I’ve grown to appreciate it even more. It’s also one of the cheaper comics that Marvel put out at the moment, so what could be better than that? This is a book that should be on every Marvel reader’s pulllist, and with the first volume released in paperback with the second to follow soon, now’s your chance to see what all the hype is about.
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1 – BATMAN by SCOTT SNYDER
WHY? Was it really going to be anything else? Scott Snyder is a spectacular writer and has kept me enthralled with every issue, especially as the art by Greg Capullo is some of the best that I’ve come across in the comics medium. Having recently just finished a two-part Clayface story, Snyder looks set to revamp Batman’s origins in a 11-issue epic for the New 52 starting with #21 the following Wednesday so it’s a perfect place to get on board the series especially if you haven’t read the book already. And if you haven’t, then you’re certainly missing out. The Court/Night of Owls story is a great start to Snyder’s run, and the Death of the Family series featuring the Joker that follows in Volume 3 is probably one of the best Joker stories ever written. This series is the best currently on stands, and I really look forward to seeing where Snyder takes Batman from here.
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So, that’s my Top 10. What do you think? I’d be particularly interested to hear what you folks think of the list and what your own list is, so feel free to throw one out there, and remember to check out the comics themselves if you haven’t already.