Aka, The 10 Totally Random Events That Happened in Comics in 2010.
With only a few hours left in the year 2010, your friendly neighborhood Geek didn’t want the last 365 days to pass without some random observations on the industry he loves so much. Other more reputable sites will cover real events, best issues, best art. Blah, blah, blah. These are the 10 events you truly need to remember. So, without further ado…
The Event We All Forgot About in 2010 – DC Comics resurrects The Spirit and Doc Savage (and some Batman to help sales, of course) with First Wave. An attempt to bring back the classic pulp era, First Wave was gonna be a return to old school heroics. Alas, it was no return at all. It was just the same old delayed books, tired stories, and freakishly decompressed storytelling. Look, I love me some Brian Azzarello. However, when you want to tell high action and adventure pulp; you don’t get the guy that wrote 100 Bullets. Homeboy likes to take his time. The Spirit and Doc Savage don’t.
Worst Kept Secret in Comics – DC moving to California. Seriously, this secret had more holes than a program guide at an AVN Convention written by Wikileaks. Sadly, it seemed the only people that didn’t see it coming were the folks DC let go during the restructure. 2011 will show if the move actually helps to keep their titles in the Top 10 without an undead Lantern on the cover.
The Best Title to Come Out of The Heroic Age – Atlas from Jeff Parker and Gabriel Hardman. After going through years of darkness and war, Marvel was ready to return to good ‘ol superhero fun. Indeed, Atlas delivered on everything First Wave promised over at DC. It was weird. It was exciting. It had talking gorillas, Atlanteans, killer robots, and dueling dragons. In short order, the book was friggen glorious to read each month. Well, for all five of them. Critical acclaim couldn’t help a series that didn’t quite make Marvel’s cut-off numbers. Although sad to see it go, it was nice to see Atlas go out on their own and not dive into a cross over event to land a few extra issues. (The suck that is Curse of the Mutants, looking at you).
Worst Thing in Comics in 2010 That Wasn’t Deadpool Corps or Power Girl after Issue 12 – You. Me. Us. The readers. We’re starting to sound like a broken record. “No new stories.” “Ugh, another Batman title.” “How many time are they gonna’ kill him?” “You guys have all these characters, why are you using Wolverine again?” Listen, you can’t complain about nothing new on the shelves and then let good books die on the vine because you don’t want to add more titles. Look, I get it. Money be tight. Fine. Then take a long hard look at titles you’re reading out of sheer loyalty. (I’m looking at you, the readers of any DC book with the word Justice in the title). If a title isn’t good, don’t buy it! Take a chance on the quirky title or lesser known characters. As a rule, companies give these titles to their up and coming talent. Many gems never get past the 5th or 6th issue because it doesn’t star Iron Man or Green Lantern.
Biggest Travesty in Comics That Wasn’t the Jonah Hex Movie – Canceling Thor: The Mighty Avenger. What happened? Reread the post above. Seriously, this was one of the best titles in comics this year. Shame on anyone that didn’t read it. To those that did, you’re a better person for doing so.
Best One-Shot Book of 2010 – Hellboy & Beasts of Burden. Mixing two of Dark Horses’ greatest worlds was a literary Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Written by Evan Dorkin and gorgeous art by Jill Thompson, Hellboy and Beasts of Burden was exactly how you have a crossover. Packed with action, danger, and no small amount of drama, Hellboy and Beasts of Burden showed just how much storytelling can happen in 23 pages. Pugs and the Right Hand of Doom. How can one go wrong?!
Best Comics Website That Isn’t This One – We might get called out on this one, but it matters not. The best comic book commentary site, bar none, is Comics Alliance! Comic Book Resources, Newsarama, and that one section over on IGN; each one of them feels like a promotional arm of Marvel or DC. Comics Alliance is the only site that delves into true commentary on the industry. In an era of “first syndrome” comic book reviews, Comics Alliance takes their time and truly delves into book reviews. Breaking down characters, plots, and what’s going on behind the scenes, Comics Alliance is the site you simply must read. Once you’re done here of course!
The Grant Morrison Book You Should Have Read – Joe the Barbarian. Forget all his time jumping Batman, test-tube assassin Robin, creepy Pyg killers, and words-as-bullets. It was his little Vertigo title that truly deserves the accolades. A simple concept playing off Morrison’s own fantasy obsessed childhood. Young Joe suffers from Type 1 diabetes and when his blood sugar drops to dangerously low levels, he hallucinates and enters a world populated by his toys and their war. Not wanting to give away more, suffice to say you will not read an adventure greater than young Joe confronting King Death and his own psyche.
The Best Books By J Michael Straczynski – Um. Yeah. Let’s just move on. Gawd. That was so worth losing Greg Rucka over. Meh. (Hear that? That’s the sound of Aaron never, ever getting a job at DC. Ever).
Book You Should of Read Instead of Fables – Look, I like Fables. You like Fables. Everyone likes Fables. Enough to hit 100 issues. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that Bill Willingham is running thin on stories. Where do you go now? You pop on over to IDW and read Kill Shakespeare by creators Del Col and McCreery. Young William Shakespeare, a powerful wizard in the Kingdom of Britain threatens the life and legacy of Richard III and his minions. Thrust in the middle of this chaos is young Prince Hamlet, still reeling from the death of his father, Kill Shakespeare shows exactly how you can twist and play with classic literature. Just as Fables did almost a decade ago. Put down Fables for a while and enjoy the new tales of the bard with Kill Shakespeare!
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