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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Comics: The Best of 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 Posted by Chris Tung , , , , , , , , No comments
With the new year almost here, I figured it would be a good time for me to do a quick best list in the world of comics. So here are a few of my thoughts on the things that stood out in 2009.

Best Moment: The rise and fall of Norman Osborn. In terms of "moments", 2009 was a battle between Marvel and DC, and although I do feel that Hawkman's death in Blackest Night #1 (yeah! #1 he dies) was devastating, I think the overall journey of Osborn really is the best "moment" of 2009. Even though it is not a singular moment, everything Marvel had been doing most Secret Invasion was showing how a villain can control America (symbolism to real world?!) and how eventually his evil ways will return and he will eventually fall. 2010 will definitely be about Seige, but for 2009, it was all about Osborn.

Best Writer: Geoff Johns. Personally, I was never a DC Universe guy. I was always drinking the Marvel Comics Kool-Aid, but Johns has shown me the light so to speak. He has been juggling the entire DC Universe for a while now, but bringing back Flash, bringing back Adventure Comics, and bringing the Blackest Night to the DC Universe are some of the most noteworthy things Johns has done this year and that list doesn’t even include his off comics work with Smallville and other media outlets. Johns has proven himself to be the go-to-guy for DC, and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Johns is my best writer for 2010.

Best Artist: Ivan Reis. Blackest Night wouldn't have half of the impact it does without the expert pencil of Ivan Reis. I had not known him until I started reading Blackest Night, but his pencil work is absolutely amazing. The way he renders each character and their emotional responses toward the deaths and revivals of their friends and villains is amazing, and with a series grounded in emotions, Reis's pencils brings those expressions of rage, avarice, fear, will, hope, compassion, and love home.

Best Single Issue: Detective Comics #853. This proved much easier for me then I thought it would because of all the issues I have read this entire year, no single issue made me feel such an array of emotions as Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader Part 2. Gaiman was the writer of the issue, and I assumed greatness. However, I had no idea what he was going to do to give Batman the appropriate send off. It was an amazing read, and if I had to give anyone a comic to read this year, it would be Detective Comics #853.

Best Series: X-Men: Magneto’s Testament. I have written reviews and a reflection on the entire series in my blog so it should come as no surprise that this would be my pick for the best series of 2009. Although the series started in 2008, the story of Magneto’s childhood in Auschwitz was finished in 2009 and so I believe that it should be considered the best series of 2009. The concept was simple: retell the story of Erik Lehnsherr and his experience during the Holocaust. Many writers have come before and given a bit of back story to Magneto, but no one had done it in such a unique and powerful way as Pak. The book not only added to the already complicated and deep backstory of the X-Men’s greatest villain but it also had such a powerful resonance in the 21st century.

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