As 2010 comes to a close we take a look back at some of our favorites from the year; there will be many more categories to come, each author getting one pick. And after reading our favorites from the last year we want to hear yours!
2010 Favorite Comic Book Villain/Team
Norman Osborn Geoff Arbuckle
How can I not pick Osborn? Being a lifelong Marvel Zombie, his 2009 takeover of the Marvel Universe was as complete as it was infuriating. But it did prove one thing… The general public doesn’t understand what’s best for them. They are so easily led astray by promise of security that they would gladly trade their independence as long as someone, ANYONE, can offer them some imaginary form of safety. When he finally went completely bat plop crazy, he nearly spat in the face of not one God, but hundreds by trying to commit genocide on a biblical level. His insanity eventually led to a new age of heroism and brought the light back to Marvel after years of darkness and uncertainty.
Secret Six Victor Kutsenok
Technically, these guys are villains, and I love me a mercenary book where there are actual mercenaries in it. Add to that the fact that the characters are diverse, intense, insane, and ultra-violent (and that’s just Bane), makes this book always a surprisingly good read. Great battles, witty banter, and cool stories help too. They are also not afraid to cross the lines of morality to achieve their goals. A great team book.
The Weaponer Mason Moyer
Tony Bedard came onto Green Lantern Corps and immediately started swinging home runs. His first addition to the GL mythos was a character that fits to a tee. The Weaponer is the man who first gave Sinestro a yellow power ring, and has since become one of my favorite villains in all of comics (IE Kidnapping Sinestro’s daughter, Green Lantern Soranik Natu, in an effort to lure her father into his trap). He took a piece of the White Lantern construct that Deadman left on Qward, and now has the power to fight armies all alone. His place in the story is well-deserved, it makes sense, and he’s overall a great addition to a mythos I’ve come to love!
Titans Villains Tom Parry
The Titans had become boring and stale, but with Deathstroke’s reclaim of the series, TITANS has become an arguably great read. Not enough has been done with Roy and Cheshire, in my honest opinion, but the book isn’t really centered around them, and the bottom line is the series has gotten much better since the villainous take begun. Its one of my must reads each month, and while the quality could be better, its still my favorite team and/or villain related title out there, thus the Titans rightfully earn this spot.
Norman Osborn Wayland
Norman Osborn was my runaway and surprise favorite villain of the year. He had a great run from Civil War, through Dark Reign/Dark Avengers, and up through his fall in Siege. I don’t think anyone expected him to last forever, we all knew he’d fall apart and/or be betrayed by his fine band of psychopaths. Elements of both happened, but he lasted longer than I thought, and showed a fine blend of ruthlessness and cunning that made him a great villain. Normally among my favorites, Deathstroke and Prometheus were both twisted so far from what they usually are this year that Norman took the prize for me.
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