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!
Favorite New Series of 2010
Secret Avengers Geoff Arbuckle
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Ed Brubaker’s Secret Avengers gave me everything I could have ever hoped for as an Avengers fan looking for a new direction since “Avengers: Disassembled” changed the landscape of Marvel’s now flagship team. Teamed with artist Mike Deodato, who’s brought with him a beautiful style fitting for a series of heroes who work in the shadows, Secret Avengers is where it’s at in the Marvel Universe and something I can’t wait to read every month. I mean it, I’ve read a new issue in my car at the comic shop because I couldn’t wait.
S.H.I.E.L.D. John Barringer
S.H.I.E.L.D. is a crazy experiment gone right. When Marvel attempts to incorporate the ‘real’ universe (our universe) with the Marvel universe I can’t think of a better hook to do so than history. Not only is Dustin Weaver and the art team creating one of the best looking books in print right now but Jonathan Hickman is constructing one of craziest and fun to read stories. It’s too bad this comic is bi-monthly and not hyped more from Marvel because a book of this caliber deserves more recognition.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Victor Kutsenok
Even though I think no one is reading this series, I personally love it. The art is astounding. Every page is a masterpiece of colors and pics. The story is deep and well thought out, laying out a rich history that ties into our universe and gives us a glimpse at a deep past taking well known personalities from history and utilizing them in a new and inventive way.
Black Widow Paul Mallory
Despite this series being replaced by the equally intriguing “Widowmaker,” this was a sleeper hit. Gritty art complemented the spy-themed stories, adding more mystery to the Black Widow. Let’s hope Marvel gives this character a chance to grow and come into her own in 2011.
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors Mason Moyer
Peter Tomasi has done a great job with this title since it began, and it seems like the title will be around for a while. Tomasi has always written Guy Gardner perfectly, and the rest of the cast are being characterized greatly as well. Kilowog and Arisia have become very compelling characters, and the direction of the story seems extremely promising. Fernando Pasarin has been great on art as well, the book is overall a high quality piece of work, I enjoy it a lot and can’t wait for more of it.
Paul Dini is writing Zee as a strong, powerful, compassionate woman with plenty of experience to draw on. We get to see new sides of her life, like all the backstage scenes, her relationship with her cousin, some great artwork which manages to not descend to the cheesecake level, it’s a great book. She also shows herself to be a capable fighter, which makes sense for someone who has worked with the JLA for so long, and is especially close to Batman. This is a great version of Zee, and it’s due to Dini’s writing, as, IMHO, the fill-in issue by Beechen proved.
Other Favorites of 2010:
Favorite New Series