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Confessions No. 77: My Favorite Comics of 2011

And now…it’s time for me to get in on the listmania at this special time of the year, and present to you my list of THE BEST COMICS OF 2011!   …best that I have read, that is…   Yes, even though I do peruse a veritable plethora of comics every year, El Guapo, I do not read everything…and thus my list will be woefully incomplete. But, what I can do is let you know what I thought was the best of this past year out of what I did read, and the results will be below. Lest I imply favoritism, I will list them alphabetically. I hope some will surprise you, and by all means please let me know how full of it I am if you so choose. And it goes like this. Batwoman (DC Comics) Ostensibly one of the New 52, but in the works for much longer, we finally got the debut of Kate Kane in 2011. Too bad co-creator Greg Rucka isn’t still on board (I really would have liked to have seen him write …

Confessions of a Comics Shop Junkie, No. 69

Here we go again with a long-gestating edition of Confessions of a Comics Shop Junkie, in which I opine on various recently released publications of the sequential graphic nature, some of which may be sitting on the rack at a comics shop, or awaiting the click of a button on some online merchant’s web page, near you. If you’re lucky. Or not, as the case may be. THE HIDDEN Script/Art: Richard Sala Fantagraphics, $19.99 (scheduled for release in September 2011) Richard Sala’s latest features everything you’ve come to expect from him- gnarly plot, idiosyncratic, easy-to-like art, and quirky horror movie homages; however, rather the some shuddery 30’s style Old Dark House/Ten Little Indians meets Nancy Drew style murder mystery that is his standard M.O., although there are elements of that here, we get what at first appears to be a kind of Five/The World, the Flesh, and the Devil post apocalyptic scenario, with two couples and a mysterious old man wandering through deserted, ruined cities to an ambiguous, and ultimately world-threatening destination. But this being Sala, he can’t resist throwing in …

Confessions of a Comics Shop Junkie, No. 51

Time once more for another Confessions, in which I write a line or six or seven about newish releases of the comics and graphic novel type, hopefully still on sale somewhere convenient to you. Kind of a light slate this time out; it’s been a hectic week. I’ll try to do mo’ better next time. THE NEW YORK FIVE #1 Script: Brian Wood; Art: Ryan Kelly DC Comics; $2.99 Every time I read and/or review a Brian Wood-scripted work, I am always confronted with my own personal Brian Wood Work Conundrum. I have tons of respect for his stuff- he’s extremely smart, extraordinarily talented (both as a writer and as an artist), and remarkably proficient. His is a body of work (Couriers, Local, DEMO, Northlanders, DMZ to name a few) which can take its place alongside the best of pretty much any creator of the last twenty years. Yet, for me personally, there’s something about his characters and their mindsets that keeps me at arms’ length. More often as not, a Brian Wood protagonist’s motivations …

Confessions of a Comics Shop Junkie, No. 46: Best of 2010 Edition

Yep, like the title says, it’s time for me to do that list-making thing that we internet pundits do so love to do. And, as I always have done on my own sadly neglected blog, I feel I must preface this list with a disclaimer. The following entries are in no way intended to be the be-all and end-all absolute best comics and/or graphic novels of the past calendar year. There are many, many fine, worthy and worthwhile publications both physical and on the World Wide Internet that I did not have the opportunity, for whatever reason, to partake of. I like to think I read and keep up with what’s au courant, but alas, issues of time, money, and interest tend to hinder me in pursuit of that goal. I enjoyed all of these more than any others I read this year, and recommend them highly. Simple as that. OK, disclaimer complete, here’s my Personal Best of 2010 list. An even dozen. I shall cite them alphabetically so as not to imply (or infer, …

Confessions of a Comics Shop Junkie, No. 32

Here we go again with Confessions of a Comics Shop Junkie, in which I opine upon a handful of recent releases of the comic book and/or graphic novel type, some of which may even still be on the rack at a comics shop near you, or available via the click of a button and the insertion of bank card information from an online merchant, if you’re lucky. Or if you’re not, as the case may be. Shall we? DRACULA: THE COMPANY OF MONSTERS #1 Script: Kurt Busiek, Daryl Gregory; Art: Scott Godlewski Boom! Studios, $3.99 Another modern-day take on the venerable vampire, this time spearheaded by Kurt (Astro City) Busiek, as solid a scripter as the come, but not one particularly known for his innovative ideas. That said, this is set up fairly well, with DaVinci Code and Raiders of the Lost Ark overtones. Teamed up with novelist Gregory, we get introduced to the cast in this first issue, including our POV guy (or protagonist for now, anyway- he may be destined to take the …