mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
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the best comic books of the year.

so it occurred to me the other day that i could pick, fairly easily, the two best comics of the year; one from each of the big two publishers, dc & marvel. there were other good comics, other great comics, even. some i'm leaving out because their consistant quality isn't limited to the year; fables, for instance, is always good. Others were good, surprisingly good, but not quite as good at these two: the sinestro corps war is an example of this. there are plenty of also-rans, but the following two comics are my pick of the year. they are also convienantly have trade editions out now, which means they are the kinds of thing you can keep on your shelf, or pick up now & dive right into. speaking of diving right in:

all-star superman by grant morrison & frank quitely.

i just mentioned the four-panel doomed planet- desperate scientists- last hope- kindly couple origin kernel; that alone is such exellent, compact storytelling it really ought to be looked at for becoming a standard. the rest of the story is just loose enough to be free of continuity while at the same time giving a knowing superman wink to those who might care about a giant key being replaced with a key made from a neutron star. the stories are so off-the-wall that you can't help but be charmed by them, while at the same time being done with the respect that morrison clearly has for the character. beyond that, there is something deeply alluring about the science-fiction aspects of the superman story that are on display here: superman as the scientist, in particular. there is something about him hunched over a workbench that stays with me, like a pleasent haunting. so great.

the immortal iron fist by ed brubaker, matt fraction, & david aja.

in an interview, matt fraction said something along the lines of this comic being an exercise between himself & ed brubaker trying to "out awesome" each other. & you know what? brinksmanship for kick-assery? it works for you, guys. iron fist isn't a big name like some other capes. in a nut-shell, the immortal iron fist is a kung-fu master. he defeated a dragon, plunged his fists into the molten, still beating heart of the thing, & then joined a group called "heroes for hire." this story focuses on the the martial arts side of the equation, & it is fucking no-holds-barred. action! part of what really makes it are the little things, like-- in the tournament of immortal weapons (note: actual immortal weapons) of the seven cities of heaven (note: actual cities of heaven), when dog brother #1 fights the bride of nine spiders, he counters her "black milk of hell" attack with "razor dervish attack- ultimate." how sweet is that?
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