Monday, November 1, 2010

Read in October 2010

These were my favourite new comics:

1. Strange Tales II #1 (Marvel) I didn't like every story in this anthology, but the ones that were good were so amazing that this easily takes the top spot. Special mentions go to Rafael Grampa's twisted Wolverine tale and Kate Beaton's hilarious story featuring Spider-Man vs. Kraven.

2. Action Comics #893-894 (DC) Paul Cornell's Lex Luthor story continues to defy expectations with a crazy "anything goes" approach to storytelling. From a ridiculously over-the-top issue featuring Gorilla Grodd with a giant spoon to a quietly metaphysical one consisting almost entirely of a conversation between Lex and Death, every new issue is a joy to read.

3. Batman and Robin #15 (DC) The delays have been excruciating, but the final issue in Grant Morrison and Frazer Irving's story delivered all the thrills I expected from it. This three-issue arc might be my pick for best interior art of the year.

4. Knight and Squire #1 (DC) More Paul Cornell craziness. This new series is off to a good start, and I'm excited to read the rest of it.

5. Sweet Tooth #14 (Vertigo) Jeff Lemire's book is the very definition of consistent quality. It never falters or misses a step. Just great storytelling, characters and art each month. If you're not reading this, what the hell is wrong with you?

And my least favourite comic of the month:

Avengers Academy #5 (Marvel) Oh, God, this sucked. See here for some evidence.

Here's the list of all the comics I read last month:

One Month to Live #5
Action Comics #893-894
The Incredible Hercules #126
Avengers #500-503 ("Disassembled")
Hercules vs. Spider-Man: Assault on New Olympus
The Incredible Hercules #139
Neonomicon #2
Avengers Academy #5
Sweet Tooth #14
Fantastic Four in Attaque del MODOK
Orc Stain #4-5
Captain America: Winter Soldier (TPB)
Batman: Return of Bruce Wayne #5
Edge of Doom #1
Superior #1
John Constantine: Hellblazer: City of Demons #1-2
Thor #616
Knight and Squire #1
Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Batman and Robin
Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Red Robin
Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Batgirl
Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Outsiders
Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom #3
Vision Machine #1
Batman and Robin #15
Superman/Batman #77
Legion of Super-Heroes #6
Morning Glories #3
Robin #0, 5-10, 85
Gotham Knights #1
The Walking Dead #31-57
Teen Titans #88
Showcase '93 #1-4
Secret Avengers #6
Godland vol. 1: Hello Cosmic (TPB)
Strange Tales II #1
Stan Lee's Soldier Zero #1


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