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Your Mileage May Vary: Your Year in Review

It’s probably not a shock that the first few days of January brings a lot of looking back over the year before. Of course, the fans with their comic blogs are doing it too.

Anj of the Comic Box Commentary gives us a very Supergirl-centric look at his favorite moments over the past year:

Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade #6

Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade #6

So when I was reading Cosmic Adventures #6 and saw the hand emerging from that swirl, I knew just what Landry Walker and Eric Jones were referencing. I knew this was ‘the hand that Krona saw’, the hand of creation. And then we see that the hand belongs to Supergirl!! It was the best mix of DC history and Supergirl that this DC history/Supergirl fan could ask for. Perfect! Readers who don’t know the Krona connection probably did not get as big a bang for this scene as I did. But I had a silly grin on my face for a while after reading it.

While David Brothers of 4th Letter found a lot to love outside of the superhero genre:

While all this was going on, I was growing out of slavishly following superhero books. David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp fell in my lap like a bomb, I fell in love with Darwyn Cooke’s Parker: The Hunter, and scored several other books. I grabbed a used copy of Usagi Yojimbo: Grasscutter II on a whim and remembered how much I dig that series. Usagi Yojimbo: Yokai coming out a few weeks later was perfect timing, leaving me ripe for more. While the special edition by Fantagraphics collecting the first chunk of stories was pushed back to September 2010, I’m paying attention to Stan Sakai again and wondering why I ever stopped.

And X-Man of X-Man’s Comic Blog focuses solely on the superheroes for his best and worst list:

What the Hell?!? Moment of the Year: Superman ends Final Crisis by singing Darkseid to death. This one was probably the easiest choice of all. So here you have Final Crisis, DC’s uber-huge mega crossover of 2008-2009. The main villain, Darkseid has pretty much run amok, enslaved several heroes(including Wonder Woman), killed several other heroes(including Batman… Kind of), and transformed the Earth into a living hell. How does DC’s greatest hero, Superman end the dread threat of Darkseid? He sings at him… Yes, that’s right, Superman sings a note that’s directly opposite of Darkseid’s essence(or some such nonsense)which causes Darkseid to die… Uh-huh… I don’t think I need to say anything else…

So what do you think?



lulz on supes and his super-opera, just add that to his ridiculous list of super powers and he’s got it made.

I’m thinking “Why the hell did you bother to link to that X-Man blog”?

If you’re gonna attempt a “Best of”, at least TRY for some sort of objectivity. If you can’t even do that, how about at least some sort of justification for your picks? Saying “I don’t like the Green Goblin” doesn’t mean anything in terms of why Bendis is the worst writer of the year. Saying X-Factor was the best book of the year because “Trust me”? Come on.

OMG, I LOVE that supergirl cover. How fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

I know its an Un-Popular opinion but most comic blogs just suck the life out of reading comics. That X-Man Garbage was unbelievable. I want to so badly just rip and tear apart the clown but I’ll just say I’m not a fan, so I’ll exercise my freedom and not read ‘em and enjoy my comics.

actually superman finished off darkseid for batman dealt the first death blow by firing a bullet that killed new gods. and think the song was suppose to be the antidote to the anti life equation. otherwise final crisis is perfect pick for the what the hell moment of the last year.

gotta agree with blogs mostly sucking the life out of comics. At their worst they approach all reviews with a negative attitude looking to find whatever the particular blogger thinks is wrong. It is rare if not impossible to find anyone on-line who just enjoys their comics as a fun little bit of escape from the day to day grind. Look at the attitude towards Superman above. The bloggers have become so serious about comics that they have lost the whole point as to why comics still have an audience after all this time.

As for me, unfortunately I too have lost a lot of my joy with comics but I am still reading trades and still doing my best to remember that they are just stories and just for fun.

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