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Amazon announces its top comics of 2010

The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death is the first out of the gate with a year-end list, rolling out its editors’ picks for the Top 10 comics of 2010. It’s a solid selection of titles, led by Drawn and Quarterly with three and DC Comics with two.

1. The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death, by Jaime Hernandez (Abrams ComicArts)
2. Batwoman: Elegy, by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III (DC Comics)
3. X’ed Out, by Charles Burns (Pantheon)
4. Market Day, by James Sturm (Drawn and Quarterly)
5. King of the Flies: Hallorave (Vol. 1), by Mezzo and Pirus (Fantagraphics Books)
6. 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective, by G.B. Trudeau (Andrews McMeel Publishing)
7. Hellboy, Vol. 9: The Wild Hunt, by Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo (Dark Horse)
8. Acme Novelty Library #20, by Chris Ware (Drawn and Quarterly)
9. Picture This: The Near-sighted Monkey Book, by Lynda Barry (Drawn and Quarterly)
10. Wednesday Comics, by various (DC Comics)

The online retailer also revealed its 10 bestselling comics of the year, a list topped by the sixth volume of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series. See the full rundown after the break:

1. Scott Pilgrim, vol. 6: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni Press)
2. Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1, by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim (Yen Press)
3. The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel, by Diana Gabaldon and Hoang Nguyen (Del Rey)
4. Kick-Ass, by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. (Marvel/Icon)
5. Troublemaker, Vol. 1, by Janet Evanovich, Alex Evanovich and Joelle Jones (Dark Horse)
6. The Walking Dead, Vol. 11: Fear the Hunters, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard (Image)
7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Vol. 6: Retreat by Jane Espenson, Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty and Andy Owens (Dark Horse)
8. The Walking Dead, Vol. 12: Life Among Them, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard (Image)
9. Blackest Night, by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis (DC Comics)
10. Dark Tower: The Fall of Gilead, by Stephen King, Peter David, Robin Furth and Richard Isanove (Marvel)



I’ve only read Hellboy, Vol. 9: The Wild Hunt from this list and loved it.

Just a BIT early for a Best of the Year, wouldn’t you say?

There’s still two more months guys…

It’s that time of year: The best-of lists start coming out ahead of the holiday-buying season. Publishers Weekly will release its selections on Monday.

Nice to see “The Walking Dead” well represented in the bestselling comics of the year list.

There’s a serious lack of Daytripper and Duncan the Wonder Dog on the “best of” list. Severe, almost deathly lack.

This list is sorely lacking Chew.

I am glad to see the plurality of genres and publishers without any Marvel or DC superhero domination.

Sad to see that awful Twilight book doing so well, but I guess terrible illustration, photo backgrounds and pages filled with toning are of little concern to that particular market.

I don’t get the high placement of Batwoman: Elegy. It has fantastic art but I found the story just as uninteresting as every other Batwoman appearance has been. It is hard for me to imagine anyone without a vested interest in Rucka’s Crime Bible stories getting in to this book.

I imagine The Walking Dead will see even better sales next year, and that gives me confidence in the preservation of the comic book industry by way of providing the creatively bankrupt Hollywood execs with good stories.

Kevin, Daytripper won’t be collected until next year, sadly. It’s my personal mini series of 2010

Okay AJ, but how do you REALLY feel about Twilight fans? ;]

I think it’s good to see it so high up – say what you will about the quality, but considering how teen girls are both over-represented in Twilight fandom and under-represented in comics readership, any book that can get them thinking “maybe I could like these comics things after all” is welcome by me.

Sean T. Collins

November 6, 2010 at 9:43 am

AJ, I’m not a big fan of Rucka’s Crime Bible mega-storyline either. The key for me was letting the art lead me to the interesting aspects of the story–not the long uninteresting thing he’s been doing since 52, but all the stuff about sexuality and identity, from “don’t ask don’t tell” being part of her origin to all the fetish elements of the costumes. Here, this is what I made of it:

Haven’t much of that at all, save for Scott Pilgrim and some of Wednesday Comics.

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