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It’s always tough, for me at least, to narrow down my favorite comics of the year to just a few stand-outs. But it’s also kind of fun to revisit what came out over the past year, maybe re-read some of them, and figure out what it was about the story or art or whatever that resonated with me when I first read it.
I also thought it might also be a good way to introduce ourselves to any new readers stopping by the new blog, or to re-introduce ourselves to those of you we already know. So without further ado, here are some of our favorites …
Naturally, my list betrays the bias of someone who reads at least 80 percent DC superhero books….
In Teen Titans Year One, writer Amy Wolfram and artists Karl Kerschl (penciller), Serge LaPointe (inker), and Stephane Peru and John Rauch (colorists) produced a playful, entertaining miniseries about the original group of teenage sidekicks. Wolfram, a writer for the Teen Titans cartoon, brought a similar sensibility to her scripts, while paying homage to storylines and elements from the comics of the ’60s and ’70s. Thanks to Kerschl, LaPointe, Peru, and Rauch, the book looked fabulous as well; with issue #5’s Speedy/Wonder Girl date a particular highlight.
As difficult and time-consuming, yet thoroughly enjoyable, as it was to narrow down my 25 favorite covers of the year, it was a task made much tougher by one thing: the holiday calendar.
Despite what the DC Comics website led me to believe, this week’s releases came out today (2009) and not Wednesday (2008), which meant a couple of early entries had to be bumped off the list late in the game. I’m a stickler, at least when it comes to that. Maybe those covers will make the next edition.
I’ve tried to explain, to the best of my ability, what makes the covers so successful, at least in my eyes. In some cases I’ve probably gone overboard, while in others I’ve failed to put a finger on that indefinable quality that makes an image stand out. That’s the nature of art, I suppose.
So now, without further delay or caveat, here is my list of the 25 best comic-book covers of the year (in alphabetical order):