Top Comics of 2010 | Steve Higgins

It’s got action, it’s got laughs, it’s got great art.




10. R.E.B.E.L.S. by Tony Bedard and Andy Clarke (DC)
I’ve long been a sucker for DC’s cosmic stories, but this book is criminally underrated. The ongoing storyline of the interstellar war with Starro the Conqueror was tied up perfectly, and its aftermath has proven that just because the war is over the fighting doesn’t stop.
9. The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson (Dynamite)
What if superheroes existed… but they were all bastards? The Boys shows us a world where superheroes are controlled by a massive conglomerate and how a band of humans are fighting back against them. Ennis and Robertson could easily let this book turn into a parody, but it transcends that thanks in no small part to the lead character Hughie, who grounds the book emotionally.
8. The Unwritten by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (DC/Vertigo)
The creative team behind Lucifer have had lightning strike again with this book, a thematic exploration of the power stories hold wrapped up in a Harry Potter-esque fantasy world.
7. Irredeemable by Mark Waid and Peter Krause (BOOM! Studios)
This book from BOOM! Studios explores a world in which a Superman analogue goes insane and runs amuck, yet the characters in this series have a real life of their own and bring pathos to what could otherwise be a cheap pastiche.
6.  Justice League: Generation Lost by Keith Giffen, Judd Winick, Aaron Lopestri, Joe Bennett and more (DC)
Part of the reason why I love this book is the nostalgia factor of seeing the old Justice League International team back in action, but apart from that, it is a thrilling example of the way superhero comics in a shared universe can be done right. The continuity between this book and others in the Brightest Day saga has been incredibly tight, and the hunt for Max Lord in these pages has taken some very interesting turns.
5. Echo by Terry Moore (Abstract)
Terry Moore’s Echo topped my list a few years back as the best comic series, and this science-fiction conspiracy theory thriller continues to deliver as it nears the end of its run.
4. Zatanna by Paul Dini and Stephane Roux (DC)
This comic features beautiful artwork as well as fantastic character development of the mistress of magic of the DC Universe. Dini and Roux fire on all cylinders here; it’s like they were made to work on this book.
3. Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire (DC/Vertigo)
The brilliant work Lemire proved capable of on Essex County continues here in this post-apocalyptic tale that explores what it means to be human, both physically and emotionally.
2. The Sixth Gun by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt (Oni Press)
An amazing genre-bending thrill-ride that mixes western tropes with supernatural elements. St. Louis-based creators Bunn and Hurtt have done the best work of their careers with The Sixth Gun.
1. Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory (Image)
Set in an alternate universe where the avian flu has led to the outlawing of chicken and starring a government agent who can see the history of everything he eats, this book is just plain fun. It’s got action, it’s got laughs, it’s got great art. Truly fantastic. | Steve Higgins


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