Carlos Ruiz | Comics

 

1.Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely | All Star Superman (DC)

Grant Morrison makes Superman relevant again!  Superman is dying and Frank Quitely delivers the best art of his career.  An all ages book that cuts through all the unnecessary baggage that Clark, Lois, Jimmy and Lex have and just goes straight to the core of what makes all the characters so great.  All Star indeed.

 

2. Joss Whedon and John Cassaday | Astonishing X-Men (Marvel)

Even though only four issues came out this year, this is still one of the best books around.  I didn’t think anyone could top Morrison and Quitely’s New X-Men run and then Joss Whedon and John Cassady came along.

 

3. Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso | 100 Bullets (DC/Vertigo)

What in the world is happening to The Trust?  Whose side is everyone on?  This year has been all about the beginning of the end of 100 Bullets and Azzarello and Risso have not disappointed in delivering the best work of their careers.  Pick up 100 Bullets before the lights turn out and the bullets run out.

 

4. Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting | Captain America (Marvel)

Captain America is the best book Marvel is publishing today not called Astonishing X-Men.  How Brubaker and Epting have managed to pull that feat off with Captain America being dead for most of the year comes as no surprise to anyone who has been with this book since their run started. 

 

5. Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham | Fables (DC/Vertigo)

Fables continues to shine as one of the best books Vertigo is putting out.  This year’s story line has advanced the war with The Adversary and lead the Toad Prince back to the Homelands to destroy the many goblin armies that have forced the fables to flee to New York.  Great stuff. 

 

6. Mike and Laura Allred | Madman Atomic Comics (Image Comics)

Mike and Laura Allred continue to deliver the ginchiest book in the universe with their move over to Image and the launch of Madman Atomic Comics.  This is the best Madman has ever been, so tune in, turn on, strap your seat belt and enjoy the ride!

 

7. Matt Fraction and Fabio Moon | Casanova (Image Comics)

Like a young Grant Morrison, Matt Fraction fills ever single page of this book with so many ideas that you have to read it twice to catch everything.  With beautiful art by Fabio Moon, who replaces his brother Gabriel Ba, Casanova is one super, sexy spy thriller you don’t want to be without. 

 

8. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips | Criminal (Marvel/Icon)

From the team that brought you Sleeper comes the best piece of noir to hit the comic scene since Sin City and Stray Bullets stopped coming around.  A truly classic comic from two creators at the top of their game. 

9. Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, and Bill Crabtree | Invincible (Image Comics)

"Probably the best superhero comic book in the universe."  It says so right on the cover and who am I to argue with them… 

 

10. Eric Shanower | Age of Bronze (Image Comics)

The best book ever on the greatest war ever!  Eric Shanower continues to deliver as the war has finally landed on the shores of Troy.  I can’t wait until the fighting starts!

 

Top Graphic Novels

Hardcover:

Absolute Sandman: Vol. 2  by Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean, Colleen Doran and P. Craig Russell

The best comic book series ever gets the Absolute treatment.  What else needs to be said?

Softcover:

The New Adventures of Jesus: The Second Coming by Frank Stack, R. Crumb & Gilbert Shelton

Technically this book came out on December 25, 2006 but it was so late in the year that it missed out on being in any Best of 2006 lists, a travesty that I will rectify by listing it here.  Some say R. Crumb created the first Indie comic, while others lay the claim on Foolbert Sturgeon aka Frank Stack.  Either way, collected here are his Jesus strips featuring the Savior of mankind returned only to endure the slights and indignities of the modern world.  Enjoy.  | Carlos Ruiz

 

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