Category: Comics

Top 50 Comic Book Runs 5-1

Here we are in the final 5. Remembering my initial rules, it’s easy to see why this last five was the hardest.

My number one choice has been number one since I read it in 1984, and to me will always be my favourite comic story of all time.

Once again – The Rules
The rules were simple, they had to be comics I was incredibly excited when they came out. I had to have bought them off the shelf when they were released (so Watchmen, Camelot 3000, Dark Knight Returns, Captain Britain, and a few others were disqualified). One shots didn’t count, so that left out Killing Joke (which is one of my favourite stories comics or otherwise of all time), and original graphic novels were out too. This list was about anticipation, and these are the comics that I went absolutely nuts waiting for 30 days to go by so I could find out what happened next.

Without further ado…the finale of my top 50 comic runs of all time.

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Top 50 Comic Runs 10 – 6

The Top 50 Comics 10-6

Okay, seriously…what is wrong with me?  I’ve had this damn list finished for going on three months, but I haven’t posted the last two parts.

Time to rectify that!

First…the rules.

The rules were simple, they had to be comics I was incredibly excited when they came out. I had to have bought them off the shelf when they were released. This list was about anticipation, and these are the comics that I went absolutely nuts waiting for 30 days to go by so I could find out what happened next.

Second, the previous list (the kids call this “deep linking”).

And now, for the very dramatic penultimate listing of the top 50 comic runs that I collected as they came out in stores.

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Top 50 Comic Runs 20-11

Best ComicsMy first three entries in this series tell a much different story.

From here on in there are no easy choices, and honestly other than the top five…any of these from 20-5 are pretty much interchangeable depending on my mood.

Previous entries in the Top 50 Comic Runs are:

I’ve got a little bit of work to get 10-6 out, but 5-1 is completely written…so look for them both later this week.

A quick recap of the rules:

The rules were simple, they had to be comics I was incredibly excited when they came out. I had to have bought them off the shelf when they were released. This list was about anticipation, and these are the comics that I went absolutely nuts waiting for 30 days to go by so I could find out what happened next.

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Top 50 Comic Book Runs 50-41

Way back in September of 2009, I thought I’d put out a list of the top 40 comic book runs. This was the list of comics that I return to again and again. Something happened though…I kind of fell off the wagon a little bit. I have the entire list, all chunked out in three more posts (20-11, 10-6, and 5-1), but nearly four years has gone by!

A lot can change in four years, namely there has been four years of awesome comics! So I’ve amended the Top 40 to actually be a “Top 50”, and I’m adding, retroactively, #50-41 right here.

I hope to get the next segment (20-11) out a little quicker.

For those of you interested, the recently renamed Top 50 Comic Runs are available here:

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Man of Steel – My Review

manofsteel.warnerbros.com In my mind, Christopher Nolan can do no wrong, the man has yet to make a bad movie, and his Dark Knight trilogy re-invented the superhero genre again. David Goyer has written a ton of amazing movies, and has written some of my favourite comics.

Zach Snyder…he has made movies I have enjoyed looking at, and creates the best movie trailers on the planet…but has yet to execute on a good movie.

So with that in mind, my hopes for The Man of Steel were earthbound.  When I saw that it was 2 hours and 30 minutes long…sigh.  Before it was released though, I was defending the movie, saying that our memories of the 1978 “classic” are clouded by the mists of time.  Having just watched it again recently…that movie just isn’t that good when exposed to the cold hard light of 2013.

Unfortunately my already low hopes were dashed, and I nearly walked out of the theatre on three separate occasions, and there is no way in hell I will be taking my kids to this flick any time soon.

The movie was commercially successful, but unfortunately the Superman story…domed planet, desperate scientists, last hope, kindly couple…that story was missed.

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The Digital Comics List – February 2013

Digital ComicsIt’s been about three months since I posted my last “Digital Comics List”, and quite a few things have changed.

First up, Marvel Now has swept across the Marvel Universe, and with it a ton of really great Marvel comics.  You’ve got Bendis on All New X-Men, Hickman on Avengers, Jason Aaron on Wolverine and the X-Men, Frank Cho on Savage Wolverine, and of course Dan Slott’s Superior Spider-Man.

On top of that there’s Deathmatch, which is sort of a “What if everyone fought everyone”, pitting a bunch of superhero archetypes against each other.  The first issue was only .99, which made it really appealing. Continue Reading

Best Comics of 2012

Adventure TimThis was the year that I went entirely digital.  It was also the year that my kids got more comics than me*

*physical comics from All new Comics only…I still get a lot of comics from Comixology.

Looking back at the end of the year, it was a pretty spectacular year for comics.  There was a bunch of awesome new stuff, some existing series got a shot in the arm, and the big two put out some really good stuff.

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Awesome FREE comics for your new iPad, Android or Surface

Saga

A splash page from Saga

So you just got a shiny new tablet for Christmas, well now it’s time to load that sucker up.

Luckily, ComiXology is available on all of the major platforms, and it’s the best way to read comics on a tablet.

Even better news is that Image has been putting out some of the best comics on the stands (digital or otherwise) for the last several years…and a ton of them are available for free on Comixology.

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Digital vs Physical comic shops

I came to a realization this week.  We may have hit the time where there are more people with iPads than there are people with access to comic shops.  I did a little math, and based it off London Ontario (where I live).  We have 350,000 people in London.  Adding in the places within 30 minutes outside of London with no comic shop in their home town, we get to about 425,000 people.

London has 4 full time comic shops.  425000/4 = 106,250 potential customers per shop.  Multiply that by about 3000 Diamond Accounts, which means that approximately 318 million people have access to a comic shop.  Considering though that the best selling comic of 2012 sold 318,000 copies (for Walking Dead #100), we can probably assume that 5% of the general population is an agressive number…but for fun, let’s make that 10%, which means 31.8 million potential comic fans have access to a comic shop.
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The Digital Comics List – October 2012

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My ComiXology list October 2012

I’m mostly off physical comics, with the only notable exceptions being stuff for the kids, and archived collections for myself.  By and large, just like with magazines, I’ve switched entirely to digital.

With Digital, I also find I’m sampling stuff I never would have before, simply because I don’t have to deal with physically storing them, and it is easier than ever before to buy something on an impulse.  If I read a review of something that looks interesting, in less than a minute I can start reading that comic.

This is something I’m going to try to keep up with every few months.

What I’m trying – this is new titles I’m trying (stuff I didn’t buy last month):

  • Batman – Death of the Family part 1
  • Cyberforce – Freebie from Image
  • Happy – a new Grant Morrison series
  • Revival – a new “rural horror” series
  • Uncanny Avengers – reading 1 month behind

What I’m reading regularly:

  • America’s Got Powers
  • Animal Man – reading 1 month behind
  • Batman and Robin
  • Earth 2
  • Glory – reading 1 month behind
  • Green Lantern
  • Justice League – reading 1 month behind
  • Lookouts
  • Manhattan Projects – reading 1 month behind
  • Saga
  • Swamp Thing – reading 1 month behind
  • Teen Titans  – reading 1 month behind
  • The Walking Dead
  • Wolverine and the X-Men – reading 1 month behind