Awww yeah, here I go again. Continuing my Year End Top Five lists, we now have the Top 5 Comics of 2007, these are the comics I most enjoyed this year.
5 – Plain Janes
Okay, so I’ve known Char for nearly 10 years, and I’ve been trying to get her to read comics for that long. She loves Owly. She loves True Story Swear to God, and she now loves the MinX line from DC, and this was the first one of those books she read. It’s a great little story about fighting against the establishment, with solid art. (Note: I originally incorrectly identified this as the Re-Gifters. Luckily my lovely wife corrected me).
4 – League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier
Wait a minute…I live in the third world where this comic is totally not allowed to be sold!!! Why, how did I get my hands on it? There must be some kind of black market or something for this kind of product. Shhh, don’t tell anybody but we managed to sneak a half dozen copies in to Canada over at All New Comics. This story is set in the “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” universe, but it doesn’t have a lot to do with the overall story. There’s a great main story, and then a ton of extra material in both prose and weird ad like material.
As much as Alan Moore the creator annoys me, his work still fascinates me.
3 – Captain America
One of the few times when the story lived up to the hype. The death of Captain America was great, the way that his comrades and enemies alike have reacted is spectacular. The death would have been good enough, but the story after the death has been even better. The disenfranchised Bucky, who was ressurected by the Russian government back in the cold war and christened “The Winter Soldier” has been redeeming himself, and has discovered that Captain America’s on again, off again girlfriend Sharon Carter has been brainwashed, and may have aided in Rogers’ assassination.
2 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8
Joss Whedon returned to the BuffyVerse in a big way this year by telling the story he had planned for Season 8 in comic form. This is not only great comics, but also would have made for a terrific tv show. There’s an awesome big-bad, there’s a great swerve (the guy you thought was the big bad turns out to merely be the big bad’s underling), and there’s been some terrific character work with Faith.
1 – Green Lantern The Sinestro Corps War
Green Lantern is one of my all time favourite super-heroes. There’s a military aspect that appeals to me, there’s an intergalactic police officer aspect that appeals, and there’s just the sheer coolness of holding a weapon that can literally become anything your imagination and willpower would allow. The Sinestro Corps war introduced an opposite number to the Green Lanterns, and then left off with a host of new lanterns.
The entire story took place in about 12 individual comics, and spawned some of the best one-shots of the year, and maybe the finest single issue of a comic in Green Lantern #25.