Reid Harris Cooper (lordrexfear) wrote,
Reid Harris Cooper

Favorite Graphic Novels of 2010

1. Cuba, My Revolution by Inverna Lockpez and Dean Haspiel: Inverna's tale of art, humility, war, torture and survival is one of the most amazing tales I've ever read. She is an amazing, remarkable, loveley woman and a very talented artist. A highlight of 2010 was getting a self portrait by her. Dino's art and precise storytelling talents and choices bring her story to a breathing document that not only goes down as one of the best graphic novels of 2010, but one of the best stories of 2010 and the decade and time will tell, but possibly a top 100 of the century.

2. Never Forget Never Forgive by Rami Efal: Drawing from calligraphy, historical reference and incredible oil painting skill, Efal's collection version of his serialized internet strip is a not miss.

3. Cavemen in Space by Joey Weiser: Joey knows funny. He writes funny, he draws in a cartoony way that just makes you laugh at its cuteness, and yet his stuff is also real heart warming with a great core.

4. Richard Stark's Parker Book 2 - The Outfit by Darwyn Cook: The first Darwyn Cooke Parker book was amazing, it proved that his noir skills are bar none and that his lavish but simple brush stroke can bring anything alive. This series was one of the most anticipated books in comics history and has not failed to live up to its hype.

5. Ben10 Alien Force: Doom Dimension by Peter David and Dan Hipp: If you aren't a Ben 10 fan you might have trouble following this, but David's clean-cut yet wacky script combined with Mr. Hipp's wild art style makes for something special.

6. Stardrop by Mark Oakley: I've been a long time fan of Mark Oakley's quirky comics and Stardrop is no different. Mark did awesome stuff with the fantasy world in Thieves & Kings and does so again here with sci-fi.

7. Grandville Mon Amour by Bryan Talbot: This series is obviously not the best work of Bryan's career, but these antromorphic gothic period detective stories are still wacky, crazy and some of the best stuff you'll find simply because it's Bryan Talbot.

8. Amulet Book 3 - The Cloud Searchers by Kazu Kibuishi: This is the third chapter of a larger epic story that is both cute and scary, I truly recommend all three books of the AMULET series as Kazu did something amazing here. I'd also say get all the FLIGHT volumes and also Jellaby by Kean Soo.

9. Popgun Volume 4 by Joe Flood, Salgood Sam, Chris Moreno, Jess Fink, JM Ken Niimura, Nick Edwards, Maximo Lorenzo, Meg Hunt and MANY MORE: If you can't find something you like in this mammoth book then you don't like ANYTHING! It has autobiographical, superheroes, sci-fi, fantasy, crime drama, cuteness, barbarians, lizards, dinosaurs, dragons, anthromorphs, freaks, psychos, love, hate, drugs... basically there's got to be one story in here you'll like... or like I said, you don't like anything.

10. A God Somewhere by John Arcudi and Peter Snejbjerg: This tale of a superhero being born in a world without superheroes is not the first of its kind. The story of the lone superpower has been done repeatdly in different ways. It's all about the personalities you choose for your story, how you decide that world reacts and what that world represents. John Arcudi found a new and inventive story here on the basic premise and it was illustrated with grand stroke by a personal favorite of mine in Peter Snejbjerg.

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