Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Year's Best Reads - Comic Books Collected Editions

In no particular order...

  • Doctor 13: Architcture and Morality by Brian Azzarello; Art by Cliff Chiang - I hadn't heard of Cliff Chaing before this, but now I'm a huge fan. A very satisfying read for DC fans.
  • Bone (in color) and Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil by Jeff Smith - I've long admired Jeff Smith's talents having picked up a few issues here and there of Bone over the years, but now that it's being printed in Color, I'm finally reading the complete story and it stands head to toe with the truly great works of fantasy literature. Also fun and solidly entertaining for all ages is his take on Captain Marvel.
  • Marvel Masterworks: The X-men Vol. 6 by Roy Thomas - This is my favorite X-men collection. Roy Thomas' moved the X-men from the Silver Age right into the modern age here. The artwork by Neal Adams is still fresh after all these years.
  • Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol. 7 by Roy Thomas - John Buscema owns the Avengers and this collection begins the truely great period in Avengers history.
  • Golden Age Doctor Fate Archives by Gardner Fox - This handsome volume is chuck full of weird tales and some great art. Rudimentary by todays sequential art standards, it's got some laughs and eyebrow raising plots.
  • B.P.R.D. Vol. 6 The Universal Machine by Mike Mignola and Guy Davis - B.P.R.D. shines bright in this beautifully illustrated pulp adventure.
  • Outer Orbit by Zach Howard - Funny SciFi adventure. Loved it.
  • Doctor Strange: The Oath by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin - The very best thing published by Marvel this year. And my favorite Doctor Stranger ever. Amazing art by Martin, who also illustrated the truly great, Batgirl: Year One.
  • Showcase Presents: The Phantom Stranger & Showcase Presents: The House of Mystery by Various - The Groovy Age of Horror has never been more fun than these 2 volumes. Would love to see these reprinted in color.

2 comments:

Carl V. said...

B.P.R.D. is a series that gets better with each story arc, in my opinion. I get this in single issue format but should probably start waiting and collect the graphic novels instead.

I have the one volume edition of Bone in black and white but decided to reread it beginning this year and have been slowly buying and reading the colorized versions. They look fantastic in color and the story is excellent.

aesthete8 said...

Concerning the DOCTOR FATE ARCHIVES, is there any one story that sticks out as being visually exceptional?

The one about the undersea kingdom?