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As we count down the final days of 2010, we’ll be seeing a lot of articles online and in print publications that list the writers’ favorite entertainment offerings of the year. This year, however, we at Panelsonpages.com decided to leave the list-making to our devoted readers, who no doubt have a lot to say about the quality of the comics that came out this year. With all the BLAARGHing we do every week, it’s time we devoted a column to all the stuff we liked in our four-color obsession throughout this first year of the new decade.
This was an interesting year to say the least, with Marvel and DC bombarding us with numerous events and mini-events, promising big changes but for the most part resulted in a return to the status quo. Personally, I have shied away from most of the big events, though I did get into Grant Morrison’s Return of Bruce Wayne storyline, which I had very mixed feelings about. There were some great mainstream superhero comics this year, from Ed Brubaker’s quality writing on Captain America, Secret Avengers, and The Marvels Project to Gail Simone’s awesome work on Secret Six and Birds of Prey. Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Grey’s newest Freedom Fighters series has been very enjoyable as well. For my money, however, the best comics of the year have mostly come from outside the Big Two, from Nick Spencer’s mind-blowingly awesome Morning Glories to Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and Guy Davis’ uber-fun B.P.R.D. miniseries. In the all-ages realm, BOOM! Studios’ Darkwing Duck comic perfectly captured all the zany fun of the old Disney cartoon show, while on the “mature readers” tip, Vertigo’s Daytripper miniseries by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon was one of the most moving comics-reading experiences I’ve had in quite a while. Jeff Parker and Steve Lieber’s Underground offered a unique and highly enjoyable action mystery, and Marvel’s underutilized MAX line continually upped the ante in wacked-out, over-the-top craziness with Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon’s Punishermax – and it didn’t even have to turn Frank into a Frankenstein to do it. I’m still a trade behind on perennial favorites Ex Machina and The Walking Dead, but the issues I have read from this year were all consistently solid, and I am particularly eager to read the final Ex Machina trade to see how Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris wrap up that excellent book.
So now the torch is passed to you, devoted readers. What of all the sequential offerings of the year did you really enjoy? Leave all your comments below, and maybe someone else’s comments will inspire you to pick up something you may have missed from this year. Show your comic-reading brethren on the Internet that there are indeed good things out there to read, and let’s all hope that 2011 will offer up far more raves than rants.