Ok guys, just wanted to give you one more top ten here, this time focusing on my favorite graphic novels! So here goes…
10. “Trillium” by Jeff Lemire
I can definitely say I love Jeff Lemire’s writing. I think he has pulled off some of the most crazy, creative and inventive storytelling in this one that, with the exception of maybe what Matt Fraction has done in Hawkeye, I have never seen done in comics before. The sci-fi element is there, but it’s also a great love story, and definitely worth the read.
9. “Operation Margarine” by Katie Skelly
Katie Skelly is one of my favorite cartoonists, and it’s tough to pick a favorite between Operation Margarine, and her other graphic novel Nurse Nurse, because they are both so great. If pressed though, I guess I would have to go with Margarine simply because it’s newer, and Skelly has only gotten better with time. I respect her greatly as an artist, and as a sheer creative force for putting her stories out as minis first, going to conventions, and really getting her work out there. I admire and learn from many artists, but few have inspired me more than she has.
8. “The OMAC Project” by Greg Rucka & Jesus Saiz
I won’t give away any spoilers, but there is a death of a character in this book, and as far as that sort of thing goes in superhero comics, I think it is one of the most powerful ones I’ve ever read. I grew up loving this character, and was genuinely sad to see them go, but I thought it was handled very well. Definitely one of the most memorable death scenes in comics.
7. “Green Lantern: Rebirth” by Jeff Johns & Ethan Van Sciver
Like a lot of people, I grew up loving comics but (around the 90’s) just lost interest in the type of stories that were being put out there at the time, and stopped reading all them together…until THIS book. Haven’t stopped since :)
6. “Joker” by Brian Azzarello & Lee Bermejo
This book is incredible. Very cinematic. You can almost SEE it as a movie in your head as you are reading. Bermejo’s artwork is top-notch, and Azzarello’s writing is flawless.
5. “Green Arrow: Year One” by Andy Diggle & Jock
Can’t say I’ve ever read much GA, but this book is a stand alone classic. It brought a realism to the character I wouldn’t have imagined possible except in the hands of very talented storytellers.
4. “The Wake” by Scott Snyder & Sean Murphy
Scott Snyder. Seam Murphy. That is all that needs to be said.
3. “Y: The Last Man” by Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra
At first, being the only man alive on earth in a world populated by solely by females might seem like a dream come true, right? Oh, but how that dream quickly turns into a nightmare… This is quite an epic tale spanning 10 graphic novels, but it is absolutely worth the journey. And why, oh Y The Last Man hasn’t been turned into a movie or TV series, I’ll never know. C’mon Hollywood, get your shit together!
2. “Joe The Barbarian” by Grant Morrison & Sean Murphy
I love this book so much! Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy at their FINEST! I would recommend this book to anyone, it’s fantastic. Trust me.
1. “Stephen King’s THE STAND” by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Mike Perkins
As I have mentioned before, The Stand is one of my favorite books by Stephen King. Maybe even my favorite book PERIOD. And what Marvel, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and artist Mike Perkins have done here is created a brilliant and faithful adaptation of the novel, in an epic comic book fashion! It took a couple of years to put the entire run out there (31 issues total, divided into 6 collected story arcs) but it was so worth the wait. I enjoyed every single issue, and I think you would too. I just wish they would team up again and tackle another King classic like ‘Salem’s Lot or The Long Walk! One can always hope, right?
Well, that about wraps up my list here… I’m sure some people will wonder how can I possibly have a Top Ten graphic novel list and not include books like “Dark Knight Returns” and “Watchmen” and so on, and they would probably be right to do so. Those books belong in any literary hall of fame. But this list here are just the ones that I have personally connected with, and enjoy the most.
Anyway thanks for reading guys! I may eventually get around to a Top Ten comic artist list one day, but for now stay tuned for more art and comics coming soon!