While you’ve been reading all the comics that you’ve been reading over the past month or so, I’ve been reading these. Or at least, these are the ones that I most enjoyed. Or at least, the ones I found the most interesting. Those that I felt less positive about … can be left for another time. Were there only the hours in the day, I would have enjoyed writing about each and every one, splendid or far less so.
Where covers and interior pages aren’t obviously credited to the appropriate creators, I’ve done my best to do so. The order the titles appear in below are no guide to my personal preferences.
1. 2017’s Doom Patrol: Brick By Brick, by Gerard Way, Nick Derington, Tom Fowler & Todd Klein.
2. 2018’s Where We Live: A Benefit For The Survivors In Las Vegas, by an admirable and considerable congregation of creators, with a cover by JH Williams III, and, as scanned in above, Stains by Cameron Stewart.3. The Phoenix, by a host of creators. The cover to #344 above is by Haydn Kaye, while the page from Legacy is by Tom Fickling, Zak Simmonds-Hurn with Alice Leclert.4. Robert Warshaw’s The Immediate Experience, a series of his admirably cogent essays on popular culture from 1951 to 1962. His piece on EC Comics from the height of America’s horror scare is a fascinating glimpse on history as it seemed when it was being freshly made.
5. The first two volumes of the 2014 Viz English language editions of Naoki Urasawa’s Monster.
6. 2018′s Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur: BFF hardback, reprinting tales from several years earlier, by Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder, Natacha Bustos, Tamra Bonvillain, Travis Lanham et al.7. The 2008 facsimile edition of 1939’s debut Broons Annual, fascinating for the work of the great Dudley D. Watkins and the first signs of war beginning to creep into the strip.8. 2018’s The Inking Woman- 250 years of Women Cartoon and Comic Artists In Britain, by Nicola Streeten & Cath Tate, which does exactly what it suggests on its cover, and does it darned well too.
9. 2018’s Hit-Girl: Canada, by Jeff Lemire, Eduardo Risso, Patricia Mulvihill & Clem Robins. 10. The latest edition of the splendidly fine Viz, which, spearheaded by the likes of Barney Farmer & Lee Healey’s magnificent The Drunken Bakers and The Male Online, remains one of these islands’ greatest-ever comics. Seriously brilliant, and seriously consistently brilliant too.11. 2016’s The Vision: Little Worse Than A Man, by Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Jordie Bellaire & Clayon Cowles.
12. 1972’s Outlaws of America: The Underground Press and its Context; Notes on a Cultural Revolution by Roger Lewis, which discusses comics – such as Skip Williamson’s Class War Comics – in the context of the turn-of-the-70s counter-culture.13. 2015’s The Rabbit by Rachel Smith.
14. 2018’s You Are Deadpool, by Al Ewing, Salva Espon, Joe Sabino et al.15. 2017’s The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan!, by Rovert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn, Rus Wooton et al.16. 2018’s Pirate Fun: The First Trial, by Colin Bell, Neil Slorance & David B. Cooper.17. from 2017’s The DC Universe By Mike Mignola, which includes the above page from 2005’s Batman Villains: Secret Files And Origins, by the artist, Steve Purcell, Kevin Nowlan, Matt Hollingsworth & John Workman.18. 2017’s Illustrators: War Is Hell – British War Comics Special.
18. 2018’s The Magic Order, by Mark Millar, Olivier Coipel, Dave Stewart & Peter Doherty.19. 2016’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe HB by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Rico Renzi, Tom Fowler & Travis Lanham.1
20. 2017’s Wildstorm: A Celebration Of 25 Years, by a huge number of creators, including, immediately above, John Cassaday & Laura Martin.21. 2016’s Future Tense by Jeff Parker, Evan Shaner, Steve Rude, Jordie Bellaire, Dave Lanphear et al.
22. A considerable pile of cheap and cheerfully battered old 70s/80s DC Comics, including clumps of Weird War Tales, The New Adventures Of Superboy & Ghosts. The covers above are by Nick Cardy & Kurt Schaffenberger/Dave Hunt.23. And a number of old annuals acquired for a song from local thrift shops, including the Doctor Who Annual 1978, bereft, as was of course the custom, of creator credits.
Them Darned Superpeople will return shortly …