Top Ten Comics of 2009 Sorta Kinda

I’m going to do a little belated rundown of what I feel were the best of the comics released last year that I’ve read, that everyone should be taking a look at.  Hit the button to find out my entirely correct opinions.

Ahem.  In no particular order (because I’m indecisive):

Chew Volume 1: Taster’s Choice – A detective comic about a cop with the power to learn the history of the things he eats, meaning he frequently needs to resort to cannibalism to solve crimes.  An awesome premise with even more awesome writing and art.

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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The Universe – Perhaps it’s because of my endless Scott Pilgrim Lovefest, or because I managed to get my copy signed by Bryan Lee O’Malley early last year.  I don’t rightly know, but still, this volume sets up what could come to be an outstanding finale in the last book.

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Cowboy Ninja Viking – There’s a man who happens to be schizophrenic, and his three personalities, a cowboy, a ninja, and a viking, all work together to stay alive as they/he fights the people who are after them/him.  HELL YES.

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Batman and Robin – At first I was concerned about the direction Batman was taking, but this series makes me think that the whole concept of Dick Grayson teaching the new Robin what it takes to be the Boy Wonder is incredible and keeps getting better with every issue.

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The Big Book of Barry Ween, Boy Genius – Collecting the entire series of Barry Ween, this book explored how terrible it actually could be being a boy genius.  A very humorous but deep read.

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Dark Avengers – Right now one of my favorite Marvel Comics titles.  Norman Osborn takes advantage of his new position in the world by putting together a team of villains and lunatics to form his own Avengers.

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The Umbrella Academy: Dallas – The collected edition of the series was released in September, wherein the team learns the dark secrets behind the JFK Assassination.  Give this series a look, because I definitely look forward to the next one.

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Atomic Robo and the Shadow from Beyond Time – Following Robo throughout time, he battles the very creature that supposedly inspired H. P. Lovecraft’s bizarre works.  I’m really liking this series.  Oh, and try to get a look at the Free Comic Book Day issue from last year called Why Atomic Robo Hates Dr. Dinosaur.  Very funny.

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DMZ Volume 7: War Powers – Continuing the story of a reporter in Manhattan during a modern day Civil War that’s broken out across the country.  The series keeps a gradual building of tension and possible oncoming disaster that causes protagonist Matty Roth to struggle against the difficult situations he continuously gets pushed into.

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Thor – Oh man, you just need to read Thor.  2009 had some great stuff with Thor and his attempts to reconcile the problems between the people of Asgard and the citizens of Oklahoma.  Oh, and Dr. Doom being really, really evil.  Always good.

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