So we're halfway thru the year and I figured it would be fun to list everyone's favorite single issues, favorite overall stories, and favorite art so far for 2008. Here are my picks for each category:
Favorite Single: Criminal Vol. 2, No. 2. The series is incredible, and this particular issue, with all the deranged blackout scenes, is probably the single most powerful, disturbing, and perfectly crafted one that Bru has written. Nothing has moved me more than Criminal #2 this year.
Favorite Arc: There are many half-completed arcs that have me excited, in particular Batman RIP and Old Man Logan. But I can't pick anything that's only half done, when the all-important ending has yet to be revealed. I mean, as we have witnessed so many times before, especially with events and major storylines, a really good concept can be undone by a very horrible ending. So, my pick for best story arc of the year so far is the Dead Mothers arc that finished up in Scalped #17. It's just very powerful storytelling, as the characters, the rivalries, the emotions, the tragedies, and the mysteries become increasingly complex. I love this book more than any other, and I found this arc to be one of the strongest that Aaron has penned yet. If you are not buying this book, I don't know what's wrong with you.
Favorite Art: There has been some stunning work done by the finest guys in the biz -- the pencils of John Romita, Jr. in Kick-Ass, the illustrations of Tommy Lee Edwards in 1985, the wild work of Ron Garney in Wolverine, among many others. But despite this really great output by these and many other noteworthy artists, one guy has really knocked my socks off. It's an unlikely choice, especially after all the heavy hitters I just mentioned. But my favorite comic art this year so far is found in the pages of Joker's Asylum #1. Illustrated by Alex Sanchez, this book has a beautiful mix of realism and creepy atmosphere. The line work is intentionally rough and uneven, adding to the mania and unpredictability of Joker. But the detailed and highly realistic backgrounds, especially of the TV studio, keep the look of the book firmly rooted in the real world, with real-world violence. Great stuff. I am looking forward to seeing what other stuff Alex Sanchez will producing. This guy is an amazing talent!
So what are your picks?