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2014: Writers and Comics

Written by Outhouse Review Team, Gavin Dillinger on Wednesday, December 31 2014 and posted in Columns

2014: Writers and Comics

Here on the last day of 2014, we look back at the year and share some of our favorite writers and comics.



We did it! We completed another year without DC suing us because the moon on the outhouse looks like a "C." Well I would say that 2014 has been great or exciting or stressful, but that is subjective. This would cause discourse, and we here at the Outhouse are not about controversy and arguments. So here is our selections for comics and writers of 2014:

 

Comics of 2014

Moon Knight - This character is a favorite underdog in the Marvel U. He gets a chance to come out and get dusted off every few years or so, and each time the ride is fun and bat shit crazy. Our current iteration hits both fun and crazy and then goes overboard (in a good way). The new design of our perpetually unhinged hero is a stark change from our old Marc Spector, and it might just be the spark of fresh life we needed to give his series a fair shot at surviving the long haul. -Cajun Bean

East of West - Hickman's masterpiece is complimented by the duo of Frank Martin and Nick Dragotta. Despite the scope of the events, Hickman still manages to humanize a horseman of the apocalypse and give the reader a reason to care about an unstoppable killing machine. The love story at the center of East of West is contrasted by the graphic illustrations of the horrible beasts which stand in the way of Death's one wish, a life of love. We don't know what to expect from East of West, but we do know that it should be awesome. -Gavin Dillinger

Prophet - Despite a horrendously inconsistent release schedule, Prophet remains one of the most engrossing science fiction comics on the market. The eerie, ambiguous bio-surreal-religious space opera is opaque but entirely captures my imagination at every turn. There isn't really anything else like it on the market right now and it's going to keep me reading for a long time to come. The upcoming Prophet: Earth War #1 is my most-anticipated book of December. -David Mitchell

Samurai Jack -Same release situation as above. Counting it as well. This new comic adaptation of the TV show has Jack continuing his quest to get back to his own time. The great thing is the main artist, Andy Suriano, is a former character designer on the TV show. Coupled with Jim Zub's great writing, they create a comic that's faithful to the show, while being all its own. -Tim Madura

 

Writers of 2014

Jonathan Hickman - Hickman was balancing insanity and intensity this year. As he continued to establish an epic multiverse show down for the Marvel universe. Meanwhile he balanced out the heroes with expansive work on East of West, whose success should also be credited to the amazing art team of Nick Dragotta and Frank Martin. Despite these grim and series stories, Hickman showed a lighter side with his zany and intelligent Manhattan Projects. This was Hickman's year. -Gavin Dillinger

Jim Zub - Skullkickers, Wayward, D&D Legends of Baldur's Gate, Samurai Jack. He's been a workhorse this year, while maintaining a solid output. Plus, his tutorials on breaking in and pitching stories, coupled with his appearances on Reddit, make him a favorite of mine. -Tim Madura

Warren Ellis - By breathing new life into Moon Knight, Ellis took back the attention of the industry. While he only provided a six issue run, it is one that will be remembered for a great amount of time. From there he moved on to his creator owned project Trees, and at SDCC this year announced his newest project which would reunite his Moon Knight team. Ellis has left a new mark on the industry. -Gavin Dillinger

 

There you are. The definitive best of 2014 for series and writing. Want to know about the artists of 2014? Well keep your eyes peeled for another list... but not literally. That's gross. How do you peel your eyes? Ew.





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About the Author - Gavin D.


Gavin Dillinger exists in a constant state of restlessness as he runs between two jobs and spends every spare moment writing articles or scripts. He has also perfected the art of being simultaneously dead tired and jacked on coffee, and is the best-selling author of When is the Right Age to Tell Your Highway It's Adopted. Gavin graduated Cum Laude from MTSU and should probably get a real job. You can follow him on Twitter or see a random thought on tumblr once every three five months.


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