MTV Geek's 10 Best Graphic Novels Of 2010

2010 provided us with a diverse and fascinating array of great graphic novels to choose from. A PI with a brain tumor, a person caught between two worlds, a godlike psychopath, Scott Pilgrim, a brave museum curator, and a Dapper Man are among the protagonists on MTV Geek's list of the top graphic novels of the year.

#10: Revolver

Publisher: Vertigo

Writer: Matt Kindt

Artist: Matt Kindt

This impactful narrative of a life caught between two realities -- one of order, the other chaos -- is a stellar follow-up to Kindt's hit "Super Spy."

#9: Tumor

Publisher: Archaia

Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov

Artist: Noel Tuazon

Joshua Hale Fialkov is hands-down one of the most exciting writers of the year, and this book -- about a Los Angeles PI with a brain tumor -- was a very compelling read.

#8: A God Somewhere

Publisher: Wildstorm

Writer: John Arcudi

Artists: Peter Snejbjerg and Bjarne Hansen

Arcudi's tale of one character's terrifying transformation from run-of-the-mill Nice Guy to Superpowered Psychopath was one of the biggest discoveries of the year.

#7: Moving Pictures

Publisher: Top Shelf

Writer: Kathryn Immonen

Artist: Stuart Immonen

An attempt to protect works of art in Nazi-occupied Paris is the backdrop for a powerful graphic novel and what writer Kathryn Immonen described as "a messed-up love story."

#6: The Acme Novelty Library Vol. 20

Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly

Writer: Chris Ware

Artist: Chris Ware

We loved this story about one ordinary man's journey literally from the cradle to the grave. Ware at his most introspective.

#5: Return of the Dapper Men

Publisher: Archaia

Writer: Jim McCann

Artist: Janet Lee

McCann and Lee create a delightful world of robots, children who never grow up, and magical Dapper Men. A feast for the eyes.

#4: Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour

Publisher: Oni Press

Writer: Bryan Lee O'Malley

Artist: Bryan Lee O'Malley

A satisfying end to one of the most popular and epic series of the decade!

#3: Syndrome

Publisher: Archaia

Writers: Daniel Quantz and R.J. Ryan

Artists: David Marquez and Bill Farmer

How do you medically "cure" evil? And what cost? Such is the premise of the bizarre and fascinating "Syndrome," one of the first graphic novels to be released under Archaia's new Black Label line.

#2: X’ed Out

Publisher: Pantheon

Writer: Charles Burns

Artist: Charles Burns

A mash-up of TinTin, EC Comics, and themes from Burns's earlier masterpiece Black Hole makes this one of the must-reads of the year.

#1: Richard Stark's Parker Book 2: The Outfit

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Writer: Darwyn Cooke

Artist: Darwyn Cooke

The Eisner- and Harvey-winning Cooke's second Parker graphic novel is pure reading heaven. We're anxiously awaiting the next volume!


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