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.
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.”
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
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
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!
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
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!