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Freeze Frame 1/15/2015

From Secret Wars #9  by Esad Ribic & Ive Svorcina
From Secret Wars #9 by Esad Ribic & Ive Svorcina

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This Year’s Finest 2015: The Ten Best Comics of 2015

We finally made it. Some old favorites, some new favorites and everything in between. These are the ten best comics of 2015 Continue reading This Year’s Finest 2015: The Ten Best Comics of 2015

This Year’s Finest 2015: The Best Single Issues

Comics in their essence are a serialized art form. We might discuss arcs and runs, trading waiting and so on, yet , most comics are still centered on the experience of reading individual chapters parceled out over a (typically) monthly basis. With this in mind, I offer my third annual list of the year’s most memorable single issues.

I start with my choices for the two very best:

Sandman Overture 6 J.H. Williams III
J.H. Williams III

Sandman Overture #6 by Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III:  Dream’s cosmic journey across a universe (or two) came to a stunning conclusion in this issue. The issue contained several callbacks to Gaiman’s classic work, yet not none of them felt like self-serving fan service. Instead they enriched even further the fascinating personalities of the Dream Lord and his siblings. At the same time, Gaiman offered  a story where the stakes were huge. Williams more than ably met the challenge of Gaiman’s script handing in page after page of stunning art. His detailed, imaginative work defied any traditional sense of page layouts, spilling the action in all directions. Rarely have words and pictures blended so well to create a truly emotional experience on an epic scale. For more, read Cosmo’s staff review.
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This Year’s Finest 2015: The Ten Best Writers

Here we go; what is annually our most debated list both internally and in the comments, here is our ten favorite writers of 2015. Some new faces, some old face’s and some surprising rankings. Continue reading This Year’s Finest 2015: The Ten Best Writers

The Years Finest 2015: The Ten Best Artists

Without the art, it’s a script not a comic. These were our ten favorite illustrators of 2015 Continue reading The Years Finest 2015: The Ten Best Artists

Freeze Frame 12/11/2015

From Secret Wars #8 by Esad Ribic & Ive Svorcina
From Secret Wars #8 by Esad Ribic & Ive Svorcina

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This Week’s Finest: Secret Wars #8

Secret Wars 8 Alex Ross
Alex Ross

By Jonathan Hickman, Esad Ribic & Ive Svorcina

Sometimes you need to simply go with your gut. There were a lot of strong comics this week. What made the selection of Finest especially difficult was the wide variety of ground they covered. Secret Wars, The Violent, Scarlet Witch, Twilight Children–these are all comics using different methods of storytelling coupled with striking art. To be honest, picking just one seems a little arbitrary. Yet, those are the rules of the game. As I narrowed down my choices, I thought to myself which comic grabbed me and most thoroughly pulled me into its pages? Which made me stop multiple times and mutter “damn” to myself? (Not too loudly by the way, so that co-workers and fellow commuters did not consider me odder than usual). Well, in that case the answer is Secret Wars #8 the latest chapter in Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s epic reimagining of the Marvel Universe.
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This Year’s Finest 2015: The Best New Series

This was a year of great new comics and these were our ten favorites. Space warriors, space occultist, space terrorist, teens in space, teens in high school, teens in college, teens delivering papers, teens in a monarchy, teens in the avengers, teenage mummy’s on skateboards & Weird World. Continue reading This Year’s Finest 2015: The Best New Series