The Best Comic Book Runs of the 2010s

As we near the end of the 2010s, for my final look back at the decade in comics, I’m going to be looking at the best comic runs of the 2010s. This decade had some of the best and worst comic series, but I’m here to celebrate the best runs. The 2010s had a lot of good runs that were somewhat unappreciated, that I feel deserve acknowledgement. This is the decade that I got into comics, so I followed a lot of these when they were ongoing. Yet, there is enough distance from most of these runs — most of which are complete — that I feel comfortable judging them as a whole.

For comic runs, the amount of creators and issues varies, but the general idea should be obvious — a bunch of comics where at least one creator has a big presence in the creative process. To qualify for this list, the run needs to have had most of its issues released in the 2010s. That means Grant Morrison’s Batman and Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern, both of which started in the mid-2000s but ended in the 2010s, are out, but Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four, which started in 2009 and ended in the 2010s, is allowed on. Essentially, the runs will have started in the 2010s, with a small handful of exceptions that had very few issues in the previous decade. The key part of it is that this is “runs” as opposed to a series — I’ll be copying a bit of CBR’s rules and say that miniseries do not count as “runs”, unless it’s a group of miniseries in some way; this is for the the best runs on a comic, not sprints. But it can be one ongoing series, something that had multiple series, or just a specific chunk of a series for whatever reason (maybe the creative team lost the artist or something). To keep things manageable, I’ll be focusing on writers and pencillers — not that inkers, colourists and letterers aren’t important, but it’s hard enough to get every artist down for some runs, and I’ll probably miss some, that this is just the compromise I have to make.

Anyway, with all the rules out of the way, let’s get on with it. Here, arbitrarily ranked, are the best comic runs of the 2010s!

(That I read).

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E3 2017, EA — I’ve Never Seen a More Boring Conference

Yes, I’m late on this. But I’ve been busy-ish and getting ready for my Masters and, well, procrastinating. But I want to give my thoughts on the E3 conferences that I watched, and also have a reason to finish watching them. Because I do like E3. It’s a celebration of video games, when companies use some showmanship to get you hyped for their coming releases. Sure, I approach it with skepticism and like to watch people snark over it (Totalbiscuit this year), but I appreciate the idea of E3. Anyway, here are my thoughts on EA’s 2017 E3 conference. Continue reading “E3 2017, EA — I’ve Never Seen a More Boring Conference”

E3 2016, Sony – I am Now Planning to Get a Playstation Neo

Belated E3 impressions piece? I got you covered! I know, it’s really late. I got sick, then I got a new puppy and he was the neediest thing ever for the first two weeks, then I got (and still have) an ear infection that not only took away 75% of my hearing, but also casued immense pain, then uni started again… just not a good time. But I really wanted to do this one, even though already commited myself to doing the panels in the order they happened, so I followed through with whatever the last one was. Anyway, here we go.

So Sony was, in my opinion, the big winner of E3 2016. I’ve heard the argument that all they really did was show trailers which can be found on YouTube, but I think where Sony excels is just in sheer showmanship. E3 is the chance for publishers to market to us gamers, and Sony does it with such style that it’s impossible not to be caught up in the hype. Heck, I don’t even own a PS4 and I got hyped! Without further ado, here’s my impression of Sony’s E3 2016 conference. Continue reading “E3 2016, Sony – I am Now Planning to Get a Playstation Neo”

E3 2016, EA Play – Mixed Bag, Because EA Is Run By Robots

This year’s E3 was a strange little thing. E3 has a reputation for being kind of a gigantic hype machine, and really, that’s kind of the point — the big companies are there to get you excited for their products. How they go about that differs, but that is the general goal. And this year, Sony really embraced E3 as a display of showmanship, and went all out in pushing to capture a sense of wonder in their audience. At the same time, they knew where to stop and there was minimal presenters and it was almost all straight-up trailers. It actually sold me on something. Anyway, I’m just going to give my quick impressions on the various conferences that I actually cared about (to varying degrees). Starting things off is EA!

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