As I’ve made clear in previous posts, the 2010s were a good time for comics. I’ve looked at the best comic runs, but now I’m taking it a step down and going into the best comic arcs. These aren’t entire series — unless it’s a miniseries or an ongoing that was cut short — or runs, but arcs. Naming these is a bit weird because some writers don’t really name their arcs, but luckily trades exist, and you can usually tell when something is an arc.
To qualify, the first issue of the arc needs to have been released in the 2010s. That limits my options enough while setting strict rules. Hopefully this makes it fair. Also, this is more of a superhero comic thing, so be warned if that bugs you.
Anyway, get your six (most likely) bag and boards ready, because we’re going to be looking at the best comic book story arcs of the 2010s!
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2018 was an uneven year in terms of comics. A lot of series that were good took a nosedive, while others that were terrible managed to crawl their way to readability and sometimes even quality. But sometimes, there’s an outlier. Sometimes a single issue manages to say more than a series, or manages to elevate itself above the others. This is about those, the issues that stand as the best of the year. Continue reading “Best Comic Issues of 2018”
Here’s where things get messy. Christopher Priest’s Black Panther run’s big problem — aside from not having a movie to bring in big readership — was that it was very, very self-referential. It would’ve been a heavy read already, but with how focused it was on its own continuity and how necessary it was to read everything, as well as other works you probably never heard of, the longer it went, the more problematic this became. It seems Coates is going to have the same problem. Continue reading “Black Panther (2016) #2 Review”
Over on my old blogspot… blog, I did some quick comic overviews. For a while now, I’ve wanted to start reviewing comics again, but the timing never quite worked out. I didn’t want to start with a random issue; I wanted to start by reviewing a first issue, at the very least. I wanted to do Black Widow, but I missed the timing on that due to uni stuff, but that may have been for the best, since now I can do Black Panther. Anyway, here goes…
Even before its release, Black Panther was going to be a big deal. It’s releasing before the character gets a bigger profile from Captain America: Civil War. It boasts an award-winning novelist as writer. I’ve never heard of the creators, but Coates apparently won an award at some point, so hey, can’t be a Scott Lobdell kind of guy.
The very first page dispelled a big concern of mine: that Coates was gonna be a novelist coming onto a lowly comic book and would want to “define” T’Challa entirely, and ignore everything that came before. But instead, Coates chooses to acknowledge what came before in a natural and fitting manner. It’s refreshing to have a new writer, a novelist at that, who doesn’t wipe away everything that came before. Continue reading “Black Panther (2016) #1 Review”