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The Comic Lounge's Best of 2019


Wow, 2019 has been one hell of a year in comics. So many great books came out this year. Marvel revitalized the X-Men franchise. Image continued to be a force to be reckoned with. DC's Black Label line of books gave us new interpretations of beloved characters. Just so much great content. The following list is just a small sample of the great comics that came out this year. Hope you guys enjoy and here's to 2020, happy reading guys.

RYAN'S PICKS

CRIMINAL

Writer: Ed Brubaker

Artist: Sean Phillips

Colorist: Jacob Phillips

This year saw the return of CRIMINAL by Brubaker and Phillips. I feel like I'm beating a dead horse here, but you guys know how much I love these 2 creators. It had been years since we had a monthly dose of CRIMINAL. Every issue has been flawless. Brubaker's dialouge/plot and Phillips art are a match made in heaven, a perfect example of what a creative team should be.The current arc "Cruel Summer" has been phenomenal and with only 2 parts left, all of us are left wondering what's next. Hopefully we can look forward to more of it in 2020.

THE FLASH

Writer: Joshua Williamson

Artists: Scott Kolins, Howard Porter, Christian Duce, Rafa Sandoval

This has been the most consistently entertaining book being published by DC. Since Williamson took over the title in 2016, it's been mostly underrated. I feel like more people should be reading this. He has a clear love for the entire Flash Family and has really ramped thing up this past year. One of the highlights was "Flash Year One", which honored the past while also feeling fresh and new. Not to mention that this dude has been blessed with some of the best artists this year (Scott Kolins, Rafa Sandoval, Howard Porter, and Christian Duce).This is already one of my favorite Flash runs of all time and I can't wait to see where he takes the Scarlet Speedster this year.

IS THIS HOW YOU SEE ME?

Writer/Artist: Jaime Hernandez

This past year I finally read LOVE & ROCKETS (well I read Jaime's "Locas" stories). I read all the way up until this HC that was released this year. I fell in love with this world that Jaime created and the tumultuous relationship between Maggie and Hopey. I think everyone should be reading this book and I only wish I had read it sooner, luckily I have an awesome little brother how bought me the first volume for my birthday. So while this is the only LOVE & ROCKETS book I read that came out this year, it was Jaime's entire "Locas" story that made me a fan this year.

EXCELLENCE

Writer: Brandon Thomas

Artist: Khary Randolph

Colorist: Emilio Lopez

Holy shit, this series came out of nowhere and just blew me away. Brandon Thomas and Khary Randolph introduced us to Spencer Dales and the world of the Aegis (an order of Black Magicians) and created one of the best books being published by Image. The writing is phenomenal and the art is fucking epic. I highly suggest you throw on some Gangstarr while reading. Now is the perfect time to grab the first trade, before the new arc starts this Spring.

BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH

Writer: Scott Snyder

Penciler: Greg Capullo

Inker: Jonathan Glapion

Colorist: FCO Plascencia

This entire series was one of the most exciting/fun Batman stories I've ever read. This will surely go down as one of the perennial Batman stories by on eof the greatest Batman creative teams of all time. This book only made more excited at what these guys could possibly be working on next.

SPENCER & LOCKE 2

Writer: David Pepose

Artist: Jorge Santiago Jr.

Colorist: Jasen Smith

Take Calvin & Hobbes and drop them into a Frank Miller book and you get Spencer & Locke. This second volume did what very few sequels are capable of, it was just as good, if not better, than the orginal. I can't wait for Volume 3.

KING THOR

Writer: Jason Aaron

Artist: Esad Ribic

Aaron's final Thor book was a tale worth of the God of Thunder. This book was a love letter to the entire mythos and was one hell of a goodby from Aaron. I don't think we will ever see the like of this run on Thor again. This run will forever be ingrained in my memory.

GINSENG ROOTS

Writer/Artist: Craig Thompson

This was the year I discovered the work of Craig Thompson. From the minute I finished BLANKETS, I soaked up every other book he did. Then GINSENG ROOTS came out, his first serial work, and it instantly became my favorite work of his. Part memoir, part essay, but all comic book. This is a book that should be on everyone's shelf. If there's one book I could urge you guys to buy, it would be this one.

DYLAN'S PICKS

WAR OF THE REALMS

Writer: Jason Aaron

Artist: Russell Dauterman

Colorist: Matt Wilson

It was a story 7 years in the making, and the grand presentation to the Marvel Universe was everything that the Jason Aaron Hype Train had been building. There were moments in this series that made me fall in love with characters I had previously chosen to disregard. The art was supreme to match its Iliad-like storytelling and that’s why it's my number 1 of 2019.

SILVER SURFER BLACK

Writer: Donny Cates

Artist: Tradd Moore

Colorist: Dave Stewart

Donny Cates & Tradd Moore’s beautiful portrayal of the Sentinel of the Spaceways. This 5-issue mini was absolute poetry and its art was psychedelic. It was true visual storytelling at it's best, which just adds to my excitement for Donny’s Thor run.

HOX/POX

Writer: JOnathan Hickman

Artists: Pepe Larraz & R.B. Silva

Colorist: Marte Gracia

12 issues of straight mind-blowing, history-changing X-Team excellence. What Jonathan Hickman did in these 12 issues reinvigorated the franchise and made sense of the sordid and convoluted history of our favorite family of mutant misfits, setting up the next few years of X-titles.

DCEASED

Writer: Tom Taylor

Artist: Trevor Hairsine

Colorist: Rain Beredo

This miniseries absolutely destroyed me. Every single issue was completely heart wrenching. But most importantly, it inspired me to pick up more Superman trades. His symbology of hope is the most prominent thing about this series... apart from all the deaths.