Comix Portal: Best Of 2010 – 1

I can’t believe that 2010 is very nearly a memory! Where has the time gone?

For the next few weeks, as we draw this year to a close, I’m going to review what made 2010 a great year for comics, including heroes and teams, writers and artists, comics and trades, among other subjects.

So let’s get down to the best writers of 2010!

Paul Cornell: I have never read a comic written by Mr. Cornell that wasn’t full of surprises and amazing insights. He’s turned Lex Luthor’s Action Comics into such a success that I already can’t remember when the book focused on Superman. He also did some very powerful writing on Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero, helping everyone understand just a little better what those of us who use wheelchairs feel and think.  He also has been educating those of us in the States about the UK with Knight And Squire. He’s an up-and-coming writer that will be worth reading in the days ahead.

Paul Dini: Gotham City Sirens has been a welcome addition to the Batman line of DC Comics. If that weren’t enough, Mr. Dini moved Zatanna to the head of the class with a fun book about the Mistress of Magic. His character-driven plots draw us in more and more. I’m looking forward to another year of reading Mr. Dini’s entertaining works!

Geoff Johns: Okay, if you’ve read my columns in the past, you know I am a big fan of Mr. Johns’ writing. But he just keeps getting better with each comic, in my opinion. During 2010, Blackest Night became a verifiable phenomenon. He kept Green Lantern on the upswing, then introduced “52 Lite,” which we know as Brightest Day.  He got a big promotion, then began overseeing movies like the Emerald Warrior’s first adventure on the big screen. It’s been another very successful year for Geoff Johns!

Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray: There aren’t a lot of writing duos these days in the comics industry, but these two have proved they can write just about anything and do it well. They brought back The Freedom Fighters, kept Jonah Hex interesting, and set off a Time Bomb at Radical Comics. If you see their names on a comic, it will be worth the money to buy it and the time to read it!

David Petersen: Mouse Guard means quality in both art and script. Mr. Petersen even let other writers play in his backyard this year in Legends Of The Guard. Look for the story of The Black Axe to begin soon, so don’t miss it!

Mark Waid: First he was evil, then he was good–what Mr. Waid really does best is tell good stories. It doesn’t matter if it’s Irredeemable, Incorruptible or Stan Lee’s The Traveler–if you see the “Waid” name anywhere in the writing credits, it’ll be a fun story that will keep you guessing until the last page.

Next week: more of the best of 2010!

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