It’s the time of year for recommendations and best-of lists. These are my favorites and least favorites of the comic books I published reviews of in 2019. My rankings are averaged from my individual reviews.
In 2019, I reviewed 338 pieces of individual media. This year, I focused a lot of reading down my to-read pile and also reaching into my unread bookshelves.
For the most reviewed series, I reviewed 21 issues of The Wild Storm and Wonder Woman respectively, and 16 issues of Giant Days.
I read and review at my own pace. Sometimes I read more comics, and other times I read more prose books. For many comics, especially superhero ones, I find myself around one year behind. I’ve found myself more and more interested in indie comics and other stories.
Unfortunately, the big two superhero producers (DC and Marvel) seemed to have regressed, and they’re now telling more crossover stories to sell single issues, and when I look over Previews catalogs, the creator names seem more white and male than in previous years — which just aren’t points-of-view I’m interested in. And when these companies do bring in creators from marginalized groups, those books aren’t headliners and often don’t find enough support to create a lasting impact. I’m a bit tired of books getting canceled before they’ve been able to breathe.
A theme of the books I loved this last year has been incredible art, along with great stories. The more comic books I read, the picker I find myself about, not just the writing, but the accompanying art and what it does to bring life to the story.
The Best Series (reviewing 6+ issues)
28 different series were eligible in this category.
1. Blackbird by Sam Humphries, Jen Bartel, Paul Reinwand, Nayoung Wilson, Tríona Farrell, Jodi Wynne, and Dylan Todd
Average rating: 5/5 stars
A stunning series with the stand-out gorgeous art of Jen Bartel, who may be my favorite artist working in comics right now. The story follows Nina, an early 20s-something, who cannot seem to get her life together or work through her trauma. When her sister goes missing, Nina finds out what she’s been missing: a magical world which she believes is the key to everything wrong in her life. Continue reading “The Best and the Worst of 2019 Comic Books”