The Best Comic Books of the Decade: 2010-2019

I’ve been doing comic book reviews for over 10 years, culminating in over 1,000 reviews. What I enjoy most about reviewing comics is sharing what I’ve loved, and hopefully, you’ll pick up the book. I did not create lists for 2012, 2013, and 2014. All my recommendations are books that I read that year, not necessarily published that year.

While I won’t be giving you my ultimate list, here’s a rundown of my reviews that capture the time and the place, listing my #1 best pick from each:

2010

I, Zombie #1 S.W.O.R.D. #1 Detective Comics #860

This format took me far too long to do, so after this year, I switched to the format I still use today.

2011

Echo #22 Osborn #1 Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse

The Best and the Worst of 2011 Comic Books

  • The best on-going series — Echo by Terry Moore
  • The best miniseries — Osborn by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Rios, Becky Cloonan, Jamie McKelvie, and Warren Ellis
  • The best graphic novels — Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse

2015

Bitch Planet #1 The Infinite Loop #1 Heart in a Box

The Best and the Worst of 2015 Comic Books

  • The best on-going series — Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Val De Landro, and Robert Wilson IV
  • The best miniseries — The Infinite Loop by Pierrick Colinet and Elsa Charretier
  • The best graphic novels — Heart in a Box by Kelly Thompson and Meredith McClaren

2016

Monstress #1  Pretty Deadly #1 Princeless Vol 1

This year, I changed the categories to better suit how I read and compared books in more manageable groups based on my reviews of them.

The Best and the Worst of 2016 Comic Books

  • The best series (reviewing 6+ issues) — Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
  • The best series (reviewing 5 or less issues) — Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios
  • The best graphic novels — Princeless Vol 1 by Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin

2017

Monstress #11 Ladycastle #1 March Vol 1

The Best and the Worst of 2017 Comic Books

  • The best series (reviewing 6+ issues) — Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
  • The best series (reviewing 5 or less issues) — Ladycastle by Delilah S. Dawson, Ashley A. Woods, and Becca Farrow
  • The best graphic novels — March trilogy by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

2018

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 Lazarus #1 Taproot

The Best and the Worst of 2018 Comic Books

  • The best series (reviewing 6+ issues) — Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles by Mark Russell, Mike Feehan, Sean Parsons, Paul Mounts, and Dave Sharpe
  • The best series (reviewing 5 or less issues) — Lazarus by Greg Rucka, Michael Lark, Tyler Boss, Santi Arcas, Simon Bowland, and Eric Trautmann
  • The best graphic novels — Taproot by Keezy Young

2019

Blackbird #1 Lois Lane #1 Finding Home Volume 1: The Traveller

The Best and the Worst of 2019 Comic Books

  • The best series (reviewing 6+ issues) — Blackbird by Sam Humphries, Jen Bartel, Paul Reinwand, Nayoung Wilson, Tríona Farrell, Jodi Wynne, and Dylan Todd
  • The best series (reviewing 5 or less issues) — Lois Lane by Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins, Paul Monts, and Simon Bowland
  • The best graphic novels — Finding Home Vol 1: The Traveller and Finding Home Vol 2: The Healer by Hari Conner

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