26 December 2007

Getting graphic

Everyone drops their best-of-the-year lists about now, including me. But here's something a little different. It's Contra Costa Times reporter Randy Myers' list of the 10 best graphic novels of the year:

10. ‘‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier,’’ Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill.
9. ‘‘Maxwell Strangewell,’’ Matt and Shawn Fillbach.
8. ‘‘The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born,’’ Peter David and Robin Furth.
7. ‘‘Planet Hulk: The Incredible Hulk,’’ by Greg Pak.
6. ‘‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home,’’ by Joss Whedon and Georges Jeanty. (shown at right)
5. ‘‘Shooting War,’’ by Anthony Lappe and Dan Goldman. (This is satire on the Iraq war and the media's coverage of it.)
4. ‘‘Dogs & Water,’’ by Anders Nilsen. (per Myers, "A nameless man embarks on a lonely odyssey through a desolate, temperamental world. ... Nilsen is a comics poet, writing a story that perfectly captures moods, feelings and metaphors. Do read this man."
3. ‘‘Criminal Vol. 1: Coward,’’ by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips.
2. ‘‘Shortcomings,’’ by Adrian Tomine.
1. ‘‘Exit Wounds,’’ by Rutu Modan. ("...an elegant — and fictional — story that rotates around a Tel Aviv taxi cab driver trying to find out if his dad was killed in a suicide bombing.")

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