It’s that time again, for the weekly top ten countdown. This week’s topic is a ‘freebie’ week, meaning we can talk about whatever we want to. And since I’ve got to the comic book side of things, I’m going to talk about my top ten comics/graphic novels that I’m loving right now. Most of these are DC verse with a couple others thrown in. As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely Broke and Bookish
Batman: Battle for the Cowl Tony S. Daniel, Fabian Nicieza Who has earned the right? Who thinks they deserve it? Robin? Nightwing? Jason Todd? Two-Face? Catwoman? Batgirl? Who will ultimately win the BATTLE FOR THE COWL?
One of the few Pre-52 volumes that I own and love, Battle for The Cowl is explosive, entertaining and really lays down some great Bat mythos and dynamics.
Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool Gerry Duggan Matteo Lolli Once upon a time, champions emerged to fight the evil plaguing humanity. They fought for all that was good in the world. They were kind, generous and self-sacrificing. They were heroes. These are not those heroes.
I love this comic, and I’ve got a review of it coming soon. Working on a few things, but this is hysterically funny and it’s not really a VS in the true meaning of the word, but more of a team up.
Nightwing: Death of the Family Kyle Higgins, Eddy Barrows, Andres Guinaldo, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo Joker makes his horrifying return to Gotham City! But even for man who’s committed a lifetime of murder, he’s more dangerous than ever before. The Joker sets his twisted sights on the members of the Bat-Family and attacks them all where it hurts—and for Dick Grayson, that means going after the family he’s built up for the past year at Haly’s Circus!
I’ve got a whole review of the Nightwing graphic novels coming up, so I’m not going to get too much into my feelings about Nightwing here. I do however really love the Death of the Family arc and the Nightwing volume was my second favorite when it comes down to it. Beautiful art, great story line and it really helps define a the Dick Grayson/Nightwing character.
Justice League V. 1 Origins Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Scott Williams In a world where inexperienced superheroes operate under a cloud of suspicion from the public, loner vigilante Batman has stumbled upon a dark evil that threatens to destroy the earth as we know it. Now, faced with a threat far beyond anything he can handle on his own, the Dark Knight must trust an alien, a scarlet speedster, an accidental teenage hero, a space cop, an Amazon Princess and an undersea monarch.
I really love this take on the Justice League, as I’m not super familiar with them–though I am fond of them if that makes any sense whatsoever. What I like about this origin story is how it brings all of the characters together, and shows how they don’t immediately trust each other, or work well together.
Superman/Wonder Woman Charles Soule, Tony S. Daniels, Paulo Siqueira, Eddie Barrows, Barry Kitson, Matt Banning, Sandu Florea, Eber Ferreira, Tomeu Morey, Carlos M. Mangual These two super-beings love each other, but not everyone shares their joy. Some fear it, some test it-and some will try to kill for it. Some say love is a battlefield, but where Superman and Wonder Woman are concerned it spells Doomsday!
I love love love this series, and I can’t talk about it enough. I’ve got a review of the first volume found here: Comic Talk Superman Wonder Woman
Batman/Superman Cross World Greg Pak, Jae Lee, Brett Booth, Ben Oliver, Yildiray Cinar, Norm Rapmund, Paulo Siqueira, Netho Diaz The Dark Knight and The Man of Steel are close friends in the modern day – but the two weren’t always such close allies.
I’ve got a review coming of this volume. I’m recommending it more for the art rather than the actual story.
Batgirl Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes The nightmare-inducing brute known as Mirror is destroying the lives of Gotham City residents seemingly at random. Will Barbara be able to survive her explosive confrontation with this new villain, as well as facing dark secrets from her past?
This volume really made me fall in love with Barbara and her Batgirl. Read the review here: Comic Talk New 52 Batgirl
Morning Glories Nick Spencer, Joe Eisma (Artist) One of the most prestigious prep schools in the country…But behind it’s hallowed doors something sinister and deadly lurks. When six brilliant but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and desperately seeking answers…and escape from a place where nothing is what it seems to be!
This series is so different than anything I’m currently reading. I love it a lot, I’ve reviewed the first volume, and I’m working on reviewing the others. Comic Talk Morning Glories V. 1
Gotham Academy Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl Welcome to Gotham Academy, the most prestigious school in Gotham City. Only the best and brightest students may enter its halls, study in its classrooms, explore its secret passages, summon its terrifying spirits…
If you’re looking for a bright, funny engaging and entertaining comic? Read this. It’s one of the original launches to come with the New 52 series, and I’m enamored with it.
Red Hood and the Outlaws: Death of the Family Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza, Timothy Green II Surfacing once more, the Clown Prince goes after each member of the Bat-Family and systematically takes them down, leading to a final confrontation that will change the lives of the Dark Knight and his allies forever!
I’m sorry, you thought I could talk about comics without mentioning Red Hood? I haven’t found the exact words to put in the correct order to properly review the Red Hood and the Outlaws run, but I promise it’s coming. This volume is beautiful and it hurts in all the right ways and goodness do I love Lobdell’s Jason Todd.
That’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. If you’ve got one to share, go ahead and leave it in the comments below. 🙂