Revisit CBR's Top 100 Comics Of 2010

Mon, January 3rd, 2011 at 6:58am PST

Comic Books
Kiel Phegley, News Editor
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2010 is officially in the collective rearview of the comics industry (and, you know, the whole world), but before we here at CBR shift all our attention to what's to come in 2011, we wanted to offer readers one last look at some of the best comics published over the last 12 months with a compilation of our Top 100 Comics of 2010.

"This is the most diverse list of winners we've ever had on CBR, with 35 different publishers represented," site executive producer Jonah Weiland said. "We're very happy to shine our spotlight on a wide swath of genres and styles the comics industry offers, from the standard bearers of the superhero and genre mainstream to the masters of literary comics, from the cutting edge of the indie world through the forward-looking webcomics community."

As in previous years, the Top 100 was compiled thanks to the tireless work of a range of CBR's contributors who sent in their own ranked Top Ten lists to me (News Editor Kiel Phegley) with point values being associated to each book which I later edited down to a Top 100 I felt best reflected the vote of the staff. This year's nomination team included the following fantastic writers on comics: CBR News Team members and controbutors Chris Arrant, Alex Dueben, Shaun Manning, Jeffrey Renaud, Dave Richards, Steve Sunu, George Tramountanas and Brian Warmoth; CBR Columnist Timothy Callahan; CBR Reviewers Benjamin Birdie, Greg Hatcher, James Hunt, Ryan Lindsay, Greg McElhatton, Chad Nevett and Doug Zawisza; Comics Should Be Good bloggers Greg Burgas, Brian Cronin (Sorry I spelled your name wrong the other day, guy!), Sonia Harris and Kelly Thompson; Robot 6 bloggers Brigid Alverson, Sean T. Collins, Chris Mautner, Michael May, Tim O'Shea and JK Parkin; and last but never least, Spinoff Online and Robot 6 blogger Graeme McMillan.

In terms of hard numbers, DC Comics led all publishers with 20 books total, dominated by the Vertigo line with 12 entries clocking in from the mature readers imprint alone. Marvel Comics came in a close second with 15 total comics -- a whopping 13 of which came from the Marvel Universe line. Fantagraphics had a strong showing in third place with a total of 10 titles placing while taking the #4 position of total wins was the webcomics category with a surprising nine entries -- including critical darlings "Achewood" and "Axe Cop" who both saw material collected in print by Dark Horse this year in addition to their online presence. Image Comics rounded out the top five publishers with six titles making the cut.

With so many different voices championing such a wide variety of comic books, graphic novels and webcomics, it's no wonder the competition was fierce, and many fan favorite titles may not have even made the list. We take that as evidence that more great comics are being made now than perhaps at any time in the medium's history and hope to continue to celebrate the diversity of comics through 2011 and beyond. Take a last look at the best comics of last year below, and sound off with your thoughts on the CBR Message Boards!

  1. Acme Novelty Library #20: Lint
  2. The Batman Comics of Grant Morrison
  3. Daytripper
  4. Parker: The Outfit
  5. Scalped
  6. King City
  7. Love & Rockets New Stories
  8. Thor: The Mighty Avenger
  9. American Vampire
  10. Wilson
  11. Morning Glories
  12. Return of The Dapper Men
  13. Chew
  14. Demo 2
  15. Brightest Day
  16. Duncan The Wonder Dog
  17. Beasts of Burden/Hellboy: Sacrifice
  18. The Walking Dead
  19. The Unwritten
  20. Stumptown
  21. Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour
  22. Hark! A Vagrant
  23. X'ed Out
  24. Scarlet
  25. S.W.O.R.D.
  26. Wally Gropius
  27. Uncanny X-Force
  28. Set To Sea
  29. Special Exits
  30. Fables
  31. The Sixth Gun
  32. Secret Avengers
  33. Market Day
  34. You'll Never Know: Collateral Damage
  35. PunisherMAX
  36. Weathercraft
  37. The Abominable Charles Christopher
  38. Irredeemable
  39. Sweet Tooth
  40. Blacksad
  41. The Unsinkable Walker Bean
  42. The Flash
  43. Two Cents Plain
  44. Hereville
  45. Make Me A Woman
  46. Solomon's Thieves
  47. BB Wolf and the 3 LP's
  48. Atlas
  49. Action Comics
  50. Orc Stain
  51. Ectopiary
  52. H Day
  53. Hellblazer
  54. Hawkeye and Mockingbird
  55. Power Girl
  56. DV8: Gods And Monsters
  57. Troop 142
  58. Joe The Barbarian
  59. Smile
  60. DeadpoolMAX
  61. Afrodisiac
  62. The Olympians Series
  63. Axe Cop
  64. The Boys
  65. Shadoweyes
  66. Mercury
  67. It Was A War Of The Trenches
  68. Strange Tales 2
  69. RASL
  70. Supergod
  71. Werewolves of Montpellier
  72. How To Understand Israel In 60 Days Or Less
  73. Little Nothings
  74. Taskmaster
  75. Freak Angels
  76. The Stuff of Legend
  77. Amazing Spider-Man
  78. Ultimate Spider-Man
  79. Avengers: The Children's Crusade
  80. Superman: Earth One
  81. Fantastic Four
  82. Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye 1: Hamster and Cheese
  83. Bug
  84. Usagi Yojimbo
  85. Thor
  86. Achewood
  87. Prison Pit Vol. 2
  88. Warlord of iO
  89. The Image Superhero Comics of Robert Kirkman
  90. Tom Strong And The Robots Of Doom
  91. Billy Batson & The Magic of Shazam
  92. Saturn Apartments
  93. The Muppet Show Comic Book
  94. Spider-Girl
  95. Last Days of American Crime
  96. Drinking At The Movies
  97. Twin Spica
  98. Lola: A Ghost Story
  99. A Drunken Dream And Other Stories
  100. Big Questions

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