A few days ago I did my best of 2014 list for the comics I read in the second half of 2014. And back in July of 2014, I did the first “best comics of 2014” post. The reason I mention that is because of the changes I’ve made for this list. While previously I used to do it so that I put up my top 6 comics, in July’14 I did a top 12 on account of the increased number of comics I was reading at the time. And that same holds true for this list as well since I’ve gone up on the number yet again, and this list has the top 20 and then 20 honourable mentions.
More comics, yay!
So, with the books of the second half of 2014 already having been covered, I now delve into my favourite monthly comics of the same period. The next post will be a list of the top graphic novels I read in all of 2014.
Let’s see what makes the cut and which comes close then!
The sixth book cover I pick for the 2014 edition of “12 Days of Best Covers of…” is for Bloodsounder’s Arc #2: Veil of The Deserters by Jeff Salyards, published by Night Shade Books under the auspices of Skyhorse Publishing/Start Publishing. As with Jeff’s debut from 2012, Scourge of the Betrayer, the story wasn’t all that much to my tastes. There are some good moments in Veil of The Deserters sure, but at times it was just too dragged out for me to really appreciate the story.
The sixth set of comic covers I pick this year are for Black Canary/Zatanna: Bloodspell by Paul Dini, Joe Quinones, Dave McCaig and Sal Cipriano with the cover by Joe himself, and Green Arrow #32 by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Marcelo Maiolo and Dezi Sienty, with the cover by Andrea and Marcelo. The new graphic novel by Paul and Joe was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and thankfully, it delivered quite well, being one of the best graphic novels I’ve read all year, more so since it features a great relationship between the titular characters. Green Arrow #32 on the other hand was one in a long line of awesome issues by the creative team, which really changed the landscape of the title last year and which continued with incredible consistency for more than a year. The creators are now off on other titles, but with Green Arrow #32 they took things to a new level and delivered one of my favourite issues of the year.
So without further ado, hit the break to see both the covers in all their glory! The full list of all these covers is available here.
Daredevil is one of those Marvel heroes that I just didn’t care about all that much when I got back into comics in 2012 and continued to delve deeper in 2013. Sure, I read Mark Waid’s first arc on the then-ongoing series, and it was decent, and I’ve seen the movie countless times, and it was decent too. But, I just wasn’t all that interested really. All of which changed a couple months back with Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s first issue on the rebooted series with me suddenly turning into a fan. The writing was good, the art was good and for the first two issues the entire team has been very consistent in everything.
This week, with the release of Daredevil #3, I saw that the team continued to be consistent in everything they did. This issue sees Daredevil go up against somewhat of a classic villain, the Owl, and the results are not pretty. He’s already contending with the mad-crazy vigilante who calls himself Shroud and not he has to deal with the Owl as well, none of which is conducive to Matt Murdock having a good time in San Fransisco, the city he now calls home after abandoning his life back in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Mark Waid writes a really engrossing issue here even as Chris Samnee and Javier Rodriguez do some excellent work once more.
Say what you will about Marvel’s recent habit of numbering their comics in the oddest manner as possible, but when their books work, they work, as was the case with Daredevil #1 last year. Storytellers Mark Waid and Chris Samnee moved the man without fear from New York to San Fransisco, providing not only a change in scenery but also a change in the supporting cast, and in villains of course. Not really having read that many Daredevil comics before, last month’s #1 was still an awesome issue, and something I’ve wanted more of ever since. And now this week we had the second issue, which proved to be every bit as good as its predecessor.
While the first issue introduced Daredevil to San Fransisco, the second issue this week brings out a possible antagonist in the form of The Shroud, a ruthless vigilante who is looking to turn SF into a crime-free zone as long as he is on the watch. He resents Daredevil’s presence of course, and that kicks off the story of this awesome, awesome issue. Artists Chris Samnee and Javier Rodriguez pick up the beats from Mark Waid very well too, and turn out another great-looking issue, proving that they are definitely here to stay for a long haul.