I had meant to do this post earlier but I hit a snag: 2008 wasn’t a particularly notable year for me when it came to comics. A lot of things I already liked I continued to like, namely Hikaru No Go, Jack Staff, Wasteland, BRPD/Hellboy, Atomic Robo, Dragon Head, Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Cromartie High School, Dungeon, various Showcase volumes, the work of Kevin Huizenga, Usagi Yojimbo, and Powr Mastrs. But there wasn’t much new that I really went for.
I could talk about a few new (to me, at least) things, I guess, such as the Herbie Archives, All-Star Superman, Grotesque, and Thoreau at Walden, but while I liked all of those things I can’t really say I’d advise you to run out and grab them.
So I’ll just cut to the chase and give you my pick for
The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba (Dark Horse)
I wouldn’t listen to the guy’s band on a salary, but if Gerard Way wants to write more comics, I’ll be ready to buy them. This series actually was more of an ought-seven joint, but the trade came out last year. I waited for it and I’m glad I did, as this is one I will want to read again and again. Way’s story of a beyond-dysfunctional superhero “family”, along with Ba’s gorgeous art hit every single note perfectly. It was a book full of fun and really, what more does one need? There’s a second volume of it coming out now and I will be grabbing the trade for it as well. Recommended for fans and haters of superheroes alike!
I promise I’ll find more good stuff in 2009!