The Best Single Comics Issues of 2014

26 Dec

NOTE: Of what I’ve read

Daredevil #5 – Chris Samnee and Mark Waid figure out what happened to Foggy Nelson. Matt Murdock (Daredevil for those that don’t know!!!) figures it all out for us. I cried. What of it? It is the single best issue of 2014.

Starlight #1 – What happens to Flash Gordon after he returns? Will anyone believe him? Does he move on? What happens to the world he saves? And let’s say Goran Parlov draws the aftermath. This issue puts Parlov in the driver’s seat of an emotional roller coaster, with Mark Millar scripting lightly and allowing the story to breathe.

Sabrina #1 – Robert Hack’s art and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s script create a world we do and don’t know; a world where Sabrina the Teenage Witch is living the normal teenage life and where the reader wants to know the history behind these witches and their rules. Her parents, what of them? This

Afterlife with Archie #4 – Depressing. Sad. Engrossing. All these describe this issue. I won’t spoil it beyond saying bring your tissues. Dammit.

Multiversity: Pax Americana – Comics at its very finest. A mainstream audience is introduced to multiple concepts, layers and breakdowns of both the superhero genre and the ideas behind political expediency, determinism, and fourth-dimensional storytelling. Frank Quitely puts on a tour de force. Perhaps the best drawn comic of the year.

Moon Knight #4 – Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire dominate this issue, what with the artwork telling the story of a buried corpse and its DMT-influence. Warren Ellis’ script lets the art flow, elaborate and engage the reader. A masterpiece in comics.

New Avengers #21 – Decisions, decisions. We found out who had the cojones and who didn’t. We found out who was willing to go far enough, and whether it was even worth it. An issue 21 issues in the making.

Animal Man #29 – Told in the manner of a fairy tale, the entire series gets encapsulated by Jeff Lemire’s engrossing and sumptuous artwork.

Wonder Woman #35 – The culmination of Azzarello and Chiang’s run, it unleashes all that is about Wonder Woman. Love, sacrifice and rehabilitation, this issue has it all. Chiang’s Diana is structurally perfect.

Southern Bastards #4 – Imagine you return to your hometown. This hometown you ran away from. This hometown run by a corrupt figure that goes by the name of Coach Boss and wants to strike you down for fear of an uprising. And imagine…he wins.  But, there is something that gives the reader hope. The second-best issue of 2014.

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