I’ve been playing around with doing a Top 10 Issues of 2011 post for a week or so now. Whenever I sat down to think about it, I always thought of specific scenes or moments, not so much entire issues. So instead I humbly present my Top 10 Best Moments in Comics of 2011.
Who is this man and where has he been all my life?!
Oh do I love a gag at Emma Frost’s expense. This is basically the comic book version of The Peanuts “Wah wah wah”. It made me chuckle.
You can’t really have a Wonder Woman “origin” without the Bullets and the Bracers. More than anything I think they are the most definitive part of the Wonder Woman mythos. This gorgeous sequence in the first issue of the New-New Wonder Woman gives the classic theme a fresh twist.
The first day at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning was a bit rough. The Hellfire Kids attacked the school through a living earth mutant-thingy. In the heat of battle, after doing a pretty awesome trick with snowmen, Iceman kisses Kitty Pryde. And then tries to talk to her about it once the dust settles. It’s just an adorable, comedic moment.
This issue was such a fantastic end to the first epic volume of Scott Summers and the X-Men’s story. And this perfect little character moment between Scott and Booby was just brilliant.
A plane is going down and it going to crash right into the Gem City Bridge! It’s up to the Flash and his vibratey powers to save everyone on the plane AND the bridge. he opening sequence is a stylized double-page spread is fast, slick and cinematic. To quote the neighbor kid from The Incredibles, “THAT WAS TOTALLY WICKED!!”. I read this issue like three times it was so much fun.
There are times I think Rick Remender is writing a romance comic. And I am very much OK with that. I’m also not one to normally ‘ship Jean and Logan, but this scene is just so raw and amazing, I want them to make kissy faces ALL THE TIME.
Spider-Man and New York City have a love-hate relationship. Spidey loves New York, and most of the city thinks he’s a MENACE! But after saving Manhattan from being turned into giant icky spiders, Mayor J. Jonah Jameson finally says thank you, in the most New York way possible.
This was one of my favorite issues of the year. It was heartbreaking, poignant, and beautifully executed. Hope and the team rush off to college campus in England to find the next Light, only to find out that the young mutant has committed suicide. When Hope learns that peer pressure and bullying were behind it, she’s both angry and devastated. Her simple “We have to be better” just gutted me.
I love Stephanie Brown to pieces. And her last issue as Batgirl was the perfect send off. I’m woman enough to admit that I cried at the end of this issue. I miss Steph something awful, but like she says, “It’s only the end if you want it to be.” I’ll always have these comics, and I can re-read them whenever I want.
(I probably should get a scanner if I plan on doing this next year.)