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Comic Booked Best of 2014: Justin Padgett’s Picks

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My top 10 comic book series for our Best of 2014 article series


Hi Everyone, It’s the end of the year and that means it’s time for a top 10 list.  Here’s my top 10 list of comic book series that I have enjoyed the most in 2014 as a whole, not just single issues.   I hope you all have a great new year and let me know in the comments below if there is a title that should have made my list and I should be picking up.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               10.  DC He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. This title gets my number 10 spot for the year because it’s a childhood favorite of mine                            and I still enjoy the characters.  The current series is written wonderfully by Dan Abnett with art that jumps off the pages by Pop Mhan.


  1. Thortop10Marvel Thor . Written by Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman.  Though this series is only a few issues into the story, I find it has reinvigorated my excitement about picking up a Thor book after a few years.  Hurled out of the Original Sin event we have an all new Thor and this time it’s a she.   I have to applaud Marvel for taking this direction with Thor, I look forward to where this story takes us in 2015.


  1. Marvel Fantastic Four Written by James Robinson with art by Leonard Kirk. I know this is not an overly popular series, but it’s been great.  This has been the best Fantastic Four run I have read in well over 10 years.  The art in this series has been top notch, and you have to love the red suits the team starts the series out in.


  1. DC Green Arrow This title has had a creative team change but didn’t seem to skip a beat. The majority of the year the title was handled by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino and dealt with the Outsiders War storyline. Currently the book is helmed by Andrew Kresiberg, Ben Sokolowski and Daniel Sampere.  I also like that the book is now more closely tied into the CW’s TV series Arrow.


  1. Marvel All New X-Factor I started on this title late, mainly because I didn’t enjoy X-factor vol 2 from 10 years ago. This All New team has been very refreshing and fun to read.  Written by Peter David with art by Carmine Di Giandomenico, it’s sad to say that his title has been cancelled and will end at issue 20.


  1. Zenescope Robyn Hood Robynhoodtop10 Finally an ongoing series for this character! Pat Shand has absolutely been hitting it out of the park with is book, just like he has done with anything he touches at Zenescope.  Tony Brescini and Slamet Mujiono bring the pages to life with beautiful art work and rich colors.


  1. Image C.O.W.L. The idea of the story for  C.O.W.L. is what drew me into this title.  A throw back kind of Unionized super heroes in Chicago….sure sounds interesting.   Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel have created an amazingly rich and gritty world in this title and Rod Reis’ art really pulls you into the story.  The maps in each issue are also a nice touch to keep the reader aware of what’s going on in what part of the city.


  1. Marvel The Amazing Spider-Man I would have never imagined I would be so happy to see Peter Parker back but after Superior Spider-Man ran it course I was ready.  I think most of the comic book universe was ready too.  Dan Slott continues to produce the kind of Spider-Man stories that keep you waiting more with each new issue.  Olivier Coipel’s art is so good it’s hurts and fits perfectly for Spider-Man.


  1. Marvel Captain Marvel captainmarveltop10 Before this year I had never read a Captain Marvel or Ms. Marvel book and now I read both. I cannot say enough good things about Kelly Sue DeConnick’s writing on this book, it is funny and just feel real. David Lopez and Marcio Takara give the title fun lively art.


1.  Marvel DareDevil DDtop10

It has been a crazy year for the Man without Fear.  He started it off by revealing myself to be DD in court,  then moved  to San Francisco.                  And, now he has been given his sight back….well for a short time anyway. Mark Waid and Chris Samnee have my vote for favorite creative              team of the year on my favorite title of the year.


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