It was a five-week month and there were COMICS A-PLENTY to choose from! Most of our favorites did us proud and you’ll also see some newcomers in there, too. All the input has been tallied, collated, processed and accounted for, and we can now give you the TOP TWENTY!
In case this is your first time, the Top Twenty is an ongoing monthly look at two ordered lists comprising A) The top twenty single issues of the month and B) the top twenty current series in comics. How did we come up with the lists? Well, the Cosmic Comix Top Twenty Committee took several things into consideration: Best Book nominees, poll winners and poll votes, sales numbers and general buzz levels surrounding each book. Yes, your input is not only appreciated but also counts toward the rankings. So let us hear it!
Top Twenty Comics of March 2011
The Best Single Issues
- SCALPED #47 – One of our catchphrases has become "Simply Scalped," and this issue is a case in point. Characterization, story, setting, Scalped has it all, baby!
- FF #1 – No other way to say it: a FANTASTIC first issue. Set up the new series perfectly.
- WALKING DEAD #82 – Rick is quickly making the transition from hero to anti-hero. Everything is his fault!
- CHEW #17 – Next issue comes out this week!
- GREEN LANTERN #64 and GREEN LANTERN CORPS #58 (WAR OF GL) – Another event that got off to a great start, plus it was a poll winner! Power to the people!
- ANNIHILATORS #1 (OF 4) – Another poll winner! And the beginning of DnA’s next cosmic saga.
- BATMAN INCORPORATED #4 – The Kathy Kane flashbacks were killer!
- CAPTAIN AMERICA #615 POINT ONE – Rusty called it the Best Point One issue so far. Hard not to agree. It was solid from start to finish and a great little twist at the end.
- DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #883 – We’ve been tweeting pages from this one all week. Deadpool gets a job as Herald of Galactus!
- ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN WOLVERINE #5 (OF 6) – Arguably the most unique book of the month, and a Best Book winner in its week. Humor, action, time jumping, it was great!
- AMERICAN VAMPIRE #13 – Vampires in WWII and the best issue of the series to date. Looking forward to where it goes from here.
- ULTIMATE COMICS X #4 – One of the most well-crafted comics of the month. Actually took me a while to figure it all out, but it was well worth it. Plus: Art Adams!
- WOLVERINE & JUBILEE #3 (OF 4) – Continues to be a great little mini-series and this issue was just pure enjoyment.
- SUPERBOY #5 – Superboy races Kid Flash! I would gladly tell you who won, but that would spoil the fun!
- GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #21 – Harley Quinn breaks into Gotham to confront the Joker. Creatively done and a fantastic ending.
- PUNISHERMAX #11 – The Punisher v. Bullseye story comes to a brutal close… a very mysterious and very brutal close.
- RUSE #1 (OF 4) – The second of the CrossGen titles to come back out under Marvel and definitely the superior of the two. A great Sherlock Holmes vibe.
- VENOM #1 – Sold like hotcakes! Everyone loves some Venom!
- 5 RONIN #1-5 – Gotta send some love to the five-issue event of the month. Some were better than others, but put together it was a nice event.
- UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #3 – The art scared some people, but the story was enough make it our last pick of the Top Twenty!
Top Twenty Titles of March 2011
The Best Current Series
- GI JOE COBRA – Nothing was quite good enough to knock it out of the top spot. Look out for the Cobra Civil War coming soon!
- SCALPED – Is there a comic anywhere that tells a better ensemble story than Scalped? The correct answer is no.
- WALKING DEAD – Issue #83 caused some controversy. Carl: dead or alive?
- CHEW – The return of Chew after a bit of a delay made MANY people happy. Us especially.
- BATGIRL – Still the best Bat-book for our money.
- UNCANNY X-FORCE – Still the best X-book for our money.
- FABLES – The Fables superhero team is still a work in process. Too bad they couldn’t get it together in time for Cosmic Madness!
- ECHO – So much story to tell, so little time. The last issue next month will either put this up in the top five series or knock it out of the list entirely.
- AGE OF X –Mike Carey’s Elseworlds X-Men tale continues to dazzle.
- DETECTIVE COMICS – Though this month’s issue of Detective was merely good, the overall vibe of the series is still very, very cool.
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN – Spidey deals with the death of Johnny Storm.
- BRIGHTEST DAY – Continues toward its conclusion and continues to be a very well liked book.
- INVINCIBLE – The Viltrumite War is over. Too bad, so sad.
- WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS – The big GL event gets off to a great start.
- AMERICAN VAMPIRE –The best issue of the series so far propels this one a few notches up the chart.
- FF – Not often that one book is enough to get you on this list, but the death of Johnny Storm lead-in was well done and Fantastic Four has been good for the past few months.
- THUNDERBOLTS – Receives much love from the general public, and with good reason.
- UNCANNY X-MEN – The end of "Quarantine." An excellent arc.
- SPAWN – Took a bit of a beating on the Conversation, but it’s still miles above where it was.
- 28 DAYS LATER – Looks like part one is over. Hope you enjoyed it! Series ends sometime this summer. We’ll miss it.
Others receiving votes for the Best Current Series: