We’re two days into 2008, and the air is thick with “best of” lists of year-end reviews.
– At Comic World News, David Welsh recruits blogger John Jakala, librarian Robin Brenner and author/editor Jason Thompson (Manga: The Complete Guide) for another look at underrated comics of 2007. The first installment can be read here.
– On his blog, Welsh looks at 26 fun releases from the past year, from Adam Warren’s Empowered to Ai Morinaga’s My Heavenly Hockey Club.
– Blogger Joe “Jog” McCulloch lists his Top 10, which includes Yuki Urushibara’s Mushishi, Vol. 2, C.F.’s Powr Mastrs, Vol. 1, and Gilbert Hernandez’s Chance in Hell.
– Paul Gravett takes a longish look at “the unprecedented wealth of comics creativity,” from Nick Abadzis’ Laika to Naoki Urasawa’s Monster to Adrian Tomine’s Shortcomings.
– Writing for Oregon’s Eugene Weekly (PDF), Aaron Ragan-Fore picks the best graphic novels, including Eddie Campbell’s The Black Diamond Detective Agency and Jason’s I Killed Adolf Hitler. (If you want to scroll, you can read the HTML version here.)
– Deb Aoki of About.com names the 10 best current manga series — plus two books and the “Worst So-Called Excuse for Manga.”
— Blogger Sean T. Collins lists his “Best Things of 2007,” which covers comics — both “artsy” and “genre-ish” — movies, television and music.
– Blogger Rachelle Goguen selects the best of “all things comic-related,” X-Men: First Class, Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis and the I’m a Marvel/I’m a DC parody videos.
– Blogger Steve Flanagan looks at the comics he enjoyed, from Bryan Talbot’s Alice in Sunderland and Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Criminal to Simone Lia’s Fluffy and James Turner’s Rex Libris.
– Blogger Chad Nevett talks about some books that won’t make his Top 10, but would certainly be in his Top 20.
– Blogger Patrick Markfort, one-half of Comics-and-More, lists his favorite comics, including Yuki Urushibara’s Mushishi, Brian Chippendale’s Maggots, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
– At Comixtalk, “Moovok” chooses the best in webcomics.
– Blogger Laura Gjovaag looks back over the year in comics.
– Journalist/critic Douglas Wolk shift gears and looks at the 2008 publishing calendar.