I kid. Actually, it’s NPR’s “Best Superhero Graphic Novels of 2008.” Apparently the word “comic” is still a dirty word. But nonetheless, they did it, and here it is.
It’s kind of funny to me that on a list of superhero books, I’ve actually read two of them. And to quibble, only one of those two was an actual “graphic novel”–Azzarello and Bermejo’s Joker. Which was definitely one of the more memorable things I read this year, a terrifically nasty little story about evil, fear, and violence.
The other was Warren Ellis and Juan Jose Ryp’s Black Summer, which I also loved. It descended a bit too much in the middle into lovingly-drawn explosions, but on either end it was a thoughtful meditation on power, politics, and responsibility.
So, yeah. I wonder at the need to separate the superhero books from the others, and would half like to know if the writer believes that one is better than the other, and which one. Either way, thought I’d share.