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Friday, December 18, 2009 

Oklahoman fawns over the "best" of the year

The Oklahoman writes up a list of the best comics of this year, and sugarcoats as well as fawns over some overrated items to boot, right down to the headline telling that "superheroes still rule", even as they're being destroyed by limp writing and especially editorial mandates. These include:
2."Irredeemable”: Mark Waid ("Fantastic Four”) and Peter Krause ("Power of Shazam”) create a story in which the world’s greatest hero goes bad. Explaining why and how superhero The Plutonian turned to the dark side has been one of 2009’s best comics.
Oh please. This was little more than a weak exercise in themes that have since grown tired, just like most of Mark Waid's own output.
5."Supergirl”: Writer Sterling Gates, a Tulsa native, and artist Jamal Igle kept the mystery cooking of who the seemingly super-powered Superwoman was for much of 2009 in the pages of "Supergirl.” Supergirl dealt with the death of her father and the seeming villainy of her mother. This, and great use of the supporting cast, including Cat Grant and Lana Lang, made "Supergirl” a must-read Superbook.
And they don't mention how Lana turned out to be the baddie here, and may soon be doomed to a further death. Sorry, but I think on that, they really blew it.
7."Detective Comics”: Greg Rucka and artist J.H. Williams created a Batwoman story of incredible artistry and beauty. Williams, who drew "Promethea” written by Alan Moore, is a master of visual storytelling.
And I think we could do without the multi-culti and diversity pandering the Batwoman story was intended for.

No, this year was sadly one of the weakest for superhero comics.

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