Time’s nerd site, Techland has named its top ten comics of the decade,, or at least contributor Mike Williams has, and it’s pretty depressing.
1. The Ultimates
2. 100 Bullets
4. All Star Superman
5. The Walking Dead
6. The Authority
10. Y The Last Man
Not that all of those books don’t deserve a serious, thoughtful consideration, but, talk about…ONE DIMENSIONAL. “Best Books Published by DC and Robert Kirkman with one book each from Top Shelf, Archaia and Marvel.” Plus, MOUSE GUARD? It’s cute as hell but the storyline is very underwritten. And THE AUTHORITY? Would that be the glory days of Ellis and Hitch (1999-2000)? Or the highly censored, still pretty cool days of Millar/Quitely (2000-2002)? OR the” Oh, right” days of Robbie Morrison and Dwayne Turner (2003-2004)? OR the “This is the real glory days except it lasted all of two issues because everyone hated it so much” Grant Morrison/Gene Ha spurt (2006-7)? OR the current, somewhat average Abnett/Lanning/Coleby run (2008-20??)
Williams does lay out his criteria for the list:
Great art and the test of time. First, great story telling can support poor art but c’mon, these are comics and I run column called Panel of the Week. Great art is a must (usually). Next, I favor a lot of complete runs here. There’s something to be said about letting a writer and an artist tell a complete story without having to hand it off to the next team. Stand alone tales that have no tie ins, no crossovers, and need no other issues to tell a story. These are what stand the test of time.
Stand alone issues, eh? Mr. Williams, we have a new invention called the “graphic novel” which you may want to explore.
Bonus; Rich Johnston didn’t like this list either:
This isn’t a best comics of the decade list, this is a library recommended reading list for newbies with an incredibly limited taste range. It shows no sense of exploration, examination or comprehensivity.