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After diving headfirst into a lifelong passion in 2010, Life
of Agony’s Alan Robert is a newly minted comics scribe, penning the grim tales
WIRE HANGERS and CRAWL TO ME, and as the last week of 2011 begins, he also
graciously penned some thoughts on his favorite funnybooks of the year for
1. MONOCYTE (IDW): Hands down, the most evil looking,
twisted and beautiful book of the year. Major props go to my man and master
painter, Menton3, and his partner in crime, Kasra Ghanbari, for creating a
world where the gift of death is something the immortal characters here
actually crave. Visually impressive with memorable characters, this is an epic
tale that needs to be read to in order to communicate the true depth of the
story effectively. If you haven't checked this book yet, you're seriously losing
2. ECHOES (Top Cow): Author Josh Fialkov really outdid
himself with this one. An original, psychological horror story hasn't been told
this well in years. Beautifully drawn by Rahsan Ekedal, I'm sure Echoes will
top many Best of 2011 comic lists. The major theme of schizophrenia and murder
is displayed through haunting black and white pages. The series is available in
a hardcover now, I highly recommend it.
3. GREEN WAKE (Image/Shadowline): For me, the best part of
this dark series is the stunning artwork by artist Riley Rossmo. His textured,
mixed-media style is right up my alley. Sure, the murder mystery that's plotted
out here is grizzly, layered and suspenseful, but the visuals of this book will
absolutely suck you in, twist you upside your head and never let you go.
Amazing, amazing debut!
4. NEONOMICON (Avatar Press): I love WATCHMEN, so picking
up Alan Moore's latest was a no brainer. Basically, there are a bunch of
unrelated, ritual-style murders taking place and it's up to a pair of FBI
agents to get to the bottom of it. What they find is not what you'd expect in
the slightest. It's a good read, reminiscent of Lovecraft, with solid artwork
by Jacen Burrows.
5. '68: The Vietnam War plus zombies, how can ya go wrong?
This comic was a real highlight for me this year, boasting a great creative
team and an awesome concept, and worth picking up for the fantastic covers
alone (everything from a zombified Jimi Hendrix to Elvis and Nixon). Really
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