The list — one entry per page, annoyingly enough — is incredibly mainstream, with DC Comics and its imprints claiming half the spots. The remaining are divided among Image Comics, with two, and Top Shelf Productions, Archaia and Marvel with one each.
However, Marvel’s sole title was named the top comic of the decade: The Ultimates, by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch.
“I’m a nerd, of course,” Techland’s Mike Williams writes in the introduction to the list, “so at first I tried to find some quantifiable metrics to determine The Ten. But when sales numbers and movie tie-in revenue dollars didn’t pan out I changed tactics. I went with my gut.”
Here’s what his gut came up with:
10. Y: The Last Man, by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra (DC/Vertigo)
9. Invincible, by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley (Image Comics)
8. Blankets, by Craig Thompson (Top Shelf Productions)
7. Mouse Guard, by David Petersen (Archaia)
6. The Authority, by Warren Ellis, Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch and Frank Quitely (DC/Wildstorm)
5. The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard (Image Comics)
4. All-Star Superman, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (DC Comics)
3. Planetary, by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday (DC/Wildstorm)
2. 100 Bullets, by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso (DC/Vertigo)
1. The Ultimates, by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch (Marvel)
Follow the link to read Williams’ commentary on each of the titles.
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