Power Rankings-September 2011

Everyone loves rankings right? Here I’ve compiled the top 10 books, writers, and artists from the books I read in September. Each month I’ll compile these lists and compare how each book did in the month prior. This way you’ll know what books and creative teams are the ones to look out for. Be sure and sound out in the comments section!

Top 10 Books

1

Batman

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2

I, Vampire

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3

Animal Man

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4

Wonder Woman

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5

The Flash

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6

Green Lantern

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7

Aquaman

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8

Green Lantern: New Guardians

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9

Action Comics

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10

Demon Knights

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I’ve already discussed these books in detail in my reviews of the new 52, so I won’t go into great detail here. There were a lot of great books last month. Some were expected (Batman, Green Lantern, Action Comics) while others were out of left field surprises (I, Vampire, Wonder Woman, Demon Knights). I’m eager to see how these books remain quality wise, and see what books make the jump into the top 10 in the future.

Top 10 Writers

1

Scott Snyder

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2

Jeff Lemire

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3

Geoff Johns

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4

Joshua Hale Fialkov

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5

Brian Azzarello

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6

Grant Morrison

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7

 Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray

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8

Tony Bedard

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9

 Peter Tomasi

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10

Paul Jenkins

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Going into the new 52 Geoff Johns was THE writer to follow. His Justice League book was the first book out of the gate and is basically the foundation for the entire line. His GL book was one of the consistently best selling books pre-September and his work on Aquaman in Brightest Day made the prospect of his Aquaman comic extremely enticing. Nevertheless it was two relative newcomers to DC comics, Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire that have made the New 52 so exciting. Snyder was the man of the hour with his stellar Batman and Swamp Thing books, but Lemire wasn’t far behind with his wonderful Animal Man and Frankenstein books. The amount of potential in these two writers alone is staggering and I expect really great things from them in the future. Another newcomer, Joshua Hale Fialkov, knocked it out of the park on his first issue of I, Vampire, a book I expected to hate but was my second favorite book. Much in the same way Brian Azzarello actually made me interested in a book about Wonder Woman, which is no mean feat. Grant Morrison is one of the greatest writers in the industry, but the first issue of Action Comics lacked a little of his usual magic. Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray continue their stories of Jonah Hex in All Star Western, which had a really great first issue. Tony Bedard and Peter Tomasi both rocked the first issues of their GL books and also did admirable jobs on their other books, Blue Beetle and Batman and Robin, respectively. Finally Paul Jenkins did a great job on the first issue of his Deadman arc in DC Universe Presents but faltered a little in Batman: The Dark Knight, retreading a little too much ground seen in Snyder’s Batman.

Top 10 Artists

1

J. H. Williams III

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2

Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

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3

Ivan Reis and Joe Prado

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4

Andrea Sorrentino

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5

Greg Capullo

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6

 Alberto Ponticelli

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7

Keith Giffen

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8

 Cliff Chiang

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9

Yannick Paquette

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10

 Jim Lee

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There is no question in my mind that J. H. Williams III is the best artist in the industry right now. He’s doing things in comic books that no one else is attempting, transcending the medium and creating true pieces of art. However, not far behind is the art team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato on the Flash. Manapul’s work on the last volume of the Flash was really good but in this new series he goes into overdrive, with extremely innovative and dynamic panel usage and interesting incorporation of sound effects. Ivan Reis and Joe Prado exemplify super hero art in my mind. In a lot of ways they are this generation’s George Perez. Andrea Sorrentino, Greg Capullo, and Alberto Ponticelli are incorporated extremely stylized and dark artwork into their respective books, all to great success. Sorrentino’s art is very reminiscent of Jae Lee, which in my mind is a good thing. Capullo’s characters have a very cartoonish feel, but that oddly enough fit in well with his dirty, gritty environments. Ponticelli’s line work is extremely sketchy and scratchy, which works well in a book about monsters. Keith Giffen must be channeling Jack Kirby directly in OMAC, because the resemblance in style is uncanny. Cliff Chiang, Yannick Paquette, and Jim Lee are some the standout artists in the industry and they do some really great work in their respective books, but nothing truly inovative or exciting.

Well that’s all I’ve got for this month, check back in November for my take on this months batch of books!

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