Mark Millar has been a big name in comics for some time now, but in 2010 he really put himself out there. His self-titled universe, Millar-world, revolves entirely of characters of his own creation; something that is rarely achieved in today’s comic industry. Millar consistently pulls it off though, continuously creating new series that are hailed by critics and fans alike. With two well received new series (Nemesis and Superior) and film adaptation of one of his most celebrated works (Kick-Ass), Millar has been all over the place in 2010. Let’s not forget the first issue of the long awaited sequel Kick-Ass 2 hit the stands this year. Overall, Millar has been keeping his bases loaded this year with hit after hit. I’m almost afraid to see what amazingness he has in store for fans in 2011.
Bryan Lee O’Malley wrapped up his Scott Pilgrimsaga with Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour this year, a coming of age for both the title character and the author himself. The fact that Scott Pilgrim has risen in stature from indie-kid Oni Press book to the Harry Potter of the comic geek generation WITH A MOVIE speaks volumes for the chord that O’Malley’s hilarious and engaging writing struck with its fans.
Brubaker’s portrayal of the daily grittiness of Captain America allows our most beloved patriot the opportunity to shine for that which America truly stands. Now he is tackling Marvel’s big dogs on Secret Avengers, showing us the underbelly of what even Bendis has been hesitant to do.
My choice for best writer goes to Rick Remender for The Last Days of American crime. A bloody piece of brilliant Pulp and All-American Lust and Violence set in California, this piece has future Cult Classic written all over it and I sincerely hope that there’s a director and cast out there to do it justice.
Bill Willingham for being able to keep the Fables series fresh and exciting for 100 issues. That’s not easy to do when you have a comic book series that features no super heroes or super powers.