If you are looking to read more comics the best tip I can give is to find a writer you like. If you like a character and pick up a random book you may not enjoy it due to the writing. The alternative to that is a great story can make a lame character great. I’m certain if Rowling wrote an Aquaman book you would be all over it. So here is a list of my personal fifteen favorite authors in the field. Pick up there books and I am sure you wont be disappointed.
15. Kevin Smith
Green Arrow: Quiver, Batman: Cacophony, Daredevil, Spider-Man/Black Cat
How He Made the List
Narrowing this list to 15 was hard enough. I was wishy washy about including this icon on my list. Kevin Smith is a genius to be sure but in comics he has a couple downfalls. Sometimes he includes scenes that have nothing to do with plot what so ever. There is one thing that Smith does better than most, across all media, dialogue. The conversations he is able to compose come of as so organic and interesting. Displayed on the way he writes Superman and Batmans relationship.
14. Bryan Lee O’Malley
Scott Pilgrim, Seconds, Lost at Sea
Why He is so Cool
Humour. I love everything O’Malley has put out. His books are so fun to read. Scott Pilgrim is a dirty pleasure in my life and my wife is so sick of the references I constantly make. I don’t care O’Malley is a funny dude.
13. Stan Lee
Spider-Man, Hulk, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, X-Men, Thor, Silver Surfer, Avengers
Why We Love Him
Hands down Stan ‘The Man’ ‘The Legend’ Lee is the greatest creator on this list. In a dark time the man created some of the brightest, dynamic and multi-layered characters in literature. His work as a writer may be out dated however reading his old stories show you how he captured the worlds imagination. With his over the top adjectives and out of this world ideas, you cant help but love. Excelsior!
12. Brian K. Vaughan
Y: The Last Man, Saga, Ex Machina, Runaways
How He Got Here
A brilliant creator, you have to give credit to Vaughan for leaving the big publishing companies. He has created amazing books on his own without being tied down. An established career that is still rising in popularity fast.
11. Grant Morrison
New X-Men, Batman RIP, Final Crisis, Invisibles, All Star Superman, Fantastic Four 1234
What Makes Him Rad
Morrison seems to understand the dark side of people and the world. The dynamics and plot points he puts in his stories draw you in and keep you at the edge of your seat. I tend to get caught up binge reading Grant Morrison stories cause I cant pull myself away.
10. Neil Gaiman
The Sandman, Marvel 1602, Books of Magic
Why His Comics Work
That’s right, Neil Gaiman does it all. And the magic and mystery that draws you into all his books translates seamlessly to graphic novels. He surprises me that he can write established characters like they are his own creations. He has an amazingly creative mind that always takes you to another world.
Oh and I love his library. It is how the kids say, goals.
9. Geoff Johns
Teen Titans, Flash: Rebirth, Blackest Night, Infinite Crisis
Why He is one of the Greats
Johns does characters so well and realistic that you cannot help but love his writing. Twisting simple plots into complicated situations because of relationship dynamics. I appreciate how he makes the all powerful heroes he writes come off as so human and real.
8. Jeph Loeb
Superman/Batman, Spider-Man: Blue, Daredevil: Yellow, Batman: Hush
Why He’s the Man
Loeb does everything. Even if you haven’t heard of him before you have seen his movies or shows I am sure. He is probably one of the most well rounded writers on this list. With great plots and storylines. He knows how to draw in his readers.
7. Mark Millar
Kick-Ass, Civil War, Ultimate X-Men, Superior, Super Crooks, Wanted, Kingsman
Whats So Awesome About Him
Mark, Mark, Mark. I don’t know how he does it. Every time I read his stories I think about how predictable it is. Yet I cannot resist. He understands what we want and gives it to us, as simple as that. Though he still makes it so interesting and he will not let you down.
6. Dan Slott
Superior Spider-Man, Ren and Stimpy, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell
Why He is High on the List
This guy is so far out there with his creative mind. I feel like Dan is a big kid with his ideas. Yet as over the top his stories can be he backs it up with solid prose and great structure. I was surprised to find that I have been reading Slotts work in the funny books since I was a kid. Sure enough I found my old copy of Ren and Stimpy from the 90s with his name on there.
5. Robert Kirkman
Walking Dead, Invincible, Marvel Zombies
How He Built a Franchise
Kirkmans obsession with zombies came at the right time. Walking Dead was easily one of my favorite ongoing series for the longest time and I’m so happy its taken him so far. I’m sorry to say I am not a fan of the show. Not because of Kirkman but because… Well i just dont really like tv dramas. Robert Kirkman is more than a one trick pony his series Invincible is just as good as anything else out there.
4. Frank Miller
Sin City, 300, Batman: Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One, All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder, Daredevil: Born Again
Why He is a Legend
There is something so fascinating in Millers dark and brutal stories. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is arguably the greatest super hero comic ever made. And everything this man touches turns into dark and bloody gold.
3. Brian Micheal Bendis
Powers, Scarlet, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ultimate Spider-Man, New Avengers, House of M, Secret Invasion, All-New X-Men
How He Broke the Top 3
Bendis does everything well. He is dominant in his field with his fingers in everything. I see Bendis as the Wayne Gretzky, the Micheal Jordan of modern comic books. I would love to read everything he writes but I cant keep up. He is the big picture guy that has all his ducks in a row.
2. Alan Moore
The Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell, Batman: The Killing Joke, Promethea, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Top 10
Why He is the Greatest
Look at his picture. Not only does he look like a wizard, I am pretty certain he is one. His works are so deep and complex. The man sees the world for what it is and he is trying to share that with us in his comics that almost read like poetry. If you are an aspiring writer I recommend checking out his interviews. Alan Moore is simply brilliant.
1. Jeff Lemire
Essex County, Trillium, Descender, Underwater Welder, Sweet Tooth, The Nobody, Lost Dogs, Teen Titans: Earth One, Justice League Dark
Why He Tops my List
Jeff Lemire does not have half the credentials most these other guys on this list have. What he has is emotion, beauty and a magic that cannot be explained. Every thing I have read of his brings my mind and soul into another place. I sympathize with his characters, I vision his settings, and I feel his stories. I am so happy he is getting work at the big publication companies and I want him to write everything. He is surely gaining more popularity and it wont be long tell he is topping more lists and bringing everyone into his worlds.
Thanks booknerds, til next time.