Another decade has come and gone and we are all, therefore, another decade older. I know I’m feeling it! Let us distract ourselves from such mortal concerns by reflecting on my favorite comic books from the past 10 years!
My memory isn’t all that great, but I’ve looked back over my various comic reviews and favorites lists and I think I’ve narrowed down a good list of 10 comics that I very much enjoyed. This blog started in 2011, so I’ve definitely been talking about a lot of comics over the past 10 years. It was a pretty monumental decade! We had the New 52 from DC Comics and the influence of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at Marvel Comics.
This was also the decade where I finally started writing my own comics! Gamer Girl & Vixen has been doing pretty well, and volume 2 is in production!
Join me after the jump as I take a look back at my favorite comics from the past decade! They are not in any particular order.
Once upon a time in 2014, Marvel announced that classic comic book character Spider-Woman was getting a hip, new costume redesign. I’d never been much of a Spider-Woman fan, but I loved the redesign and decided to write about it for this humble blog.
Little did I know that the ensuing Spider-Woman comic would not only become one of my favorite comics of the decade (full list coming next week!), but that this humble blog would get quoted on the cover! I loved that Spider-Woman comic!
So my hopes are getting even higher now that Marvel has revealed yet another hip, new costume redesign for the upcoming Spider-Woman comic!
I like it, though not as much as the previous redesign.
It’s sleek and cool, and very modern. But I’m torn about the red webbing design on her shoulders.
That’s very clearly a Spider-Man costume thing, and Spider-Woman has never been beholden to Spider-Man when it comes to costumes. She has her own iconic look and color scheme. It’s especially troublesome because a black bodysuit with the webbing design on the shoulders is Miles Morales’ look.
Nitpicks aside, I think it’s a strong look overall, and I’m definitely looking forward to her new series even more now! Here’s hoping Roger is still part of her story!
There’s going to be a new Spider-Woman comic coming out! That’s good! She’s going to revert to her old costume. That’s bad. It’s going to be written by Karla Pacheco and drawn by Pere Perez! That’s good! There’s no word in the initial announcement on Newsarama about her relationship with Roger. That’s bad.
Can I go now?
So yeah, new Spider-Woman comic coming next year by some talented people and I’m sure I’ll check it out. The problem is that the last Spider-Woman comic was one of my favorite comics of the decade! So much so that Marvel used one of my reviews on the cover!
Once of the reasons I loved Dennis Hopeless’ Spider-Woman comic so much was the quality development of the relationship between Jessica Drew and Roger Gocking, the formerly villainous Procupine. This was one of the best-written comic book romances I’ve ever read.
Since the end of the series, I’ve been following the Spider-Woman character wherever I can to see if Marvel is going to keep the relationship going. I’m quite invested, you see. There’s no word on the relationship in the new comic announcement…so I’m just going to start worrying now.
But all good things must come to an end.
These are the best comic book weeks! Sometimes I’ll get a couple of comics on my Buy Pile to pick through, see what I like or don’t like. But weeks like this one was stuffed with my favorite comics! We’ve got Runaways, we’ve got Mr. & Mrs. X, we’ve got Go Go Power Rangers! It’s like I’m being spoiled!
We’ve also got G. Willow Wilson’s final issue of Ms. Marvel, a bittersweet but otherwise wonderful moment! I wanted to give it Comic Book of the Week to mark the occasion, but it had to go up against the first issue of Mark Russell’s Wonder Twins comic. I can now die a happy man for having read Wonder Twins #1.
That’s not to say Wilson’s final Ms. Marvel isn’t fun! Read that too!
Comic Book Reviews: Captain Marvel #2, Go Go Power Rangers #17, Mr. & Mrs. X #8, Ms. Marvel #38, Runaways #18, Wonder Twins #1 and Wonder Woman #64.
In the world of comic books, any character or story can change at any time. New writers and creators come and go, putting characters into new and different circumstances. Happens all the time.
And it sucks when you’re a fan of a particular character or a particular status quo. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.
Fortunately, a new comic this week revealed that one of my current favorite comic book relationships is still in tact! Spider-Woman and the Porcupine are still a couple!
That’s Roger Gocking hanging out with Jessica Drew, helping her to raise her son. The Spider-Woman comic, written by Dennis Hopeless, ended in April 2017, and it was one of my favorite comics. The relationship between Jessica and Roger was adorable. But there was every reason to fear that a new writer or a new creative direction for Spider-Woman would ditch Roger in a heart beat. There’s absolutely no reason to keep them together, other than appreciation of what Hopeless wrote — and that’s not enough to keep characters together in today’s ruthless comic book world.
But the new issue of Spider-Force stars Jessica Drew, and we get that quick check-in with Roger. So awesome. I’m a happy comic book fan today.
Also, that panel features Kaine, who is also still alive. That’s fun too!