I haven’t read comic books regularly since comic books were books and were heavy on foil embossed commemorative covers. I’ve enjoyed becoming reacquainted with the format, although the Image Comics-heavy nominees probably aren’t terribly representative. Point is, I’m hardly qualified to judge the overall quality of the nomination pool but I’m happy with it.
- Zombie Nation vol. 2: Reduce, Reuse, Reanimate by Carter Reid
Pretty much any webcomic is going to have a hard time competing against pro comics, and Zombie Nation is hardly the best webcomic I’ve read.
- Sex Criminals vol. 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction
Sex Criminals gets being a 20-something yuppie today. It is middling otherwise, though.
- Rat Queens vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Weibe
If I were comparing Volume 2 of Rat Queens to Volume 3 of Saga, or if I were comparing Volume 1 of Rat Queens to Volumes 1 or 2 of Saga, the order would have been reversed.
- Saga vol. 3 by Brian Vaughan
Volume 3 is easily the strongest of the first three volumes of Saga because it has less to say about war and because it pulls the various characters and their plot threads together (and well).
- Ms. Marvel vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
The writing is an entirely higher level than any of the other nominees. Another reviewer argued that Volume 1 would have worked better juxtaposing Ms. Marvel against a clearer, stronger villain, but I disagree. Of course she will need that eventually, but No Normal really works because it takes the time to establish Kamala, her family, and all of the competing forces tugging at her personal life.