Monthly comics remain the backbone of many comic-book stores, and several strong storylines worked their way into fans' hands in 2007. While some fans suffered from "event fatigue” as last year's "Civil War” and "Infinite Crisis” were followed by "World War Hulk” and "Countdown,” events done right still drew in fans. While superhero comics remained a mainstay of monthly comic books, slice-of-life tales and science fiction also found a place among the year's best comics. The following are the ten best comic-book series of 2007. 1. Captain America — All Captain America had to do to have the best comic on the stands was get killed. In "Captain America” No. 25, writer Ed Brubaker drew the attention of the nation by killing Cap. 2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 — Joss Whedon continues his critically acclaimed television series "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” in comic-book format. With arcs written by Whedon and Brian K. Vaughan ("Y: The Last Man,” TV's "Lost”), "Season 8” captures the wit and action of the television series. 3. The Sinestro Corps War — Geoff Johns and company showed the world how to do a superhero crossover with "Sinestro Corps War,” which ran through "Green Lantern,” "Green Lantern Corps” and four specials. 4. Y: The Last Man — Vaughan's long-running saga about the last male left on earth after a plague remains one of the best science fiction dramas of recent years. Questions are answered and destinies uncovered as the series, drawn by Pia Guerra, heads toward its finish. 5. Local — While Brian Wood's "Local” suffered from some delays, the issues that did hit stores were among the best of the year. With artist Ryan Kelly, Wood explores life across the United States as each issue takes place in a different city. "Local” No. 9 is set in Norman. 6. Strangers in Paradise — Writer-artist Terry Moore, one of the last of the 1990s self-publishers still standing, completed his epic about love and relationships, "Strangers in Paradise,” in 2007. 7. Action Comics — Johns and co-writer Richard Donner (director of "Superman: The Movie”) wrote an epic tale featuring the Kryptonian villains Zod, Ursa, and Non — and introduced a new supporting character to the Superman mythos. With artist Eric Powell ("The Goon”), Donner and Johns reinterpreted the Bizarro World. With artist Gary Frank, Johns took Superman to the future to meet up with the Legion of Super-Heroes. 8. Booster Gold — Spinning out of the yearlong DC hit "52,” "Booster Gold” brings depth and adventure to a hero created in the 1980s that many would have assumed was played out. 9. The Brave and the Bold — Writer Mark Waid and artist George Perez create the retro blast of fun that is "Brave and Bold,” teaming up DC heroes to solve mysteries and fight crime. 10. The Immortal Iron Fist — Brubaker and Matt Fraction, with artist David Aja, revamp Marvel's 1970s martial arts hero Iron Fist. The first storyline examines the history of the power known as the Iron Fist.
"Captain America” by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting, was the best comic book series of 2007. PHOTO PROVIDED BY Marvel Comics