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by Matthew Price Published: December 18, 2009
/articleid/3425649/1/pictures/785874">Photo - Mark Waid and Peter Krause explore what happens when the planet’s most powerful being goes bad in "Irredeemable." Boom! Studios Photo
Mark Waid and Peter Krause explore what happens when the planet’s most powerful being goes bad in "Irredeemable." Boom! Studios Photo
Chu takes on bizarre cases in this original police drama.

5."Supergirl”: Writer Sterling Gates, a Tulsa native, and artist Jamal Igle kept the mystery cooking of who the seemingly super-powered Superwoman was for much of 2009 in the pages of "Supergirl.” Supergirl dealt with the death of her father and the seeming villainy of her mother. This, and great use of the supporting cast, including Cat Grant and Lana Lang, made "Supergirl” a must-read Superbook.

6."Incognito”: An ex-supervillain in witness protection illegally restores his superpowers in this pulp noir-inspired superhero tale by Ed Brubaker ("Criminal”) and Sean Phillips ("Sleeper”).

7."Detective Comics”: Greg Rucka and artist J.H. Williams created a Batwoman story of incredible artistry and beauty. Williams, who drew "Promethea” written by Alan Moore, is a master of visual storytelling.

8."Resurrection”: After alien invaders leave, what happens to life on Earth? Marc Guggenheim ("Amazing Spider-Man”) and Justin Greenwood explore the answers in Oni Press’ "Resurrection.”

9."Ganges”: Kevin Huizenga continues to be one of comics’ brightest indie creators, as evidenced by this year’s "Ganges” No. 3. While the story doesn’t initially sound like much — Glenn Ganges can’t fall asleep — Huizenga uses his talents to immerse the reader inside Ganges’ head.

10. "Daredevil”: Ed Brubaker’s final arc on "Daredevil” reunited him with "Immortal Iron Fist” artist David Aja, as the Kingpin returns to New York with plans to take down the ninja clan The Hand.

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by Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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