5. "All-Star Superman
.” Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely finished their 12-issue run on what will surely be an enduring classic for the Man of Steel. 2008 marks a great year for the Superman titles, with two titles starring Superman in the top 10, and a third related title also on the list.
Terry Moore, best-known for "Strangers in Paradise,” is the writer and artist of "Echo.” Photographer Julie Martin sees a strange explosion in the desert sky, which covers her in a mysterious metal.
Richard Ryder, the last of the intergalactic police force known as the Nova Corps, helped fight off the Secret Invasion that ran throughout the Marvel titles. This "Nova” series, which launched in 2007 and is written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, remains one of the best science-fiction comics on the stands.
Jeff Smith made a major change-of-pace from his all-ages fantasy epic "Bone” with "RASL,” a mature readers title that features an interdimensional thief. Smith proved he’s more than "Bone” and one of the best writer-artists making comics today.
.” Brian Wood and Davide Gianfelice concluded "Sven the Returned” in the pages of "Northlanders” in 2008. The return of the prodigal son is a theme that’s been covered from the Bible to Shakespeare, and if Wood isn’t quite in that league, he’s still writing a must-read comic that’s the best remaining in the Vertigo lineup after the end of "Y: The Last Man.” Two more story arcs took place in "Northlanders” this year, each with a different setting and characters, a brave move in the periodical comic book format.
In just three issues, the new creative team of Sterling Gates (originally from Oklahoma, now living in Los Angeles) and artist Jamal Igle have transformed the Girl of Steel. With six creative teams on the book in the past three years, Supergirl was in search of a direction and an identity. Gates and Igle have provided both and made "Supergirl” the most improved title of 2008.
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