Top Twenty Comics of 2009
The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb (R. Crumb)
Cul de Sac: Children at Play (Richard Thompson)
Green Lantern (Geoff Johns & Ivan Ries)/Blackest Night (Geoff Johns, Philip Tan, Doug Mahnke, Ed Benes & Marcos Marz)
Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 (David Petersen)
Stitches (David Small)
18. Swallowing the Earth (Osamu Tezuka) - While Swallowing the Earth was written during a transition period for the god of manga, that of his tales moving from children's stories to that of the more serious, mature works of his later life, Swallowing the Earth is still a very rich tale where Tezuka has a lot to say about society, greed, government and gender inequality. It's a story epic in scale, beginning with smaller events and mysteries that slowly spiral passed the sum of its parts into a whirlwind of disaster for the world's economy and governments, complete with plots of revenge and unexpected love. Tezuka populates his beautifully-illustrated world with characters that are bursting with emotion and reactions to the odd situations they find themselves in. This book is top-notch and should really not be missed by anyone who considers themselves a fan of manga.
16. The Walking Dead (Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard) - Things that had been brewing for volumes finally came to a head in The Walking Dead post-apocalyptic zombie comic. Brutal and unrelenting, no one was safe in a year that saw humanity's worst come out in the survivor's of Kirkman's world, particularly in the form of the villainous Governor. I like how this book focuses on how the survivors make out amid the devastation, carrying on the human race in pathetic tatters. Things just keep getting more desperate in this series, with slim glimmers of hope through the heart-breaking scenes and earth-shattering events.