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2014 Comic Book All-Stars - The Best in Sequential Art



As we approach the beginning of another year it's always customary to produce a "Best of..." list and this is no different but the world of comic books has been teeming with so many quality titles that it's been nearly impossible to point to one overall "winner". So naturally we've decided to cop-out and form an all-star team of books worthy of praise. Sure, we could have chosen Saga as the best of the year and called it a day and no one would've flinched but thankfully the industry is the strongest it's been in years so there's something for everybody. Here are the 2014 Comic Book All-Stars (according to us).

ROOKIES OF THE YEAR
BOOKS THAT DEBUTED IN 2014 AND IMPRESSED


Goners (Image Comics)
written by Jacob Semahn with art by Jorge Corona


Copperhead (Image Comics)
written by Jay Faerber with art by Scott Godlewski
colors by Ron Riley


Lumberjanes (BOOM! Studios)
Written by Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson
with art by Brooke Allen


Gotham Academy (DC Comics)
written by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher
with art by Karl Kerschl, colors by Geyser, and letters by Steve Wands


 Wytches (Image Comics)
written by Scott Snyder, with art by Jock
colors by Matt Hollingsworth and letters by Clem Robins

BEST LIMITED SERIES
THE BEST SHORT RELIEF IN THE BIGS


The Wake (Vertigo)
written by Scott Snyder with art by Sean Murphy,
colors by Matt Hollingsworth


The Multiversity (DC Comics)
written by Grant Morrison with art by Ivan Reis 
and Joe Prado


Trillium (Vertigo)
written and illustrated by Jeff Lemire

THE SPECIALISTS
These are your starters in their fields of expertise:


BEST ARTIST
GREG CAPULLO - Batman


BEST COLORIST
JORDIE BELLAIRE - The Massive, Zero, 
Moon Knight, They're Not Like Us, 
and many, many more


BEST WRITER
BRIAN K. VAUGHAN - Saga, The Private Eye

BEST COMICS OF 2014
The starting line-up of All-Star Titles



Afterlife with Archie (Archie Comics) 
written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa 
with art by Francesco Francavilla


The Wicked + The Divine (Image Comics)
 written by Kieron Gillen, with art by Jamie McKelvie 
and colours by Daniel Wilson



 Saga (Image Comics)
 written by Brian K. Vaughan, with art by Fiona Staples,
 letters and design by Fonografiks


 Ms. Marvel (Marvel Comics)
 written by G. Willow Wilson, with art by Adrian Alphona 
and colors by Ian Herring


Moon Knight (Marvel)
written by Warren Ellis, Brian Wood
with art by Declan Shalvey, Greg Smallwood,
colors by Jordie Bellaire


Southern Bastards (Image Comics)
written by Jason Aaron with art by Jason Latour


Wonder Woman (DC Comics)
written by Brian Azzarello with art by Cliff Chiang


The Love Bunglers (Fantagraphics Books)
written and illustrated by Jaime Hernandez


Seconds (Ballantine Books)
written and illustrated by Bryan Lee O'Malley

2014 COMIC BOOK MVP
This female-led title became a bestseller, exceeded expectations 
and proved that women can indeed carry a series


Harley Quinn (DC Comics)
written by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti 
with art by Chad Hardin




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