Okay, it’s not actually Time Magazine. It’s their spinoff website Techland.com. And it’s not even the whole of Techland.com, it’s one blogger, Mike Williams. But still, it’s enough for Time Magazine staff to send out press releases and splash it all over their website front page.
That list in full:
1. The Ultimates
2. 100 Bullets
4. All Star Superman
5. The Walking Dead
6. The Authority
10. Y The Last Man
Some fine books in there. Some damn fine books. But really? Not one manga title? Not one title not first published in America? Everything feeling a little… samey? We get Authority AND Ultimates? Walking Dead AND Invincible? Nothing from Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, First Second or Oni? Nothing from Robert Crumb or Alan Moore? Nothing from Seth or Ed Brubaker? Nothing from Chris Ware or Garth Ennis?
This isn’t a best comics of the decade list, this is a library recommended reading list for newbies with an incredibly limited taste range. It shows no sense of exploration, examination or comprehensivity. The two most left-of-centre books, Blankets and Mouse Guard also happen to be two that had the most publicity behind them. Techland’s Best Sci-Fi Films list, while not hardly being eclectic, managed to show a much greater range. Albeit while naming A.I. the best sci-fi movie of the decade…
Put it this way. If I did a Top Ten List of Top Ten Lists Of Comics Of The Decade, this wouldn’t be on it.
Ooh, maybe I should.