Heavy Metal Vs. The Comic Book Press

Posted by January 22, 2016 Comment

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Bleeding Cool ran its own Top 11 Lists of 2015. It also collected everyone’s lists of the year to make a kind of List of Lists, as we did last year. We thought it was interesting.

Heavy Metal Magazine did the same and found it disgusting. After slating Vice (before slating Slate) with an article titled “The 22 Worst Lists of 10 Best Comics of 2015”, they say,

We looked through other lists, to see whether they were any better. Most were (although Slate’s is dreadful). But as lists trying to cover all bases, all audiences, and often trying to prove just what Vice was shooting for—that comics aren’t just about superheroes, sci-fi, and fantasy—they all have moments of sucking. They all have a couple titles you know you’ll never buy, thus making you question the list-maker’s credibility.

And give us some pointers

You can tell us ’til you’re blue in the face that Archie is a great comic, we’re still not gonna buy it.

Comics is a marriage of words and pictures—the writing might be ace, but if the art looks like rough Adventure Time sketches, we’ll pass.

We love that the graphic storytelling medium allows a few creators with no budget to tell a grand, gripping visual story. That’s what the medium is for.

We don’t understand the appeal of comics in which nothing—or nothing remarkable—happens.

We’re skeptical of comics that rely heavily on irony.

We don’t believe in the concept of “so bad it’s good.”

Artists and writers who rose to fame in the ’80s and ’90s are still doing great work, though you wouldn’t know it from your average online best-of list.

The quality of comics is actually very good these days. The writers are good writers, the artwork is often dazzling. The best creators have learned from the visionaries, not rejected them.

And when they say “It’s telling that Alan Moore’s Providence, which may be his best work since Watchmen, hardly registers in all the listmania” I think that’s more likely to indicate that people are waiting for the trade…

So much to argue with but maybe that Moore-love they show may apply to the first one – “You can tell us ’til you’re blue in the face that Archie is a great comic, we’re still not gonna buy it. You could have said that about a certain fifties comic book called Marvelman. And yet…

When Archie is by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, you at least flick open the cover before you totally dismiss it entirely.

A lot of comic book criticism is not about reflecting what is read but reflecting what should be read. Dismissing certain art style as “rough Adventure Time sketches” dismisses other people’s taste and a wider idea of what can be accomplished in comics. I’ve said one of my favourite comics of all time is Longshot Comics – and I challenge anyone at Heavy Metal to read it and dismiss it in a similar fashion despite being “art”-less. Marvel Comics’ most confident, bold and brassy launch in recent months was Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat and I’d fight anyone who dismisses it similar fashion.

Comics can be everything. Certain lists can reflect certain tastes, sure, and that’s fine. If you have a problem, make your own list and add it into the general melting pot….

Anyway, we look forward to reading real-bloodied comic books in Heavy Metal Magazine. And see exactly how much of this its new editor-in-chief Grant Morrison agrees with.

And if they see such a disconnect between what they see as critically acclaimed and what actually is sold and read by people, here’s the Top 100 actual sales from Gosh Comics for all of 2015… oh look Alan Moore *and* The Wicked & The Divine in the top three. And Joan Cornellà‘s Zonzo in the top spot, which looks like this…

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…run away, Heavy Metal, run away!

Ranking

Title

1

ZONZO HC

2

LOEG NEMO RIVER OF GHOSTS HC

3

WICKED & DIVINE VOL 1 SC

4

THIS ONE SUMMER SC

5

SAGA VOL 4 SC

6

WYTCHES TP VOL 01

7

SAGA TP VOL 1

8

SOPPY HC

9

SCULPTOR HC

10

SAGA TP VOL 05

11

POO BUM PB

12

LOVELACE AND BABBAGE HC

13

CIVIL WAR TP

14

STEP ASIDE POPS SC

15

PAPERTOY MONSTERS SC

16

SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY SC

17

SAGA VOL 3 TP

18

I WANT MY HAT BACK PB

19

MS MARVEL TP VOL 01 NO NORMAL

20

HERE HC

21

Y THE LAST MAN TP BOOK 01

22

SAGA TP VOL 2

23

ADVENTURE TIME VOL 1 TP

24

WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 02

25

MY FRIEND DAHMER GN

26

COMPLETE MAUS SC

27

DARTH VADER & SON HC

28

FUN HOME SC

29

ONE YEAR WISER HC

30

BLACKSAD HC VOL 01

31

HIP HOP FAMILY TREE VOL 01 SC

32

YOU’RE ALL JEALOUS JETPACK HC

33

LOST PROPERTY SC

34

LAIKA SC

35

V FOR VENDETTA SC

36

SUPERCRASH SC

37

SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 01

38

ODY-C TP VOL 1

39

ANYAS GHOST GN

40

RELISH GN

41

BATMAN THE BLACK MIRROR TP

42

TREES TP VOL 01

43

FILMISH SC

44

NEUROCOMIC HC

45

BLACK SCIENCE TP VOL 01

46

LOVE SICK HC

47

JERUSALEM HC

48

COMPLETE PERSEPOLIS GN

49

KILLING AND DYING HC

50

RAT QUEENS TP VOL 01

51

PASSPORT SC

52

PALESTINE SC

53

PYONGYANG SC

54

FEYNMAN SC

55

SANDMAN TP VOL 01

56

GARDENS OF GLASS SC

57

BLACKSAD AMARILLO HC

58

HARK! A VAGRANT SC

59

SECONDS HC

60

PIRATES OF PANGAEA VOL 1

61

SUICIDE SQUAD TP VOL 1 (N52)

62

LUMBERJANES TP VOL 01

63

PRINCESS & THE PONY SC

64

BOLLAND STRIPS HC

65

KING IN YELLOW GN

66

HILDA & THE TROLL SC

67

SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 02

68

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01

69

THE INCAL HC

70

ASTERIX VOL 36 HC SCROLL

71

DEADLY CLASS TP VOL 01

72

BUNNY VS MONKEY VOL 1 SC

73

SCIENCE TALES HC

74

PRETTY DEADLY TP VOL 01

75

THROUGH THE WOODS SC

76

HUNTER SC

77

MAPS HC

78

MICHAEL JORDAN HC BULL ON PARADE

79

BATMAN KILLING JOKE HC

80

GIANT DAYS TP VOL 01

81

REMARKABLE ANIMALS HC

82

SATOSHI KON OPUS TP

83

VINCENT SC

84

EX MACHINA TP BOOK ONE

85

DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 PRESIDENTS

86

STAR WARS DARTH VADER TP VOL 1

87

AMULET VOL 1 SC STONEKEEPER

88

GOODNIGHT DARTH VADER HC

89

VACANCY SC

90

HIP HOP FAMILY TREE GN VOL 02

91

BLACKSAD SILENT HELL HC

92

THE WRENCHIES SC

93

STORM SC

94

STICKY MONSTERS HC

95

SILVER SURFER TP VOL 01

96

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 22

97

FABLES TP VOL 01

98

STAR CAT BOOK 1 SC

99

WATCHMEN TP

100

SAM ZABEL & THE MAGIC PEN SC

 

(Last Updated January 22, 2016 8:23 am )