Mike “Skitch” Maillaro
- Axis – I know Axis has been getting a lot of flack from readers, but I have enjoyed it quite a bit. I loved seeing the villains saving the day, and the Inversion of morality has been a real nice touch. I love a good hero vs hero fight, and Axis has provided a platform that makes a lot of sense. Remender is a writer I like for the simple fact that he remembers that comics are supposed to be fun, and for me, that is exactly what Axis has been all about.
- Honorable Mention: Forever Evil – What I loved most about Forever Evil is that it pulled in some many elements of stories that have been going on since New 52 started. And by the end, it was clear there was a lot more to come. Future’s End and World’s End spun off pretty directly from Forever Evil…and it’s looking like everything is heading towards Convergence. I will admit I usually get sick of event overload, but I like how planned and coherent everything has seemed. And I’m a sucker for the Crime Syndicate so that helped my enjoyment of this story.
- Spider-Verse – How many Spiders is too many? There is no such thing. Dan Slott has found a way to keep me hooked on Spidey, and it’s by embracing all the aspects of Spidey that made me a fan. Spider-Girl, clones, Kaine, Ben Reilly, Spider-Girl. It’s all there! There’s even Spider-Gwen, and animated Ultimate Spidey, and SPIDER-OCK IS BACK! Sosososososo good.
- Honorable Mention: Forever Evil – Evil is good, and Lex Luthor saves the world. What more do you need?
- Avengers/New Avengers: Time Runs Out – One of my problems with event cross-overs is that there are always too many cooks in the kitchen, even when the event has a single author like Original Sin and Axis. At least with this event, it feels like it’s all Jonathan Hickman, all of the time.
- Honorable Mention: The Delinquents (the mini-series starring Archer, Armstrong, Quantum, and Woody totally counts as a cross-over or event, right?)
- Armor Hunters – This event had good direction and it wasn’t cash grabby. It was four issues long, which meant there was no filler in it. The payoff was effective and the changes weren’t something that needs to be so you know it’s going to stick for awhile.
- Honorable Mention: Forever Evil – Overall I enjoyed the story and it’s been the first event out of the Big Two that I haven’t disliked in a long time. I think that I would have liked it more if the art was more consistent. There was some really nice stuff in it, but there was also some stuff that was tough to look at. Some of those covers were rough too. More I think about it I might’ve had this one at the top if the art was better.
Tags: Avengers, Axis, Best of 2014, Delinquents, Spider-Verse