March was a shockingly good month for comics, and the hardest yet for coming up with ten, excellent books who stood above the rest. So we chose eleven. What didn’t make the list? I’ll include most of ‘em below, but Marvel’s excellent Age of X titles started canceling each other out; and L’il Depressed Boy from Image was so very, very close to making the top ten – but not quite yet. And a few titles, including Locke & Key, Action Comics, and Osborn released their penultimate issues. Near perfect all, but we’re waiting to see whether they stick the landing in April.
That all said, ten titles did stand heads and tails about the rest. These are the ten best comics of March, 2011:
Honorable Mention: Finals #1
I can’t really include this on the main list as it’s a reprint of Will Pfeiffer and Jill Thompson’s little-seen Vertigo miniseries. But if you didn’t read it before, this 100ish page spectacular is as subversive and hilarious as when it was first released. Set at a college that specializes in real world experience – from starting a cult, to building a nuclear bomb – the book is laugh out loud funny, and should be required reading on all college campuses as a case study in how to not go over the top.
10. Knight & Squire #6
We’ve been big fans of Paul Cornell’s England-set Batman & Robin series since the beginning, and are supremely sad to see it go. Though it’s hard to surpass Knight & Squire #3, which brought an iambic pentameter spitting Richard III back to life, the final issue matches any point in the series for bittersweet emotion and earnest, honest hope. The Joker has come to England, pissed off about how happy and bright everything is, rather than the grim, gritty world of Gotham City. He decides to bring his brand of “humor” to the British Isles, and finds he’s just not wanted, as villains and heroes alike team up to take him down. There’s a real sense of loss as Jarvis Poker, the British Joker sacrifices himself to save the soul of England… And also a sense that, in the world of the comic, as well as in the real world, for a little while, someone was bringing actual fun back to comics. More, please.
9. Bad Dog #4