The best comics of 2011: Superhero and mainstream | Best Of 2011 | Best of | The A.V. Club
10. Mystic (Marvel)
Marvel’s relaunch of defunct publisher Crossgen’s properties went relatively unnoticed, but G. Willow Wilson and David Lopez’s thrilling fantasy yarn stood out as one of the year’s most charming new titles. An all-ages comic in the fashion of a Disney or Studio Ghibli cartoon, Wilson’s story follows two orphan girls in a magical world who are facing the perils of adolescence. In one of the year’s best first issues, Wilson and Lopez created a richly detailed environment and endearing central relationship that fueled the entire miniseries, which moved at a brisk pace to its all-too-soon conclusion. An ideal book for young female readers, Mystic reveals how the right team and a little imagination can turn an old concept into something fresh and exciting.