Everyone remembers the Best Comics of 2009 Meta-List, right? It combined 145 different "best comics of the year" lists, written by reviewers and critics across the internet, into a single list of the top comic books of the year. I've been wanting to reveal more about the data that I collected, so let's return to the Meta-List one more time.
Previously, I assigned points to each book based on the rankings that each individual "best of" list gave to the book. Thus, a book that was listed as the third best book by one reviewer would get more points than a book listed as the fourth best book by that reviewer. After adding up all of the points for each book from each individual list, I compiled them into the Meta-List.
Below, I've now listed the number of times each book showed up on one of the 145 individual lists. I've kept the books in the same order that they were in after applying the weighting methodology, so that you can see how the methodology affected the rankings. For example, Ken Dahl's Monsters appeared on 19 lists, while Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III's Detective Comics appeared on 24 lists, but Monsters was ranked ahead of Detective Comics because it was ranked in higher positions on the lists that it did appear, and thus received more points.
Note that I only looked at the 100 comics that had already made it onto the meta-list, so if comic #101 actually appeared on more individual lists than comic #100, comic #101 still wouldn't show up here.
Hopefully people will find this interesting, if only because: (1) it reaffirms that Asterios Polyp utterly dominated the year; and (2) it reveals that if a book appears on only a couple of individual lists, but those lists are short and rank the book in their number 1 slots, the book has a shot at making the meta-list.
Here is the list:
That’s a wrap.
5 months ago