Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love, by Chris Roberson and Shawn McManus (Vertigo/DC)
Daytripper, by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá (Vertigo/DC)
Joe the Barbarian, by Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy (Vertigo/DC)
Stumptown, by Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth (Oni)
Stumptown might not win but it certainly warrants the attention. This crime comic was unlike anything else and in just four issues it dropped plenty of character, violence, and awesome on its audience.