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The Best of 2012

31 Dec

by Orion Tippens

2012 movie imageLooking forward to 2013!! But looking back on 2012, here are my notations.

Best comics series of 2012 – Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Best comic book character of 2013 – Damian Wayne (Batman)

Best single-issue comic story of 2012 – Locke and Key: Grindhouse one-shot

Best cover artist of 2012 – J.H. Williams III (Batwoman)

Best comics writer of 2012 – Can’t decide between Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing, American Vampire) or John Layman (Chew, Detective Comics, Mars Attacks)

Best ongoing comic series of 2012 – Batman vol. 2 (Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo)

Best colorist of 2012 – John Kalisz on Batman and Robin (vol. 2)

Best comic based on a non-comics franchise – Godzilla: Half Century War by James Stokoe

Most shocking way to end 2012 – I would say Chew #30, but I heard the spoilers to Amazing Spider-Man #700 – DAMN!!

Best apocalypse story of 2012 – Batman Inc. Vol. 2. #5 by Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham

Biggest Disappointment – Doctor Who/ Star Trek: Assimilation crossover of 2012 – Wow, that story really is really going nowhere and really dry. So much potential…sigh.

Best new comics company of 2012 – Madefire Comics (iOS digital app)

Best digital innovation in comics storytelling of 2012 – Bottom of the Ninth by Ryan Woodward

Best traditional comics original series digital exclusive of 2012  – The Lookouts by Ben McCool

Best webcomic series of 2012 – JL8 by Yale Stewart

Best funny webcomic  of 2012 – The Oatmeal by Mathew Inman

Best movie based on a comic book of 2012 – Dredd (Judge Dredd)

Most campiest villain in a movie based on a comic book character of 2012 – Tie between Loki (Avengers) and Bane (Batman)

Most oddly hilarious line used in a movie based on a comic book of 2012 – “Crashing This Plane with No Survivors!” – Bane (Batman: Dark Knight Rises)

Best, most fun comics character to play in a cheap video game that otherwise sucks of 2012– The Flash in the Justice League: Earth’s Final Defense (iOS)

Note: I am sorry I have not caught up with any Marvel Comics and it’s very obvious I am a DC fan. Please recommend me some good Marvel Comics reads for 2013!

– Orion

Collected Editions: The Good, the Bad, and the WTF

30 Jan

by Mike Hansen

(Another long post, to make up for lost time…)

Congratulations are due to my friend Kris Shaw, who posted a YouTube video the other day that’s been getting some attention:

If you think those DC hardcovers are bad, DC’s New 52 Omnibus is even worse – check out pictures here.

Bleeding Cool featured the video (twice), and Dan DiDio at DC even had to respond:

Dan DiDio's Facebook response

Actions speak louder than words. Prove it, DC, and maybe you'll start getting my money again...

Kris is one of the readers who convinced Marvel to improve its collected editions over the last decade, and the results speak for themselves: sewn binding instead of glued, hardcovers that lay flat, dustjackets that no longer stick to the covers, and (for the most part) binding that doesn’t cause pages to loosen and fall out. Generally, Marvel has given its customers their money’s worth in the last few years. As for DC… Continue reading

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