Happy New Year, Bleederz! And welcome to 2012 (seriously, where are the flying cars already?!) and PART 2 of The Bleedie Awards where I look back at the year 2011 and give out an entirely imaginary trophy to all the comic book related stuff that I personally enjoyed over the last 12 months! Last week I gave out awards for Best New Character, Best Team and WTF Moment of the Year, but this week itâ€™s time for BIG MONEY awards!
I hope you are all wearing tuxedos and evening gowns while reading this. Iâ€™m in a gorgeous strapless Vera Wang number while writing it, yâ€™know.
Howâ€™s THAT for a creepy mental picture to start another wacky year with the Bleeder?!
Youâ€™re welcome. Without further ado, let us continue!
Â Best Comic Book Flick
Â I know Iâ€™m gonna take some heat for this one. X-Men: First Class was a favorite for a lot of people. And I agree that it is a fun movie, and I enjoyed Captain America and even Green LanternÂ as wellÂ (I know, Iâ€™m a forgiving man), but there is something about the Thor movie (besides my crushes on EVERY female in the movieâ€¦follow Jaimie Alexander a.k.a. Sif, on Twitter, sheâ€™s awesome, yâ€™all!) that makes me want to get a big toy hammer and a winged helmet and run around the house with a towel tied around my neck like a cape (I suppose I should say only when I was six years old Iâ€™d want to do these thingsâ€¦but Iâ€™m not sure thatâ€™s true).
Thor had an amazing cast,Â had alot ofÂ Â action and introduced the general masses to the more mystical aspects of the Marvel Universe. And I think it achieved this difficult feat very nicely without jumping any sort of shark. Itâ€™s a real superHERO movie (with a plot that reminds me of Superman II quite a bit, actually). This was a hard choice, guysâ€¦so I went with my heart.
Â Biggest Comic Book News
DC Announces The New 52
Without a doubt this is the biggest event in comics all year, if not decade, if not 3 decades, if not EVER. When I heard of this â€śrelaunch/rebootâ€ť, I didnâ€™t believe itâ€¦DC mustâ€™ve been simply beginning their books at #1 after Flashpoint! It never made sense to me why a comic book company would work so many decades to build a shared universe, just to throw it all out the window to start over. Especially when not too much seemed broken to me. Sure, they werenâ€™t making the same sales as Marvelâ€¦but DC has millions of fans that love their characters and always will. Not to mention probably more critical acclaim than ANY comic book publisher. Now, after it all happened, DC is now beating Marvel in sales and a good chunk of these new stories are getting great reactions, I canâ€™t argue with this being a good move for DC. Would I have done it? Hell no. I love continuity and knowing that my old comics I grew up reading actually mean something. Call me weird. Â But okay okay, Iâ€™ll say it. DC, you done good. â€¦Just fix Supermanâ€™s costume, please? I canâ€™t take that thing heâ€™s wearing for very much longer.
Cover of the Year
Amazing Spider-Man #666 (by Mike Del Mundo)
Â I hadÂ this beautiful coverÂ as my desktop wallpaper for a while and my mother passed it once and said, â€śWow. Thatâ€™s beautiful. Iâ€™d like a t-shirt of it.â€ť There ya go. Itâ€™s so pretty a middle-aged woman would wear it on a t-shirt. If that doesnâ€™t deserve Cover of the Year, I donâ€™t know what does.
In context of the Spider-Island story, it foreshadows a large event for Spider-Man, while completely out of context, it depicts the most recognizable landmarks in N.Y. honoring its greatest hero. A great piece of art impacts the audience from any point of view they may have. And a comic book cover should do the same thing. This one achieves that goal in a big way.
Â Hero of the Year
This was another doozy. How do you pick this!? Thereâ€™s Cap (2 of them!), Thor, Wolverine, Invincible, Flash, Iron Man, Daredevilâ€¦all are great candidates, butÂ only one guy proved this year that itâ€™s not his powers or his costume that makes him a hero. And while Iâ€™m awarding this to Spider-Man, that guy is actually Peter Parker. See, Spider-Island was special simply because of its uniqueness. There were many superhero stories over the years about a hero losing his powers. ThisÂ one was a storyÂ about what would happen if EVERYONE-- soccer moms to lowly muggers â€”EVERYONE gotÂ the same powers as him!
Â Pete found himself in a scenario where putting on a costume and swinging around Manhattan meant NOTHING anymore. But being seen as a heroic Peter Parker would show the good folks of New YorkÂ a lesson he learned when he became a wall-crawler decades ago:Â â€świth great power comes great responsibilityâ€ť, inspiring them to stand up against the bad seeds that were using their powers to cause trouble. Â It was really awesome. For once, it wasnâ€™t a superhero that was my favorite Hero of the Year, it was the man UNDER the mask.
Â Artist of the Year
J.H. Williams III
Iâ€™m going to use this double-page spread instead of one with Batwoman smashing through a window and kicking ass. For one simple reason. Mr. Williams can make a simple two pages featuring Commissioner Gordon and the Gotham PD investigating a crime scene look like a beautiful piece youâ€™d find in an art gallery.
This is what sets this artist apart from everyone else right now for me, and it'sÂ abilities like that that inspires myself as an artist.Â His layouts arenâ€™t traditional in any sense of the word, and some may have a hard time following them, but the way he weaves his Batwoman pages makes you feel like you are floating through a dream rather than reading a comic book. I think if he was announced for drawing a new Bouncing Boy ongoing, Iâ€™d be the first in line to buy it. No, really.
Â Writer of the Year
Okay, I guess I gushed over Spider-Island and Amazing Spider-Man a lot already.Â But I don't feel thatÂ anyoneÂ took the reins on a title this year like Slott when he jumped onto Amazing. While I didnâ€™t hate the way Amazing Spider-Man had been written over the last few years, Dan came in and truly brought a sense of fun and excitement to the book that Spidey comics hadnâ€™t seen inÂ quite a while.Â Slott is balancing nostalgia and evolution in a fun way that makes longtime, new and returning readers alike anticipating every new issue that hits the shelves.
And you can easily see in his work (and on his Twitter account) that he is having the time of his life as the writer of this legendary series. Who can blame him? Itâ€™ll be interesting to see what he has in store for 2012 for the wall-crawler and his supporting cast!
So, I guess you can see how this is going and there can only be oneâ€¦
Comic Book of the Year
I hate to be redundant. I really do. But I loved this comic book more than any other this year. And you want me to be honest, right? And it's not like alot of cool stories hit the shelves this year! I smiled seeing Wolverine claw his way out of Hell, IÂ was astonishedÂ at seeing a world where The Flash never existed, I cheered seeing Daredevil single handedly take down an gang of Nazi-mechs and finally earning an Avengers membership, a part of me even enjoyed seeing DCâ€™s legends meet one another once again for the very first timeâ€¦but Spider-Man took on a whole city of Spider-Men!
Not only that, Spidey alsoÂ battled the all-new Hobgoblin,Â faced a new gang of Spider-Slayers andÂ at theÂ request of his late pal, Johnny Storm, ushered in a new eraÂ with theÂ Future Foundation! TheÂ addictive and hilariousÂ plots and dialogue by Dan Slott and fun artwork by Humberto Ramos and Stefano Caselli just made this book a joy to read this year. And I personally thank them for making one of theÂ greatest characters in history relevant once again in the industry that birthed him.
Well, thatâ€™s it for The Bleedies this year! Hope you all had fun reading this 2-part look at comics in 2011 and thank you all for reading The Bleed in its first year of mayhem! I have a LOT of awesomeness in store for 2012â€¦heck, I may even find myself amongst some super-heroes for real!! HUH? What? What did I just say!? Hmmmmâ€¦oh, Bleeder-King, you are SO cryptic!! So long, guys! If YA GONNA BLEED, BLEED COMICS ALREADY!
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