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2012 Comic Books: Arion's Achievement Awards

Postby LOLtron » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:10 pm


 

I buy comics each month and every time I get my package of goodies I make a special post. This has been very helpful for me since, on a quick count, I see that in 2012 I’ve read roughly 380 comics, that’s more than one comic a day (the year only has 365 days, right?).

Sure, sometimes it’s hard to keep count of everything I’ve read, but even if I didn’t have precise numbers I would still remember exactly which titles I’ve enjoyed the most. So, without further ado, I invite you all to the first annual edition of the AAA (Arion's Achievement Awards). 

Best Writer - Garth Ennis / Allan Heinberg / Mark Millar
Best Artist - Bernie Wrightson / Sean Murphy / Attila Futaki
Best Cover Artist - Rodin Esquejo / Adam Hughes / Jim Cheung
Best Editor - Karen Berger
Best Single Issue - Avengers The Children's Crusade # 9 
Best Ongoing Series - The Boys
Best Limited Series - Avengers The Children's Crusade
Best New Series - Frankenstein Alive, Alive
Best Archival Collection / Reprint - Flex Mentallo Man of Muscle Mystery 
Best Publisher - Image 
Best Comics - Related Webpage - BleedingCool.com
Homage - Sergio Toppi, Joe Kubert and Moebius
Worst Title - Dominique Laveau Voodoo Child
Worst First Issue - Dark Horse’s Conan # 1
Most Disappointing Project - Star Trek the Next Generation / Doctor Who


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Jim Cheung

The ninth art should always be a harmonic combination of narrative and art. Without a good writer, the stories we read won’t hold any special meaning in our hearts. Instead of choosing one writer I’ve decided to include three on the list: Garth Ennis for his extraordinary work in the groundbreaking series “The Boys”, Allan Heinberg for his much anticipated return to Marvel Comics and particularly his “Avengers The Children's Crusade” and Mark Millar for his continued effort in the Millarworld titles: “Kick-Ass vol. 2”, “Supercrooks”, “The Secret Service” and “Hit-Girl”.

Art is what sets the comic book medium above all others. Text is never sufficient, you need an extraordinary penciler / inker to create a good comic. Again, we have three names here: Bernie Wrightson who has done an excellent work in Frankenstein Alive, Alive, Sean Murphy for his original and delightful drawings in “Punk Rock Jesus” and Attila Futaki for his superb contributions to “Severed”.


 

Let’s be honest, we do judge a book by its cover. And most of the time, we buy something because we find the cover to be irresistible. I know I’ve done it. The best covers I’ve seen in 2012 have been drawn by Rodin Esquejo (“Morning Glories”, “Mind the Gap”) Adam Hughes (“Fairest”) and, of course, Jim Cheung (“Avengers The Children's Crusade”).

Most of the time we overlook the work of the editors, but they are an essential part of the creative process, this year my award goes to a woman who has been fighting against censorship for the past 30 years and has supported the most revolutionary comics for the past two decades as Vertigo’s Executive Editor: Karen Berger.

Reading almost 400 comics made me realize that it was quite difficult to decide which one was the best. So I’ve considered only those published in 2012 (that, for instance, rules out “Flex Mentallo” which is by far the best comic I’ve read this year), finally, after much consideration, the award goes to Avengers The Children's Crusade # 9.

After almost 7 years, “The Boys” came to an end this November with issue # 72. In my opinion it’s Garth Ennis magnum opus and also the best ongoing series of 2012. Now that it’s over, I’ll have a hard time finding something at least half as good… 

I’ve been buying a lot of miniseries for the past three years, and I’ve read some truly great ones (“Strange Talent of Luther Strode”, “Witch Doctor”, “Severed”, “Kick-Ass Vol. 2”, “The New Deadwardians”, “America’s Got Powers”, “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century”, “Punk Rock Jesus”, “Happy” and “Fashion Beast”) but the best one is “Avengers The Children's Crusade”, simply the best superhero comic book I’ve read in a long time.

This year IDW published “Frankenstein Alive, Alive”, and after seeing the outstanding illustrations of the legendary artist Bernie Wrightson I have no other choice but to place this one high above all other series. Other interesting new titles were “Punk Rock Jesus”, “Whispers”, “The Hypernaturals”, “Hit-Girl” and “Lot 13”.

Best Archival Collection / Reprint: like I said before, Flex Mentallo combined intelligently a brilliant script by Grant Morrison with beautiful art by Frank Quitely, and Vertigo’s hardcover deluxe edition does justice to such a significant miniseries.

I became a comic book collector thanks to Byrne’s Superman and for a long time I rarely strayed from the DC Universe, in 2000 I started acquiring Marvel titles, and eventually I became more of a Marvel fan. In 2006 I stopped buying DC Comics, in 2010 I severely reduced the amount of Marvel comics I was getting. If not for Image I would no longer be buying comics on a monthly basis. So yes, the best publisher of 2012 is Image.

I spend at least one hour daily reading news online, but only Rich Johnston has the necessary journalistic integrity to break the news that no other webpage would dare to… so I pick BleedingCool.com as the best source for information, and since Rich isn’t on the payroll of the big two, he will always talk about things that are uncomfortable for Marvel and DC. Good for that.


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Darick Robertson

This year, comic book fans of every corner of the globe have mourned the death of authors such as Sergio Toppi, Joe Kubert and Moebius. Toppi was an Italian artist that I’ve always admired, and I hope to review some of his work in 2014. Joe Kubert was one of the most respected artists of the American comic book industry, and also the founder of the Kubert School, when he died I read some of the testimonies of his students and they were so vivid and heartfelt that I felt like I had actually known him. Jean “Moebius” Giraud was one of the most prestigious European authors of the past three decades, his work has captivated me for years, but so far I haven’t had the opportunity to talk about it at length, hopefully that’ll be remedied in 2013.

Although I pride myself of selecting only the best of the best, sometimes a couple of stinkers go past my radar and end up in my monthly pull list. If someone asks me what is the worst comic I’ve read this year my answer would be, without a doubt, “Dominique Laveau Voodoo Child”: there is not a single redeeming aspect about this clusterfuck. A first issue should always make you interested in the next one, but in some cases, a first issue can be so bad that you immediately want to get rid of it, that’s what happened to me with Dark Horse’s Conan # 1 (Avengers 1959 also came close… talk about bad introductions). If you want to read the barbarian’s adventures stick to the Marvel comics from the 70s. I mean it. I had high expectations regarding IDW’s crossover between two of my favorite sci-fi franchises, but “Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who” was simply disappointing (curiously, the same happened in 2011 with their Star Trek / Legion of Super-Heroes). There have been other really bad projects from other publishers (I’m looking at you DC) but since I haven’t read them I won’t include them in this list.

And that is all for the year. Now, pray tell us good and honorable reader, what comics have thou particularly enjoyed this year? Which artists have caught thy attention?  What book has let you down? Do you agree with me or would you qualify my ramblings as folly?

I bid thee farewell and long live the ninth art!
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Compro cómics todos los meses y cada vez que recibo nuevos ejemplares me encargo de compartir la noticia con ustedes. Esto ha sido bastante útil porque, a ojo de buen cubero, compruebo que en el 2012 he leído aproximadamente 380 cómics, o sea más de uno al día (el año sólo tiene 365 días, ¿no es así?)

Desde luego, a veces es difícil llevar la cuenta, pero incluso aunque no tuviera cifras precisas de todos modos recordaría qué títulos son los que más he disfrutado. Así que, sin más preámbulos, los invito a todos a la primera edición anual de los premios AAA (Arion's Achievement Awards). 

Mejor escritor - Garth Ennis / Allan Heinberg / Mark Millar
Mejor artista - Bernie Wrightson / Sean Murphy / Attila Futaki
Mejor portadista - Rodin Esquejo / Adam Hughes / Jim Cheung
Mejor editor - Karen Berger
Mejor número único - Avengers The Children's Crusade # 9 
Mejor serie mensual - The Boys
Mejor serie limitada - Avengers The Children's Crusade
Mejor nueva serie - Frankenstein Alive, Alive
Mejor obra coleccionada / reimpresión - Flex Mentallo Man of Muscle Mystery 
Mejor Editorial - Image 
Mejor página web sobre cómics - BleedingCool.com
Homenaje - Sergio Toppi, Joe Kubert y Moebius
Peor título - Dominique Laveau Voodoo Child
Peor primer número - Dark Horse’s Conan # 1
Proyecto más decepcionante - Star Trek the Next Generation / Doctor Who


2012 Comic Books: Arion's Achievement Awards
Frank Quitely

El noveno arte debería ser siempre una combinación armónica de narrativa y arte. Sin un buen escritor, las historias que leemos no tendrán mayor significado para nosotros. En vez de elegir a un escritor he decidido incluir tres en la lista: Garth Ennis por su extraordinario trabajo en la innovadora serie “The Boys”, Allan Heinberg por su tan anticipado regreso a Marvel Comics y particularmente su “Avengers The Children's Crusade” y Mark Millar por sus continuos esfuerzos en los títulos de Millarworld: “Kick-Ass vol. 2”, “Supercrooks”, “The Secret Service” y “Hit-Girl”.

El arte es lo que eleva al cómic por encima de otros medios. El texto nunca es suficiente, hace falta un extraordinario artista para crear un buen cómic. De nuevo, tenemos tres nombres aquí: Bernie Wrightson por haber hecho una excelente obra en Frankenstein Alive, Alive, Sean Murphy por sus originales y deliciosos dibujos en “Punk Rock Jesus” y Attila Futaki por sus soberbias contribuciones a “Severed”. 

Seamos honestos, juzgamos un libro por su carátula. Y la mayoría de las veces, compramos algo porque la portada es irresistible. Lo digo por experiencia. Las mejores portadas que he visto en el 2012 han sido dibujadas por Rodin Esquejo (“Morning Glories”, “Mind the Gap”) Adam Hughes (“Fairest”) y, por supuesto, Jim Cheung ("Avengers The Children's Crusade").

La mayoría de las veces no prestamos atención a la labor de los editores, pero ellos son parte esencial del proceso creativo, el galardón va para una mujer que ha estado luchando en contra de la censura durante 30 años y que ha apoyado los cómics más revolucionarios de las últimas dos décadas como la editora ejecutiva de Vertigo: Karen Berger.

Después de leer casi 400 cómics me he dado cuenta que es bastante difícil decidir cuál fue el mejor. Así que sólo he considerado aquellos publicados en el 2012 (así, por ejemplo, queda eliminado “Flex Mentallo” que es de lejos lo mejor que he leído en el año), finalmente, después de mucha consideración, el premio va para Avengers The Children's Crusade # 9.


2012 Comic Books: Arion's Achievement Awards
Rodin Esquejo

Tras casi 7 años, “The Boys” concluyó este noviembre con el # 72. En mi opinión, este es el magnum opus Garth Ennis  y también la mejor serie mensual del 2012. Ahora que ha terminado, será difícil encontrar algo al menos la mitad de bueno...

He estado comprando un montón de miniseries en los últimos tres años, y he leído algunas grandiosas (“Strange Talent of Luther Strode”, “Witch Doctor”, “Severed”, “Kick-Ass Vol. 2”, “The New Deadwardians”, “America’s Got Powers”, “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century”, “Punk Rock Jesus”, “Happy” y “Fashion Beast”) pero la mejor es “Avengers The Children's Crusade”, simplemente el mejor cómic de súper-héroes que he leído en mucho tiempo.

Este año IDW publicó “Frankenstein Alive, Alive”, y luego de ver las geniales ilustraciones del legendario artista Bernie Wrightson no tengo otra opción que colocarlo muy por encima de otros títulos. Otras nuevas colecciones que despertaron mi interés fueron “Punk Rock Jesus”, “Whispers”, “The Hypernaturals”, “Hit-Girl” y “Lot 13”.

Mejor obra coleccionada / reimpresión: como dije antes, Flex Mentallo combina con inteligencia un brillante guión de Grant Morrison con el hermoso arte de Frank Quitely, y la edición de lujo de Vertigo le hace justicia a esta importante miniserie.

Me convertí en coleccionista de cómics gracias al Superman de Byrne y durante años rara vez me alejaba del Universo DC, en el 2000 empecé a adquirir títulos de Marvel, y al final me pasé a las filas marvelianas. En el 2006 dejé de comprar cómics de DC, en el 2010 taché bastantes cómics Marvel de mi lista de compras. Si no fuera por Image, ya no compraría cómics todos los meses. Por eso, la mejor editorial del 2012 es Image.

Gasto al menos una hora diaria leyendo noticias en línea, pero sólo Rich Johnston tiene la integridad periodística necesaria para sacar las noticias que ninguna otra página se atrevería... así que elijo a BleedingCool.com como la mejor fuente de información, y como Rich no está en la nómina de Marvel y DC siempre dirá la dolorosa verdad aunque incomode a estas dos grandes editoriales. Bien por ello. 

Este año, a lo largo del mundo, muchos lamentaron la muerte de autores como Sergio Toppi, Joe Kubert y Moebius. Toppi fue un artista italiano al que siempre he admirado, y espero reseñar alguno de sus trabajos en el 2014. Joe Kubert fue uno de los artistas más respetados de la industria norteamericana, y también el fundador de la Escuela Kubert, cuando murió leí algunos de los testimonios de sus estudiantes y eran tan vívidos y emotivos que sentí como si lo hubiese conocido. Jean “Moebius” Giraud fue uno de los autores europeos más prestigiosos de las últimas tres décadas, su trabajo me ha cautivado por años, pero hasta ahora no he tenido oportunidad de comentarlo como es debido, espero que esto sea remediado en el 2013.


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Aunque me enorgullezco de seleccionar sólo lo mejor de lo mejor, a veces un par de productos defectuosos terminan colándose y aparecen en mis manos. Si alguien me pregunta cuál es el peor cómic que he leído en estos 12 meses mi respuesta sería, sin duda, “Dominique Laveau Voodoo Child”: no hay un sólo atributo que salve a esta gran cagada. Un primer número siempre debería generar interés en el siguiente, pero en algunos casos, un primer número puede ser tan malo que quieres botarlo a la basura, eso es lo que me pasó con el Conan # 1 de Dark Horse ("Avengers 1959" también fue malísimo). Si quieren leer las aventuras del bárbaro quédense con los cómics Marvel de los 70. Lo digo en serio. Tenía muchas expectativas cuando supe que IDW presentaría dos de mis franquicias preferidas de ciencia ficción, pero "Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who" fue bien decepcionante (es curioso, pero lo mismo pasó en el 2011 con su "Star Trek / Legion of Super-Heroes"). Ha habido otros proyectos realmente malos de otras editoriales (DC entre ellas) pero como no los he leído no los incluiré en esta lista. 

Y eso es todo por este año. Ahora, decidme buenos y honrosos lectores, ¿qué cómics habéis disfrutado particularmente este año? ¿Qué artistas han capturado vuestra atención? ¿Que os ha decepcionado? ¿Estáis de acuerdo conmigo o consideráis mis diatribas como sandeces?

¡Os digo adiós y larga vida al noveno arte!

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Re: 2012 Comic Books: Arion's Achievement Awards

Postby Keb » Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:18 pm

Best website is Bleeding Cool?

We're not friends anymore. :smt011

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Re: 2012 Comic Books: Arion's Achievement Awards

Postby covalesky » Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:21 pm

Keb wrote:Best website is Bleeding Cool?

We're not friends anymore. :smt011


I blame it on Thanoscopter.

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Re: 2012 Comic Books: Arion's Achievement Awards

Postby Keb » Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:36 pm

covalesky wrote:
I blame it on Thanoscopter.

I blame it on Jude.

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Re: 2012 Comic Books: Arion's Achievement Awards

Postby ThatGuyRoman » Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:01 pm

Keb wrote:Best website is Bleeding Cool?

We're not friends anymore. :smt011



And to think I once let him think about me in the bathtub! Oh Ari. :smt011

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Re: 2012 Comic Books: Arion's Achievement Awards

Postby chap22 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:05 pm

Mark this day, ladies and gentlemen: for the first, last, and only time in the annals of history, the words "Rich Johnston" and "journalistic integrity" were linked together in the same sentence without a hint of sarcasm, irony, or facetiousness.

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Postby Amoebas » Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:12 pm

chap22 wrote:Mark this day, ladies and gentlemen: for the first, last, and only time in the annals of history, the words "Rich Johnston" and "journalistic integrity" were linked together in the same sentence without a hint of sarcasm, irony, or facetiousness.

There are only two possible explanations...
Either Johnston paid him off or Johnston has photos of Arion sandwiched between Rockman's mom & Dan Slott.

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Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:16 pm

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Postby GLX » Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:45 pm

Issue #1 of Brian Wood's Conan got worst first issue? :smt011
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Postby Arion » Sun Dec 30, 2012 4:42 pm

First of all, I chose BleedingCool before the whole Amazing Spider-Man # 700 debacle.
And second of all, I welcome any and all sort of briberies. I'm a poor, poor man.

And at last, but not least, if you have read Barry Windsor-Smith's Conan you'll find that not a single new version can compare to it.

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Postby covalesky » Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:35 pm

A poor man that reads more comics than me :-P

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Re: 2012 Comic Books: Arion's Achievement Awards

Postby Arion » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:12 pm

covalesky wrote:A poor man that reads more comics than me :-P


Just because you buy the Deluxe Editions and all that whereas I buy the regular floppies.

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Postby covalesky » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:49 pm

Arion wrote:
Just because you buy the Deluxe Editions and all that whereas I buy the regular floppies.


Lol. Well remembered. It was only 3, but you're right.

Happy new Year arion.

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Re: 2012 Comic Books: Arion's Achievement Awards

Postby Chesscub » Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:52 pm

Keb wrote:I blame it on Jude.


I blame it on the bossa nova : the dance of love.

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Re: 2012 Comic Books: Arion's Achievement Awards

Postby Keb » Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:22 pm

I blame it on the boogie

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