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August Comic Book Power Rankings (Plus Weekly Rankings for 8/31/3011)

Written by PollTron on Thursday, September 08 2011 and posted in Features

PollTron presents the top scoring books for August and the top books for the week of August 31st!

In 2010, a weekly Power Poll was conducted at the Outhouse to determine the top comic of the week.  Unfortunately, the Power Poll was abandoned as its creator left for bigger and better things.  However, good features rarely die...

LOLTron, the robotic caretaker of the front page took the Power Poll's smouldering carcass and rebuilt it, making it faster, stronger and more aware.  For several months, the Power Poll lay dormant, building its strength and learning more about the wide world of comic book reviews. 

Now reborn, the newly created PollTron has come back to the Outhouse, collecting data from reviews spread across a half-dozen different comic book websites.  Once a week, PollTron collects this data and aggregates it, assigning scores based on the total number of positive reviews gathered from its ever-growing database of websites.

 August 2011 Power Rankings

1)    Detective Comics #881 - 13.1
2)    Daredevil #2 – 12.725
3)    Uncanny X-Force #14 - 11.57
4)    Secret Six #36 - 11.525
5)    Wolverine #14 - 8.78
6)    X-Men: Schism #3 - 7.7
7)    Secret Avengers #16 - 7.11
8)    American Vampire #18 - 6.955  
9)    Criminal #3 - 6.905
10) Amazing Spiderman #667 - 6.82

Analysis: So marks the end of the first full month of Power Poll Rankings.  Detective Comics #881 was the highest rated book of the month, closely followed by Daredevil #2Uncanny X-Force #14 and Secret Six #36 also posted near identical scores, with Secret Six falling short of Uncanny X-Force by just .045 of a point.  With the departure of Secret Six and the change in creative teams on Detective Comics, it will be interesting to see which of DC's books will replace these books in September.
Marvel won the month with six of the top ten titles for August, while DC and independent titles each had two books finish in the top ten. With such a weak finish by DC in August, it's no surprise that the publisher relaunched its line in hopes of bringing in fresh creative teams and ideas into the fray.

The Power Poll for 8/31/2011

1) Uncanny X-Force #14 -11.57 (Last Issue: 4.07, 6th in Week)
2) Secret Avengers #16 - 7.11
3) Justice League #1 - 6.8
4) Locke and Key: Clockworks #2 - 4.5
5) Amazing Spider-Man #668 - 3.865 (Last Issue: 6.82, 3rd in Week, 10th in Month)
6) Incredible Hulks #635 - 3.1325
7) Angel and Faith #1 - 2.655
8) Ultimate Hawkeye #1 - 2.16
9) Spider-Island: Hands of Deadly Kung-Fu #1 - 2.08
10) Butcher Baker #6 - 1.66

Analysis: Uncanny X-Force #14 was the top comic of the week by a four point margin, with high scores from almost all sources. The return of Jerome Opena to art duties and the return of the X-Force team to the regular "616" universe was the focus of many of the reviews and helped push the score up seven and a half points from last week's issue.

In second was Secret Avengers #16, which marked the beginning of Warren Ellis' six issue run on the book. Reviews were split between high praise for Ellis' witty, fast-paced plot and high criticism for poor characterization and dialogue. In third was Justice League #1, whose score benefitted from the sheer amount of reviews than the positive tone of the reviews themselves. Every single source used to compile the Power Poll scores reviewed Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's flagship poll, with many of the reviews giving the book only the mildest of praise. Justice League's score was helped by its second place finish in the Outhousers' Comic of the Week Poll.

Rounding out the top five were Locke and Key: Clockworks #2 and Amazing Spider-Man #668.  Overall, Marvel won the week with six titles placing in the top ten. Independent titles accounted for three books in the top ten and DC only had one book reach the top ten.

Top Overall Books

1) Daredevil #1 - 13.73
2) Detective Comics #881 - 13.1
3) Daredevil #2 – 12.725
4) Uncanny X-Force #14 -11.57
5) Secret Six #36 - 11.525

Written or Contributed by: PollTron

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