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IGN’s Best of 2011: Comics

IGN’s Best of 2011: Comics

1. Best Moment of the Year: DC Relaunch

Other Nominees

· Bruce Wayne gets a Letter from his Father

· The Death of Hellboy

· The Death of Johnny Storm

· Doctor Doom Joins the FF

2. Best Original Graphic Novel: Habibi

Other Nominees

· Batman: Noel

· Delirium’s Party: A Little Endless Storybook

· Green River Killer: A True Detective Story

· The Homeland Directive

3. Best Anthology: Rocketeer Adventures

Other Nominees

· Dark Horse Presents

· FUBAR 2: Empire of the Rising Dead

· Strange Adventures

· The Unexpected

4. Best Indie Series: Locke and Key

Other Nominees

· Artifacts

· Axe Cop: Bad Guy Earth

· Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors

· Vic Boone

5. Best New Series: Daredevil

Other Nominees

· Animal Man

· Batwoman

· Captain America and Bucky

· The Punisher

6. Best Collectable: Darth Maul with Mechanical Legs

Other Nominees

· Back to the Future: 25 Anniversary Minimates Box Set

· Batman Black and White Statue: Batman Arkham Asylum

· The Avengers SDCC 2011 Exclusive Mighty Muggs Box Set

· SDCC 2011 Exclusive Marvel Universe Sentinel Masterworks Figure

7. Best Miniseries: American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest

Other Nominees

· Criminal: Last of the Innocent

· Fear Itself: Spider-Man

· Flashpoint: Batman – Knight of Vengeance

· Osborne

8. Best Single Issue: Secret Six #36

Other Nominees

· The Amazing Spider-Man #655

· Batgirl #17

· Superman #712

· Uncanny X-Force #14

9. Best Story Arc: The Dark Angel Saga (Uncanny X-Force)

Other Nominees

· The Death of Spider-Man (Ultimate Comics Spider-Man)

· Endangered Species (Sweet Tooth)

· Leviathan (The Unwritten)

· Skeleton Cases (Detective Comics Vol. 1)

10. Best Art Team: Gabriel Hardman & Bettie Breitweiser

Other Nominees

· Chris Samnee & Bettie Breitweiser

· Jeff Lemire & Jose Villarrubia

· Jock, Francesco Francivilla & Dave Baron

· Sara Pichelli & Justin Ponsor

11. Best Writer: Scott Snyder

Other Nominees

· Gail Simone

· Jonathan Hickman

· Mark Waid

· Rick Remender

12. Best Series: Still Voting, Results January 17

What do you think? Head over to IGN to get a full rundown on why who won what and other Best of 2011 awards.


Peter & Mary Jane vs. Peter and Carlie

Peter & Mary Jane vs. Peter and Carlie

Peter Parker has had notable women in his life, several of whom he has dated like Gwen Stacey, Mary Jane Watson and Carlie Cooper. Of those only Mary Jane and Carlie are alive, but who should he be with now that Spider-Island is over and he is single?

Peter and Mary Jane are meant to be together, everyone knows this, even people who don’t read comics know. But that is NOT the point of contention. Peter and MJ have been together for a long time (in real time) and in the comics. Most stories about them have been told (except for MJ getting spider powers for a long time), everything from MJ being the damsel in distress to MJ helping Peter save the day and everything in between. They even got married and most everyone hated it to the point that it was retconned in a controversial manner. This shows me that while they will end up together in the future, right now they need to be apart. Since MJ is an integral part of the Spider-Man mythos, fans of hers wouldn’t have to worry about her falling to limbo but she should not be Peter’s girlfriend, it has be done and done again to the point where it is dull and annoying.

Peter and Carlie were together for a relatively short amount of time compared to Peter and MJ but It was much more interesting than most of the MJ stories. This

is because Carlie and MJ are so different that they show different sides of Peter and each other. This allows for greater character growth for all parties and is necessary for ASM. Comic characters have a nasty habit of reaching a certain point and then stagnating (Emma Frost) for whatever reason. This is what happened to MJ and Peter and now this must be avoided. Peter and MJ should not go back together after Spider-Island because it will negate growth by both

characters. There is too much untapped potential in the Peter and Carlie relationship to have Peter and MJ be together in the foreseeable future for

this relationship to simply end.

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Novels That Would Make Good Comics: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell

Novels That Would Make Good Comics: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell

The Story: Splinter Cell is about a man named Sam Fisher. He is a highly trained agent who works for Third Echelon, black ops subdivision of the United States National Security Agency (NSA). The books follow his missions that take him around the world as he saves it from terrorists of various allegiances.

They are separate stories form the games so there is no fear of ruining the story with spoilers. You also do not need to play the games to understand the books. They are essentially standalone stories that allow the reader to dive deeper into the head of Sam Fisher and the world of international espionage. I would also like to point out that this is nothing like James Bond and spies like that these agents use stealth and (almost) regular technology to complete missions that may or may not involve interrogation and killing.

The Material: these comics would draw their source material from the six Splinter Cell books: Splinter Cell, Splinter Cell: Operation Barracuda, Splinter Cell: Checkmate, Splinter Cell: Fallout, Splinter Cell: Conviction, and Splinter Cell: Endgame. They are written by several different authors under the name David Michaels.

Why would these be good: These books would make good comics because they unlike most, if not all comics on the market. Most comics today are about superheroes, dystopian alternate realities, or science fiction. These books are set in the “real world” where the advanced technology is in the form of hacking programs that are conceivable in real life. These are books about a spy with no super powers or super advanced technology; he is just a regular human who has a team of regular humans helping him.

I believe that the fact that they are also stealth based makes them well suited to be comics; the artist would be able to capture the atmosphere and tension in the use of dark colors and techniques like that. The near nonexistence of comics like these books would also make these better.

There is also a great cast in these books. While Sam Fisher is the most explored and developed, there is also his daughter, Sarah Fisher, Anna Grimsdottir, the technical operations manager of Third Echelon, Irving Lambert, Sam’s commanding officer and friend. Most of these characters have had little of their backstories developed and could make great spinoffs or one shots.

The Requirements: adapting these stories to comics would require several things. One is a writer who can cut out the less important parts of the stories; it wouldn’t have to be a big shot like Scott Snyder or Rick Remender (But either are welcome to do it), just someone who could make the correct edits to the story. Another requirement for the adaptation would be an artist who uses a realistic style. This is important for setting the atmosphere. If it is too cartoony then the tension will be lost and the story would have less impact. Artists like Sana Takeda or Guiseppe Camuncoli, Klaus Janson, and Matt Hollingsworth (The current ASM team). The artist would also have to be willing to draw violence because people have a tendency to get shot in these books.

Another requirement would be the length. These books are from 326 pages to 469 pages, I realized that a fair number of these are setting the feel for the story, but this means that the comics would also be on the long side, either in singe book length, or series length, I think that 8 issues would be sufficient to cover these and give them justice.

Summary: due to the combination of being relatively unique in style, real world stealth and espionage, and all around good story, I believe that Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell would make a great comic book series. The six are currently in novel format and can be found are Barnes and Noble and Borders, check them out!

Please give me feedback if you like these books and think I should do more articles like this!



DC's new titles

These are the 52 new titles that DC is launching in the revamp. All of these titles come from the article posted on Comicvine by staff members 

1.        Action Comics

2.        Superman

3.        Supergirl

4.        Superboy

5.        Suicide Squad

6.        Blue Beetle

7.        Deathstroke

8.        Stormwatch

9.        Blackhawks

10.    Sgt. Rock and the Men of War

11.    All-Star Western

12.    Grifter

13.    OMAC

14.    Teen Titans

15.    Legion Lost

16.    Legion of Superheroes

17.    Static Shock

18.    Hawk and Dove

19.    Swamp Thing

20.    Justice League Dark

21.    Animal Man

22.    Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE

23.    Demon Knights

24.    Resurrection Man

25.    I, Vampire

26.    Voodoo

27.    Batman

28.    Detective Comics

29.    Batman and Robin

30.    Batman: The Dark Knight

31.    Batwing

32.    Nightwing

33.    Outlaws

34.    Batgirl

35.    Catwoman

36.    Batwoman

37.    Birds of Prey

38.    Green Lantern

39.    Green Lantern Corps

40.    Green Lantern: The New Guardians

41.    Red Lanterns

42.    Wonder Woman

43.    Aquaman

44.    The Flash

45.    The Fury of Firestorm

46.    The Savage Hawkman

47.    Green Arrow

48.    Justice League International

49.    Mister Terrific

50.    Captain Atom

51.    DC Universe Presents

52.    Justice League

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