As 2011 comes to a close, it’s safe to say that it has been a banner year for the comics industry and fans alike. Here at Comic Booked, we have always taken our comics pretty seriously, and after a stellar year of new material, we are pleased to present you with our awards for Best of 2011! For this year’s awards we asked each of our team members for their input and nominations to see who they thought were the best of the best in the comic book industry over the past year! After a few weeks of careful thought, consideration and deliberation, we’ve selected these titles as our choices for the best that 2011 had to offer!
Now, I know we’ve already had our awards for Best Comic Book Movie or Television Series, so I want to explain this award a bit further. The award for Best Comic Book Adaptation goes a bit deeper into the adaptation of a comic than just film- this category is for any kind of adaptation of a property you can imagine! Be it a toyline, a video game, a movie or even a live stage-show, this is where we honor the best adaptations of our favorite medium- comic books. Without further adieu, here are the nominees for Best Comic Book Adaptation!
- DC Universe Online. Say what you will about the gameplay itself, but DC Universe Online was a huge undertaking and I’ll be damned if SOE didn’t do an amazing job creating a living breathing DCU for fans to run around in as their own heroic (or villainous) characters. While some of the missions may have gotten repetitive, and there were constant server problems that lead to downtime, DCU Online was easily one of the best adaptations of any comic book to another medium, let alone an entire comic book universe. – Jordamus Prime
- DC Universe Online. I know, this should be Arkham City, but I’ll list that down in Best Video Game. Being able to create your own superhero and adventure in the old DCU alongside all of your favorite heroes makes this the superhero MMO that I’ve always wanted to play. The reason for the sudden boom in new heroes and villains is solid, the missions are great superhero fare, and the voice acting is on par with the animated TV shows and movies!- Robert LeMoyne
- Classic Marvel Figurine Collection from Eaglemoss. This line of lead cast, hand painted figures has kept my attention for a while now. It’s so amazing that even characters I normally wouldn’t have and interest in I will buy because they look great!- Skott of Fables
- Batman: Arkham City, this game is sheer brilliance. From the voice acting to the graphics, the gameplay to the storyline, everything was amazing. – James Halstead
- Matt and I really liked the Conan adaptation. We’d like to see more people try and just make movies that could stand on their own separate to the comic book as just an enjoyable film. I particularly liked the use of architecture and scenery. Because I’m Half-French like that. – Nicole Sixx
- The Walking Dead. Though the show is more “based on” as opposed to “adapted” as it veers greatly from the comic series, The Walking Dead show manages to create a tense atmosphere while maintaining the deep characterization that made the comic a success. Though the second season drew some criticism for it’s slow pacing, I feel that it works to enhance the drama and that season 2 hasn’t lost any of the magic that made the first season a runaway success.- Michael Wirth
- The Walking Dead. It was tough going at times, but this show remains true to the spirit of Kirkman’s comic. –Emmet O’Cuana
- The Walking Dead TV series. X-men First Class is my second choice, although after reading X-men #1 last night, it has little to do with the comic.- Robb Orr
- Young Justice! Its just really well written and pays tribute to the characters and their origins without rehashing them. – Jason Padua
- X-Men First Class. I took my 10 yr old son to see it and we both loved it from start to finish! It was a great X-men movie; period.- Jeremy Boreske
Winner, Best Comic Book Adaptation 2011-
The Walking Dead (TV Series)
Congratulations to The Walking Dead‘s production team, as well as series creator Robert Kirkman for being Comic Booked’s Best Comic Book Adaptation of 2011! A special congratulations also goes out to all of the other nominees for being some of the best adaptations available this year!