Comic Booked presents our nominees and winner for Best Ongoing Series in our best of 2011 awards.
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! Without further adieu, here are the nominees for Best Ongoing Series!
- Fables: As this series nears it’s 10th Anniversary, it’s consistently had great storytelling and solid characterization. (Wow, it’s really been 10 years, hasn’t it?) – Skott of Fables
- Uncanny X-Force. Uncanny X-Force is easily the most the most well written and interesting series I have read in the past year. Unexpected plot developments and getting to see the darker side of some of everyone’s favorite X-men seals the deal for me on this one. – Rob the Wrecker
- Green Lantern. This might just be personal preference on my part, but Green Lantern picked up speed with it’s own reboot back in 2004, then got better every year with the reboot of the Green Lantern Corps, the creation of the Sinestro Corps and the Sinestro Corps War, Blackest Night, Brightest Day and most recently the War of the Green Lanterns. While a lot of these events I’ve mentioned didn’t happen this year, the fact remains that the Green Lantern series has been going strong for a while and even with the DC Universe reboot and a new number one, the Green Lantern ongoing series shows no sign of slowing down. It is also one of the only series that wasn’t really affected by the reboot at all! The sales have been so strong on the Green Lantern ongoing that DC didn’t want to mess with it. That just goes to show how good this title is! – Jordamus Prime
- Green Lantern – month in and month out, GL (and sister titles GL Corps and GL Emerald Warriors) consistently gave the best “bang for the buck”. Sci-Fi, Buddy Cop, War, are all covered in the Green Lantern mythos, giving the book wide appeal. – The Exile
- X-Factor. Peter David is one of the most consistently excellent writers in the industry, and X-Factor has been an incredible book, not just in 2011, but for years now. – Nick C
- Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma’s Morning Glories has consistently been on the top of my reading pile month in, month out this year as it has begun to stretch its legs and become something distinctly more than the ‘Runaways meets Lost’ tag that it was laden with when it first launched. 2011 saw it round out its first whole years worth of issues, and as we got to know our Glories better, the creative team seemed to improve issue on issue. Eisma’s art grows stronger every month, and writer Spencer has all but eschewed the traditional wait-a-month cliffhanger that we’ve come to expect as comic fans, and replaced it with an as-standard rug-pull twist that makes you dig out and reread every previous installment every time you finish a new issue. No other book on the shelves just now elicits that kind of response from me, and for that reason alone no other title deserves Best Ongoing Series more. – Colin Bell
- The Walking Dead. This has been one of my favorite series since it started. The writing is incredible and the plot is gripping. – James Halstead
- American Vampire! It is not only the most consistently good book I have read, it is slowly becoming one with such a rich history and story, that it cannot be denied as the best book of the year. Snyder has taken the world by storm and this book set the stage for that. – Jason Padua
- Batgirl. Seriously, regardless of who wore the cowl, it was a solid book. Stephanie Brown deserved the upgrade from Robin to Batgirl, and now we have Babs back in the suit. Great art and great writing made this a must-by series before AND after the relaunch. – Robert LeMoyne
- Batman: The Dark Knight (pre-New 52)-I just love the story David Finch‘s art is perfect for Batman and the stories were a lot more “Batman” if you will. – Jeremy Boreske
- Amazing Spider-Man. This year especially, Amazing Spider-Man has been a great read. Dan Slott managed to get the Spider-Man titles on track. Now that it benefits for a regular creative team, Amazing Spider-Man is so much easier to read, making it more accessible to readers. Though there were a few moments of fun with a rotating creative team, like seeing Chris Bachalo‘s art, Spider-Man desperately needed one good writer at the helm. I’m glad to see that 2011 brought that change. – Michael Wirth
- The Stuff of Legend by Mike Raicht, Brian Smith and Charles Paul Wilson III. Written off by some reviewers as an also-ran Toy Story, as it too features a young boy’s playthings coming to life, this is a dark, thrilling adventure series with gorgeous art courtesy of CPW III and shocking twists. – Emmet O’Cuana
Congratulations to Green Lantern‘s creative team and publisher for being Comic Booked’s Best Ongoing Series of 2011! A special congratulations also goes out to all of the other nominees for being some of the best titles available this year!