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!
There are two crucial elements to every comic book- the artwork, and the writing. A good storyteller is truly hard to find, but thankfully the comic book industry is thriving with them! This next award is to honor those amazing writers the weave the amazing stories that we will remember for years to come. Here are our nominees for Best Writer of 2011.
Geoff Johns. Is there really any question here? I could go on and on about why Geoff Johns is getting my nod for Best Writer, but all I really need to say is “Aquaman”. Geoff Johns made AQUAMAN one of the best titles currently on shelves; something that most people didn’t think would ever be possible. That man can reboot anything and make it gold. – Jordamus Prime
- Rick Remender- Remender is fairly new to the scene (at least as far as i know) and he tackles three of the most well written books in the Marvel U. Remender writes Venom, Uncanny X-Force and recently picked up writing duties on Secret Avengers, while none of these books are incredibly popular, they all have enthralling story arcs and are about black ops teams which just makes them cool.- Rob The Wrecker
- Kieron Gillen. The beginning of a very promising run on Uncanny X-Men, including my favorite of Marvel’s “.1″ issues and arguably the best Fear Itself tie-in (an event that perfectly played into themes that Gillen has been working with in his Uncanny run), the conclusion of a twelve-issue run on Generation Hope and an acclaimed run on Journey into Mystery. The man’s on fire- Nick C
- Robert Kirkman, the writing on The Walking Dead is next to none. He fleshes out each character perfectly.- James Halstead
- Grant Morrison. This is not a shoe-in response, the man has had an amazing year. Supergods. Batman Incorporated. Action Comics. I’d say he’s had an even more impressive year than last year, and last year he was cast as Supervillain. However, this year he’s massively impressed me. Everyone knows that I’m not the sort to gush just because you’re epic, but Grant Morrison has proved to the entire world this year that he is indeed F@%#ing epic, and I feel that should be acknowledged. Now go buy Action Comics! – Nicole Sixx
- Dan Slott, Spider-Island was pretty okay. Or Gail Simone, because so far I really like Batgirl and see this category as a potential sausage fest.- Robb Orr
- Dan Slott. What he did in Spider-Island aside, Slott managed to bring some focus to Spider-Man. The Spider-titles were all over the place in recent years after Brand New Day, what with a new creative team every month. But since Slott was placed as regular writer, Spider-Man has been much more coherent and actually recaptures a lot of what was lost in recent years.- Michael Wirth
- Dan Slott. It would have to go to the guy who gave us the biggest, most exciting event in recent Marvel history. I simply cannot put enough praise on Spider-Island!- Skott of Fables
- Gail Simone. I’ve never been disappointed by any of her stories. She made Birds of Prey and Secret Six two of the best DC books out there, she weathered the storm of taking Oracle out of the wheelchair and making her Batgirl again, and has treated Batgirl‘s new series with remarkable respect to her history and continues to forge Barbara’s future. Best writer, hands down.- Robert LeMoyne
- Scott Snyder, American Vampire, Batman, Swamp Thing - deftly handing the wide range of genres, giving each a distinct style and voice. – The Exile
- Scott Snyder! His uses of layering and story building have set the bar for the last year. From Gates of Gotham to Detective and now into Batman.- Jason Padua
- Not only did he spend 2011 continuing to knock it out the park on his own American Vampire and revitalizing Swamp Thing for a new readership, but Scott Snyder also turned in the best Batman story in recent memory – and it didn’t even feature Bruce Wayne. The Black Mirror was a freakish look at the horrific nature of Gotham through the eyes of Dick Grayson, and the quality of this story no doubt played a part in landing Snyder the gig on the current Batman title. With a wonderful knack for the macabre and memorably scary comics, Snyder goes into 2012 as DC’s secret weapon.- Colin Bell
- Mark Millar- The guy has a few books this year and for the most part they were good. Nemesis, Superior, and his New Ultimate was fantastic, not to mention Fantastic Four with Bryan Hitch.- Jeremy Boreske
- Paul Cornell. Knight and Squire was a textbook example of how to bring the funny – they are called comics after all people – as well as heartfelt human tragedy. Demon Knights is great fun as well. And who could forget Gorilla Grodd’s brain-eating spoon, or Lex re-enacting episodes of The Prisoner under the influence of Mister Mind. DC – don’t piss this bloke off like you did Alan Moore! -Emmet O’Cuana
Congratulations to Dan Slott for being Comic Booked’s Best Writer of 2011! We look forward to seeing what you have to offer us in 2012! We would also like to extend a special congratulations to all of the other nominees!