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Comic Booked Looks Ahead To 2011

Colin Bell 01/04/2011 Features, ZDONOTUSE

It’s 2011! And after you’ve sat and reflected over all the awesome comics that came your way last year, what better to way to see in the New Year than with a list of things that your favorite ComicBookers are looking forward to over the next 365 days? There are so many things to get excited about this year – be it comics, movies, television, events or video games!

We asked our writers the question ‘what are you most looking forward to in 2011?’,  and here’s how a choice selection answered!

Nicole Sixx: The year 2011 promises to be a year chock full of great geekery for all to anticipate. As for myself, my greatest anticipations for 2011 comes down to the following three releases:

First, there is the epic awesomeness that is to be the upcoming Marvel release of Wolverine and Jubilee. Issue one is scheduled for release on January 19, 2011, and is a definite must have for all you fellow 90’s cartoon fans who share my love of this ever-fun duo.

Wolverine and Jubilee #1

Wolverine and Jubilee #1

Next, there’s the highly anticipated Dark Horse release of B.P.R.D.: The Dead Remembered. This is a tale that delves deep into the character of our favorite little B.P.R.D. fire-starter Liz Sherman, and promises to keep us entranced both in art and story. Look for issue one on April 6th, 2011.

Last, but certainly not least for such an old-time classic love, Mortal Kombat 9 will be released later in the same month and I can’t wait to get my Mileena blood-lust on.

Thank you 2011 for all the treasures you shall behold, I can’t wait to get you started. – N

Andy Kirby: Of all the excitement I am sure to experience for and during the upcoming year, two things specifically come to mind:  Marvel on TV and the Digital Age of comics!

There has been talk over Marvel taking TV by storm, but I haven’t seen it yet.  Nevertheless, 2011 looks like it could be the year the House of Ideas has been waiting for. With the critically acclaimed Walking Dead’s first season coming to a close, people are finally beginning to realize that comics can come to life through their weekly TV viewing.  And even though DC has pulled it off for ten years, 2011 is brimming with potential.  With Iron Man and Wolverine anime in the translation phase and the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon well on its way, there is no stopping them.  I wait with baited breath and a bowl of popcorn to see how Jeph Loeb will take me and mine to the Marvel U right from the comfort of my own living room.

Second, I think it is fair to assume that the Modern Age of comics that we have been living in since 1986 is about over.  We stand on the cusp of a new and exciting experience. The Digital Age promises to be one of convenience and woe.  Now more than ever it will be easier to obtain the comic content we love as the delivery system will be as ubiquitous as the World Wide Web. However, with this digital transformation, floppies will become the novelty of solely the collector. This change may have a negative effect on the LCS, but it could also mean lower prices and more content being produced for the consumer. Either way, I can’t wait to sit back and watch.

Godzilla: Monster World #1

Godzilla: Monster World #1

Skott of Fables: What am I looking forward to in 2011?  The return to comics of Godzilla. For one thing, he’s been away far too long but this time… for the first time ever… he’s bringing along his friends and enemies from the Toho movies! Rodan! Mothera! Gigan! Others! It’s going to be awesome!

I’m also looking forward to the new Cinderella series from Vertigo. Anything that ties in with Fables I’m all for but Cindy is a massively fun character and anything with her in it is going to be action packed and in my collection!

Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #1

Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #1

I’m eager to check out some of Marvel’s Fear Itself event. I’m scaling back on this like I did for the last few events in that I’m just getting the core book and the only crossovers I’m buying are the ones that appear in my regular titles. But this looks like it’s going to be a big and very unique series that should have it’s effects felt for a long time to come. Speaking of Marvel, I’m looking forward to a full year of Big Time in Amazing Spider-Man! The first two issues have been top shelf fun and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for the high level of energy this series has had for a few years now and I’m loving it!

Finally, I’m looking forward to getting to know my fellow Comic Bookers and I’m eager to learn more about different comics and such and sharpen my writing skills with the help of this great team. I’m excited to be a part of something that can only get bigger and better!

Jordamus Prime: What am I NOT looking forward to in 2011? The list would be much shorter, I assure you. 2011 looks to be packed full of way more cool stuff than I could possibly gather into a few paragraphs! A lot of new series started off in late 2010, so I’m really looking forward to the continuation of Batman Inc, Batman Beyond, Superior and Kick-Ass 2 to name a few. Marvel’s Daredevil Reborn series is probably the one new series that I‘m anticipating the most; I can‘t wait to see what they do with Matt Murdock now that he‘s left Hells Kitchen.

Daredevil Reborn #1

Daredevil Reborn #1

Beyond comics themselves, I’m really excited for both the Captain America and Green Lantern feature films, not to mention Transformers 3! Yes, I’m aware that Transformers 2 was fairly mediocre, but it’s TRANSFORMERS! The movie could be a ten minute long musical starring giant robots, and I’d still pre-order my tickets as soon as they were available if it has the word ‘Transformers‘ in the title. I’d say that 2011 looks to be a pretty awesome year overall for comic book fans.

Colin Bell: The thing I’m looking forward to the most in 2011 can be broken down into three creators followed by four syllables  – Matt Fraction, Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon, Ca-sa-no-va. All being well, Casanova will continue with Icon’s recolored reprints of its second volume Gula, followed by the all-new third volume Avaritia. I can’t believe that by summer it will be five years since Fraction and Ba first unleashed their own brand of hi-octane spy-jinks on us, especially since every issue still reads like it comes from THE FUTURE.

Fabio Moon’s Casanova

2011 should also see the release of Grant Morrison’s Multiversity – an eight part story with a separate artist for each issue, with each issue focussing on a different Earth from DC’s 52-strong multiverse. Rumor has it Frank Quitely will be undertaking a Morrisonian take on the Watchmen-inspiring Charlton characters (Earth 4, multiverse fans!), so you just know that will be good.

Events wise I’m looking forward to the launch of the Mark Millar spearheaded Kapow Comic Con in London, which looks set to be a huge weekend packed full of exciting guests, screenings and announcements. I’ll see anyone going there at the bar.

Kapow Comic ConWhatever’s happening in 2011, you can be sure that Comic Booked will be there bringing you it first!

Let us know what you’re looking forward to this year in the comments below!

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About The Author

Raised in Scotland on a diet of Tintin and 2000 AD, Colin Jefferson Bell enters his 28th year on Planet Earth as one of the world's foremost experts in comic books that take place in his home country, and maintains his corner of the internet at It's Bloggerin' Time!. Colin Bell appears courtesy of his wife.

  1. Jordamus Prime 01/04/2011 at 2:26 pm

    I'm pretty stoked for pretty much eveyrthing here haha.

  2. Andy Kirby 01/04/2011 at 7:23 pm

    I'm all about the Daredevil story and where it's going. Alternatively, I just don't see how a Godzilla comic could do well if it doesn't have compelling side characters. but i'll give it a chance.

    • Skott of Fables 01/04/2011 at 8:51 pm

      I've got collections of the marvel and Dark Horse books and they have been fun. Marvel's had the extra touch of Godzilla actually existing in the 616 and he was always being chased by SHIELD and even fought the Avengers at one time(!)

      This series will have 2 things going for it: first it is the first time the other Toho Monsters have been in comics and it's always fun to see then and 2) it's written by Eric (The Goon) Powell!

      • Andy Kirby 01/09/2011 at 8:02 pm

        The Goon…I gotta get ahold of that one. I've only heard good things.

        I forgot that Godzilla was in the 616…that's so weird. I should have known this because of Fraction's run on Uncanny.

  3. N.Abrahams 01/05/2011 at 1:35 pm

    New B.P.R.D later in the year? Very excited about that.

  4. Eric Scroggs 08/07/2011 at 11:48 am

    The DC relaunch. Particularly Grant Morrison and Rags Morales on 'Action Comics,' Geoff Johns and Jim Lee on 'Justice League,' and Gail Simone, Ethan Van Sciver, and Yildiray Cinar on 'Fury of Firestorm.'

    Also, another great year with Dan Slott on 'Amazing Spider-Man.' Can't get enough of that guy's writing!

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