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Best Comics of 2011

It’s the first day of a new year and so that means we’re doing our “best of” listing of the top comic books for 2011. Generally these are comic books that came out in 2010, though some are from earlier times and we got around to reading them. Keep in mind, this is what I have read.  If it’s not on here, I just might not have read it.

Best Super Hero Comic – Daredevil

Daredevil #1 CoverDaredevil has had an interesting 2011, we started with Shadowland and then got Matt Murdock finding himself and then a relaunched back to basic series written by Mark Waid with art by Paolo RiveraShadowland wasn’t too bad, a bit uneven, but as a whole Marvel had issues with this year’s events.  Seeing Murdock corrupt and the emotion from his friends was an interesting read.  After you had Murdock wandering the country in short mini-series followed up by the relaunch.

It’s that relaunch that makes Daredevil stick out in my mind.  It’s a comic I look forward to reading each month.  Waid has given it a pulp action feel like classic Green Hornet or the Shadow and Rivera’s art is fantastic.  The comic is just fun to read.  On top of Waid’s take, Daredevil is now an Avenger and each of his brief appearances so far has enhanced that series.  When you show up in an ensemble comic and steal the show, that says something.

Waid has set up a lot going into 2012, can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Runner Ups – Moon Knight, Uncanny X-Force, Aquaman

Best Non-Super Hero Comic –DMZ

DMZ 50Is there a more politically relevant comic book series out there? Every month we’re given something to think about as we follow Matty Roth through Manhattan which is now a DMZ in the middle of the second American Civil War.

Writer Brian Wood is able to pivot and comment on what’s currently happening in politics and the world challenging our perceptions and not seem preachy at the same time.

With some single issues that stand as some of the best of the year and numerous holy shit moments, this isn’t just one of the most relevant comics out there, but some of the best political commentary of any entertainment medium.  Fittingly, this final week also brought us the final issue of the series, a perfect way to end the year.

Runner Ups – American Vampire, Chew, The Walking Dead

Best Limited Series or One Shot – Criminal: The Last Of The Innocent

Criminal: The Last Of The Innocent #1Really, just sign me up for whatever Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips have in store.  This latest volume of their crime/noir series from Marvel/Icon gave us a shit-head of a main character and kept us on our toes as to what to expect.  Sean Philips also showed us something new by changing up the art style every so often.

These two are one of the best teams in comic books today.  Early 2012 brings us Fatale from them to be published by Image which is more horror/noir.  Hopefully we’ll be seeing another volume of this series as well.

I’m a huge fan up pulp/noir comics, and this is the gold standard by which all others are judged.  Just fantastic.

Runner Ups – Critical Millennium, Severed, 27: Second Set

Best Single Issue – Transformers #22 and #23

Transformers #23 CoverTechnically it’s two issues, but the story is spread out between the two issues and either stands out as the best.  On top of that Transformers: The Death of Optimus Prime reflects on what’s discussed in these issues as well.  Megatron is captured and the two issues reflect on his and Optimus’ past and how they became who they are.  Flash forward to the present and the two leaders debate politics and motives.  It’s an adult discussion coming from two giant robots.

DMZ might have been “the” political discussion of the year, but these two issues I just didn’t expect it from.  Absolutely fantastic and enough to give me pause and make me think.

What’s the difference between a terrorist and freedom fighter?  Find out in these issues.

Worst Single Issue of the Year – Holy Terror

Just a holy piece of crap.  This is up there as one of the worst things I’ve ever read.  The graphic novel by legend Frank miller is racist, xenophobic, sexist and horribly written.  Can’t believe we’ve waited so long to read it.

Runner Ups The Infinite (any issue)

Best Graphic Novel/Trade Paperback – Green River Killer

Green River Killer A True Detective StoryDark Horse’s Green River Killer is a true-crime story focused on the Green River serial killings.  The writer was close to the subject, as his father was one of the lead detectives.  The story has multiple layers, looking at how families were affected, the struggles the police went through and at the end, why the killer did what he did.

The graphic novel is haunting.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it for many days it was that disturbing and unsettling.  The art is good, but it’s the story that gets you.  The whole time you’re wondering how they’re going to solve this, but also why is this happening.

Add in the fact this is a true story.  It’s a disturbing true story.  Being able to get some of the behind the scenes to a story I only know from newspapers and the nightly news, just adds more to it all.

Runner Ups Any Empire, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand

Best Event of the Year – Uncanny X-Force: The Dark Angel Saga

Uncanny X-Force #18 Teaser 1I’m counting this as an event, though it’s really a long story arc.  Rick Remender has put together the best “X” book put out by Marvel.  This event which saw the rise of a new Apocalypse in the form of Archangel and X-Force is all that stands in the way between him and world destruction.

Diving into “X” lore with trips to the Age of Apocalypse universe, this was a story for the hard core “X” fans.  But, more than that, everything was thrown into it.  You had no idea what was going to come next and what to expect.

It wasn’t until I finally read the last issue that I know the ending, that’s how much of a big question mark Remender gave us.  The follow as well was fantastic as why characters did what they did and a new status-quo and direction were set.

Runner Ups Artifacts, Flashpoint

Best Genre of the Year – Horror

Horror was where it was at this year with DC folding in some Vertigo books and some great limited series like Severed.  Animal Man, Swamp Thing, I, Vampire, B.P.R.D. and more lead the way to dethroning last year’s winner, a bunch of shuffling zombies (though that’s also horror in a way).  I’ve never been creeped out more and enjoyed it as much.

Runner Up – Steampunk, Zombie

Best Comic Tie-In of the Year – Batman: Arkham City

I enjoy a video game or two (dozen).  One of the best video games of the year, not just comic book tie-ins was Batman: Arkham City which just brought more of the brawler game.  There’s a reason many are naming this as one of the best video games of the year and it’s sold so well.  It’s that damn good.

The downloadable material which seems to be coming as a steady flow, the fact you can play as so many characters, that all adds up to a comic book experience you can control.  Add in amazing graphics, game play and there you have it, it’s a must buy video game.

Runner Up – Marvel Universe toys, DC Universe Super Heroes Legos

Best Comic Book Related Movie – Thor

Marvel Studios Thor PosterThis year’s crop of comic book related movies wasn’t as amazing as I’d hope, but it’s a solid bunch.  Marvel’s batch as what stood out and all three really deserve to share the honors.  Each was excellent and flawed in their own ways, but out of the three Thor holds up best.

The story is pretty standard, didn’t really challenge me at all, but the visuals and Chris Hemsworth’s acting is what really makes it all stand out.  The flaws also are the least of the bunch with only the final fight between Thor and the Destroyer really bothering me.

Out of the bunch, this was also the highest grossing, showing it wasn’t just me that liked it.

Runner Ups – Captain America: The First Avenger, X-Men: First Class

Best Surprise of the Year – DC New 52

DC ComicsThis is a mixed one as DC’s relaunch is also a disappointment, but I’ll address it all here.  DC made a bold move this year to shake up their sagging line of comic books by starting from the beginning and relaunching the entire line.  It was gutsy.  On top of that, their digital initiative was bold.

The story that lead up to it all, Flashpoint, was pretty damn good and what came out of it as well.  I took a chance on all fifty-two issues and came away with giving half of them a chance for the second issue.  From there, I made further cuts, but today, I’m reading more comics from DC than I ever have and their higher volumes they’re selling that the initiative has worked for the short term.

The disappointing part is that they didn’t go far enough.  The comics were pretty standard and we didn’t get anything out of the box.  There also was a clear audience, adolescent males (or men stuck in their adolescence).  While we saw more advertising to the general public, we haven’t seen a sustained campaign.  For all their gains in 2011, I think we’ll see a good chunk of it erode in 2012.

Biggest Disappointment of the Year – Marvel Events

Marvel ComicsFear Itself and it’s follow up were and are bad.  X-Men: Schism was ok, but much better than what was before.  Shadowland was uneven.  Marvel has been having some issues when it comes to their events.  I won’t call it overall event fatigue in the industry as others have put out quality and showed what works.

Too many tie-ins, stories not thought out and gimmicky tricks paved the way to a substandard experience.

Marvel relied on the tired gimmick of death, killing the Ultimate Spider-Man, Bucky, the Human Torch and more, that all made headlines but some of it is already undone.  There’s only so many times you can call death before the masses catch on and shrugs their shoulders.

Already we’re heading into more events at Marvel in 2012, here’s hoping there’s some improvement.

Runner Up – Green Lantern (movie), DCnU

Best Character – Moon Knight

Moon Knight #1 CoverMoon Knight has always been a character that’s intrigued me.  Brian Michael Bendis, along with amazing art by Alex Maleev, have given us a new series that really looks at the many personalities of Marc Spector.  The new series really has fun with the idea having Moon Knight drawing upon his personalities at different points.

Moon Knight is the psychotic Batman, a super hero struggling with mental illness.  But is he really suffering from it?  And should it be this much enjoyable to read?

Publisher of the Year – Archaia

ArchaiaArchaia received the honor last year as well, so let me really explain my logic here.  Lets start with the big two, Marvel and DC.  Marvel’s line has suffered in 2011, they’re out.  DC made a bold choice, but four months letter, it all feels empty.  There’s quality, but there’s also a lot that just doesn’t excite.

BOOM! made it’s case towards the end of the year with some great original series, along with some on-goings that continue to show off their quality.  Add in a lot of licensed comics and they’ve got a line that has something for everyone.  There were also some busts, but they’ve got a great line of comics.  Image Comics, for all the quality also has some major duds.  Inconsistency is the issue, but their quality is some of the best out there.

Dark Horse has some amazing comics.  A lot of big name licenses and some good original, but there’s a lot of series I read and just didn’t interest me.  Their quality though is up there.  If your a Star Wars or Buffy fan too, they put out excellent product.  Then we come to IDW Publishing.  A lot of license there too, and also a lot of original material.  Each week I see their new releases, I get excited, as a whole, I’m probably interested in more of their monthly comics percentage wise than any other publisher, and it’s all excellent.

And the big winner is Archaia.  I should start with the presentation of the books.  Beautiful covers and packaging is the first thing that sticks out.  Their entire line of graphic novels are beautiful to look at on a shelf.  Then there’s what’s in between those fancy covers.  The variety of the books and quality is unmatched.  I can find something for everyone and hand out one of their series or a graphic novel and know I’m good with my choice.  All of what I read was good to great and much challenges story telling and comic book visuals.

Licensed books, original books, it’s all here.  And it’s amazing.  There’s comics for kids and adults and books kids and adults will love together.  Books from the US and Europe, we have different styles and perspectives, it’s like the publisher goes out of it’s way to present choice and variety.  And it’s all good.

I said it last year and it still holds true this year, when I think Archaia, I think high quality and expect the best.  They continue to not let me down.

Runner Up – IDW Publishing

2011 Comic Book Movie Winners and Losers

2011 was a decent year for comic book movies.  The majority were decent, but there are none that go down in my mind as “classics.”  Below is a breakdown as to which were this year’s winners and losers.  All data is from BoxOfficeMojo.  Keep in mind, The Adventures of Tintin is currently still running in theaters and only recently came out in the United States.

Top 5 Domestic Gross for 2011

Thor $181,030,624
Captain America: The First Avenger $176,654,505
X-Men: First Class $146,408,305
Green Lantern $116,601,172
Cowboys & Aliens $100,240,551

Top 5 International Gross

Thor $268,295,994
The Adventures of Tintin $239,100,000
X-Men: First Class $207,215,819
Captain America: The First Avenger $191,953,858
The Green Hornet $129,037,206

Top 5 Total Gross

Thor $449,326,618
Captain America: The First Avenger $368,608,363
X-Men: First Class $353,624,124
The Adventures of Tintin $263,207,000
The Green Hornet $227,817,248

Gross vs. Budget – worldwide gross compared to budget

Thor 3.00
Captain America: The First Avenger 2.63
X-Men: First Class 2.21
The Green Hornet 1.90
Priest 1.31

Global Legs – worldwide gross versus domestic opening

The Adventures of Tintin 27.12
Thor 6.84
The Green Hornet 6.80
X-Men: First Class 6.42
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night 6.14

Domestic Legs – domestic gross versus domestic opening

The Green Hornet 2.95
Thor 2.75
Cowboys & Aliens 2.75
Captain America: The First Avenger 2.72
X-Men: First Class 2.66

As requested here’s the Rotten Tomatoes current score versus the worldwide gross

Name All Critics Top Critics Audience Worldwide
X-Men: First Class 87% 70% 88% $353,624,124
Thor 77% 64% 80% $449,326,618
The Adventures of Tintin 75% 67% 80% $263,207,000
Captain America: The First Avenger 79% 78% 75% $368,608,363
Cowboys & Aliens 44% 51% 49% $174,822,325
Green Lantern 27% 18% 48% $219,851,172
The Green Hornet 44% 21% 47% $227,817,248
Priest 17% 8% 37% $78,309,131
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night 6% 0% 28% $4,634,062

See X-Men, Want to Join the Army?

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Go_Army_X-MenWe previously reported on the Pentagon using X-Men: First Class as a recruiting tool, by sponsoring the movie and producing recruitment ads comparing joining the X-Men with  soldier’s life.  There’s no argument that soldiers are part of the folks I’d put in the “hero” category, it was a bit of a stretch for me.  When reading an article today by David Sirota about military propaganda and movies this stuck out to me about that recruitment drive:

The spots played in cinemas, and exit polls of 17- to 24-year-olds leaving the movie theater found that those who saw the ad were 25% more likely to say they would consider joining the Army than those who didn’t, according to U.S. Army Accessions Command Chief Marketing Officer Bruce Jasurda.

“We get asked all the time, ‘Why do you market?'” said Jasurda. “We’re a nation at war going on 11 years, which is … the longest period of consistent conflict that the U.S. Army’s ever been involved in, that the nation’s ever been involved in, longer than any war we’ve been in…That’s why we market. We want to make sure people understand the full nature of this product. The Army is the ultimate considered purchase.”

So, after seeing the movie and recruitment spots, did any of you feel more like joining?

“X-Men: First Class” arrives on First Class Friday, 9/9

Official Press Release

The Ultimate Blu-ray and DVD Experience Arrives on First Class Friday, September 9th
BONUS OFFER: First 1,000 Fans to Pre-Order A Blu-ray or DVD
During San Diego Comic-Con Receive a Limited Edition X-MEN: FIRST CLASS T-Shirt!
LOS ANGELES (July 19, 2011) – Before they were superheroes, the fate of humanity depended on an extraordinary group of youngsters who went on to become X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. Based on the international bestselling Marvel Comics franchise, this box office hit bursts onto Blu-ray and DVD Friday, September 9 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. For the first time ever, “X-Men” fans will have the power to choose a side between Professor X and Magneto with two versions of premium collectible Blu-ray packaging. Also exclusively on Blu-ray, fans receive access to over two hours of special interactive features PLUS ten Marvel “X-Men” Digital Comics including a never-before-seen “X-Men: First Class” backstory— redeemable through each Blu-ray’s unique packaging code.
Director Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Kick Ass) tells the true origins of the multi-billion dollar film franchise, guiding exceptional performances by Golden Globe®-nominee James McAvoy (Atonement), Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds), and Golden Globe®-winner Kevin Bacon (“Taking Chance,” Mystic River). A “rare movie event that balances an intelligent story with solid performances, first-rate action and top-of-the-line special effects” (Ben Lyons, E!), X-MEN: FIRST CLASS has drawn an impressive $150 million at the domestic box office and nearly $350 million worldwide.

Before Charles Xavier (McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Fassbender) took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time, working together to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. The film features a star-studded supporting cast, including Academy Award®-nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), January Jones (“Mad Men”), Rose Byrne (28 Weeks Later), Zoë Kravitz (“Californication”), Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man), Lucas Till (Walk the Line), and Emmy Award®-nominee Oliver Platt (“The West Wing”).

The first 1,000 fans to pre-order their Blu-ray or DVD copy of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS during San Diego Comic-Con (July 21 – 24) will receive a free limited edition T-shirt, showing their support for either “Team Charles” or “Team Erik.” Fans can pre-order their copy in person at the Fox booth #4313 or online at www.FoxConnect.com. During this time, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS will be available on Blu-ray and DVD at the exclusive price of $25.00 for Blu-ray and $18.00 for DVD.
Special features on the X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Blu-ray include:
10 Marvel “X-Men” Digital Comics with exclusive “X-Men: First Class” Backstory Comic
More than two hours of never-before-seen extras, including:
Cerebro Mutant Tracker: The complete interactive Mutant Database with interactive videos giving fans the ability to learn about their favorite mutants in the X-Men film franchise
Children of the Atom: An eight-part behind-the-scenes featurette, charting the film from pre-production through post-production, including visual effects techniques and cataloguing “X-Men” transformations through prosthetic make up and costume design
“X” Marks the Spot: An interactive feature allowing viewers the opportunity to learn more about specific scenes with talent interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
Extended and Deleted Scenes
BD-Live Portal with additional Cerebro Mutant Tracker profiles
Composer’s Isolated Score
Theatrical Trailer
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company. Representing 75 years of innovative and award-winning filmmaking from Twentieth Century Fox, TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Digital Copy, Video On Demand and Digital Download. The company also releases all products globally for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce throughout the world.

Green Lantern Stays in the Top 10

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Green Lantern Movie PosterGreen Lantern in it’s fourth week continued to tumble another 54% but stayed in the top ten movies, holding at position number 9.  The movie which cost over $200 million to make has earned $109 in the United States and just $33 million overseas.  That means, unless the upcoming movies Captain America: The First Avenger and Cowboys & Aliens bomb, Green Lantern will be one of the lowest earning comic movie of the summer and most likely will post the biggest loss of the bunch.

There’s a lot of high profile movies still to come, so that doesn’t bode well for the movie which will likely suffer further large drops in attendance.

X-Men: First Class has earned $338,290,895 worldwide and Thor has so far earned $440,427,000.

Green Lantern Comes in a Distant Third in It’s Second Week

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Green Lantern Movie PosterGreen Lantern couldn’t stay up in the skies during it’s second week in the theater as it dropped to third place behind two movie debuts.  The DC comic book movie raked in an additional $18.4 million over the weekend.  That’s a drop of nearly 66%.  Cars 2 came in first while Bad Teacher came in second.

Green Lantern has earned a total of $89.3 million which doesn’t come close to it’s budget that ran somewhere between $200 and $300 million.  That second week drop off was greater than X-Men: First Class which dropped 56% and Thor which dropped 47%.  The movie also dropped 60% in the U.K.

In it’s fourth week, X-Men: First Class fell 44.7% and earned an estimated $6.6 million.  This brings it’s domestic total to $132.8 million. Worldwide that’s just 41.9% of the film’s total, which is nearing break even territory ($317 million versus a cost of $160 million).

Facebook Movie Watch

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It’s our seventh entry for our Facebook Movie Watch, where we see if movies drive the likes or the likes indicate the buzz a movie has. Below are the new counts and how much they moved.

Most of the films saw slow down in their growth rates compared to last week, except for Green Lantern which continued to build even after a mixed reception in reviews.

Thor – Opened in the United States May 6, already released globally.

Total gain for the week – 36,000

Total gain overall – 628,405

Priest – May 13

Total gain for the week – 9,898

Total gain overall – -24,220

X-Men: First Class – June 3

Total gain for the week – 72,175

Total gain overall385,022

Green Lantern – June 17

Total gain for the week – 66,884

Total gain overall309,696

Captain America: The First Avenger – July 22

Total gain for the week – 10,339

Total gain overall144,796

Cowboys & Aliens – July 29

Total gain for the week – 4,836

Total gain overall24,351

Facebook Movie Watch

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It’s our sixth entry for our Facebook Movie Watch, where we see if movies drive the likes or the likes indicate the buzz a movie has. The entry might be a bit late but the time frame is normal. Below are the new counts and how much they moved.

Thor continued to slow down, X-Men remains the juggernaut, Priest is showing signs of a ressurection while Captain America and Green Lantern held steady in growth.  Cowboys & Aliens barely shows signs of life.

Thor – Opened in the United States May 6, already released globally.

Total gain for the week – 51,443

Total gain overall – 592,405

Priest – May 13

Total gain for the week – 28,248

Total gain overall – 14,322

X-Men: First Class – June 3

Total gain for the week – 95,138

Total gain overall312,847

Green Lantern – June 17

Total gain for the week – 62,432

Total gain overall242,812

Captain America: The First Avenger – July 22

Total gain for the week – 13,479

Total gain overall134,457

Cowboys & Aliens – July 29

Total gain for the week – 6,194

Total gain overall19,515

X-Men: First Class Most Pirated Movie for the Week

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Congrats, X-Men: First Class, you’re the top pirated movie according to TorrentFreak.  The website compiles the top downloads from BitTorent and the recently released movie topped the chart with copies of the movie recorded in theaters as opposed to rips from the DVD.  That type of movie is refereed to as telesync, you might know it as a bootleg.  Often that quality is pretty piss poor.

It’s an interesting list as it doesn’t necessarily coincide with what’s in the box office.

1 (…) X-Men: First Class (TS) 8.2 / trailer
2 (2) Unknown 7.1 / trailer
3 (8) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (TS) 7.2 / trailer
4 (3) Hall Pass 6.0 / trailer
5 (10) Just Go With It 6.3 / trailer
6 (1) The Hangover II (TS) 7.0 / trailer
7 (…) The Adjustment Bureau 7.1 / trailer
8 (6) Priest (R5) 5.7 / trailer
9 (…) Paul 7.3 / trailer
10 (7) I Am Number Four 6.5 / trailer
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