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!
Every year, comic book readers worldwide are hit with a rather large selection of crossover stories that span multiple titles, sometimes even spreading all throughout a comic book publishers entire line! We’re here to give you our top picks for 2011’s event offerings with our Best Crossover Event of 2011 Award! Without further delay, here are the nominees for Best Crossover Event!
- War of the Green Lanterns. While it would barely be considered much of a crossover, War of the Green Lanterns spanned 10 issues across three different Green Lantern series and gave us the best Green Lantern story since Blackest Night. Granted, Blackest Night wasn’t that long ago, but the effects of War of the Green Lanterns will be felt throughout the Green Lantern series for years, even managing to squeak through into the DCnU after the entire DCU rebooted! It was also really great to see our four lead Earth Lanterns each taking on different rings and powers besides the standard Green. – Jordamus Prime
- Spider-Island. I still maintain THIS should have been Marvel’s summer event and Fear Itself should have been an event in the annuals.- Skott of Fables
- With significantly less fanfare than ‘official’ events Fear Itself and Flashpoint, Spider-Island spent this summer just getting on doing everything right. Dan Slott orchestrated a story that combined character development with all-out spider-slaying action and genuine status-quo upheaval. Hands down, the best Peter Parker story in years, and proof positive that Slott bleeds Spidey and needs to stay on the title for as long as he wants.- Colin Bell
- Spider-Island, not a lot of competition for cross over events, but this one did pull it off nicely, plus come on, it’s Spider-Man. – James Halstead
- Spider-Island. Though I’m not sure if it would be considered a “crossover”, as it really only affected Spider-titles. However, quite a few mini-series sprang up to help support it, which is why I would consider it a crossover. (The only true crossover I’m familiar with this year is “Fear Itself” and while I enjoyed it, I’m not sure I like it enough to say ‘best’.)- Michael Wirth
- Spider-Island. A critical and popular success, as well as a testament to Dan Slott’s instinctive ability to give readers both what they want and need. -Emmet O’Cuana
- What do we even have to choose from? Fear Itself and Flashpoint were nothing special, and if you want to stretch the definition of “crossover” you could extend it to include things like Spider-Island or even Schism. While they may not be out and out bad, there’s really nothing superlative about any of them. Despite its flaws, I think I’ll have to give the nod to Spider-Island.- Nick C
- X-men Schism/Regenesis, which saw some very interesting changes in the X-men dynamic and it excites me to see where this leads.- Rob The Wrecker
- Flashpoint, because it set the stage for the reboot. The irony is if everything had gone back to normal, I think Flashpoint would have been a complete failure. – Jason Padua
- Flashpoint. Honestly, I haven’t read any of this year’s crossover events. I think the last one I read was Secret Invasion. But hey, I’m a big DC fan, and everything I’ve heard about Flashpoint has sounded better than anything I’ve heard about the Marvel events this year, so there’s that.- Robert LeMoyne
Congratulations to Spider Island‘s various creative teams and Marvel Comics for being Comic Booked’s Best Crossover Event of 2011! A special congratulations also goes out to all of the other nominees for being some of the best titles available this year!