Comic Booked presents our nominees and winner for Best New Series in our best of 2011 awards.
Each and every year, the comics industry pumps out a whole slew of new titles. So many, in fact, that we couldn’t possibly read (or even attempt to name) them all! What we can do though, is try to recognize the best of them with Comic Booked’s Best New Series of 2011 Award! In order to be nominated for this award, a series must not have been a title in print within the past two years (otherwise, it would just be a reboot). Here are the nominees!
All Star Western. Of all of the great new titles to come out of The New 52 from DC, the one I had the least expectations for was All Star Western. I had zero interest in picking up this title, but gave it a read anyway just because I was going to read all fifty-one of the other new titles, so what was one more right? What I read blew me away! One of the most interesting and original books to actually spawn from The New 52, All Star Western gives us the story of bounty hunter Jonah Hex and psychiatrist Amadeus Arkham (of the ‘Arkham Asylum’ Arkham family) in the Gotham City of the old, working together to track down a serial killer. Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray have been weaving a great story all throughout some truly great artwork by Moritat. Easily my favorite new title of 2011. – Jordamus Prime
- All Star Western. A surprise hit, gritty and engaging, DC, Palmiotti, Grey and Morait continue to tell the story of Jonah Hex in a way that connects him to current DCU, but also keeps him squarely in the old west, and the introduction of a second feature each month, spotlighting other characters from DC’s western history (El Diablo, Bat Lash, etc)- The Exile
- Ninjas Vs. Zombies. For a series that started as a simple adaptation of a low budget movies, it’s really come into it’s own. Even the adaptation took things from a different perspective by offering a look at the events in the movie from each characters personal perspective instead of just a generic adaptation.- Skott of Fables
- Green Lantern: New Guardians. Admittedly, with my pull list being what it is, this pretty much wins by default. That being said, it boils down to Tony Bedard writing Kyle Rayner, and as he demonstrated on the pre-Flashpoint volume of Green Lantern Corps, Bedard does that quite well.- Nick C
- 68. A series with zombies set in the Vietnam War. very interesting indeed. – James Halstead
- Demon Knights. I picked up this New 52 title on a whim, and I’m so glad I did. It’s the superhero version of sword and sorcery, it features some great characters like Madame Xanadu and Etrigan, and it shows us how much the medieval history of the DCnU is different than our own.- Robert LeMoyne
- Red Hood and the Outlaws. I love the dynamic of the book. They picked three characters that I’d never think of putting together and it totally works. From the banter between the guys and the hot alien that’s a nympho… sold.- Jeremy Boreske
- Magdalena. I rarely veer from super hero comics, but my fiancee picked this up and I really enjoyed it. What really caught me was the concept; it’s like if Joan of Arc was given ass-kicking powers and an invulnerability to fire. The storytelling was really good, but then again, Ron Marz has been in the industry for quite some time. I really enjoyed the art as well.- Michael Wirth
- Mystic by G. Willow Wilson and David López looked beautiful and reached out for a broader audience than most comics. This was a steampunk fantasy with two female protagonists that somehow managed to feel timely with its themes of social inequality and rising revolutionary tensions. -Emmet O’Cuana
Winner, Comic Booked’s Best New Series of 2011-
Congratulations to All Star Western‘s creative team and DC Comics for being Comic Booked’s Best New 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!