Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Original Post: Sterling Gates, Jamal Igle, and Keith Champagne have made this the best book of the last quarter and I expect this trend to continue in 2009.
What Happened: Although the level of quality for Supergirl wasn’t quite as in 2009 as it was in the last quarter of 2008, the series did earn one Book of the Week honor in March for issue #39. The biggest problem with the series was that it became bogged down as the Superman Family titles crossed over both officially and unofficially for much of the year. The creative team did their best to maintain quality, but unfortunately the series lost its luster as a standalone series.
Accuracy: I will stand by the idea that Supergirl was a book to watch this year, but, unfortunately, it’s not for the reasons I predicted. Instead, the title was worth watching to see how the trend of overblown crossovers and mega-events can adversely affect the quality of a title. Supergirl was once of the strongest books in DC’s catalogue, but was reduced to a merely serviceable read through the relentless crossovers it was involved in.
Original Post: With Norman Osborn now King of the Marvel Universe, expect big things from Andy Diggle on this title, especially after the amazing last two issues of 2008.
What Happened: Honestly, I’m not so sure. As the average price of comics inched towards the $3.99 threshold this year, Thunderbolts was one of the first titles that was cut from my pull list. The problem wasn’t the quality of the book, but that I wasn’t invested enough in the characters to continue on.
Accuracy: From the sounds of it, Thunderbolts continued to keep its core fans happy as the stories showed the darker side of the Marvel Universe under Norman Osborn’s reign. However, like many readers, I wasn’t prepared to risk my cash on a title that I simply wasn’t invested in as prices began to climb.
Original Post: Mark down February 4, 2009 right now – that’s when 2009’s first Best in Comics contender is going to drop.
What Happened: The newest volume of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s brilliant Scott Pilgrim series did, in fact, drop in February and was quite good. The story focused on the troubled relationship of Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers as Scott was attacked by two more of Ramona’s exes—twins who control a vast array of deadly robots. Also, it was awesome.
Accuracy: Scott Pilgrim Vol. 5 had everything that I was looking for. The title’s trademark humor and charm was more than present, though I was surprised by how dark the book was. I wouldn’t say that it was my favorite in the series, though it did feature the best use of Kim Pine so far.
Original Post: Even without the squid, I’m ridiculously jazzed for this film—provided that Zach Snyder stays as faithful to the original work as he did with 300.
What Happened: Although legal action threatened its release, Watchmen did finally make it to theatres and Zach Snyder’s intensely accurate adaptation had a lot of fanboys cheering. Unfortunately, the mature tone and complex story was off-putting to non-comics fans and the film fizzled out quickly at the box office.
Accuracy: Personally, I loved Watchmen and applaud Zach Snyder for his reverence for the original source material. Liberties were taken, but Snyder did an amazing job with a comic that was once thought to be unfilmable. The amazing performances by Jackie Earl Haley as Rorschach and Jeffery Dean Morgan as the Comedian brought the original story to life despite Matthew Goode’s attempts at derailing it with his wooden portrayal of Ozymandias.
Original Post: Elephantmen: War Toys started 2008 off in a big way, but then the franchise fizzled due to schedule delays the rest of the year. I’ve confirmed that the series should be back on track in 2009 and ready to dominate once again.
What Happened: After sporadic releases in 2008, there were 9 issues of the series released thus far in 2009 including the War Toys: Yvette one-shot.
Accuracy: Not only did Elephantmen get back on schedule, it also blew away the competition to be one of the top comics of the year. Of the 9 issues released, 4 issues took home Book of the Week honors on the Comic Book Review Power Rankings and the remainder all placed very highly. Plus, several of those issues helped bring the amazing artist Marian Churchland into the public eye.
WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO
Original Post: I’m always pumped about my biggest convention of the year, but with Jim Lee and George Perez already announced as guests, I’m completely beside myself.
What Happened: Despite being announced early on as a guest, Jim Lee was not in attendance…and neither was I. The lack of comic guests and the high price for autographs from Z-list celebrities kept me away from WWC this year.
Accuracy: After the announcement of April 2010’s C2E2 convention and the fact that Marvel and DC pulled out of the show, it really seemed that Wizard World Chicago would be the death knell of the Wizard Conventions. Instead it ignited the Convention Wars between Wizard and Reed Entertainment, with fans caught in the middle. So, Wizard World Chicago ended up being one of the most important conventions of the year, but not for the reasons you’d expect.
Original Post: With Marvel’s Secret Warriors already on tap, the always high-concept Hickman will make his major mainstream debut in 2009. I give it two years before he is a household name.
What Happened: Jonathan Hickman’s Secret Warriors went on to critical acclaim and lead to Hickman’s amazing run on Fantastic Four with Dale Eaglesham. Just recently it would be announced that Hickman would be exploring the earliest years of Marvel in a new SHIELD ongoing that would focus on the history of the organization.
Accuracy: If there was any prediction that I nailed last year, its this one. Hickman’s inventive approach to comics made him one of the most critically lauded writers of the year and netted him several high profile projects for Marvel. If he keeps up this momentum in 2010, he could easily become the biggest name in comics.
Original Post: Seriously, I do this every week and I love hearing from readers. Don’t miss out! You can find it each week at the Newsarama User Reviews forum!
What Happened: On May 28th, I jumped ship from the dying Newsarama message boards to join Kirk, Matt, and Eric here at Weekly Crisis with the revamped Comic Book Review Power Rankings each and every Thursday.
Accuracy: This wasn’t just a great year for the Rankings, it was the best year yet. I’m glad that my reviews found a home at Weekly Crisis and even more pleased with the awesome response that I’ve received from the readers—both those that followed me over from Newsarama and those who enjoyed my work for the first time here. I wouldn’t be doing this if it weren’t for y’all and I look forward to having an even better year in 2010!
For the most part, it looks like I was fairly accurate on my predictions for 2009--even if the reasons to watch certain books weren't what I was expecting. Looking back on 2009, what were your big expectations? How accurate were they? What do you think we should be watching next year?
Be sure to check back next week for my predictions on what to watch in the world of comics in 2010!