Monday, April 11, 2011
The Eisner nominations are out for the 2011 awards and they are certainly interesting. Where 2010 seemed to have plenty of Big Two top talent this year is much more independent. Throughout this week, we’re going to discuss each of the main sections of the awards, offer some suggestions for those who missed out, and then open up the floor for you all to have your say. Right now we’re looking at Best Single Issue or One-Shot. Let's get into it.
Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
The Cape, by Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella, and Zack Howard (IDW)
Fables #100, by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, and others (Vertigo/DC)
Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil, by Mike Mignola and Richard Corben (Dark Horse)
Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom #1: “Sparrow,” by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
Unknown Soldier #21: “A Gun in Africa,” by Joshua Dysart and Rick Veitch (Vertigo/DC)
What They Got Right
The Cape one-shot from IDW. That issue was dominant. It was a great origin issue, but for a villain. Everything in this issue clicked for me and I’m excessively happy to see it here on the list. The issue was adapted from Joe Hill’s short story, of the same name, and it follows along close enough but really choosing just the right parts to put onto the panels.
This issue was so successful that it will soon get a Director’s Cut issue that will include behind the scenes information and Hill’s original prose tale. It will then also lead onto an ongoing and I’m massively keen for that title to slowly unfold.
What They Got Wrong
No Daytripper. Poor form. You could just about pick out any issue from this series but surely #3, 8, or 10 could have been in this list. Those issues are so haunting, so beautiful, and so perfect. I’d not only nominate them, I’d let them win. Daytripper wasn’t just the best comic of 2010 because of the whole but because each part really worked on its own.
These are just some thoughts on the Eisner nominations for this category. We’d love to hear what you think so please add any thoughts or comments down below.