Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Eisner Award Nominations for 2011 - Best New Series

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 New Series. Let's get into it.

Best New Series

American Vampire, by Scott Snyder, Stephen King, and Rafael Albuquerque (Vertigo/DC)
iZombie, by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred (Vertigo/DC)
Marineman, by Ian Churchill (Image)
Morning Glories, by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma (Shadowline/Image)
Superboy, by Jeff Lemire and Pier Gallo (DC)

What They Got Right

I love seeing a thick field in this category because it reminds me that new and great comics are always being created. It’s not just the same titles from the 40s and 60s to choose from, people are innovative and now you know just a few titles you should try out.

Of course, I’m happy about American Vampire’s inclusion here. And of course I think it should win. A historical vampire comic that equal parts erudition of words and brutally bestial violence with some of the best art of the entire year. This comic is sublime and is certainly above the competition.

I can see many wanting Morning Glories to take this one out. That could be good. But Marineman shocks me because there have only been a handful of issues.
What They Got Wrong

No love for Uncanny X-Force? I state this as a question because I’m not completely guaranteed within myself that it deserves to be among these titles but if Superboy can make it then surely the most fun violent anti-90s comic can also be celebrated for being something smarter than the average bear.


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.

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Jeremy said...

Uncanny X-Force was ROBBED! *shakes fist angrily*

Simon DelMonte's Escape Hatch said...

I dropped Superboy. It's not bad but it's also not the sort of book that screams "Read ME!" every month.

Anonymous said...

superboy is ok at best i dropped it

Simon McDonald said...

iZombie and Superboy are good, fun comics. They are not, thus far, great comics. Uncanny X-Force certainly deserved a spot.

Out of the Eisner nominated, my vote would go to Marineman. Great fun, every month.

Maxy Barnard said...

not gonna lie, I'm totally down with Marineman winning out over the others here too. I mean I love American Vampire and ADORE iZombie, but Marineman has been one of the most rewarding and dense series I've ever read. Admittedly the dense can be a bad point, but this is totally one of those titles that pays off hugely for having the patience to sit down and read it

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