All right, I have decided to add a new wrinkle to my weekly awards. I am going to start posting polls and letting the followers of The Revolution vote for which title should win the Che and which one should win the Sequential Methadone Award for the week. I’m curious to see how totally off-base I am with these awards. Let’s go ahead and dish out The Revolution’s weekly awards.
The nominees for the Che for the best read of the week:
Invincible Iron Man #2
Justice Society of America #16
The Winner: Kick-Ass #3
This was another week full of quality reads. Even though I had several problems with Invincible Iron Man #2, the fact remains that it is an entertaining comic book that should appeal to a wide range of fans. Throw on top of that Larroca’s beautiful artwork and you have an issue that is quality read.
Justice Society of America #16 was another strong effort by Johns. While not quite as exciting as the past couple of issues, Justice Society of America #16 was still a well crafted read. The Justice Society of America always seems to be in the running for the Che each and every month.
Avengers/Invaders #2 was a great read. I am really digging Krueger’s work on this title. And what is great is that I firmly believe that this story is going to get even better as we progress. The fact that this title has been such a solid read right from the start is an encouraging sign for the remainder of the story.
However, I had to give The Che for the best read of the week to Kick-Ass #3. This is such an insanely off-beat title that delivers a fresh and unique story. Kick-Ass is a creator-owned title that certainly deserves plenty of fan support. I hope that this title is able to garner a sizeable loyal readership.
And now the nominees for the Sequential Methadone Award for the worst read of the week:
Amazing Spider-Man #561
The Winner: Amazing Spider-Man #561
I have to say that there were not that many particularly poor reads this week. I had to give the Sequential Methadone Award to Amazing Spider-Man #561 out of default since it was the weakest read out of a pretty solid selection of comic books from last Wednesday. I continue to be unimpressed with this newly rebooted Amazing Spider-Man. I am not too sure how much longer my love and adoration for Spider-Man’s character is going to get me to stick with this title.
And now the nominees for the Most Surprising Read of the week:
Detective Comics #845
The Winner: Detective Comics #845
Nightwing #145 was a much better read that I expected. I have not been that impressed with this title for a while. However, Nightwing #145 was a tightly plotted and fast paced read that sported plenty of action and excitement. We definitely get to see Nightwing kicking tons of ass in this story.
However I had to give the award for Most Surprising Read of the week to Detective Comics #845. I was all ready to discount this issue as pure filler. However, Dini, the master of the one-shot, proved me wrong once again.
We get a great one-shot story as Dini continues to have fun with the newly reformed Riddler. I particularly enjoyed the scene with the internet chat room dedicated for “amateur” sleuths who follow high profile murders. The members of the group turn out to be Batman, Robin, Oracle, Riddler, Detective Chimp and a cop from the Gotham police all chatting under anonymous screen names. Only Batman and Detective Chimp know each other’s true identity in this chat room.
Dini also continues to do a nice job handling the reformed Riddler’s personality. I have to admit that I enjoy Riddler much more in this role as annoying celebrity detective as compared to him being just another corny old school Batman rogue.
So congrats to Kick-Ass #3 for winning the Che for the week, congrats to Amazing Spider-Man #561 for winning the Sequential Methadone Award for the week and congrats to Detective Comics #845 for winning the Most Surprising Read of the week.