Weekly Awards For The Comic Books From September 17, 2008

All right, let’s go ahead and dish out The Revolution’s weekly awards.

The nominees for the Che for the best read of the week:

Action Comics #869
Age of Sentry #1
All Star Superman #12
Incredible Hercules #121
Guardians of the Galaxy #5

The Winner: All Star Superman #12

Last week delivered a fairly strong selection of comic books. It was certainly much better than the past several weeks. I enjoyed Action Comics #869. I gave this issue high marks in my review. Johns continues to do a great job tweaking Superman’s continuity.

Age of Sentry #1 was a fun read. I am a sucker for Silver Age styled stories and I liked that Marvel decided to give us two old school Silver Age stories in this issue. The stories were true to their roots and readers who dig 1960’s comic books will probably enjoy this issue. It was also nice to see Marvel trying to further flesh out the Sentry’s past and his place in the 616 Universe’s continuity.

Incredible Hercules #121 was an absolute blast to read. Van Lente and Pak have made this such an enjoyable read. This is simply a fun adventure title. I am so glad that followers like Islandliberal finally urged me enough to give this title a try.

I purchased issues #113 all the way to #121 and read them all in one sitting. I have never liked Hercules before, but after reading Incredible Hercules I find myself a huge fan of this character. At this point, I hope that Herc gets to keep this monthly title as his own for a long time. This title is definitely worth giving a try.

Guardians of the Galaxy #5 was another good read. DnA continue to work magic on this title and have quickly made Guardians of the Galaxy one of Marvel’s more exciting reads. If you like Sci-Fi adventure stories then you absolutely must give this title a try.

However, I had to give the Che for the best read of the week to All Star Superman #12. Thom posted a great review for this issue. All Star Superman #12 was a dramatic and fitting end to Morrison’s story. And I agree with Thom that Morrison has treated the readers to a spectacular Superman story with All Star Superman. I am not even that big of a Superman fan and I fell in love with this title.

And now the nominees for the Sequential Methadone Award for the worst read of the week:

Titans #5
Uncanny X-Men #502

The Winner: Uncanny X-Men #502

Oh lord, it is Winick versus Fraction in a death match for the Sequential Methadone Award for the week. I wish I could just give the award to both titles because there is no doubt that both issues were both pathetic reads. I don’t know where to start with these two titles.

Titans #5 was another massively disappointing read. The fact is that Winick just cannot properly write a super hero title. Titans #5 was crammed full of limp dialogue, overly wrought drama and that familiar mopey slacker feel that most Winick titles possess.

Compounding the problem is the utter lack of originality to Winick’s story. The reader gets the feeling that we have read this story before and in a much better fashion as well.

Still, I had to give the Sequential Methadone Award of the week to Uncanny X-Men #502. Both titles were poorly written, but the fact is that Uncanny X-Men is a much larger franchise than the Titans. So, the fact that we are getting such amateurish writing on one of Marvel’s premier titles is much more shocking than the fact that DC has placed such poor writing on Titans.

So congrats to All Star Superman #12 for winning The Che Award of the week and “congrats” to Uncanny X-Men #502 for winning the Sequential Methadone Award for the week.

3 Comments

  1. I’m glad you liked Herc; he’s had a good couple of years, between his star supporting turn in Civil War through this new series.

  2. yeah, pumped you gave herc a try, you should pick up the first arc in tpb, its really good. The SI tie in was really good too. Herc and Captain Britain were probably the two best SI tie-ins out there.
    -hobosk8er

  3. I’m not ashamed to say that I shed a single manly tear at the end of Superman. Frankly, if you don’t get a little chocked up reading it, then you are most likly a robot or at the very least you have soul.

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