Weekly Awards for Comic Books From January 23, 2008

Let’s not waste any time and go ahead and hand out The Revolution’s weekly awards.
The nominees for the Che for the best read of the week:

Iron Man: Director of SHIELD #25
Legion of Super Heroes #38

The Winner: Iron Man: Director of SHIELD #25

Shooter has made The Revolution fall in love with the Legion all over again. I am having an absolute blast reading the Legion of Super Heroes and on any other week, Legion of Super Heroes #38 would probably have won the Che award. However, the fact is that the Knaufs are simply on another level all together over on Iron Man. There are very few titles currently on the market that can rival the depth, complexity and maturity that the Knaufs deliver on Iron Man every month. The quality of writing on Iron Man is quite simply some of the best that you will find from either Marvel or DC.

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

Teen Titans #55
Ultimates 3 #2

The Winner: Ultimates 3 #2

Hey, look at that! Countdown to Final Crisis wasn’t even nominated for the Sequential Methadone Award this week. I’m sure that Dan Didio will be crushed. Oh well, better luck next week.

I was summarily unimpressed with Teen Titans #55. It came across as a painfully shallow and dull read. And that is unusual since up until this issue I have been rather impressed with McKeever’s work on the Teen Titans. However, Teen Titans #55 gave us a bunch of Titans who came across as annoying as possible. Being a Legion fan, I understand the use of tension between characters to spark some drama. However, what McKeever pulls off on this issue simply makes all the Titans come across as irritating and bratty. And none of the plotlines particularly interest me at all.

Still, the Sequential Methadone Award had to go to Ultimates 3 #2. I’m not going to bash away on Loeb. I do think that he is a talented writer. I just think this is a situation where Loeb is simply the wrong type of writer for the Ultimates. Millar set the tone and image for the Ultimates with his enjoyable run. The fact is that the Ultimates are viewed as a mature and political title. Loeb is giving us a traditional super hero team title that is more like what we got from Image Comics during the 1990’s. It is a bad mix and Marvel would do well to place a writer more suited for the Ultimates’ style than Loeb.

So congrats to Iron Man: Director of SHIELD #25 for winning the Che for the week and congrats to Ultimates 3 #2 for winning the Sequential Methadone Award of the week.