Posted on December 9, 2012 AT 03:48pm
Welcome to Part 2 of the 2012 Comic Countdown Awards, where the normal list of ten is split in two to gives some well-deserved recognition to some of the best works in the comics medium of the year. Last week the best ongoing and limited series of the year were looked at, and this week the people who make these titles so special will be listed: the writers and the artists. Some of the best books of the year are done by these very talented people, and many more of them will unfortunately be left off the list, though their contribution is no less important. With that, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best for 2012!
The written word is something that isn’t always appreciated as much as it should be in comics, but these very talented writers have done everything they could to make sure that there is a great story behind all the pretty pictures. Writing for comics is a difficult but important job, and these wonderful writers should be applauded for what they contribute.
The mastermind behind the Comic Countdown pick for Ongoing Series of the year (Image Comics’ Mind The Gap), McCann has taken the genre of a mystery to the next level, creating an intricate web of thrills and suspense centered around Elle Petersson, a young coma victim. With a flair for the dramatic and the ability to keep a complex story from getting too out of hand, McCann is a force in the comics industry.
Brian Michael Bendis
Bendis should be on this list every year. His work is always impeccable, from his contributions in Avengers Vs. X-Men, to the launch of his new series, All-New X-Men and everything else that he has worked on this calendar year, Bendis does a terrific job of writing an engrossing story, and earns the Comic Countdown Pick for 2012′s Writer Of The Year.
Fraction came out of nowhere a few years ago and almost instantly asserted himself into prominence as one of Marvel’s young guns, making a name for himself on several large Marvel series. His work this year on Hawkeye, as well as the Marvel NOW! Fantastic Four, has been quite a sight to see, and to read. Fraction looks like he will be a major name in comics for many years to come.
J. H. Williams III/W. Haden Blackman
Writing Batwoman as a hero of her own will and accord is something that hadn’t really been done until Williams stepped up to the plate, delivering a hard hitting story full of intrigue, suspense and the supernatural. Pushing the envelope of comics by having her fight crime not only as an independent member of the Bat family, but also as a former solider and open lesbian has made her, and Williams, one of the biggest commodities in DC Comics. The book is well-written and gorgeous, with arcs that span wide and are stacked to the brim full of mystery and excitement. Williams has done a wonderful job with this title, creating a action-packed and realistic view of a heroine who didn’t get too much credit prior to this title.
Simone is one of the few popular female creators in comics, and while there are plenty of other talented women in the industry, Simone’s work on books such as Batgirl are second-to-none. She’s witty, funny, and writes incredible stories, and anything she’s done is always something to take a look at. Simone is one of the most outspoken writers in the industry, and her work backs up anything she decides to say by being incredible at every turn.
Best Art Team
A comic book is just a novel without pictures, and these artists prove that everything looks cooler with some well-done pictures to go along with it. These talented artists made great stories into great comics, adding a dimension that no other medium that is printed can claim. These hard-working creators deserve all the respect imaginable for putting in the effort to make comics look as great as they do.
J.H. Williams III/Amy Reeder/Trevor McCarthy
J. H. Williams III provided the story, and also knocked the art out of the park for the newest run of Batwoman. This is one of the most gorgeous books to be produced this year, with ample use of adventurous panel layouts and deep, detailed artwork. Reeder, who did much of the color work for several of the issues of the series, accentuated the grim Gotham landscape with deep reds and other complimentary colors. It’s not often that a book looks this good, but Williams and Reeder (as well as replacement colorist Trevor McCarthy) made it almost look easy with how terrific the book looks.
Rodin Esquejo/Sonia Oback
Another nomination for the team working on Mind The Gap, as the book is incredible in every facet of the title. Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback have done a wonderful job of making an incredibly realistic title with detailed artwork and vibrant colors. Just about every inch of this book looks amazing, especially the human forms that Esquejo creates so flawlessly. The color work by Oback is bright, vibrant and beautiful, and this book is something that every fan should be on the lookout for if they aren’t already reading it. It’s for these reasons that this art team gets the nod for the 2012 Comic Countdown Awards Best Art Team.
Jerome Opeña/Dean White
Uncanny X-Force was a hard hitting tale of the X-team that did whatever it needed to do. Artists Opeña and White did an excellent job of conveying that through explosive action and accurate coloring throughout their runs on the series. Some of the best work on the book was done with them on the team, and they deserve some major accolades for taking such a complex book and making it look beautiful.
Kristian Donaldson/Dave Stewart
For their work on Brian Wood’s The Massive, Donaldson and Stewart have earned their place as one of the best art teams in the industry. While the style isn’t the flashiest, they’ve taken an exciting and captivating book and made it unique through their use of muted colors and shadowed artwork. It may not be as detailed or complex as other titles listed in this category, but their work in undeniable, helping create a desolate world and making it a reality.
Stuart Immonen/Wade Von Grawbadger/Marte Gracia
This team has only been on a few issues, but All-New X-Men is one of the best looking books on the market. It’s detail, vibrantly colored, and all around looks impeccable, with Immonen, Von Grawbadger and Gracia making a book that could have been an absolute disaster and making it look incredible. Their work inside the series was especially breathtaking during the scenes that featured the original five X-Men, taking the old team and giving them an aesthetic update while still keeping their vintage looks.
That’s it for this week, make sure to vote for your pick (write-ins accepted) in the comments section or on Facebook. Next week will feature two new categories, so be sure to check us out again!
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