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Comic Countdown #51: Comic Countdown Awards Results Edition

Posted on December 30, 2012 AT 06:07pm

Welcome to the final installment of the Comic Countdown for 2012! Over the last few weeks, the Countdown has been showing off some of the best and brightest names in comic for this year, allowing some of the incredibly talented folks working in the industry to get recognized for their hard work. Over this time, eight categories have been looked over, and two more honorary mentions will be made today to round things out to the usual format of ten. With that, here are the results of the 2012 Comic Countdown Awards!

Best Ongoing Series

The nominees for this year’s Best Ongoing Series Award were Image Comics’ Saga and Mind The Gap, Valiant’s Harbinger, Marvel’s Hawkeye and DC’s Batwoman. Of these five, all are completely deserving , but only one could take back the award this year.

And the winner is:

Mind The Gap, Image Comics

Jim McCann’s mystery/thriller has been breathtaking both visually and in the literary sense from issue one. With terrific writing of a complex story, coupled with incredible artwork, this series is a marvel in all sorts of ways. Congrats to McCann, Rodin Esquejo, Sonia Oback and everyone working on this incredible series.

Best Limited Series

While they don’t always last, some limited series can be more popular than their ongoing counterparts. With this years nominees, it’s hard to think that these series don’t have lasting power due to their complete and intriguing stories. The nominees for this year were Dark Horse’s Orchid, DC’s Before Watchmen, Image’s Happy!, Aspen’s Broken Pieces, and Marvel’s Avengers Vs. X-Men.

And the winner is:

Broken Pieces, Aspen Comics

The story of a biological apocalypse and the couple trying to save it, Broken Pieces spanned five issues, with each one being just as good, if not better, than before. With a complete and engrossing story, this series, while it had its delays, is one of the best new entries into the comic book world this year.

Best Writer

Writing, while read and not as much seen, is one of the biggest portions of why comic books are popular: the story. Without the story, comics are just a sequence of very pretty pictures, so this is a very distinct honor for those mentioned. The nominees, Mind The Gap‘s Jim McCann, All-New X-Men’s Brian Michael Bendis, Hawkeye‘s Matt Fraction,  Batwoman’s tandem of J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, and Batgirl’s Gail Simone. Congrats to all of these wonderful writers for their nomination, and a thanks is in order for their contributions.

And the winner is:

Brian Michael Bendis, All-New X-Men

Bendis has become a comics legend over the course of his career, and he’s continuing this trend with some of the more recent series of his career. Writing a major X-book after all the years of working on numerous other titles is a big task, especially when he’s writing for not only the current group, but the original five X-Men as well. Congrats to Bendis for winning the award for this year.

Best Art Team

The other half of the spectrum, the artwork, is a visual and engrossing medium that compliments the writing just as much as the writing does the artwork. With many art teams creating wonderful landscapes of action, adventure and mystery, creating a comic book is a visually stunning process. This year’s nominee’s are Batwoman’s J.H. Williams III, Amy Reeder and Trevor McCarthy, Mind The Gap’s Sonia Oback and Rodin Esquejo, Uncanny X-Force’s Dean White and Jerome Opeña, The Massive’s Kristian Donaldson and Dave Stewart and All-New X-Men’s Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger and Marte Gracia.  All of these talented artists deserve a round of applause for their talents.

And the winner is:

Rodin Esquejo/Sonia Oback, Mind The Gap

Very few comics look as beautiful as this one, and the work of these two talented artists is something that should not be denied. Congrats to the both of them for their wonderful job on this terrific series.

Best Protagonist

Being the character who drives the story is a pretty big responsibility, and these characters have done a masterful job of being the main focus of a series. Driving the story can be the beginning of a great new character or the end of a fledgling one, but these characters have all proven to be successful in carrying a story on their fictional shoulders. This year’s nominee’s are Orchid, from her series of same name, David Loren from Top Cow Production’s Think TankUltimate Comics Spider-Man‘s Miles Morales, Hope Summers for her role in Avengers Vs. X-Men, and Joule, from Aspen Comic’s Idolized.

The winner is:

David Loren, Think Tank

Part genius, part slacker, part anarchist, Loren is a brilliant mind whose grown tired of making weapons that kill people. The resulting issues show Loren escaping from the military base where he works/basically lives, and his personality, especially in the face of everything going on around him is as hilarious as it is impressive.

Best Antagonist

For every protagonist, there is is an opposite force. The antagonist is the character that directly opposes the main character of the story. These characters could be villains or those with ulterior motives, but they are nonetheless incredibly important for the progress of the plot. The nominees for this year are Cyclops for his actions in Avengers Vs. X-Men, Mind The Gap’s Hoodie, Ludas from Broken Pieces, Jackie Estacado for his role in Artifacts, and the Walkers of The Walking Dead.

The winner is:

Cyclops, Avengers Vs. X-Men

Once one of the good guys, his role has shifted slightly over the years, with his actions getting more and more extreme in the protection of his species. While his actions could be justified, some of the things he has done, especially during the AvX event, make him an opposing force to be reckoned with.

Best Event

Events and crossovers are an integral part to the evolution of a company, as it allows characters from multiple franchises to interact with one another for a major story. While not all of them work as well as the company may hope, they progress the entire universe of a company to major degrees, making them a pivotal force in the comics industry. The nominees are Marvel’s Avengers Vs. X-Men, Top Cow’s Rebirth, DC’s Night Of The Owls, Marvel’s Spider-Men, and the Dark Horse/IDW Crossover Final Night, with the 30 Days Of Night and Criminal Macabre franchises clashing.

The winner is:

Top Cow’s Rebirth

Rebooting an entire franchise is a big deal, especially in only just over a dozen issues. While the franchise didn’t change in a startling degree, it changed enough and with such an impact that everything is different for the Artifacts series, and the characters that have starring roles outside of it.

Company Of The Year

Every company that sticks around every year is a success, but some seem to make more out of their year than others. Whether it’s from a major hire, a great new title, or a combination of many factors, there are definitely some companies that have had a better year than others. The nominees are Image Comics, Marvel Comics, Aspen Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Valiant Comics.

The winner is:

Image Comics

Numerous sell-outs, some great new creator-owned franchises and some terrific characters have made Image the company to emulate after their performance this past year. While many other companies have done a great job, Image has stood out from the others, gaining them this distinction. Congrats to Image for a wonderful year!

Honorary Mention

Image’s The Walking Dead should get some major praise for their efforts this year, especially with the record-breaking sales of The Walking Dead #100. The series is a multimedia empire, with award winning television shows and video games based off the hit franchise. Congrats to Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and the rest of the team working on the series for their amazing work.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Marc Silvestri has been a major force in comics for over two decades. From his work with some of the major forces in comics to being a part of the group that went on to found Image Comics, Silvestri has built Top Cow from the ground up, as well as this year launching a very successful fan-funded campaign to get his old series Cyberforce back on the shelves. For all his hard work from past to present, Silvestri has earned every accolade he has gotten thus far.

That’s it for 2012! See everyone next year!




Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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