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AIPT Comics Podcast Episode 53: Giant-sized – Comics year in review, best publisher, event, and awards

We recap 2019 and decide the best publisher, biggest surprise, best hero/villain, and more!

In our special year in review episode, we recap the best of the best in 2019. We also make our picks for the best publisher, series event, and more! Nathan Simmons joins Forrest Hollingsworth and David Brooke to talk over the best of the year and Nathan also serves as a tie-breaker as we determine what truly is the best of the year! Listen below:

This is an extra-long episode with categories predetermined and agreed upon. Here are the nominees…

Best comic to show a lapsed fan

  • House of X / Powers of X
  • Black Hammer
  • Hellblazer
  • Green Lantern
  • The Immortal Hulk
  • Middlewest

Biggest Disappointment

  • Fallen Angels
  • Batman: Damned
  • 2099
  • Spider-Man by Abrams
  • Return of Wolverine
  • Last Knight On Earth
  • Invisible Kingdom

Best Comics Trend

  • Team listed as Co-Creators
  • Sexploitation characters are now written by fabulous writers (Red Sonja, Deja Thoris)taken seriously
  • Major publishers embrace horror/genre
  • Grand Design
  • ALPHA / OMEGA issues
  • Kitschy properties are being given fun and clever books (Six Million Dollar Man, Barbarella)

Worst Comics Trend

  • Solicitations Too Far Out
  • Too Many Event Tie-Ins
  • Constant Re-Scheduling
  • Creator’s rights in jeopardy (Watchmen)
  • Political Avoidance
  • An overabundance of Elseworld Batman stories (Last Knight on Earth, Bat-dad in King’s run, Curse of the White Knight)

Biggest Surprise:

  • DC Restructures into age bracket model
  • Vertigo shuttered
  • Young Animal returns
  • DC Zoom and Ink a success!
  • X-line complete relaunch
  • Marvels are annotated and BACK
  • Conan under Marvel and in every  book

Biggest Surprise

  • X-Men Immortality
  • Hot claws NO MORE
  • Walking Dead ends abruptly
  • Black Hammer & Justice League
  • Doomsday Clock finally completed

Best Publisher

  • Marvel
  • DC
  • Image
  • Vault
  • Dark Horse

Best #1

  • John Constantine: Hellblazer
  • Silver Surfer: Black
  • Captain Marvel #1
  • ACTS OF EVIL: PUNISHER ANNUAL #1

Best Ongoing

  • Immortal Hulk
  • Justice League
  • Venom
  • The Dreaming
  • Thor
  • Black Hammer (+ various tie-ins)
  • Gideon Falls

Best Event

  • War of the Realms
  • HoX & PoX
  • Absolute Carnage
  • Leviathan
  • Year of the Villain

Best Reboot

  • The X-Men Line
  • Young Justice
  • Daredevil
  • Fantastic Four
  • Batman/Superman
  • Buffy
  • Hellblazer

Most Memorable Retcon (bad or good)

  • Moira X
  • Wolverine and the Infinity Stones
  • Xavier and Magneto working together
  • Doomsday Clock
  • Venom creates children on purpose

Best Romance

  • Gambit and Rogue
  • Krakoa Polyamory
  • Batman and Catwoman
  • Spider-Man and MJ
  • Harley and Poison Ivy
  • Betsy and Blob (X-Tremists)

Best Hero

  • Venom
  • Xavier
  • Miles Morales
  • Dora (The Dreaming)
  • Doctor Strange
  • Hum (Coda)
  • Martian Manhunter

Best in-comic Team

  • Excalibur
  • Marauders
  • The Marvelous X-Men
  • Young Justice
  • Doom Patrol

Best Villain

  • Mister Sinister
  • Knull
  • Morbius
  • Leviathan
  • Lex Luthor
  • Batman Who Laughs

Best Costume

  • Captain Britain (Betsy Braddock)
  • Batman Who Laughs
  • Captain Kitty Pryde
  • Green Lantern Sojourner “Jo” Mullein
  • Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy
  • Dark Captain Marvel

Best Series Debut

  • Little Bird
  • Silver Surfer: Black
  • Spider-Man: Life Story
  • The Batman’s Grave
  • Far Sector
  • Peter Cannon
  • Die
  • Sandman Presents: Hellblazer

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