As 2010 comes to a close we take a look back at some of our favorites from the year; there will be many more categories to come, each author getting one pick. And after reading our favorites from the last year we want to hear yours!
Favorite Surprise of 2010
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Geoff Arbuckle
Disney XD’s animated series of the Avengers shocked me with how faithful the series remained to the source material. It seemed almost too easy to try to slap the most popular characters together to get the ball rolling, but instead, the writers and producers of this fantastic animated series decided to keep it real by having the team start with it’s actual original five Avengers – Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man, and the Wasp. For months, I worried that it would be another disaster like the Avengers cartoon of the late 90s. The moment the micro-series began, I realized this was going to be something special. Then the series proper premiered and everything I could have ever hoped for came true with glorious writing and awesome action.
DC Comics Going Back To $2.99 John Barringer
Lowering the price of your best selling product isn’t just something that doesn’t happen in comics, it barley happens anywhere. Whens the last time industry leaders such as Apple, Ford or Coca-Cola dropped the price of their new bestselling products by 25%? It doesn’t happen. So to hear that DC was dropping the price of all their $3.99 comics back to $2.99 was not only a shocker in the comic community but a break away from traditional business practices. Course, their is an underlying and unpleasant motivation for the move — comics aren’t selling — but you have to respect the move nonetheless, which whether or not motivated solely by the consumer, “gives back” a little. My checking account owes DC a cold one.
Jonah Hex movie Tom Parry
It’s sad enough that the 10 minute animated feature was better than this full length film, but its really pathetic that it managed to be worse than 2004′s epic fail that was Catwoman. While I don’t think anyone was expecting a masterpiece (especially with someone like Megan Fox in the flick), it was still truly surprising to me how bad this film was, and it saddens me that its failure could mean that other minor DC characters may not get their shot at the big screen.
Justice League: Cry For Justice Wayland
What was at one point being billed as a spinoff JLA book became the miniseries of mass destruction. Massively out of character moments, pointless deaths, implausible fight scenes, the incredible destruction wrought on Star City, the maiming of Roy Harper, the death of Lian Harper, and Ollie turning murderer; I found all of that surprising. Not pleasing, but surprising. James Robinson has gone from one of the more talented comic writers around to the touch of death for so many characters and teams. He did succeed in getting people talking about his work.
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