The art, crazy settings, variety, and unpredictable outcomes are just some of the reasons comic fans flock to their local shops, bookstores, or (now) digital apps and online retailers but it’s the actual characters who drive all of it. 2011 was about as big of a year as the comic book industry can have; relaunches, events, epic battles, deaths, resurrections and more, and the force behind all of them…our favorite characters.
Our favorite hero(s) category includes any individual hero, character, or team during 2011.
Steve Rogers | Geoff Arbuckle
Commander Rogers went through a bunch of stuff in 2011. He was straddling a line between his former heroic persona and having all that power and intel that Nick Fury had to keep under his eye patch. He truly wanted to help usher the Marvel Universe into a new, and better, world, but as his oldest friend died at the hands of his greatest enemy’s daughter, it was time to strap that Captain America suit on again. He didn’t just put the red, white, and blue back on, but he picked up a couple machine guns to fight down a whole team of evil gods. Can that be anymore bad ass? Let’s not forget, Cap also got his very own movie in 2011. My new all time favorite comic book movie. Yup… Not a bad year for Cap. Not at all.
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Dick Grayson | John Barringer
Dick Grayson donning the cape and cowl isn’t exactly a new idea but prior to DC’s relaunch it wasn’t a temporary replacement; Dick Grayson was Batman. And while Bruce spent most the year recruiting for Batman Incorporated around the world Dick Grayson was Gotham’s Dark Knight, and he fit the role as perfectly as you’d expect. From the stud detective in Detective Comics to mentor in Batman and Robin Dick channeled the role he (like or not) was groomed to play for more than 70 years. He wasn’t cleaning up Bruce’s leftovers or just filling in, Dick had his own adventures, enemies, and sidekick during his time under the cowl and despite my initial hesitance towards two Batman and no NIghtwing it didn’t take long for me to warm up to Dick Grayson-Batman. And even with the relaunch, which conveniently fixed the “two Batman problem” he’s been excellent again as Nightwing in his own book. Dick Grayson will never be able to fully escape a possible destiny as the Caped Crusader but anytime it comes up from this point on we will always know he’s up for the gig, and then some.
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X-Force | Dan Cole
This is quite an achievement as before this title I had little love for Wolverine and couldn’t stand Deadpool (probably due to the over saturation of both). But as the team continued through the year it is hard to find such a compelling group of characters in any other title. Fantomex shines as he usually steals the show with his eccentric demeanour. Psylocke has become the emotional back bone of the book as her relationship with Warren Worthington III became more complicated. Deadpool has been tamed and give an emotional spectrum which was missing before. Deathlok makes for an interesting, if surprising, addition to the team and Wolverine does seem like a solid leader (even though the book has been amazing with him unconscious for several issues). But it is Mr Worthington III who is the cream of the crop as the readers have watched him transform into the most compelling villain of the X-Universe.
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Punisher Max | Victor Kutsenok
All I can say about this character is WOW. Jason Aaron took this classic character and re-imagined him for the 21st century. Not only did he make him more bad ass than ever before, he also humanized him. He gave him an age. He made him vulnerable. But he didn’t make him weak. This Punisher lays all of his cards on the table, shows no mercy, and is ready to bleed and die to achieve his goals. I have never read a better interpritation of this character before. Every issue was a masterpiece and I will definitely remember this Punisher after the series is over and wish that there was more to come.
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The Legion of Super Heroes | Wayland Smith
Usually not my first choice, but so many of my usual favorites took such a nosedive this year, while the Legion at least stayed good. I didn’t really get into the Legion Lost spin off, but I’m enjoying the tales of the main team, as well as the Secret Origin mini, and even the rather odd crossover they have going with a certain Captain Kirk and company.
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Let us know what your favorites were!