Monday, December 20, 2010

NADS AWARDS 20-10: Best Moment In Cool

2010 was a killer year for comics and not just for fans of the Deadpool variety. Rocket Racoon to Wonder Woman, every month had us soaking in great moments. Of all of those that made my jaw hit the floor, here are my nominees for the year's Best Moment In Cool;

  • Joker manipulates and captures Robin (Batman and Robin #14)
  • Galactus enters the battle against the Cancerverse (The Thanos Imperative #2)
  • The deceased DC twelve live again (Blackest Night #8)
  • Lex Luthor meets Death (Action Comics #894)
    WINNER: Multi-mega industry sales-hogging spectacular Blackest Night needed to end on a bang and boy did it ever. From covering the comics medium in zombies to heralding a return to brighter heroes, DC almost turned the direction of the industry around single-handedly, with one massive Ivan Reis pencilled fold-out dream shot. (Click to enlarge).

    Reverse Flash, Maxwell Lord, Hawk, Jade, Captain Boomerang, Firestorm, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Deadman and Osiris had finally (if not temporarily) returned.

    What was even better was there was no warning this was coming. Rumours and speculation, sure, but nothing was leaked by DC or writer Geoff Johns, which left the big revel to hit fans with all the impact of a nail gun - doing exactly that.

    What was your favourite moment from 20-10?
    TOMORROW: The NAD Award for best new character of the year.


    1. that fold out is pretty sweet. blimey, i'm so outta the loop here! i know already about characters like Maxwell Lord, Hawkgirl, Jade, Boomerang and so on having been dead. but Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter!? am i reading something wrong here mate!?

    2. by the way Dan, nads is slang in American English for what you guys call bullocks. grammatically we use it differently but subject matter is the same dead cert. almost makes me want to say to someone " i got your NADS Award right here mate!"

    3. Nah we use Nads like that too, but it also happens to be 'Dan' backwards so see my life isn't always easy!

      To rub salt in the wound 'Nads' is also a hair removal creme here too ironically enough.

      But hey the attitude of Nads makes it suit - I mean find me an award winner who didn't do a ballsy job to succeed? It's part of that winning drive!

      As for the death of Aquaman and DC's best M&M - yip sad to say both had been sleeping with the fishies for a bit before Blackest Night.

      Aquaman skidded off the radar as the tentacle faced dude in Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis, and Martian Manhunter was taken out waaayyyy to easily in the lead in to Grant Morrison's Final Crisis.

      In both cases it's great to have them back. Neither should've left.

      Thanks for the awesome comments.

      PS Bullocks is no longer used here either. It's pretty 80's :D

    4. I still use Bullocks. I'm not sure it was ever used here. huh. Anyhoo. My biggest geek out was Maxwell Lord, and what they're doing now in Brightest Day with the Justice League Europe. There has been much squealing and stomping of feet. I mean sure...Hawkman, Hawkgirl. Yay. But Maxwell Lord? Sick Dude. Waaaay too powerful. And they brought him back. Heeheeheeheeheeheee.

    5. I agree Random - that Maxwell sure is a great villain, and hopefully when Martian Manhunter is back up and running in his own book they can have one of those crazy cool comic Psi War kind of battles.

      Those always go down well.

      Thanks for the comments!

    6. i don't know where to begin. i'm so overwhelmed with all this. the deaths of so many mainstream superheroes and the reverse meaning of Dan's name it's so much to process really. you two got that right about Maxwell Lord. when he was the Black king of Checkmate he was such an asshole! he could almost give mel gibson a run for his money. it was so satisfying to see Wnder Woman break his frigging pencil neck! by the way they used to run those infomercials for that nads cream here too.

    7. And it's an infomercial that is strangely hypnotic to watch...

    8. Infomercials! See evil is global :D

    9. Hmmm....maybe we should form a league to combat the evil of infomercials?

    10. Deal but Im not the archer of the group. Been an archer on a superteam is like been a cheerleader in a horror movie! No good.

    11. Haha! Okay, you don't have to be the archer. We wouldn't want to give you a crippling handicap right off the bat. I call dibs on the fishnets though.