The Best Comic Stories of 2011

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  1. Primal

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    The Unofficial TFW2005 7th Annual Best Comic Stories of... 2011!

    Rules:
    1. Voting will run from January 16th, 2012 to January 27th, 2012
    2. Please select your favourite story arcs, mini-series, mangas, graphic novels or single issues/one shots that were released in 2011 - Try to list your top 3 (more is ok too), if not, whatever you can come up with works as well
    3. When voting, remember that the story must have concluded during 2011 - The story might start off strong but then go downhill in the last issue
    4. Please include the title of the story arc
    5. If you change your mind (after rereading the stories or someone mentions one you've forgotten about), please repost your picks. If you post multiple times, I will only count the last one
    6. Once the voting period ends, the most popular stories will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place

    If you're having trouble remembering what stories came out in 2011, check out the Preview Archive and be sure to read the notes at the top about the links.

    Will it be another Green Lantern year? You decide!

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    2011 Results Winner - DC Comics: Green Lantern: War of the Green Lanterns
    2010 Results Winner - DC Comics: Green Lantern: Blackest Night
    2009 Results Winner - DC Comics: Green Lantern: Agent Orange
    2008 Results Winner - DC Comics: Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns (One Shot)
    2007 Results Winner - DC Comics: Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War
    2006 Results Winner - Marvel Comics: Marvel Zombies
    2005 Results Winner - DC Comics: Green Lantern: Rebirth
     
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  2. Scantron

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    Wow, a year sure goes by fast; feels like we just did this. I'm reading everything in trades now, so I'm pretty sure these stories all actually ended in 2011, but correct me if I'm wrong:

    (1) Fullmetal Alchemist - Last volume of the English translation of the manga came out at the end of December 2011. One of the best series I've read in a long time, with consistent quality throughout it's run. Went out with a bang, but kind of sad that it's all done.

    (2) The Walking Dead: No Way Out - Nice to see the zombies make their presence known again, after a few arcs where they were a background concern. And that ending...damn, didn't see that coming at all. And the artist sure knows how to make a splash page count.

    (3) Darkwing Duck: FOWL Disposition - I was never a fan of the FOWL episodes of the Darkwing Duck cartoon, but this made them entertaining and the banter between DW and Steelbeak is classic. Unfortunate that Boom lost the license, since this story shows they had some great, long-term plans for the character.

    Honourable Mentions:

    (4) Green Lantern: War of the Green Lanterns - Fun and epic, with some great moments, but not up to the standard of the previous winning GL arcs, IMO.

    (5) The Boys: The Big Ride - Things start to ramp up between The Boys and The Seven, but I'm mainly voting for this one because the ending was chilling..."It's not me, I'm somewhere else. Why'd you
    kill my dog
    Jack? ... Why'd you
    kill my dog
    , Jack?"
     
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  3. LegendAntihero

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    1) Transformers #22 and #23

    2) Batman DC New52

    3) Superman DC New 52

    4) Green Lantern DC New 52

    5) Dark of the Moon Foundation
     
  4. Star Saber

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    What the hell? Agent Orange and Rage of the Red Lanterns won their year? Must've been a shallow voting pool!

    My votes go to

    1. The Dark Angel Saga - Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender, Jerome Opena, Billy Tan and Mark Brooks

    2. Daredevil 1-6 - by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin

    3. Batman Inc - by Grant Morrison and various
     
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    My vote goes to:

    Ultimate Spider-man: Death of Spider-man.
     
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    Oh, yeah, I forgot about Batman Inc. That was a fantastic series.
     
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    1. The Dark Angel Saga - Uncanny X-Force

    2. The Apocalypse Solution - Uncanny X-Force

    3. Urban Jungle - Black Panther: The Man Without Fear

    I generally consider myself more of a DC fan, so I'm a little surprised three of my favourite stories of the year were all from Marvel.
     
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    Yes it was, too bad it got derailed by the DCU launch! Although in fairness, Scott Snyder's Batman has been excellent, and although I don't follow Detective, I hear even Tony Daniel has been doing good stuff.
     
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    Edit: After re-reading the rules, I've recalled everything I put down as it's all still ongoing.

    As there wasn't much I really went nuts over during the year, I guess I'll just skip it.
     
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    1. Secret Six: Caution to the Wind (Issues 35-36)

    2. Transformers: Chaos Theory (Issues 22-23)

    3. Transformers: The Death of Optimus Prime

    4. Green Lantern: War of the Green Lanterns
     
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    If I could only follow 2 Batman titles, it would be the Scott Synder comic and Brave and the Bold. The art was really simplistic, even more simpler than Jim Lee's art style. Greg Capulo can draw sharp lines like Lee, but it's more inspiring than Jim's work. It reminded me of The Batman, the last Batman series on KidsWB.
     
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    Last day to get your voting in!

    I'm having a hard time picking myself. I've dropped a lot of series and those I kept, I wasn't too impressed with their stories (Superman: Grounded, Action Comics: The Black Ring, etc) :( 
     
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    Grounded was really a silly premise for a Superman story, and I think it was only later that JMS realized that, seeing as how his stories just kept floating around and never went anywhere, until even he had to abandon it.
     
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    Looks like I'll extend this a few more days (until the 27th). Right now we have 3 titles for 1st place, and everything else for 2nd :p 
     
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    My best read of last year...which wont help the voting :p  is Flashpoint: Batman! While much of Flashpoint was hit or miss (yet still better than Fear Itself) the Batman arc had be saying "holy s&*t!" pretty much every issue.
     
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    Can you be specific on why you like Flashpoibt Batman? The comics weren't dense enough to my liking.
     
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    Damn you for stealing my thunder!:D 

    1st place: Flashpoint Batman: Knight of Vengeance
    Runner up: Age of X
     
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    You still haven't told me why you think Flashpoint Batman was the best Flashpoint.
     
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    Last day for voting (again)!
     
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    I am a sucker for Elseworlds and What If style stories, somthjing that gives me something different and while the story was short I enjoyed Flashpoint, but especially the Batman arc. It was one of the few mini series that I wished was longer instead of just feeling like a waste (I'm looking at YOU Fear Itself tie ins!). Flashpoint Batman gave me, and everyone I recomended it to....which was a LOT....some classic "Holy SHIT!" moments at the cliffhanger of each issue, the death of Comissioner Gordon, the Joker reveal as Martha Wayne, both parents being so traumatised by Bruce's death as a child that they became Batman and the Joker, and that ending between Thomas and Martha Wayne was extremely well written. I loved every minute of it and was left wanting more...but in a good way.
     

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