Currently reading and loving: Daredevil, Deadpool, Avengers Arena, The Sixth Gun (TPB)
Suggestions are welcome.
No surprise there....Batman kicks all asses
I voted for Swamp Thing though, Bats was winning and Swampy needed more votes
"Criminals are a cowardly, superstitious lot." - Dick Grayson
"That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard." - Damian Wayne
Of course you can always disagree with me but i felt that's why one of the reasons why it won and not only because it's one of the biggest sellers right now.
I believe what is trying to be said is that while a majority voted for Batman, the majority of those voters probably hadn't read any or most of the other nine choices. And if they had, they wouldn't have chosen Batman. Books with much smaller readerships, such as Rachel Rising and Journey into Mystery were far superior books, but because far fewer people read them, they received fewer votes.
Batman is the most read book on the list. That doesn't equate it being the best book on the list. Revenge of the Fallen took in $400m in 2009. Hurt Locker took in $17m. Which was the better film? That's what he meant by failure of democracy. Mob mentality doesnt equal taste.
Which is probably why the Eisners eschewed this category this year.
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-- ScottMC, inadvertently summing up the Internet.
Batman winning isn't at all surprising.
Awesome to see that Animal Man and Wonder Woman are in the top five though. This time last year if someone had said that Wonder Woman would be a top choice in a reader's poll I would have laughed in their face. And then gone and sobbed into my pint because I so very much wanted it to be. Hurray!
I voted Animal Man, but no book here could be 'wrong' for me, they're all great.
Animal Man is the best, though.
Black Beetle, Chew, Pretty Deadly, Private Eye, Saga, Satellite Sam, Suiciders, Umbral, Velvet
That isn't to say I can't see an argument being made for each of the others based on preference or personal taste, mind, but none of them are breaking ground in any new way, none of them are demonstrating perfect craft every issue.
The second choice, Waid's Daredevil, is 'revolutionary' for going 'back to basics', for being solid superhero fun with some excellent cartooning that breaks from the traditional grime and grit of Daredevil post Bendis (and recalls Nocenti's run more than anything). If someone were to tell me that it was a better book, I wouldn't disagree necessarily - for me personally they're both heavily over sold - but it wouldn't be definitive either.
My personal choice, Animal Man, is the closest to a pitch perfect run of all the books that I've read, filled with density, new concepts, and character, thoughtful, innovative by degrees...but even it isn't perfect.