Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Verbal Mosh 2011 Book of the Year

There's been a lot of arguing back and forth between myself and Tash about which book deserves the title of "Book of the Year".

Of which I think is great. It's wonderful there's been so many great books throughout the year, that not only provide wonderful stories, but fantastic storytelling that is consecutively good and on time.

Before I get to our top pick, I want to mention a couple of deserving titles that almost made the cut. First, Daredevil. It's been wonderful to see the character develop. It's more fun than serious which is a nice nod back to old school comics where everyone doesn't have some sort of addiction, depression, or insert traumatic problem here.

Next, I want to mention Captain America and Bucky. Sometimes the side characters steal the show. The book was all about Bucky, which is not a bad thing. Here's another book that showcased the good guys beating the bad guys up. Straightforward. Getting the job the done. Bucky has got a lot of spunk and I like that.

Okay. I don't want to get too carried away with this. I'll lastly mention American Vampire. I love how the creative teams have taken the character of the vampire and put a new spin on it. These aren't your glittering pretty boys. They're monsters. They're vicious. There's a bit of romance, action, fantasy, western happening that makes this book so compelling to read because I'm never sure what's going to happen next.

And so...

The Verbal Mosh's pick of 2011 Book of the Year is....



.....

TINY TITANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



The same creative team has been working on this book from day one: Art Baltazar and Franco. These days, that's very rare to see that happen. The work is consistent and funny. It pokes fun at the changes that go on in the DC universe. Who doesn't love the "Just Us League Cows"? That's just gold. The stories are simple to appeal to young readers but because they comment on events and the like going on in other DC books, that makes them a pleasure to read for adults, too.

Tash and I both love the way Robin talks like he's constantly yelling. At New York Comic Con this year, I made sure to grab a Tiny Titans Robin temporary tattoo from the DC booth.

It's really nice to have a laugh with the cast of characters. It's fun, it's easy and relaxing. Tiny Titans is the first book I always read when our books come in for the show. I'm going to be really sad to see the book end with issue 50, but I'm sure it'll go out with a bang.



Aw Yeah, Tiny Titans!
-O.Pelaez

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