Man, these “year in review”-type features start earlier and earlier every year. Jeff Johncox of the Norman, Okla., Transcript gets a jump on the season with his look at the best comics of the year.
Okay, the best comics from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, IDW and Virgin. (When Buffy the Vampire Slayer wins in the Best Comic-Smaller Label category, you know the awards net isn’t cast very far. That’s not a slam at Buffy; it’s a chortle over Dark Horse being considered a “smaller label.”)
Anyway, categories include Best Adaptation — Marvel’s Anita Blake beats out Marvel’s Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born — Best Hero, Best Surprise, Worst Surprise, and so on. Johncox names IDW Publishing as Best Label.