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Nominees announced for 2010 Hugo Awards

Captain Britain and MI13, Vol. 3

Captain Britain and MI13, Vol. 3

Finalists were announced today for the 2010 Hugo Awards, which recognize the best in science fiction and fantasy.

Presented annually since 1955 by the World Science Fiction Society, the Hugo is among science fiction’s most prestigious awards. This year’s winners will be announced in September in Melbourne at AussieCon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention.

Nominees for Best Graphic Story are:

Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? — Written by Neil Gaiman, penciled by Andy Kubert and inked by Scott Williams (DC Comics)
Captain Britain and MI13, Vol. 3: Vampire State — Written by Paul Cornell, penciled by Leonard Kirk with Mike Collins, Adrian Alphona and Ardian Syaf (Marvel)
Fables, Vol. 12: The Dark Ages — Written by Bill Willingham, penciled by Mark Buckingham, Peter Gross, Andrew Pepoy, Michael Allred and David Hahn, colored by Lee Loughridge and Laura Allred, and lettered by Todd Klein (Vertigo)
Girl Genius, Vol. 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm — Written by Kaja and Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
Schlock Mercenary: The Longshoreman of the Apocalypse — Written and illustrated by Howard Tayler

This is only the second year for the Best Graphic Story category. Girl Genius, Vol. 8, won last year’s award.

The full list of nominees can be found at the Hugo Awards website.



Only two of those I read were Captain Britain and Fables. It’s hard to tell which I think deserves it more.

My vote has to go for Captain Britain. Missed out narrowly on nomination last year (Through a confusion over the naming of story arcs) and was cancelled far too early by Marvel this year. Vampire State was a brilliant arc – the finest of the run. It really showed the team’s mission statement, and it was refreshing to see Dracula played as a shrewd military tactician rather than a panto villain.

Top marks.

When I say ‘This Year’ I do of course mean 2009. Still can’t get my head around 2010 yet. :)

Holy crap. Way to go, MI13.

All very solid stories, but I’m not sure if any of them qualifies as “best of the year” material. Then again, they might-09 was kind of weak for comics on the whole, I thought.

Paul Cornell richly deserves his nomination after being cruelly denied one last year on technical grounds. The rest of the slate is rather ‘meh’, and the way Fables is listed is problematic (the award is for the ‘best story’ but they have it down as the entire TPB, which contains more than one story).

It’s hard to be too critical having witnessed Paul Cornell do the happy dance of being nominated at Eastercon, though.

Paul Cornell & Leonard Kirk deserve this for achieving what i always thought impossible in this modern age of comic storytelling; making Dracula a credible and dangerous threat again to the entire Marvel U for the first time since Marv Wolfman’s legendary run on the character.

Still so miffed to MI:13 cancelled so early; glad to see it’s finally getting its due.

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