You know, it’s funny: I’m so used to the daily posting schedule–wherein most of the comments on a given post happen within twelve hours of me putting it up and going to bed–that every time I do one of these, I end up panicking when I wake up the next morning and only see a couple of entries from the super-industrious among you.
But like always, as the week went on, the entries kept coming. And like always, they were fantastic, and I’m glad that so many of you took the time and effort to make a few jokes and celebrate four freakin’ years of the ISB.
So without further ado, here’s this year’s entrants!
Krod got in early with a one-panel summary of pretty much everyone’s reaction to Frank Miller’s The Spirit.
Ephraim gives us the creepiest opening line of the contest with Terror of Trigon. Seriously.
notintheface combines cowboys, spacemen and the inimitable Cary Bates to bring us The Origin of Terra-Man.
Brian Smith, whose great entries have set the standard for the rest of the contest three years running, chronicles a year in his life that was devoted to The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe!
googum lets us know that Wolverine loves the Awesome Blossom–and who wouldn’t? It’s awesome!–and cites Micronauts #37 as the source!
Erich‘s entry detailing the events of Death of the New Gods was the only one that included the angry corpse of Jack Kirby. I expect better from the rest of you next year.
Canton does it up Cary Bates style with a reasonably faithful recap of True Believers, with bonus LOLCats!
Chris Heimpel creates a child’s garden of delights–and a morbidly obese Scorpion–out of the trainwreck that was DC/Marvel: All Access. And to be honest, J’eann G’rey, the Phoenician Manhurter cracked me up.
Jason gives us a world where the Tenth Doctor is played by John Hodgman in 2008: The Year In Review.
Zak read Comet Man so you don’t have to. Not that you would’ve anyway. Just sayin’.
Doc gives us a very different look back at 2008 while displaying a grasp of anatomy that is scurrilous at best.
darksideofcomics and Peter Svensson, despite not being thrilled with the prizes, offer up their version of Batman: RIP.
Elliot Campos includes scary accurate portraits of me, Dave Campbell and Kevin Church, despite the fact that our scenes were sadly cut out of the final version of Y – The Last Man!
Jake gives us a version of The Dark Knight Returns that everyone can enjoy! Except Alfred, who died.
Brian Hughes included a picture of Nick Fury that made me… confused in his recap of New Avengers and Mighty Avengers.
DarKye tries to outdo me by relating the actual events of Secret Invasion in the manga style that the kids are so into these days.
Robert Mar gives us another Year In Review that ties it all together and features a surprise twist at the end!
Michael Noonan does one of my favorites: Marvel Two-In-One #99, guest-starring ROM: Spaceknight!
Adler goes the extra mile by condensing sixty issues of Transmetropolitan in one panel!
Philip Oldham does a bang-up job hitting the highlights of Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes!
Guayec was no doubt hobbling down to the pub and writing on his Treo during the creation of the condensed Black Summer!
An excellent crop and some great work this year, but before we get to the winner, I’d like to single out a few of my favorites:
Marc Haines gives us Identity Crisis, complete with lovingly detailed fishnet stockings that may or may not have contributed to my enjoyment!
Fan-favorite Das Übernerd, who first won hearts with last year’s History of the DC Universe, gives us the best adaptation of Watchmen to be released this year. Yeah, I said it.
PJ Perez focuses on Tony Stark’s truly magnificent head of hair while recapping the totally rad saga of Armor Wars II!
The drawings alone in Carrie D’s version of The Ultimates 1 and 2 just crack me up, and that’s before I even got to the footnote.
Michelle almost won for the guest stars in the courtroom scene alone in her version of Batman vs. Lord Death Man, from Bat-Manga!
And finally, former champ Tim Curtin brings his A-Game yet again in his version of Will Eisner’s The Spirit. Seriously, page two is a masterpiece… well, as far as crayon-based recaps are concerned anyway.
Each one was a fantastic entry that would’ve made a worthy winner, but as we all learned from a surly, pimp hat-wearing Sean Connery, There a few problems that cannot be solved by an art-directed swordfight in a loft set to the glorious sounds of Queen. And also, there can be only one, which this year is…
Steve and his hilarious recap of Kraven’s Last Hunt!
Congratulations, Steve! You’ve just won a prize package consisting of all kinds of crazy crap, including a signed copy of Teenagers from the Future, a GI Joe 25th Anniversary Cobra Commander, a drawing of the character of your choice by me (which, from the looks of things, will be far inferior to anything you could draw yourself), and whatever else I can round up before I make it to the post office!
Once again, I want to thank everybody who participated for making the Recap Contest a success for the third year in a row, and–perhaps most importantly–for generating content while I took the week off. Thanks for capping off Year Four with a bang folks… now get ready for Year Five!