Geektown Awards – Best New & Returning Comic Book Series
We are back with the second and finale part of this year’s Geektown Awards, and we kick things off with two of our favourite categories – The Best New and Best Returning Comicbook Series. Like most years, these categories are fiercely fought, with the top two shows in the “Returning” category separated by just 0.3% of the vote! The “New” category also gave us a first in Geektown Awards history. Here are the results.
Best New Comic Book Series
Nominees: Batwoman – E4, Doom Patrol – StarzPlay, Harley Quinn – E4, I Am Not Okay with This – Netflix, Locke & Key – Netflix, Stargirl – Amazon Prime, Stumptown – Alibi, The Walking Dead: World Beyond – Amazon Prime, Warrior Nun – Netflix
Bronze: Locke & Key – Netflix
Silver: The Walking Dead: World Beyond – Amazon Prime (AMC)
And the Gold goes to …
Winner: Harley Quinn – E4 (HBO Max)
The legendary and irrepressible ‘Harley Quinn‘ becomes the first-ever animated series to take Gold in the Geektown Awards. Returning to her animated roots (albeit with a rather more adult twist!) the show follows a Harley who has finally broken things off with the Joker and decided she wants to go it alone as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City. With the help of Poison Ivy and a ragtag crew of DC castoffs, Harley tries to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy: the Legion of the Doom!
The series features ‘Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco as Harley and is backed up by an impressive list of talent including Lake Bell (‘BoJack Horseman’, ‘Boston Legal’) as Poison Ivy, Diedrich Bader (‘Veep’, ‘BoJack Horseman’) as Batman, Jason Alexander (‘Seinfeld’) as Sy Borgman, Ron Funches (‘Trolls: The Beat Goes On!’) as King Shark, and Alan Tudyk (‘Rogue One’, ‘Firefly’), voicing both Joker and Basil Karlo, aka Clayface.
Although it’s an animated series, this is one most definitely aimed at an adult audience. By removing the PG-rated shackles, writers Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, and Dean Lorey managed to bring us a wonderfully “turned up to 11” insane version of Harley which we had not seen on tv before. However, amongst all the violence and mayhem, they also craft some lovely moments, particularly between Harley and Ivy, as they navigate their friendship. It really is one of the best versions of Harley out there.
‘Harley Quinn‘ Season 1 aired on E4 in the UK. A 2nd Season has already aired on HBO Max the US, and it has been renewed for Season 3.
Best Returning Comic Book Series
Nominees: Agents of SHIELD – Disney+, Black Lightning – Netflix, Fear The Walking Dead – AMC/Amazon, Legends Of Tomorrow – Sky One, Lucifer – Netflix, The Boys – Amazon Prime, The Umbrella Academy – Netflix, The Walking Dead – FOX UK, Titans – Netflix
Bronze: The Boys – Amazon Prime
Silver: The Umbrella Academy
And the Gold goes to …
Proving is hard to resist the temptation of the devil, ‘Lucifer‘ lands the Gold this year, by the narrowest of margins… which seems pretty apt given the history of the show. Lucifer fans have been through a rollercoaster of emotions with the series over the years, both on and off the screen.
‘Lucifer’ follows Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the original fallen angel, who became dissatisfied with his life in hell. Retiring to L.A., he inadvertently teams up with an LAPD detective (Lauren German) to help punish criminals. Joining him on Earth is his angelic brother Amenadiel (D. B. Woodside), and his former head torturer demon turned bounty hunter Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt). It was announced in January 2020 that ’24’ star Dennis Haysbert would be joining the show in Season 5, which premieres in August, to play Lucifer & Amenadiel’s father… aka God.
Back in May 2018, FOX, who originally aired the drama in the US, cancelled it after three seasons on-air. After a huge fan-led campaign, Netflix stepped in to pick it up for a 10-episode 4th Season in June 2018. Then in June 2019, the streaming service renewed it for a “5th and final” 10-episode season… but by July, that had already been extended to 16 episodes… Then, in February 2020, we began to hear rumours that Netflix wasn’t quite ready to let go, which led to months of speculation, before getting confirmation in June 2020 that the series would return for a 6th and “definitely final” season!
As things currently stand, the first half of ‘Lucifer‘ Season 5 has aired, with Season 5, Part 2, due to air at some point in 2021. That will then be followed by Season 6 at some point either later in 2021 or in 2022. Either way, we still have at least 18 episodes of the show left to come!
Dave has over 20 years experience in the digital industry, and is founder and editor of Geektown. Obviously a huge geek himself, he can often be found in front of the latest tv show or movie, on various video games, or with his head in a comic book.