Countdown to the Eisners: 2018 Nominees for Best Limited Series

Fanbase Press' coverage of the 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards continues with the "Countdown to the Eisners" series.  From Monday, June 4, through Friday, July 13, 2018, Fanbase Press will highlight each of the Eisner Awards' 31 nomination categories, providing comic book industry members and readers alike the opportunity to learn more about the nominees and their work.  Stay tuned for Fanbase Press' continued coverage of the Eisner Awards, including live coverage of the ceremony at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 20.

In the comic book world, a limited series is described as a comic book series that is intended from the outset to have a finite length. When it comes to the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Best Limited Series category has existed since 2010 and past winners include Batman: The Long Halloween, Kingdom Come, and The Umbrella Academy.

Here are the 2018 Eisner Award nominees for the Best Limited Series category:  




Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Alitha E. Martinez (Marvel)

A spin-off of the Marvel's Black Panther series, World of Wakanda focuses on the perspectives of Ayo and Aneka, two young women recruited to become Dora Milaje. The series is described as a Wakandan love story with its tenderness being matched “only by its brutality” and touches on a number of topics and themes including romance, tragedy, loyalty, and more.

World of Wakanda is also written by Roxane Gay and poet Yona Harvey, the first two black women to author a series for Marvel Comics.

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Extremity by Daniel Warren Johnson (Image/Skybound)

Described by the publisher as “a bold, new vision, where the beauty and imagination of Studio Ghibli meet the intensity of Mad Max,” Extremity tells a revenge story revolving around Johnson’s greatest fear through the main’s character’s loss of a limb. As Johnson told IGN, “I had to ask myself, 'What would I do to a person who took away what is most precious to me?' That thing is my drawing hand. What extremes would I go to? Losing my hand is by far my greatest fear in life, and it's the only thing that worked to push the story forward, which is why Thea is an artist who has lost the thing that defines her as one.”

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The Flintstones by Mark Russell, Steve Pugh, Rick Leonardi, and Scott Hanna (DC)

DC Comics wants you to know that this comic series is The Flintstones like you’ve never seen them before. Critically praised for its satirical take on Hanna-Barbera’s classic characters, The Flintstones has been described as “topical,” “the most unexpected achievement in current comics,” and “a comic with an honest-to-god stance on the underpinnings of civilization and the true meaning of life.”

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Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads (DC)

Offering a unique new take on one of Jack Kirby’s most beloved New Gods. Having escaped his dangerous home world of Apokolips, Scott Free and his wife Big Barda make their way to Earth, where Scott uses the stage name of “Mister Miracle” to make a career out of his acrobatic escape techniques. As the official description lays out, “Mister Miracle has mastered every illusion, achieved every stunt, pulled off every trick - except one. He has never escaped death. Is it even possible? Our hero is going to have to kill himself if he wants to find out.”

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X-Men: Grand Design by Ed Piskor (Marvel)

In an ambitious effort, New York Times bestselling author Ed Piskor boils the entire X-Men history down into a single six-issue series. As the publisher describes, X-Men: Grand Design “takes you on a pulse-pounding tour of X-Men history unlike anything you've ever experienced before, an intricate labor of love that stitches together hundreds of classic and obscure stories into one seamless masterpiece of X-Men lore.” Piskor himself describes the series as “if Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were in the studio, batting around the idea, and they put pencil to paper on issue number one of X-Men intending that it end up the way it did in issue 281 or whatever.”

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Stay tuned to the Fanbase Press website tomorrow as we continue our “Countdown to the Eisners” coverage with the Best Continuing Series! Plus, follow Fanbase Press’ Facebook, Twitter (@Fanbase_Press), and Instagram (@fanbasepress) with the hashtag #FPSDCC to stay up to date on our SDCC and Eisner Awards updates, including a live-tweet of the 2018 Eisner Award Ceremony from the Hilton Bayfront Hotel at San Diego Comic-Con on the evening of Friday, July 20th!


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