The Golden Issue Awards, an annual award by the Italian magazine of comics Il Giornalino, is given to those who have made their mark on the world in a particular year. For each category there are five nominees and this article will explore these nominations as well as some groundbreaking animated series from around the globe that didn’t make it into nomination but should be noted nonetheless.
The “Best Animated TV Series” is an award that has been given out since 1981. It was created by the International Animated Film Association, and it is awarded to the best animated series of each year.
The Golden Issue Awards highlight the greatest of pop culture entertainment from the previous year, as voted on by the staff, and this year’s awards feature a new category, Best Animated TV Show, which honors the best animated television programming from 2021. The rise of prestige animation has not only altered the entertainment scene, but it has also prompted us to create a new category to honor these series’ accomplishments and contributions. Netflix’s Arcane, Amazon Prime’s Invincible, Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty, Paramount+’s Star Trek: Lower Decks, and Disney+’s Star Wars: Visions are among the first year’s nominations, which illustrate how diverse the options are. It’s also a category that’s equally split between dramatic and comic elements, so it’s only natural that the winner delivers on both. And the Golden Issue Award for Best Animated TV Show for 2021 goes to…
Invincible, a critically praised adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment’s comic book of the same name, is now available on Amazon. The Image Comics series, written by Kirkman and illustrated by Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley, lasted from 2003 to 2018 and earned a reputation as a clever, character-driven, and no-holds-barred superhero comic. In a major sense, the fan-favorite sensibility spilled over to the TV program.
Invincible proved itself as a great complement to Amazon’s enormously successful live-action series The Boys right away, with a big storyline surprise and a good two minutes of horrific violence in the series debut. Invincible stars Steven Yeun, JK Simmons, and Sandra Oh as Mark Grayson, the son of superhero Omni-Man, who discovers a sobering truth about his father and it’s a revelation that changes everything when, over the course of the first season, he realizes that his father is the tip of an alien invasion force rather than the hero he’s always believed him to be.
While all of this is going on, Mark must find out how to raise the next generation of superheroes when the majority of the world’s most powerful defenders are “mysteriously” slain, a position that becomes much more difficult when the reality behind their deaths is exposed.
Throughout the season, Yeun and Simmons provide some genuinely outstanding, emotionally charged performances, culminating in a truly devastating — both emotionally and in terms of good, old-fashioned superhero property destruction — conclusion. And, happily, after such an action-packed first season, viewers weren’t left wondering what would happen next: Amazon saw the show’s potential and quickly renewed it for a second and third season.
Invincible is an unusual superhero narrative that manages to be both a criticism of superhero cliches and a very approachable starting point for those who aren’t fascinated with capes. Nobody anticipated Invincible to be awful, with a star-studded cast and some very amazing source material…but it’s impossible to envision how wonderful it was going to be.
The cast and crew of Invincible should be proud of their Golden Issues triumph.
The following are the candidates for Best Animated TV Series:
WINNER: Invincible (Amazon Prime)
Rick and Morty is a comedy series created by Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
Lower Decks (Paramount+) Star Trek
(Disney+) Star Wars: Visions
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