* Graeme McMillan pokes at the idea that the Eisners somehow snubbed superhero comics with this year's nominations. McMillan asks out loud if this is where the cutting edge of the art form is these days. That there's a pathological reaction to an awards nominations slate with a load of superhero-related nominations in it is way more intriguing than any direction even a good writer like McMillan will go. It's defensive and odd. I know I still get hammered via e-mail when I suggest something like, say, that there aren't any superhero comics in any one of my year's top ten, with a line of thinking that things should somehow be balanced between that particular form of expression and others. I kind of thought most fans were past this, at least enough it wouldn't flare up as a conversational theme in a year where there still a ton of these titles and their creators up for awards. I have a deep and abiding affection for superhero comics, and think many of them are excellent and that overall the best of today's cape-and-cowl comics are probably underrated in terms of their overall quality and I still look at people pursuing these complaints with a raised eyebrow.