'Rama Readers' Faves of '10 Tourney: WRITER Semi-Finals

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Well this was virtually inevitable; arguablly the two architects of the DCU, Grant Morrison and Geoff Johns, in fierce battle for one spot in the final round. The other bracket is a bit more surprising, with two writers known mostly for their non-Big 2 work at the moment, tangling in a battle of the indies.

Grant Morrison has had one heck of a year. His bat-books helped DC make huge sales strides in November, and his guidance is launching a whole new era of the Bat. Geoff Johns continues to co-write the top-selling Brightest Day, which is also serving to guide many books across the line. His Green Lantern remains fiercely popular, and his Flash will be the lead-in to 2011's big DC event.

Mark Waid is the consummate comic book professional. He's worked as writer, editor, executive, and sometimes all three at once. Recently stepping down from his executive position with BOOM! Studios, he is returning to writing full time, including an upcoming stint with familiar friends, helping Marvel revive the Crossgen properties. Plus he has created a universe all his own at BOOM!, while also helping guide Stan Lee's new creations there.

To say this is a banner year for Robert Kirkman would probably be selling him a bit short. The Image Comics exec has multiple bonafide comic book hits on his hands, and one of them is now a ratings record-breaking TV show. With higher visibility than ever before, Kirkman and his zombies have definitely earned his fandom in 2010.

Now it's up to you to vote again.

Remember, you don’t have to be a registered Newsarama reader to participate. EVERYONE can help choose by picking one choice in each of the below brackets. Again, there are two of them in the Semi-finals, so keep going until you’ve voted in ALL four brackets. Voting for the Semi-finals will remain open for 1 week.

Newsarama Note: Full methodology for nomination is below the polls.

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10 Newsarama contributors submitted their lists for their personal Top 20 in each of the five categories. The results were tabulated using a weighted system that awarded an escalating number points according to how high the nominee appeared on the list - 20th place was worth 1 point, 19th place 2 points ... up to 20 points for 1st place.

The final nominee lists are the top 16 nominees with the highest point totals in each category.

Each bracket is seeded according to point total, with the highest vote-getter in each bracket moving onto the next round.

There will be 4 total rounds for each category (the “Sinister 16”, "Extremis 8", “Fantastic Four” and Finals) eventually resulting in one overall “Favorite of 2010” for each group.

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