Both Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal and Greek Street received PRISM Awards this weekend for, per the group’s website, “the accurate depiction of substance abuse and mental illness.”
Greek Street, for those who may not know or remember, is the now-canceled Vertigo series by Peter Milligan and Davide Gianfelice. The comic was nominated for issues #12-14, a storyline titled “Ajax,” which was about post-traumatic stress disorder. I didn’t make it that far with the series, which was canceled a couple of issues later with issue #16. I loved the premise — Ancient Greek myths told in a more contemporary “crime story” setting — but unfortunately the book never really clicked with me.
The four-issue Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal, on the other hand, didn’t seem to click with anybody. CBR’s Doug Zawisza gave the first issue a one-star review, while retailer and Savage Critic Brian Hibb called the third issue of the book “the worst comic I have ever read.” Chris Sims vivisected it at ComicsAlliance.
The awards are presented annually by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc., in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, FX Network and News Corporation in the areas of film, television, interactive, music, DVD, and comic book entertainment. Other winners this year include Black Swan, The Fighter, Mad Men and Rescue Me.