This year has been a crazy year in comics for me. From games to movies to comic books, and even new shows there’s just so much to talk about so here I go.
First I wanted to talk about something I thought I’d never do and that’s read DC comics. Most of the characters have never really appealed to me in the past but this year they did something sweet when they started off with one shot issues focusing on the villains. You could even get the cover in 3D which was all sorts of 90’s freaking awesome. I read almost all of the issues and enjoyed each immensely. I particularly enjoyed Trigon, Doomsday, and the Scarecrow’s issues but you couldn’t go wrong with any of them really. Of course it was all intended to kick off a new ongoing series called Forever Evil where the Justice League are presumed dead and the villains are set free to control much of Gotham, Arkham (Ahem, not Arkham Origins), and Black Gate. It was a refreshing take on some classic villains and I enjoyed it way more than I thought.
2013 also saw the reprinted classic first issue of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. With the buzz on the new movie coming along and the new series on Nick, you could say I’d had a lot of turtles on my mind so I had to pick this up; Any time you can get a reprint of a classic or a first issue you need to.
There were also some great things going on with the X-men. First with the Battle of Atom event. You had the past, present, and future of the X-men. Professor X and Jean Gray were alive in the future and even stronger then before with Jean in particular becoming so powerful she had to wear a helmet to control her powers. This event messed with everything mutant related but it brought out some cool things like Deadpool in the future, Colossus with a dapper mustache. Nightcrawler returned from the dead spawning an all new series in Amazing X-men. Granted, it’s only just begun but the first issue was really good and I have high hopes for the future of the series. And of course, let’s not forget all of the fun of AvX and the fact that the X-Men celebrated their 50th anniversary.
Keeping the spotlight on Marvel but switching gears over to some more Spider-centric fare let’s talk about Venom for a bit. Flash Thompson has been Venom for a while and he has been doing a really good job. Right before the series ended we were treated to an arc in which Venom was trying to save one of his students from Jack O’ Lantern by throwing a friggin’ symbiote at her to protect her. Well it really stuck to say the least (see what I did there?) so much so that she is now wearing it and being called Mania.
Their have been some amazing comic book games first was DC’s Injustice: Gods Among Us created by the guys who made Mortal Kombat that alone is a reason to get it. The story mode is so good (we recorded all of it here if you’d like to see) it’s everything you could want in a game and a comic as well. The fighting is just like the last Mortal Kombat where you can interact with your environment and when your meter gets full you can do a special attack that’s different for each person and very powerful.
This year we also started phase 3 of the marvel movies with Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World and I must say with how good they both were it seems to bode especially for this year’s Captain America: Winter Solder and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Finally this year one of the greatest things I’ve ever bought came out -Women of Marvel trading cards. Each pack comes with 5 cards designed by a different comic artist, and each set comes with exclusive hand drawn card or a unique puzzle card. Each card gives their birth names, first appearance, and other unique facts. Naturally I
would pay anything to get all of these pretty ladies was very pleased.
Now as much as I love Marvel they weren’t without misstep in 2013. They really need to stop with all the mini series. They went from Age of Ultron to Infinity so fast you didn’t know what was happening. Everything seemed so needlessly rushed in Age of Ultron and it was confusing with its constant leaps from past to present to future. Infinity wasn’t that good either. I only read the main issue and it was just so dry I couldn’t stomach reading another issue.
This summer Superior Spider-Man took over, but I just can’t accept someone a non-Peter Parker Spider-Man. It wasn’t just Spidey though; Everything was ‘superior’. The worst was Superior Carnage. It started out ok but when the Wizard made Carnage have guns and clothes it all fell apart-A symbiote does not need (nor should it ever have) clothes. The more I think about it the more irritated I get.
Gambit has always been one of my favorite X-men but I learned he just can’t hold up his own series. There were only a few moments that made it worth reading; Namely when Tombstone and Rouge made an appearance.
Back to movies for a second, while I dug Iron Man 3 I was really disappointed with the Mandarin. Trivializing one of the main Iron Man villains was just inexcusable.
As much as I love the new TMNT show, the game is one of the worst I’ve played. I even bought it cheap on black Friday and itfelt ripped off. The animation is horrible and the gameplay is just horrific making the original for NES look like solid gold; And that was generations ago.
The Shocking (Spoilers)
Alright first up on the shocking for 2013? You guessed it- Deadpool. In Deadpool Kills Deadpool you had so many different and weird
Deadpools it was dizzying. Pandapool was one of my personal favorites. You had every Deadpool you could think of even Howard the Duckpool, T-rexpool, Modok Deadpool, and Galacticpool. The most shocking thing was that the Watcher took a special interest in this event so much so that he kissed Lady Deadpool.
The next jaw-dropper was in Guardians of the Galaxy. Iron Man joined up for a while and when he did things got pretty uh, interesting between him and Gamora considering he even slept with her in one issue.
Scarlet Spider also had a shocking twist. The current Scarlet Spider is Kane Parker, a clone, while the former Scarlet Spider was Ben Reilly, another clone though one with a different look. While it looked like Ben had returned from the dead when he was fighting Kane, when he unmasked at the end of the issue it was really Kraven the hunter. Now that was a big shocking moment and a really cool one to read.
So that’s my review of what’s happened in comics this year I hope you enjoyed some of these things yourself, if not what were you doing all year hiding behind one of the many Deadpools for cover?