2013 in one fantastic glimpse
2013 has been a great year for the comic book universe. Major, successful comic book stories have been told in graphic novel pages, television and even on the big screen. Today, I will run down my personal list of highlights for this past year, in terms of comic books or comic book adaptations that have impacted the world in a big way. I hope this list will lead you to some good times to end the year.
• The Walking Dead- Season 4 of this hit TV series just began as the year was closing off, but I have to say, this is quite possibly my favorite season yet. Just a few episodes in, The Walking Dead is now offering more zombie-killing action than ever seen before. Now, Rick and his prison community are no longer fighting the Governor, or some other external, human enemy. They are fighting zombies, a killer virus, and themselves. Mystery abounds this season as the survivors are being sabotaged by a mysterious enemy. Also, we have already seen many painful goodbyes, like when Rick had to send Carol off on her own, because she had murdered two of their group, to ensure that the virus would not spread. Controversial moments like this make us see why even at its fourth season, this TV show is hitting record high viewership.
• Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.- Although this TV series is not getting the universal acclaim that Arrow or The Walking Dead are getting, I have to include this entry because I find it so admirable and brave that Marvel has chosen to expand their cinematic universe even on the small-screen. It is not a small challenge, though, as proven by the many critics. But despite the negative reviews, I believe Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a light, quirky, fun, entertaining, and exciting TV show that fans of The Avengers franchise should try out. Joss Whedon is the big boss of this show, so you know that you are going to get a lot of humor, and meaningful team interaction. Skye is a very complex and intriguing character, and very attractive, as she is a valuable asset to Coulson’s team, but also has connections to the Rising Tide, a cybertech movement fighting for complete transparency from the government and S.H.I.E.L.D. Be sure to catch this series on your favorite cable channels.
• Cataclysm- After the events of Age of Ultron, the Galactus of Earth-616 was transported to the Ultimate Comics Universe. And this change of address did not change Galactus’ purpose in life. He still has to eat planets, to stay alive and to maintain the balance of the universe. But as Ultimate Vision pointed out in the introductory issue of the major comic book event, the heroes of the Ultimate Universe are not like the ones of the mainstream Marvel reality. In a sense, the Ultimate heroes are less heroic, and less noble. The mutants of the Ultimate Universe are at war with each other, isolated and banished from the rest of the world. The Ultimate Reed Richards has become a psychotic super-villain. The Ultimates, counterparts to the Avengers, are plagued with constant inner turmoil, and political shadow games. Miles Morales, the Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, just recently came back from retirement, so we all know he is going to be a bit rusty. All these factors make the Ultimate Universe unprepared for Galactus, as they will have a bigger challenge to defeat the giant. It will be very interesting to see how they unite and find a way to send back the planet-eater.
• Forever Evil- This is the first universe-wide event of DC’s new 52, and boy is it thrilling! The story revolves around the Crime Syndicate, who traveled to our earth from a different reality. They came, conquered and killed the Justice League. So the series details humanity’s fight to take back our planet from the grasp of the Crime Syndicate. What makes this comic book event so fascinating is how it is Lex Luthor leading the way, as he takes commands of earth’s greatest super-villains in the war against the enemies from another plane of existence. Readers can be assured that the Justice League is not truly dead. It is too early for DC’s new 52 to kill off so many major characters. But just the concept and idea of a world without a Justice League is enough to make fangirls and fanboys all around the world cringe in fear.
• Kick-Ass- This past year has been very big for Mark Millar and his baby creation. Kick-Ass 2 was a success on the big screen, with Hit-Girl still gaining more and more adoring fans. In the pages of the comics, Kick-Ass is finally ending his long, glorious run as the most hardcore book on the shelves. I always like telling people that Kick-Ass is hardcore with a purpose. It is hardcore with heart. Kick-Ass inspires us to step up, be brave, and be heroes in our own special manner, in whatever way we can.
With 2013 being such a huge year for comic book franchises, we can rest assured that the following year is going to be even bigger, and even greater. It is a good time to be a comic book fan, and slowly but surely, comic books are taking over the world. Give in to the movement, and your life will never be the same.