It’s about that time, isn’t it? The year’s coming to an end. And it’s been a great year for games, comics, TV shows, and movies. That’s my opinion, many people disagree with me, for some reason. Regardless, I’m just going to pick out my favorite games, movies, music, comics, and TV shows, just to highlight how great this year has been. I have elected to do it in a series of posts, and the this post will cover the best Comics and TV shows of this year.
Comics are something that I love, and read a lot. Mostly, I read DC, but I do read a little bit of Marvel and Dark Horse in addition to that. And in 2012, we saw some great work from all three. From DC, we got the Batman: Court of the Owls story line, as well as the start of Death of the Family. DC also gave us Justice League, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman, all of which are amazing. From Marvel, we got reboots of both Hawkeye and Deadpool, to name the two that are my favorites. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe was an entertaining mini series, despite Marvel’s big event, Avengers vs. X-Men, being mediocre at best. And from Dark Horse? We got Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison, which, in my opinion, is the best Star Wars comic since Knights of the Old Republic. Also, we got Hellboy in Hell, which, based on the first issue, seems pretty awesome.
This year, my favorite comics series overall was Batman. Scott Snyder continues to prove his talent as an author, as the two story lines we’ve seen have been stellar. Court of the Owls had some really intense moments, and provided some really great character development for Batman. And now, with the Death of the Family story line in it’s third issue, I can’t wait to see where they take it next. However, my favorite single issue this year was, surprisingly, not from the Batman story line. It wasn’t even a DC comic. This year, my favorite single issue was The Walking Dead Issue #100. At this point, I’m assuming most fans have read it. And they know the shock value it held, especially with Glenn’s death. And I really thought he would be around forever. The story line it was a part of is great as well, and Robert Krikman’s writing is excellent. MY favorite mini-series this year also wasn’t from DC. Nor was it from Marvel, actually. Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison was easily my favorite mini series. I wish it had been more than a mini series, but it worked extremely well. The writing is stellar, and so is the artwork. Not only was this the best mini series of 2012, it was one of the best series overall. Finally, my favorite standalone graphic novel. And it would have to be Batman: Earth One. This re imagining of the DC universe sees an even more realistic version of Batman, one that seems almost akin to that of The dark Knight trilogy. Stellar writing, a great story arc, and excellent character development makes this a must read graphic novel.
I really don’t watch all that much TV. Sure, I watch a few shows, but, compared to others, it’s not much. Anyways, this year has given us some great TV. The last half of Walking Dead’s second season, the best season of The Clone Wars (season 4), season 2 of Falling Skies, new Young Justice episodes every few months. The list goes on. But there have been those that stand out, for sure.
Unlike many people my age, I watch quite a few animated shows, such as Adventure Time and The Regular Show. But despite those shows being quite good, the best animated show of 2012 would have to go to Star Wars: The Clone Wars for it’s excellent fourth season. The return of Darth Maul and the destruction of a slaving empire were just two of the events that we saw in the fourth season of this excellent show. The animation continues to be top notch, and the writing is great. On the live action side of things, the best new TV show would have to be Arrow. Despite the fact that the past few episodes have been a mess, as a whole, the show is quite good. And, with what we saw in the first five episodes, I believe that it can regain it’s momentum. The best individual episode this year is pretty hard, but, I would have to say that it’s the climactic finale to season 4 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Monster, which pits Darth Maul and Savage Oppress against Obi-Wan and Asajj Ventress. The action in this episode is awesome, and the plot line is excellent as well. Finally, the best overall TV show is, without a doubt, AMC’s The Walking Dead. 2012 held both the final half of the show’s second season, which had some excellent episodes, such as “18 Miles Out” and “Beside the Dying”. But the real reason that it’s the best show of 2012 is the first half of the show’s third season, which, form the very beginning, drives the plot forwards at an unrelenting pace. The plot is still excellent, and the action is better than ever. A triumph.