Before we move forward, let's take one last look at 2009!
Series of the Year: Secret Six
This was a no-brainer, because if Gail Simone writes something I'm going to at least enjoy it. If she writes something and it has the Secret Six in it.... well, let's just say it gives me a reason to live. Deadshot. Rag Doll. Gail Simone plots. Beautiful artwork. It's like Christmas every month.
Mini-Series of the Year: Avengers/Invaders
Marvel and Dynamite Entertainment did a great job of recycling the old "team from one time era finds itself in combat with the team from another" plot. This was a story that went at its own pace and resisted pressure to turn every page into a pandering slugfest. Some day, I may get my Invaders monthly again.
Television Series of the Year: The Big Bang Theory
I know this is the third season, but I just recently hopped on board the bandwagon. When I watched the pilot, I dismissed the show thinking it was going to be the typical "nerd spends years trying to woo the affection of attractive woman" shtick. But, to my delight, that running plot was placed on the back burner and the focus has been on dysfunctional friendship of the four misfits. And any show where intelligent people visit comic book stores on a regular basis and make comic book references without shame gets a big thumbs up from me. The audience for this show is consistently growing, and it's well-deserved.
Movie of the Year: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
I know, but it's not like I had a lot to choose from. You would prefer The Spirit or Watchmen? I didn't think so. Besides, if you could forget everything you knew about these characters from the comics, this was actually a fun ride. But because it wins more by default, I wonder if last year's Incredible Hulk would have done better if Marvel had waited until 2009 to release it.
If I'm allowed to have a favorite that has nothing to do with comics, I'm going with Up:
When I heard the premise, I had high hopes. This movie exceeded them in every way. This was a visually beautiful film, of course (can we expect any less from Pixar?), but it was also a very moving story of love and friendship that everyone should see. I didn't get my sequel to The Incredibles, but a class act like Up will certainly keep me placated until next year.
And those are my takes for 2009. Agree? Disagree? Well, that's what the comments section is for!
See you tomorrow! Stay safe!