Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 End of the Year Craptacular!

It's a holiday, so let's just take a quick look at what comes to mind as 2013 came to a close.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. started off as a pleasant surprise, but failed to keep up the standards of its excellent pilot.  At first I thought it was going to be terrible, then I saw the pilot and thought it was going to be great.... and then it turned out to be terrible.

Speaking of terrible, I've rarely been more disappointed than I was with:

This is an awesome character that someone thought needed to be fighting aliens.

Aliens that only he could see.

Kind of Exactly like:

Only while the movie was cool, The Grifter was a terrible mess of a series.  Boo, DC!  Boo!

This was actually my favorite comic read of the year: 

Peter Bagge apparently writes for something called Reason, that I've never read.  But this is an awesome collection of observations that.... well, while I don't always agree with the man, he can certainly make his case.  If you haven't read this, you're missing out.

Best movie, best movie.... well, it sure wasn't The Wolverine, nor was it Iron Man 3.  It was actually:

Yup.  I kid you not.  I saw several good movies this year, but this one was a hidden gem.  Check it out.

Back to regular posts tomorrow!  See you then!


MarvelX42 said...

You posted "Peter Bagge apparently rights for something called Reason..." I think that you meant that he "writes for something called Reason"

The idea for They Live came from a short story called "Eight O'Clock in the Morning" by Ray Nelson, originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in the 1960s, involving an alien invasion in the tradition of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, which Nelson, along with artist Bill Wray, adapted into a story called "Nada" published in the Alien Encounters comic book anthology (cover date: April 1986).[1] John Carpenter describes Nelson's story as "...a D.O.A. type of story, in which a man is put in a trance by a stage hypnotist. When he awakens, he realizes that the entire human race has been hypnotized, and that alien creatures are controlling humanity. He has only until eight o'clock in the morning to solve the problem.

Also the whole there are aliens that only I can see and I must destroy them thing has been done many times before this. Others are (what I said above and...) ROM: Spaceknight and Justice (from the New Universe) to name just two more.

Adam Barnett said...

Well, ROM made a certain amount of sense because he was an alien warrior himself. Grifter lends himself to science fiction about as well as Conan lends himself to courtroom dramas.

MarvelX42 said...

Your comment brings to mind Spaceghost Coast to Coast and Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law. Anyways it also make me think of how the Hulk can see and interact with astral things.....for some reason.

Aaron Carine said...

Actually, there kind of was a courtroom drama in the Conan story "Queen of the Black Coast". Conan was hauled into court for refusing to inform on a friend who had committed murder. There were a number of cogent arguments and counterarguments, ending with Conan killing the judge.

Adam Barnett said...

I so want to read that. :-)