Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 End of the Year Craptacular!

Hey, hey! It's the end of 2008, and you know what that means! It's time to reflect on things I read and saw in the past 12 months.

Disclaimer: I know I may be a little off as to whether something was released in 2008 or late 2007, so the only rule I follow is whether or not I experienced it in the last 12 months.

So, let's look at the best:

Single Comic of the Year: The Boys #21

I'm not as enthusiastic about The Boys as much as other folks are. I think the concept is great, but it moves a little slow for me. For those of you who haven't read it, this is a very dark, very graphic account of a world where there are super-heroes, but they're all narcissistic jerks whose deeds may benefit the greater good, but they don't worry about innocents who get caught in the crossfire.

If you never pick up this title, issue 21 is a great read by itself. We basically have a 911 hijacking interrupted by "the good guys" with disastrous results. The suspense and despair as the passengers fall victim to the colossal egos at work makes this one impossible to put down.

Again, The Boys may not be something you'd want a steady diet of, but this issue was a masterpiece.

Best Ongoing: Project Superpower

I know, I'm usually a fan of Marvel and DC, but Dynamite Comics (who also puts out The Boys) has really impressed me. This series (which will go from one mini-series to the next a la television's Heroes) revives fourth-string characters from the Golden Age that only hardcore fans would recognize. These characters are far from perfect, neither in powers nor in intelligence, but they have a humanity that makes this title a gentle giant.

Best Movie: The Dark Knight

I know, me and everyone else. Still, we've got a Napoleon Dynamite syndrome here, where it may be so popular you want to discount its greatness, but you can't deny the virtues of the film itself. Brilliant, disturbing, and (FINALLY) true to the characters as they have been written. We comic nerds have known for years what would make the perfect Batman movie. This was it.

Which is kind of a shame, because Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk were both awesome in their own right. Any other year, and either film could have taken the top spot. Also, be sure to pick up Prince Caspian on DVD if you don't have it yet.

Television Show of the Year: Burn Notice

If you aren't watching this show, what are you waiting for? Check out the web site and get caught up, because new episodes start Jan. 22nd. USA is also showing previous seasons even as we speak, so check your listings.

Worst of 2008:

Comic: Checkmate v2 - you have to be much smarter than I am to follow this, and it's really a bummer because I enjoyed the first run so much. Besides, I'm still not over the death of the Blue Beetle.

Movie: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Aliens? Are you yanking my chain? This was dang stupid, and Harrison Ford looked as bored as I felt. And where is my sequel to The Incredibles?

Television: As with every year since the invention of tv, there was a lot to skip over. My biggest disappointment was Life on Mars, which could have been great and instead just kind of sits there. My other biggest disappointment was the cancellation of the brilliant Pushing Daisies, which none of you watched but should have.

That's it for me! Have a safe New Year and let me know what your highlights and lowlights were!

See you tomorrow!


Christian Zamora said...

I did watch Pushing Daisies and loved the series. But I have to admit that season 2 kind of lost its sensibility--
Anyway, happy New Year to you, Adam!

Thomas Fummo said...

Man, Life on Mars was brilliant!
Ashes to ashes is probably just as good.

and my film of the year is Wall-E... though I too would love to see the Incredibles 2.

ditto for Indy 4.
(this is actually a huge coinkidinky. If you check out my anti-bullshit blog an read the latest comic you'll see why).

have a great new year, Adam!

De said...

Merry New Year, sir! I'll be checking out your recommendations as soon as time allows.

Adam Barnett said...

Wall-E was indeed good stuff. Kung Fu Panda was lame.

Don't stay up too late with the baby, De!