2013 has been a great year in everything nerd, lots of awesome comics, huge movies, big T.V. shows, toys, and so much more. Myself, I have had a swing in my love of comics, which to me is the most surprising thing to have happened this year. So I’m not going to keep this introduction going any longer, let’s jump into my favorite things in the nerd/comic world this year.
Image has taken over Marvel as my favorite comic book publisher. Not only have they brought in some of the best talent that the industry has to offer, but they are also giving new talent a chance to succeed. I remember a time when all I read from Image was The Walking Dead and Invincible, now I’m reading more titles than ever and in 2014 I’ll be adding a whole lot more. Some of my favorite new series have come out of Image this year, the best, in my opinion have been Sheltered from Ed Brisson and Johnnie Christmas and Satellite Sam by Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin. In 2014 we will be getting new series from Rick Remender, Jason Aaron, Jason Latour, and many more talented folks. It’s very exciting, especially because we’re getting all these comics in different genres.
Comic Book Movies in 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past. Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Amazing Spider-Man 2. Guardians of the Galaxy. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The trailers we’ve gotten for some of these movies so far have been fucking awesome. The hype machine is going overboard. Then there’s Godzilla, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Robocop, and I’m sure there’s more. I love comics. I love movies. And I’m very excited for next year.
Brian Michael Bendis, along with Jason Aaron, Brian Wood, and Rick Remender, and the elite group of artists that worked with them have made the X-Men group so exciting to read again. The idea that the original X-Men are back and are staying, an all woman X-Men team, a half the X-Men are on the Avengers, and the continuing adventures of the children at the Jean Grey School of Higher Learning. The huge crossover this year where there was more futzing around with time travel, where I think we will see huge repercussions pretty soon. It’s a great time to be an X-Men fan.
There’s a new crop of Vertigo Comics that have come out this year and you should be paying attention. I’m serious. Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy have created a special horror comic in The Wake. Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso brought us back into the world of 100 Bullets with Brother Lono, which is just as amazing as 100 Bullets. Jeff Lemire ends Sweet Tooth but brings us a space romance story in Trillium. I’ll also say that I’ve been enjoying new comics Federal Bureau of Physics and Coffin Hill, and they, like Image, also have a promising 2014.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and Faith from Dark Horse
One of the first things that I wrote about for this website was my dislike for the Buffy comics from Dark Horse, but this past year going into their season finales, the comics were on top of their game. The teams really made reading these comics like watching the show again and it was just a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to reading next year’s seasons.