A lot happened this year in the geek world, and while it’s hard to distill the year down into a brief best of, we’re doing our best. Here are Chantaal’s favorite moments, comics and miscellany of 2012.
The Avengers & The Ultimate Marvel Marathon
Obviously The Avengers would be at the top of my list. It was years in the making, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who never thought this day would come. Joss Whedon gave us the best Avengers we could hope for, and with the huge success of the movie, we’ve got a big Marvel franchise and more movies in the making. I mean, Guardians of the Galaxy? Yes please!
But it wasn’t just the movie alone that I loved. A friend and I attended the Ultimate Marvel Marathon, a 14 (or was it 15? 13? I lost track of my life in there) hour presentation of all five Marvel films going into the Avengers midnight premiere. With mini intros to each movie by Agent Coulson and hundreds of other Marvel fans attending, it was a blast. I was a little giddy after the first couple of movies, but once the Avengers rolled around, you couldn’t top the excitement in the theater. And I even won a trivia prize!
The lack of ladies leading comics lately hasn’t really gone unnoticed, which was why it was such a big deal when Captain Marvel, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, launched this year. Carol is personally one of my favorite characters in the entire Marvel verse, so I was ecstatic that she had her own title again.
But it’s not just that. Carol is a Role Model, capital letters and italics included. She’s strong, she’s opinionated, she has trouble realizing just how awesome she is, and the first issue of Captain Marvel focuses on her doubts that she can live up to Mar-Vell’s name. But when Carol takes the name, when she assumes the mantle and realizes she can be the best there is…that’s all I’ve ever wanted for her. That’s all I want out of a female-led comic. I want someone with struggles, doubts, worries, triumphs and friends, no matter what gender they are.
The fact that there could be some girls out there today reading Captain Marvel and being inspired…yeah, that’s good, too.
A-Babies vs X-Babies
No words needed.
I don’t know how the hell it happened, but Arrow quickly became my must watch new show of 2012. I didn’t expect much out of it and it may not deliver some of the DC classic characters that well (see: Deadshot), but for what it is, Arrow is highly enjoyable. I will even admit that some of that joy comes from Stephen Amell’s constant shirtlessness.
I do have one question, though. OLLIE, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK FACE PAINT ONLY OVER YOUR EYES DISGUISES YOU?! THE SHADOWS UNDER YOUR HOOD ONLY GO SO FAR.
Anything that gives me more Clint Barton is a win. However, Matt Fraction and David Aja demolished all my expectations with their Hawkeye series. Part day in the life, part noir, part seventies cop show, Hawkeye is a hell of a ride and tons of fun.
My favorite part of every issue, however, is the suggested listening music. I always find the song and play it as I read, which enriches the whole experience.
- Gail Simone’s poise and fans rallying behind her during that bizarre fire and re-hire a few weeks ago. Also, Gail’s writing in Batgirl #0.
- Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga and the pure epic it is.
- Gambit. It may not be the best series, but I love having my childhood crush have his own title. Especially since it focuses on his thieving ways.
- X-Men Legacy. Rogue and Carol Danvers. Carol offering Rogue her powers because it would help. If you know their past and if you’ve read as many Carol books as I have, you couldn’t help but feel shivers go down your spine.
That’s it for my Best of 2012! Angel and Lina will have their own posts, so look forward to those!