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All Geeks Considered Picks the Best of 2011

Posted on 05 January 2012 by VinnieAve

Best Limited Comic Book Series-

DM: Flashpoint: Knight of Vengeance- More than twenty years ago  a tragedy occurred in the alley behind a movie theater and Thomas Wayne lost what he loved most to a petty criminal.  From that moment on a Knight of Vengeance was born.

Vinnie:  Flashpoint: Knight of Vengence- the Flashpoint Sidestories might have been the best of an event that was pretty good. However, the best of these was the Batman, tie-in. This could have stood alone from Flashpoint and just been an Elseworld. If you like Batman this series is pretty worth checking out.

Best On-Going Series-

DM: X-Factor- Peter David just keeps knocking it out of the park.  I have yet to read a thing this man writes that I do not love.

Vinnie: Swamp Thing- I mentioned the New 52 the other day and I mentioned this book in particular a while ago. I will admit that I haven’t read the Alan Moore Swamp Thing books but the art and writing are utterly outstanding on this making this the best.

Best Comic Book Storyline-

DM: Spider Island – Spider-man is in over his head as every New Yorker obtains the powers of a spider without Peter Parker’s sense of responsibility.

Vinnie: Spider Island- A fun story that doesn’t get too heavy, a perfect place for someone who knows the bare minimum to get into Spiderman.

Best TV Series:

DM: Sherlock- Too many times “updated” franchises fall short of the mark, but this interpretation of Sherlock Holmes has knocked it out of the park.  Great cast, great writing and a fantastic feel makes this the best of last year in my mind.

Vinnie: Game of Thrones- My friend had been a fan of this a few years ago but I have never read the book. Overall this was a great show with wonderful production values and fantastic acting. Fans and fantasy and political action/drama should check this out.

Best Movie-

DM-  Super 8- There is no question in my mind that this is a movie that stirs the heart.  It is a period piece of fantastic quality, touching back to Spielbergian science fiction.

Vinnie- The Muppets- I have no question that this was the best movie of 2011. In the most successful attempt to revive a franchise, Jason Seigel manages to bring back all the things that made the Muppets great in the past. I hope to see more in this series

Best Board Game-

DM: Eminent Domain- Race for the Galaxy meets Dominion.  Do I need to say more? This Kickstarter funded game is of such great quality and fun that I truly wish I could have contributed to its getting off the ground.

Vinnie- Best Board Game- Survive: Escape from Atlantis- this is a bit of a cheat in 2 ways, one it is a release of an older game and 2 I played it first in 2011. This game has much of what I like in a game, its versatile, it’s quick and, it’s easy to teach. With great production values this game is a must have for any collection want a game that can be competitive or co-operative.

From here we each did things that the other didn’t so from DM we have:

Video Game: Magic the Gathering: Duel of the Planeswalker 2012
Despite the name, this 2011 video game release provided hours of entertainment as well as the ability to play the Archenemy and practice your maniacal laughter.

Novel: Ghost Story
Jim Butcher continues his Dresden Files series with an engrossing continuation to 2010’s cliffhanger.  Harry fans loved it and those who are not fans just have not become fans yet.

Iphone App: Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer
This was a fantastic digital conversion of a great board game. With one expansion out already, the app is firmly entrenched on my phone.

and from Vinnie we have:

Best Anime- Tiger & Bunny- This also qualifies as the best superhero thing of 2011. A series that managed to get everything I love about superhero stuff and have great interpersonal stories makes Tiger & Bunny and show that will be remembered for years.

Best Manga Release- Codename: Sailor V- This series managed to grow on me and not get stale after a while. The characters developed and she was a much more independent character than Sailor Moon.

 

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The End and the Beginning of the DC Universe

Posted on 31 August 2011 by VinnieAve

So in my 2 or 3 years of reading comics regularly, there has never been a more interesting week. This is the week is quite possibly the most important week yet. DC only released two books. One was Flashpoint #5 and the other was Justice League #1. I’m going to review this and try to keep them in context of what I’ve seen in DC comics. I’m reviewing them in the order that I encourage you to read them; it just makes sense that way.

Flashpoint #5 – So for this past summer we’ve had the experience of seeing this darker world, it hasn’t been the smoothest ride and this book is no exception. It wasn’t quite a story but more of an exposition book that explains why this happens. I wasn’t really impressed with it overall. The ending is pretty much a forgone conclusion. It has a bit of a Lord of the Rings feel in that there are all these threads from the side books that have going on (the best part of the Flashpoint Universe) all come together to help end the war between Aquaman and Wonder Woman. I don’t usually notice art or things like that but the splash page when the resistance shows up is something that I hope gets made into a poster. The book ends with the Flash going back but when he travels he sees three different timelines. Part of me says that this might suggest that there could be a way to bring back things from the previous DC. I’m not suggesting that this will collapse the new universe but a way to filter in ideas that should be brought over. For a brief comment, if you haven’t already read Flashpoint there is no reason to read #5, however, I suggest if you haven’t read Flashpoint and enjoy superhero comics pick up the collection that is coming on in October (only the main story, not the side books, which are coming out in March).

Justice League #1- Also for the past summer there has been a lot of build-up to the New 52. Today it started its landing with Justice League. This is a smart choice since it can be used a way to bring in characters and see where they’ve been. The first thing I noticed was that it say “5 Years Ago” in the first panel. To me this says that the main DC Universe is going to take place after this book (with exception to Action Comics which will take place before this). This is a very tone establishing issue. This is before heroes became well known. Most of the book is making sure you know this in the dialogue between Batman and Hal Jordan.  The book isn’t bad, it’s a little slow but I think that this is a good start. I didn’t expect too much action in this book. The art is slick and clean throughout the book. This book would be a good starting point for any super hero fan.  It’s not an action packed start but the action is good and Hal shows off his powers pretty well. There is something of an over-arching story but it’s really front and center, as JL progresses I’m sure it will be more a part of it as the gang forms up. I’m actually glad they didn’t rush the formation in one book and will spread it out.

So there it is the end of the old and the beginning of the next stage. These books are not going to bring in people who don’t like the superhero thing but this will be a good way to make stray sheep back.

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