Twisted Toyfare Theater: The Falcon’s Origin // by Toyfare (2004)

Part of the strip “The Way We Wuz”.

Best Of The Year - The 2013 Edition

Well! it’s that time of the year again and it took me awhile but I have already made up my mind about what was the ultimate best of the best for me in this year. First of all take into consideration that my approach to each and every pick of this list it’s a very personal one, so there’s no real objectivity here more than the fact that every single item listed here just rocked my world and I want to share it with you guys. Second: remember that I only read superhero books, so sorry if I you don’t see any indies here. This year I will have runner ups for every category and things I’m looking forward next year. As always I’m open to discuss whatever you feel like in the ask box, please read and enjoy!

Best Comic Book Series: Superior Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)

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Well this was a though one this year. Not regarding publishers since Marvel and Image are putting out so much quality product while DC has seem to go stale and frozen in the 90’s (a perception it’s not uncommon among some long time fans since DC basically have “The 90’s era” of Marvel’s editorial team making decisions over there). Of the multiples choices I had to pick I’ll risk to say that Superior Spider-man it’s a book that it’s daring to do what most classic comic fans negate: It’s different in every sense of the word. It’s a very classic premise that has been given a totally new spin and it has worked wonders for a character that may have lost some of his shine over the time, not only it’s the book really well written by Dan Slott it has me asking every single issue “what comes next?” and every comic worth his dough should have you making that question.

Book I’m most looking forward in 2014: Saga (Image Comics)

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Ok guys I get it. This may be the best comic book ever published in life, I swear I will read it. It will be featured in this blog, I promise. Now please stop hammering my ask box with it, all right?

Best Comic Book Moment: Bruce Mourns Damian Wayne - Batman & Robin #18 (DC Comics)

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In a year where a God teared a hole in an architect of the universe with a hammer, A behemoth was calm down from a berserker rage with a bomb of puppies. A year where The King Of The Inhumans cut loose with his power to face the embodiment of death and chaos. A year where Galactus is going wipe the state clean in a whole universe. The best moment, the one that touched my heart was the mourning of a father for his fallen son. I cannot explain how moved I was after reading Batman & Robin #18 but I will confess that I cried my heart out after reading Damian’s last words to his father:

"Father:

I’m sure you’ll be angry for disobeying you again, but I don’t care. I won’t let you fight Leviathan alone. You Need Me and I will always be at your side.

Because it will be hard for me to say these words face to face. I want you to know that mother may have given me life, but you taught me how to live.

Love and respect.

Damian.-“

Sorry guys, no runner up for this one.

Best TV Show: Homeland (Showtime)

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This spot should belong to Breaking Bad for a second year in a row, there’s very little anybody can argue to me about the quality of that show. But for the sake of diversity I’m gonna go with my runner up for the top spot this year. Why? because I’m a sucker for any show that relies heavy on continuity and do something wild to get me hooked and asking myself questions about it’s future. In his season finale Homeland went to a point where it got me wondering where the hell is this show going to go now that one of the main characters is out of the picture, plus I drool at the mere sight of Claire Danes. Oh… and before anyone asks me: nope I’m not into “The Walking Dead”, nope I don’t like Zombies, and Yeah i know I’m the only one.

Runner-Up: Mad Men (AMC)

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Always a reminder that despise being set in simpler times, the world has always been a complicated place. This show never fails to deliver in quality and this year was no exception.

Best Movie: Man Of Steel (Warner Brothers/Legendary Pictures/DC Comics)

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Another year went by and again we had a summer cluttered with Superhero films, this time DC takes the top spot home with the beginning of his attempt to create a “movie-verse” similar to what Marvel has being doing for the last few years (very successfully). I’ve heard a lot of criticism toward this film. After reading the 5th or 6th critic I said to myself “screw this noise”. This is not only a good Superman film, this a very epic superhero story! it shows the defining traits of a classic character to a whole new audience, it gets rid of the nonsense and it grounds the character to the 21 century. It was great for a first try DC and you have me hooked waiting for what you are going to do next in the upcoming Batman Vs Superman film in 2015.

Runner-Up: Thor: The Dark World (Marvel/Disney/Paramount)

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A great returning cast, a compelling story, good script. Why this wan’t the top pick? I got the same sensation I have after eating a Big Mac with this movie, sure I may not be hungry anymore but I know it’s not going to last until I get some real food. Thor was a pretty awesome film, but Man of Steel was just a tad better.

Album Of The Year: Dream Theater - Self Titled  (Road Runner Records)

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Music is the most subjective item on this list, always has been for me personally. I find myself enjoying odd proposals while the most popular ones pass right in front of me without me ever noticing. However I have one mindset that has helped me center and focus regarding any given music proposal: If I can listen one band’s album in one sitting without me skipping a single song, then the band’s music is awesome. This happened with a very high number of albums this year, but the ones I get back to more are the top spot and the two runner ups I’m listing here. Dream Theater has been a long time in the game, but they sound better than ever and this album is solid proof of it. 

Runner-Up 1: Dance Gavin Dance: Acceptance Speech (Rise Records)

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Dance Gavin Dance managed to ask the question: “What do we do now that our frontman is gone?” with a huge and delightful “We make the band sound better”, for this release out is Jonny Craig (who is a good chap and very good singer) in is Tilian Pearson (former singer of Tide Of Man). The result? one hell of an album.

Runner-Up 2: Man Of Steel OST (Warner Music)

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Hans Zimmer had some big shoes to fill, he’s the guy who had to come up with a theme that defined the ultimate Superhero in this world, a piece of music that defined a character so much that you could actually know who this song was related to when you hear it out anywhere, you know… what John Williams managed to do so many years ago. This entire score is epic and beautiful. The sole crafting of this music was a process that took the team up of the most talented cords and percussionists that the man could find. The final result it’s the track named “What are you going to do when you are not saving them” the one that it will be labeled now and forever the new “Superman’s song”. Good job Hans!

Videogame Of The Year: Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)

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Like if there is any other choice. Three main characters each as charismatic as the next one, a great story, details that will blow your fucking mind. If there is one game that it true has everything is this one. There’s nothing I can say to praise this game that hasn’t been told a million times already by everybody else. Other than the cash invested on the development of it shows in every sense of the word.

Runner-Up: Batman: Arkham Origins (Warner Games)

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Third time is a charm? Not when every game of the saga in consistently good and The Batman Arkham Trilogy has delivered in every sense with each game. This one of course was no exception. 

Action Figure Of The Year: Transformers Generations Titan Class: Metroplex (Hasbro)

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If you where a kid during the first generation of Transformers you know there was guy out there called “Metroplex: Autobot City” whose toy didn’t do him any justice at all at the time. 30 years later as technology and engineering in toys has improved by leaps and bounds, we finally get the perfect representation of the biggest autobot ever (only guy bigger than him it’s Unicron, but he’s a god damn planet), this guy is over 28 inches in robot mode and he transforms into a battle station (very similar to a Hellicarrier) or a city. He even has articulated fingers. He’s detailed like no other Transformer you’ll ever have in your collection and he’s just merely over the 100$ bucks mark. You wanna show off with your transformers collection? you have this guy front and center and that’s it.

Runner-Up:

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Play Arts Kai it’s been killing my wallet with each new release. Their version of Henry Cavil’s Man Of Steel was way better than the one Mattel released as part of the Movie Masters line (if you are into maximum articulation like me) all in all this was a great action figure!

Robocop - Moviemasters Series Diecast (1/6 Premium Action Figure) // crafted by Hot Toys (2013) 

So this is what perfection looks like…

Upcoming DC Collectibles for Sale // crafted by DC Collectibles (2013)

The Dark Knight: The Rock Sessions // picture by Triton (2013)

The Dark Knight: The Rock Sessions // picture by Triton (2013)

Superman: Last Son // crafted by DC Direct (2008)
Action Figures based on the art of Adam Kubert.

Superman: Last Son // crafted by DC Direct (2008)

Action Figures based on the art of Adam Kubert.

Transformers Generations - Titan Class: Metroplex // crafted by Hasbro (2013)

Classic Colors He-Man // sculpted by NECA (2006)
Exclusive for San Diego Comic Con 2006

Classic Colors He-Man // sculpted by NECA (2006)

Exclusive for San Diego Comic Con 2006

Sideshow Collectibles: The DC Collection 1/6 Scale // crafted by Sideshow (2013)

DC Comics and Sideshow Collectibles are proud to present not one, but five exciting previews to share from their highly anticipated DC Sixth Scale figures line! Stay tuned, they’ll be available for Pre-Order in the near future!

Best Of The Year - The 2012 Edition.

Comics Forever has become a very personal part of me. As time goes by I get to share in this place my personal view about comic books in what I think it may be the lightest way possible. Of course there are times when my awesome followers, as great as they are, manage to piss me off (that’s why I have a Rants! link on my main page). But all in all this is a place where I come to enjoy comic books and share my love for them with like minded individuals like you. Again another year has come and (almost) gone and it’s again that time of the year where I want to share what it was the best of the best for me about comics and their portrayal in the various media that make the life of the geek so worthwhile and full of joy. On I go!:

Best Comic Book Series: Uncanny X-Force (Marvel Comics)

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The X-Men where at the front center of many things in this year. The AvX event took most of the time in the main books to say a great story. However this book was focused on a single story. The continuing adventures and misadventures of Logan’s squad, the ones he personally gathered after the second coming. A team of mutants focused on dealing with problems that could endanger the existence of mutantkind in a definitive way. This book was written in his whole run by Rick Remender and illustrated by the likes of Jerome Opeña, Phill Noto and Mark Brooks. It has no ties to any other X-Book and every number published in 2012 is pure gold. It probably is the greatest X-Men book ever published since The Claremont/Byrne era.

Best Comic Book Moment: Captain America recruits The Hulk - Avengers Vs X-Men #11 (Marvel Comics)

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I can’t explain the chills this moment sent down my spine with accuracy and objectivity. I can only write for you what Cap told to an unseen figure for a whole page until this image:

"I’m sorry to come to you like this. You know I respect you and your space. I would never come to you unless I was at the end of my rope. And I am at the end of my rope. I don’t know if you know we’ve been at war with the X-Men… no, we’ve been at war with Scott Summers, Cyclops. They… He has a power cosmic called the Phoenix and we cannot win the fight in front of us. We can’t win it. Everything keeps escalating — I’m worried about what might happen next. I’m worried that the power they are holding is more than the one they can handle. In fact I know it is, everyone knows it but Scott Summers. What happen when they are not able to handle it any longer?… So I need more than I have. I need more firepower. So I’m coming to everyone. I’m coming to you. I don’t know how you feel about what’s going on with the X-Men but I was hoping that with our history together— I was hoping you would join us. I know you, I know you only fight a fight worth fighting, and I’m telling you this is one of those fights. If we lose this, we lose everything. Will you help us. Please?"

Best TV Show - Breaking Bad (AMC)

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Not derived from a comic book in any shape or form. It’s hard to give this spot to something like “The Walking Dead” or “Arrow” when there’s this monster out there. With a powerful cast, some of the most solid writing and a pacing that will have you biting your nails waiting with anticipation for what comes next. Breaking Bad is proof that these days quality TV for the intelligent viewer can be produced among a sea of ridiculous reality shows.

Best Movie: The Avengers (Marvel Studios/Disney)

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Pound for pound this movie delivers in every sense of the word. You want humor? check. You want drama? check! you want character development? check!, you want a solid story? got it. You want a closure point to a 5-year plan to deliver a cohesive universe of movies set in one continuity? that’s covered son. I’ll have no discussion about this: The Avengers is the comic book movie of the year. The bonus for me was that it squashed Batman in the box office, setting a high record for any comic book movie to try and topple.

Runner-Up: The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Brothers)

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The closing chapter of the Nolan Trilogy was just a mere round-up of dangling plots opened since Batman Begins. The more serious hit this saga took was losing one of his writers (David Goyer) and it shows. Also the fact that the main character of the film is only seen for about 34 minutes in an almost 3-hours long film, the villain was just a friend-zoned jock with a smart mouth and the closing made no room for Bruce Wayne to be Batman if Warner were to use the ideas set in these movies for their upcoming JLA film.

Album Of The Year: Deftones - Koi No Yokan (Reprise Records)

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What can I say? I’m a sucker for 90’s band and Deftones still sounds as great as ever for me!

Videogame Of The Year: Saint Seiya - Senki (Bandai)

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Take away from my eyes those terrible and boring as hell shooters and give me something to smash buttons until I can’t feel my fingers anymore from giving beatings to unending arrays of enemies. Third person please, because I like to see the guy I’m using to beat the shit out of everyone. A game based on the beloved anime (and the stars of my second blog Saint Seiya History) it’s just a dream to play with. You can get various renditions of the main characters, the ability to play alternate storylines or complementing ones from the main saga, even custom settings to make your character more strong the more you play. Most of you won’t have even heard of this game. But it’s the best damn thing ever released on this year for the PS3.

Action Figure Of The Year: Thunder Punch He-Man (Mattel)

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So far, the Masters Of The Universe Classics line has been a hit for collectors of the old series or guys running on nostalgia like me. This guy here was the He-Man action figure I was always talked about as a kid but I never got to see it until the internet. When the new version was offered on Mattycollector at the beginning of the year I knew right there that no matter how many action figures I bought on the year I already had my Toy of the year. I could go long about the differences between the original and this one, but this is just a toy that looks cool, it’s articulated as hell and it’s a piece of my childhood I reclaimed now that I have disposable income.

So there you have it! this was in more or less words (and pictures) the best of the best this year, of course that I enjoyed a lot more things but well… I’m sure that I can’t make a post that goes on for more long than this one. Have something to say about this list? Go to my ask box! Thanks for reading!