Thursday, January 10, 2013

Resident Troll: Gabby's Best of 2012

Hey guys! As you might've noticed already, the PBD crew is each doing a Best of 2012. I clearly haven't posted in a while (sorry) but hopefully that'll change after the next two weeks. For me, 2012 has been a decent year, certainly better than most. I discovered my love for NYC when I took classes there in July, discovered my current obsession with capes and comics, and spent a lot of time on Tumblr. Anyway, here's my best of 2012.

Best Movie: The Hunger Games
I'm going to admit it right away: I'm biased. I love the series. Part of me wishes I read the books as they came out, rather than in an all-consuming line that left no anticipation for the next release. This sounds like a good thing, yeah, but part of me wishes I could've immersed myself in the fandom more. Either way, the film adaptation of The Hunger Games was ridiculously good. Jennifer Lawrence was great as Katniss, and while I didn't agree with a majority of the rest of the casting, each actor played their part well enough. The one thing that stood out to me, though, was that the film adaptation is ultimately a companion to the book. If you haven't read the books (do it now) you're not going to get a lot of what's going on. Along with that small issue, and the fact that it wasn't quite as true to the book as I wanted it to be, it was a great film. Honorable mentions include The Avengers and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Best Live-Action Television Show: Game of Thrones
Chazz included this in his Best Of, but can you blame us? Game of Thrones is one of the best shows out there. With it's great blends of fantasy and reality, staggering twists and turns, and constant paranoia concerning who will die next, you can't help but look forward to each weeks new episode. Waiting for season three to come back is awful, and sad, and I just want all of the Game of Thrones right this moment, but I'll be content to wait. My favorite part of the series is it's characters, because they are alive. They're with you here and now, and then so easily torn away. It's kind of like asking for the pain of losing your favorite characters, but you have to keep watching. Honorable mentions include The Walking Dead, and I have to admit that Revenge is my guilty pleasure.

Best Animated Television Show: Young Justice
Speaking of anxiety inducing hiatuses, Young Justice is a thing. If you're not watching this, yet are a fan of DC and animated shows, I have some questions for you. Young Justice was what got me through my animated withdrawal after the end of Korra season one. (We won't talk about the finale, shh.) Young Justice is just good. Sure, if you're like me, generally new to the DCU and continuity, it probably won't strike any issues with you. If you're more familiar, though, you're going to have to suspend some reality to properly get into the show. Once the first few episodes are over, it gets really good. So far, season two has been as good as it can be. Hiatuses aside, you need to be watching this. There's also the comic out to get your thought hiatuses. Honorable mentions have to go out to  The Legend of Korra. It wasn't the best, but it was good.

Best Ongoing Comic: Ultimate Comics: X-Men
If you know one thing about me, it's that I love Kitty Pryde. I also love Ultimate Nick Fury. The Ultimate universe isn't for everyone, and for the X-Men, it's certainly darker than most places in comics. As a mutant... yeah, you're fucked. Kitty Pryde raises a resistance and is eventually given a place to raise the future of mutantkind. The plot is good, the art is good, everything is great. In my anticipation for issue #21 to come out, I've had to have read #20 at least five times, and flipped through it at least a dozen more. I'm not one for re-reads, but it's just so good. If you get anything from this list, it's that you should be reading this. Sure, it's not Batman or All New X-Men, but it has a special spot in my heart.

Best Limited Comic: The Ray
There's really not much to say about The Ray. I'm not even sure if a lot of people know about it. I'm personally not one for reading limited series, because I like the idea of more potential, but I thought to give The Ray a try. It's just so fun and campy, something that's great if you're bored and need to kill some time. It also gets bonus points for an attempt at racial diversity, and dirty hippie parents. If you want something more relevant to continuity, try AvX. It's not great, but it's important if you want to know what's going on with Marvel.

Best Comic Story Arc: Death of the Family
So really, DotF isn't complete yet, and I could end up hating it. However, Scott Snyder is one of the best writers out there, and I trust him quite a bit. Along with many other Batman fans, I've been anticipating DotF for months, and now that it's slowly streaming through, I've yet to be disappointed  Perhaps a bit suspicious, but not disappointed  Some of the tie-ins are good (Batgirl, Batman and Robin) and some are meh (RHatO), but it's Batman. And Scott Snyder. I have faith.

Best Video Game: Halo 4
Preface: I'm not a good gamer.
Other preface: I don't game as much as I should.
After much insisting and bothering, the boys convinced me to pick up Halo 4. I'm weird and cheap, so I thought maybe it wasn't worth it to buy the game only a little while after it came out. Guys. It totally fucking was. I love multiplayer on Halo 4. It's so great, and I die way too often, but I come back because it's just so much fun. The campaign is gorgeous, littered with cut scenes that appear filmed, which is just a testament to the amazing graphics.

Best Book: The Fault in Our Stars
I did a review on TFiOS back in June, and basically told everyone to go read it. I'm going to still tell you  to go read it, because John Green is right next to Joss Whedon on my list of People Who Make My Heart Sing And Shatter Simultaneously. The Fault in Our Stars is definitely something you should pick up if you're okay with ruining the last fifty pages of your copy. It's gonna make you tearbend.

So that's it! Let me know what you guys think in the comments below. What are your best items of 2012?

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