On a personal level 2011 was a another tumultuous and hellish year for me. However it was a great year for the various “geeks” trapped in my head.
Comic book Geek:
DC comics decided to relaunch their entire universe. The event mini series “Flashpoint” put an end to the previous DCU and jump started the new DCU or DCNU. This was a ballsy move for DC and so far it has worked. At least as far as sales are concerned. I will admit that as a whole I prefer the pre-flashpoint DCU to the new one. However, the wingnut in me was thrilled with the relaunched Nightwing book. So far it has contained the best Nightwing stories I have read since the good old days when Chuck Dixon wrote the book back in the 90’s. Another stand out book for me was Frankenstein Agent of SHADE. It is just a fun comic book to read. Frankenstein leads a team of monsters against crazy threats from other dimensions. If you haven’t tried that book yet then you are missing out.
Marvel’s Ultimate line was on fire this year. Not only did Peter Parker in the Ultimate Universe die but a new Spider-Man emerged. Jonathan Hickman has written some great stuff in the Ultimates while Nick Spencer has scripted some amazing stories in X-Men. In the main Marvel Universe Wolverine’s black ops team Uncanny X-force has also been a great read.
The only indie comic I got into this year was IDW’s Dungeons and Dragons comic. It translated everything I enjoyed about the game into a highly entertaining and well written comic.
This year I drifted away from miniature gaming and back to tabletop role-playing. The Heroes of Shadow book for 4th edition Dungeons and Dragons offered some great options for players. It added several interesting classes like the Assassin, Vampire and Black Guard. It also added some new races and some interesting options for the existing classes. Nethermancy anyone?
This was a great year to be a comic book fan as many of this past years best movies were pulled from the pages of the funny books. Thor is my “movie of the year”. I also loved Captain America and Cowboys and Aliens.
The movie Immortals made my greek mythology nerd happy and it also demonstrated how awesome over the top CGI gore can be.
Some of my favorite bands released great albums this year. Opeth’s “Heritage” is amazing. Evanescence rocks it on their new album. Amy Lee once again makes me wish that I had a vagina so that I could fully emote with her…Don’t tell anyone I said that. On the Christian front Sleeping Giant put out a metalcore record with some crushing rifts and non seeker friendly lyrics. “Kingdom Days in an Evil Age” crushes compromise. Becoming the Archetype’s “Celestial Completion” proved once again that Christians can make excellent Proggessive death metal!
TV Geek A.K.A I can’t get a date so I watch:
To be honest it has been a while since I found a TV show that I get excited about watching. Like most people i’ll watch the occasional episode of one of the CSIs or NCISes to pass the time. I don’t go out of my way to catch them though. The show Person of Interest caught my interest. It has everything I love in it: drama, action, mystery and a compelling back story that is slowly unfolding throughout the series. It helps that it stars two of my favorite actors: Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. I have noticed a few other LOST alums popping up throughout the course of this show.
Now all of the geeks that are trapped inside of my brain have had their voice. What have you guys enjoyed most this year?