It’s that time of year. The kids are on vacation, everyone’s bellies are swollen from holiday feasts and every journalist is coming up year-end wrap-ups in their chosen field. Yup, me too.
Ask anyone, 2010 was a loooong year. The economy might be down in the dumps and everyone’s miserable but it was a great year for entertainment to be sure. Not that all of it was good mind you, but we definitely had a lot to pass the time. So here are my highlights from 2010, not chronologically, not in order of importance, hell, not even in alphabetical order. Here’s some stuff that happened in 2010 that mattered to us.
DClogoDC Entertainment – It was a huge year for DC Comics. Diane Nelson, Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, Bob Harras and countless others received brand new titles under the newly dubbed DC Entertainment. A very big move for the company that is sure to have a great impact in 2011.
Digital Comics – Can we also call this the year of the iPad? People went nuts for them. But whatever you were viewing them on, digital comics exploded this year thanks to comiXology, Graphic.ly, Boom Studios and Marvel Comics’ own app. It may not be perfected yet but publisher’s went full-force with digital comics this year and have dedicated themselves to perfecting the medium to keep themselves relevant.
Dex-Starr’s Origin – Ok, so this one is personal. The Rage Kitty has a lot of fans out there but not many that come as close as me. I love cats and I’ve cosplayed as a Red Lantern so Dex holds a special place in my heart. Even more so after we discovered he was a cute little stray from Earth who just wanted to love and be loved.
Batman Returns – Bruce Wayne is back and it’s about damn time. DC got a lot of mileage out of Batman “dying.” The Bat family got a chance to spread their wings and show us what they’ve got and did a pretty nice job along the way. Bruce’s travels through time may have gotten a little weird at times but it was worth it to see Batman shine through and inspire others no matter how dazed and confused Bruce was.
Archie Comics Comes Out – Homosexual characters are still few and far between in comics these days so when Archie Comics of all publishers introduced Kevin Keller, their first gay character, it made a pretty big splash not only in the industry but in the general media as well. The most important part about his introduction was it wasn’t banged over our heads. He was brought in just like any other character would be. His appearances so far have proved popular enough to give him his own mini-series come 2011.
The Birds Are Back – They never should have gone away but DC made the wise decision to bring the Birds of Prey back this year and the even smarter decision of bringing Gail Simone back to the book with them. Not only that, they’ve added some new members to the roster. Extremely attractive members I might add. But just because they’re back doesn’t mean it’s all slumber parties and strip clubs, oh no, we’ve got new threats, exposures and possibly the elimination of Oracle as we know her.
Steve Rogers Returns – Whether it was a surprise or not, Steve Rogers returned to the Marvel Universe this year. But unlike Batman, Steve did not pick up his old mantle. WHUA? That’s like Tobey Maguire walking away from playing Spider-Man! Oh wait... Blackest Night – DC’s big event from Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis was a critical and financial success. Fans were a bit wary hearing their favorite heroes and villains would be rising from the dead but the creators soon established this was no run-of-the-mill zombie tale. In fact, it marked several dramatic and emotional moments that took us by surprise and kept us on the edge of our seats until the very end. Whether you read all the ancillary titles or not, Blackest Night is a story going down in DC history.
DC’s Anniversaries – Not only did DC Comics celebrate its 75th anniversary this year, they also had several books with milestones as well. The big ones of course: Superman #700, Wonder Woman #600 and Batman #700 but Vertigo’s Fables marked it’s big #100 just this month. A very good year for iconic characters.
Mayor Bloomberg in Comics – The mayor of New York has a great sense of humor and an even greater love of his city. Bloomberg joined Spider-Man to battle unemployment in 2010 while Peter Parker was fired as a photographer in the comics. How ironic.
Wonder Woman’s Costume – Love it or hate it (hate it), the Princess of Themyscira got some new duds this year thanks to artist Jim Lee. It was a shocking change and directions spearheaded in part by writer J. Michael Straczynski. Of course he recently washed his hands of it to focus on writing more profitable and popular graphic novels. Here’s hoping this storyline will play out well and end with Diana back in her old costume.
Comic Book Movies – 2010 was HUGE for comic book adaptations. We saw the Iron Man sequel of course but also got the chance to view some less main-stream titles on the big screen as well. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Jonah Hex, Kick-Ass, The Losers, and Red had varying degrees of success but they turned a few people into the comics medium that weren’t before and that’s a plus. We also got our first looks at the Green Lantern and Thor films coming up in 2011 and boy, are we in for another exciting year.
Back to the Future 25th Anniversary – A part of so many childhoods, Marty McFly’s adventure to his family’s past is etched forever in my brain. I used to think my family and I were the only a few of a basically small group of fans but the anniversary brought everyone out of the woodwork. It also brought with it a surge of creativity and lost gems. You can now own your very own Back to the Future computer game to continue the time traveling escapades.
Harry Potter Begins to End – J.K. Rowling’s sprawling tale of the boy wizard wrapped up in book form but was still going strong in theaters. Warner Bros. sensing they were about to lose their biggest cash cow, decided to split the last book into two films (something that easily could have been done with the previous three films). Besides Warner Bros. not knowing what to do when it’s over, fans are prepared to go into serious HP withdrawal when all is said and done. I’m starting to twitch already.
Television History – It was quite a year for genre TV. Lost and Heroes, two shows obsessed over by fans, both had their series finales in 2010. Of course, we didn’t know it was the Heroes finale until after the fact. Another fan-favorite, Battlestar Galactica saw its spin-off Caprica come and go before it really got a chance to find its footing. Doctor Who saw a changing of the guard this year with its new Doctor Matt Smith taking over for the beloved David Tennant. AMC’s The Walking Dead proved to us all that zombies can make a successful television show. And thanks to Smallville’s episode “Absolute Justice,” we got to see the Justice Society of America on screen, in live-action for the first time.
Publisher News – Thanks to DC’s big shakeup this year, both Zuda and Wildstorm are no more. Though we are promised most of their characters will continue in one way or another. Also, M-no-longer-stands-for-music-TV decided to take a step even further away from their roots by creating their own comic publisher in the form of MTV Geek that also functions as a genre blog. I guess they figured if musical acts like Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber had their own comics they might as well try their hand.
Superhero Porn – It was big this year believe it or not. We saw Batman, Superman, and The Hulk transformed into either your worst nightmare or sweetest dream. And the fun doesn’t stop there, a Wonder Woman and Justice League film are on their way. This just goes to show you, nothing is sacred and nothing is immune to the porn parody treatment. Nothing.
Comic-Con International – After much debate, struggles and pleading, the enormous pop-culture monster that is Comic-Con International decided it would be staying in San Diego for the next few years. Part of the deal means the San Diego Convention Center will be expanding even further. Don’t worry, you still won’t be able to get a ticket.
Those are just some of the biggest moments for fanboys and fangirls this year. What were your highlights/lowlights? What are you most excited for come 2011?What will you remember most about 2010?