Favorite Series of 2013

I know it's already February, but I'm in college, and I got delayed big time. But I had been wanting to talk about my favorite series so I decided to just do it now.

FF

1. FF- Quite possible the crown jewel of my eyes, I just love love this. A 16 issue comic series, that was paced perfectly and the story crafted greatly. I'll give anything a chance with She-Hulk in it and that's what brought me to this series, but I stayed for everything else. I had never read anything with Scott Lang in it, but it managed to make feel immediate empathy for him for the troubles he's had. The supporting children are so cute and so funny that it just increases the love and heartwarming feeling I get for the story. But then the entire comic is funny, even getting some good lines out of Uatu The Watcher. Of course, all good things have to come to end and, the final issue has been released, providing the right amount of closure

Saga

2. Saga- I love fantasy stories. However, it seems that most fantasy keeps it self boxed in a routine of stories and stock characters. Which is highly ironic that fantasy could actually be hindered to basic things, when it could in theory be about anything. Like, Saga. Whereas you could write the actual narrative off as being a "love story" or something of the sort, I'd argue that you were wrong. I love the way the world is revealed to us, it's always delightful when they pull back the curtain to a certain degree and let us see just another taste of the world. But besides that the characterization is really strong and the artwork is gorgeous. Also Alana is the greatest

Pretty Deadly

3. Pretty Deadly- The cover of the frist issue, seen to the left, is what first drew me into Pretty Deadly, and then the opening scene of a bunny getting its head blown off by a little girl, pulled me in. Pretty Deadly is a gorgeous affair, filled with horrific images, with some horrific villains, including Death himself. It's also one of those great stories that reveals things at a very patient and slow manner. I don't want to really get into it and ruin the plot. Just no it's awesome

The Witching Hour

4. The Witching Hour- A great and unique one shot collection of great horror and fantastical stories set around themes of the supernatural. Now I'm not a big horror fans, so some on these plots could be typical or routine, but as a sort of introduction to these type of stories, it is glorious. The story of Birdie is my favorite.

Young Avengers

5. Young Avengers- I actually read this entire series in December. I have never read any of this characters before, and in this was my first introduction to them. Before I even got to issue 5, I was already in love of them. Loki has always been a character that I've disliked, but I love him here, and he was an absolute delight. Artwork is great too.

Trekker Omnibus

6. Trekker Omnibus- I had never even heard of this comic series before, sort of makes since its creation, predates my birth by 7 years and it isn't really high profile. But when I picked this up it turned out to be a treasure. Mercy St. Clair, might be one of my new favorite characters: beautiful, dangerous, and cool. Read the entire omnibus in one day.

The Adventures of Superhero Girl

7. The Adventures of Superhero Girl- This is just hilarious, great gags and some funny outlook on the superhero genre. Sort of has a light plot, but so far it hasn't picked up much. Just really funny, with ninjas too.

Fearless Defenders

8. Misty Knight and Valkyrie seem like an unlikely pair, but they actually make a really good team. I've always felt that both heroines deserved a push from Marvel. They could be A-List heroines, and this comic showcased it. It had good action, a good ensemble cast, featuring guest appearances by Storm, Elsa Bloodstone, and even Hellcat, and even some moments of subtle, and not so subtle, comedy. Alas, nobody was reading it and so it was cancelled. Because of that the ending was kind of rushed, but I still really like it.

The Movement

9. The Movement- This title is just so enigmatic and weird and that's saying something considering it's a superhero comic. But it's not weird in it's convention or structure. It's more weird the characters motivations and the underlying themes. I've just never seen a superhero comic, written from this perspective. I really love the characters, especially Virtue, nothing cooler than when she stares down the detective in the restaurant.

Miss Fury

10. Miss Fury- This comic is just crazy. It has weird characterization in that the title character is kind of written as a sociopath, with some real anger and mental issues, but it has a really different story involving time travel and nazi's and it is glorious.

Annie: The Phantom Commando & The Queen of the Martian Iguanas

11. I honestly thought these Annie stories were going to be boring, I only picked the volumes up on a whim, but then the first story Annie gets in a plane crash and ends up the sidekick of a delusional superhero, Annie is freaking awesome. And I recommend this too anyone looking for some family friendly and good natured adventure.

Annie: Springtime in Ratznestistan & Bones of the Yucatan

Justice League Beyond

12. Justice League Beyond- I only wanted to read it because Big Barda is in it, and I'll read anything with her in it. Didn't even realize it was about Terry McGinnis, who I also love. I actually enjoyed this version of the Justice League, than the main Justice League title.

Avatar: The Last Airbender- The Search

13. I was anticipating this story for a long time. Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of my favorite shows ever and I got really excited for the continuation novels. The comics may seem a little inaccessible to those who haven't seen the show, in fact you might not even understand character dynamics, but give it a try regardless. The reveal of The Mother of Faces is gorgeous and the character has one of the coolest designs I've ever seen. If you're a fan of the series, you've got to read it.

Wonder Woman

14. Wonder Woman- Just awesome. Wonder Woman has always been one of my favorite heroines and I love this interpretation of her mythos and this new story, as well as the artwork. A lot of people are reading this though, so I don't need to say much.

Smoke/Ashes

15. Like Trekker, I had never even seen heard of this and just picked it up hoping it would be good. It really has a great story, with interesting conspiracies, and some biting satire.

The Flash

16. The Flash- Barry Allen, nuff said. Actually that's not enough. Well I've always had an affinity towards DC's resident speedster, so when the New 52 started I subscribed to this comic first, and I've loved it ever since.

Catwoman

17. Catwoman- A really dark even more adult version of Catwoman's character, than is usually showcased. And I've loved it for it, At times, can get a bit too "sexual", but I still love it. Like the Flash and Wonder Woman, I've read every issue of this and I still love it two years later.

Adventure Time

18. Adventure Time- Comics written in the creative and hilarious style of the great animated show. The comic stories would fit right at home as adventures of the T.V. show, which I commend kaboom studios for, considering it isn't written by the show's writers or producers. And it's Canon!

Adventure Time: Playing With Fire

19. The same thing's I said above, though focused on the great character of Flame Princess teaming up with Jake.

X-Men

20. X-Men- Adjectiveless X-Men featuring the ass kicking women

of the team. Nuff Said!

Lazarus

21. Almost forgot about this series, not because It's forgettable, but because I was behind in the issues, but now I'm caught up. I really love this character and this unique premise, again at least I've never seen it, Forever Carlyle is just really cool, and her internal struggle about her morality and her loyalty to her family is really great.

Captain Marvel

22. Captain Marvel- The reason why I originally started reading this was because I loved the way Carol Danvers looked, I always thought her old design was really boring, and honestly because of that I couldn't get into her character, but glad I picked this up.

Rat Queens

23. Love, love. Awesome new fantasy serious about a group of ass kicking. . . rodent women? Great art and possibly the funniest comic of the year.

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Completely Great Yet Underused Characters Pt. 2

Underused Verb: Use (something) below the optimum level:

Scandal Savage

Secret Six was one of the New 52 cancellations that hurt the most. It was one of my favorite ongoing series. Made partly because I love Scandal Savage so much. She's feisty, strong and determined. There are so many more stories that can be told with this character as an individual or back with the Secret Six. Hopefully she'll be appearing in a revival of that series in the coming year.

Cheshire

Cheshire is a great villain plain and simple. though armed with no superpowers, Cheshire brings rooms of attackers their knees. And on at least on occasion, acting on the will of herself, nuked a country. She's a master of martial arts, poisons, and trickery. Why can't we see more of her. She's gathering something of a fanbase on the Young Justice T.V. show, so this might be the perfect chance to reintroduce her to the new comic fans turned on by the show.

Doom Patrol

Robotman, Negative Man, Beast Boy, Elasti-Girl, & The Chief.

These are classic characters from one of DC's best team. They've always shown a parallel to Marvel's X-Men, In that there abilities are looked at as both a blessing and a curse. And in a world where thousands of superheroes and villains show how great it is to have powers that's a refreshing outlook indeed. Though unlike, the X-Men the Doom Patrol have never been met with mass appeal. But if 52 taught me anything is that you don't need the heavy hitting A-list to write great stories, but the Doom Patrol had already shown me that in the past.

Will Magnus & The Metal Men

The Doom Patrol's Sister comic. I've always loved Will Magnus. And I originally couldn't saywhy. Don't get wrong he's a great character, but I really didn't know why he'd become one my favorite characters. The aforementioned 52 helped me understand. There something about his ability to try and do good and not use use gifts. Even though he knows he's capable of making remarkable, yet terrible things. The Metal Men are just as classic as the Doom Patrol and their comedic style is and like Doom Patrol is also refreshing.

Shuri

Klaws of the Panther was one of my favorite trades that I read. It's the only comic that I've done a review for on this site. As terrible as my review is, if you read you can probably picture me squeeing with delight. I just loved Shuri so much. T'Challa is great I mean he's the classic great Black Panther, but honestly Shuri is the more interesting character. Whereas T'Challa is a level headed, thoughtful, diplomatic, restrained, and adaptable to most situations. Shuri can be brash, selfish, envious, and even blood thirsty. Over the years it's seemed like T'Challa had become this perfect hero and while his stories are usually good. Shuri's flaws would open up an entire new world for the Black Panther mythos. She recently appeared in Avengers Vs. X-Men, but she still has fewer than 100 appearances. Let's see more of her.

Maria Hill

Maria Hill is my favorite S.H.I.E.L,D operative of all time. I always loved her intelligence and dominating personality. She's like a female Fury(no pun intended) and she's awesome. She's not with SHEILD any more but she's still great with The Avengers. Now acknowledging that she's currently being featured in the The Avengers Book, The Avenger T.V. Show & The Avengers Movie. She's not really being underused in an appearances sense, but I don't think she's being used to her optimum potential. She's a great character and if she got some spotlight on her she could really shine. Instead being a supporting character, a recurring character, or a cameo. She could very well be boasted up to a main character.

Ted Kord

This is both selfish and a long shot. Ted Kord is my favorite Blue Beetle and one of my favorite characters. I thought he might reappear in the New 52 but with Jaime Reyes it seems that Ted won't be making any appearances. Don't get me wrong i love Jaime too. But I really wanted to seed Ted back in action again, and since he was killed off "for real" in the main continuity I'm still hoping this timeline can breath life back into the character.

In closing these are the characters I like to see more in the limelight of their respective universes. I am by no meaning saying this is some injustice or anything I just feel they would be better if they were used more.

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Great Yet Completely Underused Characters

Big Barda

Big Barda has been around since 1971 and has never had her ongoing series. I'm not implying all long running characters deserve an ongoing series. However, Big Barda is, in my opinion, one of the most awesome characters the DC Universe has. With the help of Scott Free, Big Barda overcame the brainwashing of Darkseid and became a pillar of moral character. Super Strong, Super Tough, Beautiful and Vicious. I hope that Barda can receive a new life in the new 52. She's just to great a character to keep stuck in limbo. P.S. when she became a green lantern in JLA: Another Nail, it was awesome

Mr. Miracle

I understand why Mr. Miracle isn't necessarily the first choice when it comes to receiving a series. His original gimmick left for not a lot different plots. Basically if he didn't get captured in some crazy, inescapable mechanism then it didn't have anything to do with him. In recent years, his powers of escape extended and made him a great tactician and combatant

Barda and Scott Free

One thing that DC, and a lot of other comic companies, doesn't discuss enough is an in depth portrayal of a married Super Family. Not only are they married,but they happily in love and it could be interesting to see further. Plus there aren't a lot of heroes whose wives kick more ass than the man.

Lady Shiva

Lady Shiva is completely awesome. She's been badass since appearing in Richard Dragon and has only gotten cooler. I love her portrayal in The Question the most. A woman who isn't really evil, but just loves to fight. She's a Blood Knight and an Anti-Hero. She kills, yet will save Vic Sage's life just because he has a warrior's passion. Shiva's character is complex and a little crazy and could really have good material if explored further.

Terry McGinnis

It's hard for DC to commit to Terry. Because it commits to the fact that Batman will get old and will have to retire.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians are just awesome, like nextwave. Sometimes they're silly, but they will always be great.

Vixen

Vixen has been a major supporting character in the DC Universe since her inception. I really would like to see her in her own series. After the awesome Vixen: Return of The Lion, we see that Mari still has time to grow and become a better person. No longer needing her Tantu totem means her powers could be growing stronger. How strong? I wish we could find out

Renee Montoya

Renee Montoya was great in Gotham Central, great in Batman No mans land, spectacular in 52 and even Gotham Girls. And know she's awesome as the question. However, since her backup feature in Detective Comics ended. She's been a know show. The Character of the Question is probably in my top five heroes, so this discerns me the most. I assumed she'd be front in center in the new 52. 19 weeks later and only one picture appearance in the Batwoman book. Please don't let this character die she's strong, she's cool, she's strategic, and at the risk of sounding redundant, she's awesome.

Vic Sage

If I can't get Renee Montoya as The Question, then dammit I want Vic Sage back. Bring him back, at least as some sort of mentor to Renee or possibly as an entirely new character. But Vic is great and deserves a new life in the New 52.

Silhouette

A lot of people don't even know who Silhouette Chord is. She was a great member of the New Warriors. A disabled member who can teleport to different places. But it was character that was the best. She was shot and paralyzed from the waist down and still decided to be a hero. I liken her to Oracle in that regard

Misty Knight

Now I love the Heroes For Hire books. However, Misty can't seem to separate herself from that title. She's a great in their as leader and all around chestmaster of her team. But it would better if she would get on her own. Get some common enemies. Let the readers actually learn about her life.

In closing these are the characters I like to see more in the limelight of their respective universes. I am by no meaning saying this is some injustice or anything I just feel they would be better if they were used more.

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My Pre-Reboot Thoughts

These were the thoughts I had about the DC Reboot before it happened

DC Reboot: My Thoughts


I used to think that all reboots were bad. I loved the classic stories and histories that characters have and I was very adverse to change. I didn't care how many universes DC had, and quite frankly I still don't. But as I've gotten older and more mature, I've learned that there is nothing wrong with change and in as countless examples can showcase, sometimes it's for the better.




This could have been Bugs Bunny...
....Alfred....
.... and for 12 cents, Wonder Woman was the cheapest S&M publication around.
Though there have been changes, DC hasn't technically rebooted but once, and that was in 1985(Eight years before I was born). That's what has me kind of scared.
Specifically, parts of the history, which instead creating new and possibly more exciting stories, instead seem like a complete fall back.
Case in point Barbara Gordon
In 1988, DC published The Killing Joke, an influential one shot, which was basically a one-sided battle of wits, between Batman and The Joker.
In the midst of that Joker kidnapped Commissioner Gordon, and subsequently shot and paralyzed his daughter Barbara Gordon Aka Batgirl.
DC at least pretended to retire the character, but the next year a mysterious information broker named Oracle stared showing up in DC's titles, specifically Batman and Justice League of America. The character was of course revealed to be Barbara Gordon, never ending her fight against crime, even from a wheelchair. Barbara as Batgirl was smart, and some would say even fiesty. However, Barbara as Oracle is even stronger. She is smart and resourceful and tough.She had the choice of her paralysis being lifted by some of DC's SUPERSCIENCE and she decided on her own not to get treatment, since other regular paralyzed people couldn't. She never stopped training and learning more. She formed the team Birds of Prey and created possibly the only team of only superheriones and one of the strongest. And when Spy Smasher II tried to move in on Oracle's operation, Barbara, with no legs, defeated her in A fist fight She became an embodiment of persistence and strength, and as geeky as it sounds, is one of my heroes.
And all of that is being negated next month. DC is making Barbara, Batgirl again. She's probably my favorite Batgirl as well, but she is and has become so much of a better character as Oracle.
Changing the "timeline" or "universes" is fine if they're just making better stories, but to erase 21 years of
character development, I don't agree with that.
On the opposite side, they're making Dick Grayson Nightwing, which is a good decision.
Recently as a result of final crisis Batman was sent back in time and Dick Grayson took over as Batman, evne though he's spent the last 20 years as Nightwing. Now the stories with Dick as Batman are good, it's nice to see how somebody who actually knows what they're doing takes over the Bat's mantle. Looking at you Azrael. However, everyone knows that Dick wouldn't stay Batman, not that Dick couldn't be Batman, but he's his own person, Bruce Wayne is Batman, Dick Grayson was Robin and is now Nightwing, he has his own identity and should have a right to choose his own path. Not necessarily the path of a bat
Another negative point, there erasing relationships. In the reboot Superman and Lois Lane have never been together; neither has Batman and Catwoman. But at least with Superman, we'll still have the bumbling Clark Kent hot for Lois story. Batman and Catwoman's romance is being erased from continuity. Not only is Catwoman possibly the only woman Batman has love, since Catwoman appeared in Batman #1(1940), next to Superman and Lois(Action Comics #1,1938), they have the second longest heterosexual relationship in comics. Seventy one freaking years of character development, possibly erased
If the reboot changes regular things, like getting Wonder Woman out of those awful pants or
In conclusion, know first that I'm subject to be wrong about this as DC is to change their minds about it. Second they'll probably be releasing more news over the weeks I'll try and say more and ultimately I'm am not feeling the reboot
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DCU List Writers and Artists

Action Comics #1, Grant Morrison, Rags Morales

All-Star Western #1, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Grey , Moritat

Animal Man #1, Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman, Dan Green

Aquaman #1, Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis

Batgirl #1, Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes

Batman #1, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo

Batman and Robin #1, Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason

Batman: The Dark Knight #1, David Finch

Batwing #1, Judd Winick, Ben Oliver

Batwoman #1 , J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman, Amy Reeder

Birds of Prey #1, Duane Swierczynski, Jesus Saiz

Blackhawks #1, Mike Costa, Ken Lashley

Blue Beetle #1, Tony Bedard, Ig Guara, Ruy Jose

Captain Atom #1, JT Krul, Freddie Williams II

Catwoman #1, Judd Winick, Guillem March

DC Universe Presents #1, Paul Jenkins, Bernard Chang

Deathstroke #1, Kyle Higgins, Joe Bennett, Art Thibert

Demon Knights #1, Paul Cornell, Diogenes Neves, Oclair Albert

Detective Comics #1, Tony Daniel

Flash #1, Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul

Frankenstein: Agent Of SHADE #1, Jeff Lemire, Alberto Ponticelli

Fury Of Firestorm #1, Gail Simone, Ethan Van Sciver

Green Arrow #1, JT Krul, Dan Jurgens

Green Lantern #1, Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy

Green Lantern Corps #1, Peter Tomasi, Fernando Pasarin, Scott Hanna

Green Lanterns: New Guardians #1, Tony Bedard, Tyler Kirkham, Batt

Grifter #1, Nathan Edmondson , CAFU and BIT

Hawk And Dove #1, Sterling Gates, Rob Liefeld

I, Vampire #1, Josh Fialkov, Andrea Sorrentino

Justice League #1, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee

Justice League Dark #1, Peter Milligan, Mikel Janin

Justice League International #1, Dan Jurgens, Aaron Lopresti

Legion Lost #1, Fabian Nicieza, Pete Woods

Legion of Superheroes #1, Paul Levitz, Francis Portela

Men Of War #1, Ivan Brandon, Tom Derenick

Mr. Terrific #1, Eric Wallace, Roger Robinson

Nightwing #1, Kyle Higgins, Eddy Barrows

OMAC #1, Dan DiDio, Keith Giffen, Scott Koblish

Red Hood and The Outlaws #1, Scott Lobdell , Kenneth Rocafort

Red Lanterns #1, Peter Milligan, Ed Benes, Rob Hunter

Resurrection Man #1, Dan Abnet, Andy Lanning, Fernando Dagnino

Savage Hawkman #1, Tony Daniel, Philip Tan

Static Shock #1, John Rozum, Scott McDaniel, Jonathan Glapion

Stormwatch #1, Paul Cornell, Miguel Sepulveda

Suicide Squad #1, Adam Glass, Marco Rudy

Superboy #1, Scott Lobdell, R.B. Silva, Rob Lean

Supergirl #1, Michael Green, Mike Johnson, Mahmud A. Asrar

Superman #1, George Pérez, Jesus Merino

Swamp Thing #1, Scott Snyder, Yanick Paquette

Teen Titans #1, Scott Lobdell, Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund

Voodoo #1, Ron Marz, Sami Basri

Wonder Woman #1, Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang

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