Every marks some groundbreaking moment in comics whether it is by device or happenstance. Those moments extend to greater date stamps with the consistent advent of comic book movies. While many drop during pre-production before even knowing a cutting room floor, the expansive interest is looking for the many perspectives comics have to offer.
For 2012, memorable moments kick out on what your tastes, of what strikes home in graphic novels, or genre or movies – maybe every one.
Last year though, are some clear markers that were overshadowing factors gathering headlines into their revelation.
Karen Berger resigns
Noirs such as 100 Bullets and strange sci-fi The Invisibles are just a few crowning volumes finding commercial birds-eye flight to coincide with New York Times Best Sellers in graphic novels for Vertigo comics. Eveng greater than seminal staunches bragging the strength within narrative of sequential arts came under the publishing of this label, is the fact it lies at catalyst heartbeat for gamechanging attitudes towards comic books. Soulful to that heartbeat was Publisher Karen Berger, who nurtured the twenty-odd old comics publisher even past the stage of DC Entertainment’s plethoric cull against banner titles, publications and vast amount of character. Berger’s resignation brought about copious counts of bittersweet kudos from all aspects of comics professionals and fans alike.
"Walking Dead" regains acclaim, loses showrunner again
AMC TVs zombie hit out of its awards caliber line-up had its third season’s opener defying the arguably lukewarm second season. It was a season overshadowed by Frank Darabont’s controversial departure. Still, $10.5 million viewers made the mid-season finale on “The Walking Dead” tertiary season the show’s personal best. History does repeat but not so accommodating for the cable network of “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad”. Showrunner Glen Mazzara dimmed the holiday lights for zombie apocalypse fans with the announcement of his leaving in Dec.’s later weeks. For a high impact delivering drama rife with human significance around a zombie desolation, “The Walking Dead” had its own battle for viewer survival gave its own dramatic tension across 2012.
Peter Parker killed
If Andrew McCarthy owns up to anything Peter Parker in “The Amazing Spider-Man”, it’s how he expresses Parker’s beholden inheritance “With great power comes great responsibility”. So when its that very element that has combined to make Spider-Man a fan-fave in comics with legacies of star writers and penicllers to accompany, then it’s a Frankenstein effective device when the original is killed off. Especially two days before creator for Marvel’s patent marketing icon, Stan Lee himself (no cameo affiliation) has his 90th birthday. While heroes are comic book collateral that even non-enthusiasts know as part and parcel of the genre, Parker’s status struck deep enough for the most diehard reader’s sense of blasé for the common ploy. Lee has taken it in stride, even bantering with the Amazing Spider-Man #700s current writer Dan Slott on Twitter.
@DanSlott: Wishing an early Happy Birthday to my #Generalissimo, "The Man", the Myth, the Amazing: @TheRealStanLee! The Greatest Comic Scribe of All!
@TheRealStanLee: @DanSlott what a gift, some guys give a nice cigar, a watch, but no not you, I get a dead #PeterParker Thanks for the bday wishes my friend!
@DanSlott: .@TheRealStanLee HA! Printing that out now. THAT'S goin' up on the fridge! I am NEVER taking that down!!!! :-D
DC Entertainment launches global fundraiser vs world hunger
World Hunger has become more than a one-issue campaign for DC Entertainment. At the beginning of 2012 the comics publisher of the Justice League began a program that partners them with three major fundraising organizations on a three year endeavor. Amongst the geek-glitz of San Diego Comic Con’s panel premieres and exclusive studio or network parties, DC kept up their campaign and brought their music partner Daughtry to set the tone for their focus on hunger about the Horn of Africa. Later the New York and L.A.-sited respective publisher and media production teams with KIA Motots presenting specialty Bat-Mobiles.
"The Avengers" makes movie records
Not like Marvel Studios hasn’t been batting a thousand in their cinematic franchises under the project that dubs at Phase One, but adding Joss Whedon was a certainty for a box office winner. While fans of all loyalties came out for the teaming of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye – hyping inclusions to story adherences for Agent Coulson and Pepper Potts – the movie was sheer splash page-masterpiece. Box office alone made this carefully produced endgame an experimental Phase One gone hands down popcorn opus before reaching a milestone of $1. Billion. Now Marvel Television has all gears and cylinders on green light for a network adaptation. Plus, critics awards have not let the blockbuster escape notice, and even major televised recognition such as the People’s Choice Awards.
"Arrow" scores full season and brilliant ratings
Green Arrow is less that obscure hero than it seemed a worthwhile television series. No powers,not even a cool bat-cave storing a drool worthy bike, and we already had a slew of archers shoot across the silver screen and land a 2012 bulls-eye. “Arrow” arrives presenting that character development can-do when pairing believable urban guerilla action scenes and a lead actor with the athleticism to match. From a pilot prompting an audience of $4. million that came with silver lining reviews, enough for the network's optimistic going for extra episodes bought, continuously beat-all time slot ratings until finally a full season came to CW’s purchase. Quite the time passed since a network bought a comic based series’ full season and critics along with weekly regulars were actually enthused. Score one for “Arrow” in that target demographic.