Volume 4, Issue 54!
“The Best of 2015”
Alright, the crap has been sorted through, and now it’s clear sailing to get onto the best nerd stuff of 2015! This year saw some pretty great things hit our comic stands, movie theaters, and TV’s, and it was pretty hard to narrow this bad boy down to a manageable list. But I think I’ve got all the major awesome things that have come our way in 2015, and of course, if I missed something, feel free to yell at me about it. So, without further ado, the BEST OF 2015!!
Marvel’s Star Wars and Darth Vader Series
Yes, I know I said that Marvel’s Star Wars: Shattered Empire series was a dud in my “worst of 2015” list, but that doesn’t mean that all of Marvel’s comics from a Galaxy Far, Far Away were bad. Both Jason Aaron and John Cassaday’s Star Wars and Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca’s Darth Vader series are spectacular, and proof that not all tie-in comics have to be cash grabs. In fact, both series are arguably the best things that Marvel is publishing currently, which prove that Marvel getting to publish new Star Wars stories has been a very, very good thing.
The second half of the CW’s The Flash exceeded all expectations, and that hype hasn’t died down with the start of the second season. Flash is a show that not only wears it’s comic book roots proudly, it also does so in a way that makes even the most outlandish aspects of Barry Allen’s life seem pretty plausible. Of all of the superhero shows on TV right now, The Flash is miles ahead of the competition.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Easily the most anticipated movie of the year (some would also say decade), The Force Awakens had a lot to live up to, and for me, it did exactly that. JJ Abrams was able to honor the past and give us something new with Star Wars’ latest chapter, and in doing so he restored the series for a new generation. I can’t get enough of Poe, Finn, Rey, and BB-8, and the wait to see them again is probably going to be even harder than the wait to meet them the first time.
Ash vs. The Evil Dead
2015 was the year that we saw a return of many of our favorite heroes. Han Solo, Rocky Balboa, and many more returned to our lives, but no hero has had a more insane return than Ash Williams, the chainsaw handed lovable buffoon who’s saved the world time and time again from the Evil Dead. Starz’s sequel series Ash vs. Evil Dead brought the hero back into the modern age a little older and not very wiser, but seeing him on a weekly basis has been a thrill. Every episode reminds you that Bruce Campbell should’ve been a bigger star, and that you can never have enough blood splattered on your TV screen.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Second to Force Awakens, no movie left a bigger impact on me this year than George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. There was no way this movie should have been as good as it was, but against all odds, the fourth movie in the Mad Max series was incredible. From the second the opening title hits the movie starts going, and it doesn’t let up until the credits roll. If you still haven’t seen Fury Road, you need to.
Marvel ‘s Netflix Shows
Who knew that the streaming giant and the House of Ideas would create such an awesome combo? Between Daredevil and Jessica Jones, the combination of Marvel and Netflix has been one that has hit all the sweet spots for comic fans. Hell’s Kitchen was born to be binge watched, and both series have been bolstered by incredible performances by not only their leads, but their villains as well. So far it’s looking like Marvel and Netflix are the new peanut butter and chocolate.