2019 Year In Review: TV

I’ve been a bit better this year with TV shows than I have been with movies (as you can probably tell from looking at my 2019 review of films) but I haven’t been great, I still have almost all the stuff from the autumn season to catch up on and will be spending the next few weeks doing so, but what I have seen has been pretty good, so here are my top five TV shows from 2019.

The Witcher

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It was a late entry as I only saw it over the holiday period, but the Witcher is what I want from TV, and fantasy in general. Its dark and its gritty, with mythical, magical elements and with a catchy ballad thrown in, and this is one of those cases where I’ve already gone out and purchased the books just to find out what happens because I can’t wait for the next series.

Good Omens

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One of the best books I’ve ever read adapted faithfully and without fault for the small screen, with able performances from David Tennant and from Michael Sheen they really bring the apocalypse to life

The Boys

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I was dubious about The Boys being adapted for a TV series, and if I was expecting a complete rehash of the comic book I would have been sorely disappointed, but then there are some things that will never be allowed on TV.

The Mandalorian 

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Its a Star Wars space western that borrows heavily from stories like Lone Wolf and Cub, but is just full of little easter eggs for the true Star Wars fan, and also has a compelling enough story to keep newbies and novices alike enthralled too.

Lucifer (Season Four)

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Picking up where season 3 left off, we deal with the fallout of Chloe finally realising that Lucifer is actually the devil, and Lucifer resuming his relationship with Eve (yes that Eve) with a lot of references to the bible and few bits and pieces and like John Milton and some very tongue in cheek devilish moments to go along with the detective drama.

30 Comics To Read Before You’re 30 Part One

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I’m going to be thirty in just over a year, and whilst I’m ok with hitting that milestone, at least for the moment, so I’ve already got a big list of comics that I want to read by the time I get over the hill and now I’ve come up with a big list of the comics that you should read by the time that you hit that milestone too.

Watchmen

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Alan Moores dystopian nightmare that takes a group of vigilante’s to the edge of Armageddon and beyond.

Hellboy: Seed Of Destruction

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Hellboy The Seed of Destruction introduces us to the son of Satan who is determined to prove that the apple can indeed fall far from the tree.

Civil War

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Captain America vs Iron Man with the rest of the Marvel Universe in the middle, and all over the right to have secret identity

Button Man

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Meet Harry Ex,  a killer embroiled in a deadly game, all at the command of a mysterious voice. See my review here.

Formerly Known as The Justice League

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Once upon a time, they were the worlds greatest heroes, now they’re old, washed up and ready for a come back.

The Boys: Name of the Game

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Superheroes, the glitzy and glamorous gods of the new age, all powerful and out for a good time, but what do you do when one of these titans steps out of line? You Call in the Boys.

Avengers Versus X-men

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You take a nearly extinct X-Men and give them a slightly destructive shot at reigniting their species, and then you take the Avengers, and just sit back and watch the carnage.

The Ballad of Halo Jones

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Join Halo Jones on the shopping excursion from hell, a fast paced romp from the mind behind Watchmen and V for Vendetta. Read my review here.

Identity Crisis

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How does a superhero rehabilitate a habitual recidivist? What happens when heroes disagree with these measures? And how do they put these differences to rest? Or do they?

Spawn: Creation

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Who or what is the Hellspawn, and now that its on earth, what does that mean for humanity? Check out my thoughts on it here

Join again tomorrow for the next in this three parter chronicling the 30 comic books and series that you should check out before you become 30 years old

If you like this post check out part Two and Three.

 

The Best Non Marvel/ DC Comics

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The world of comics is a much and varied place with more publishers than you could shake a stick at, but if you look at Hollywood, all you’ll ever see is either a blockbuster smash from Marvel, or a box office flop from DC (or vice versa) so not really having an understanding of what else is out there is an excusable thing, but today I’m here to rectify your ignorance as it were, and deliver a fascinating look into my top 5 less well known comic books.

The Boys

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The Boys by Garth Ennis is a modern comic that flips the whole super hero genre on its head, painting heroes at best as arrogant hedonists and at worst as criminally incompetent beings of unimaginable malice. The series lasted 72 issues (with 3 six issues tie in mini series as well) and was one of those nice ongoing series with an end point (the sort of thing Vertigo was always good for) and to this day remains one of the finest series I have ever read.

2000ad/Judge Dredd

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The weekly bit of British Thrill Power has been running since 1977 and Judge Dredd has been in every Prog (not issue) since issue 2, the world he occupies by now is so deep and rich, with over 2000 appearances in the pages of 2000 AD, and about 400 appearances in his own Megazine, Judge Dredd is possibly one of the foremost British exports when it comes to comics.

Doctor Who Magazine

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Doctor Who magazine has for over 500 issue and over 37 years on the shelves, as well as interviews with the cast and crew of the worlds longest running sci-fi show, news, features, gossip and reviews about the world of Who, the magazine contains the long running Doctor Who Comic Strip. Since this strip is officially published by the BBC I give it a little more canon value than that of the IDW and Titan series, but also due to their relatively short length the entirety of the series has been collected into 25 volumes which are currently being reprinted by Panini Comics

Spawn

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Spawn was created by Todd Mcfarlane in 1992 published by Image Comics, which in itself was a bit of a middle finger to the Marvel and DC as Image was formed for long time Marvel and DC writers to get out and have a vehicle to publish their own creator owned work, a move that has proved very successful, because here we are 25 years later, and Spawn is still going strong, along with a good deal of other properties too.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiered in May 1984 and has been a hit ever since, whether in comics, film’s, toys, or Saturday morning cartoons, and the success of the franchise itself has actually gone to overshadow its origins in comic form, but it really is worth checking out Eastman and Lairds original run, and some of the subsequent work done on these four party dudes. If you’re a little weary about trying this one, why not give something like Batman/ TMNT a go?

About Me: Five Favourite Comics and Graphic Novels

I’ve been writing this blog seriously for almost a year now, so maybe its time we got to know each other a little better. So here are some of my favourite comics and graphic novels:

Watchmen

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Alan Moore’s best known work and what is heralded as the birth of modern comic book industry. Its dark, its gritty and its probably the first american comic that was written for grown ups.

The Boys

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Garth Ennis series that posits the theory that if super powers really did exist, people with them would probably be insufferable cunts. Its rude, its crude and its really powerful, it makes light of the superhero genre and will be a classic for years to come.

Superman and Batman Generations 

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A tale that takes superman and batman back to their origins in the 1930’s and ages them in real time. It looks at their relationships and the strains that their choices put on their lives, and the lives of their families.

Judge Dredd: America

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Judge Dredd is a wholly unrelatable and unsympathetic character, what makes the world of Judge Dredd such an amazing and lasting institution is the characters that surround Dredd, and America is a story about freedom and how people are willing to let go of liberty in exchange for security, and like all good stories is makes you think, think about the important issues, the issues that should be important to us at any rate.

Annihilation

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It kick started Marvel’s space renaissance and gave birth to the modern Guardians of the Galaxy that have now been immortalised on screen. Its a space opera that unites many obscure areas of the Marvel Universe, shakes some up, kills some off and it generally an amazing story.