NOTE: of what i’ve read
Best Single Issue of 2012
1. FF #23 (Marvel) – Pure, glorious fun with an emotional center. This is comics. This is the perfect sendoff for Jonathan Hickman’s amazing, almost 4 year long run on the Fantastic Four franchise.
2. Wolverine and the X-Men #17 (Marvel) DOOP! Great to find out the backstory of one of X-Statix’s orphans.
3. Saga #6 (Image) – Space opera meets frank nudity, violence and sex while still managing to remain grounded with humor and humanity. Amazing stuff, and wraps up the first arc spendidly.
4. Secret Agent Poyo #1 (Image) Noticing a trend yet? Another ‘fun’ entry, celebrating all that is the art of comics. A one-off pulled from the pages of the terrific Chew, SA Poyo delves into what he does when he’s NOT saving the department.
5. Hawkeye #3 (Marvel) Rarely has a comic re-invigorated a character such as this one. It’s made many a non-fan go, ‘oh, so THAT’S why Hawkeye’s a badass. Having David Aja pen it just seals it.
6. Manhattan Projects #6 – Seeing the scientific revolution from the Russian side has never been so gripping, and heart-wrenching, as the protagonist is never free to pursue what he DOESN’T want to do with his talents.
7. Fantast Four #604 (Marvel) – The Fantastic Four. The Future Foundation. Doctor Doom. Celestials. Future Richards’ kids. And then, ‘come to me, my Galactus’. Phrase of the year. Arc of the year.
8. The New Deadwardians #1 (DC) – Knowing of Dan Abnett’s work mostly only through his Guardians of the Galaxy run with Marvel, one could be surprised how starkly DIFFERENT this comic was. Somewhat slowly-paced yet still engrossing, the comic introduces us to the world of an undead detective who is decidedly blue-blood English.
9. Wonder Woman #11 (DC) – Brian Azzarello’s Wonder Woman learns to become a fighting machine while battling her mother Hera and her many God siblings. Magnificant art caps it.
10. (tie) Wolverine and the X-Men #19 (Marvel) Kitty Pryde searches for a new teacher for the school. Hilarity ensues with the various heroes who apply for the job.
10. (tie) The Unwritten #36 (DC) The underlying theme throughout this series remains the same, that stories can be created, and destroyed. Paulie the Bunny’s story continues. One of the gruffest bunnies you’ll ever meet, he treks across the vast landscape to find his home, and his real self.
my top 5 comedy podcasts of 2012:
1. Nerdist – the best guests, affable host, and terrific co-hosts. the ultimate package.
2. Todd Glass Show
3. Monday Morning Podcast w Bill Burr
4. The Champs
5. Who Charted?
honorable mention: Smartest Man In The World
best year to year consistency: Jordan, Jesse Go
Kudos to a pod I’m just not into but respect: Comedy Bang Bang
props for sheer volume: Kevin Smith/Smodcast
Up and Coming Podcast: Four-Eyes and Beard (scott mosier and matt mira figure out if they like each other)
top 5 podcast guests for 2012:
1. Paul F Tompkins – the master of podcast guesting
2. Greg Proops
3. Adam Carolla
4. Jordan Morris
5. Pete Holmes
Best Video Games Podcast: Indoor Kids
Best Comics Podcast: Paperkeg
Best BSG Podcast: Radio Free Echo Rift
Best Politics Podcast: The Bugle
Best Advice Podcast: Savage Lovecast
Best ESPN Podcast: BS Report
Best Earwolf Podcast not involving Howard Kremer: How Did This Get Made?
Most Overrated Podcast: WTF with Marc Maron
Most Oversubscribed Podcast: Adam Carolla Show
Worst NPR Podcast: Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me
Biggest Difference Between Each Episode (in regards to quality) : Joe Rogan Experience
Worst ESPN Podcast: Cowherd
Biggest Blowhard On The Interwebs: Penn Jillette on Penn’s Sunday School