Part of life has always been to look forward towards a better tomorrow. But let's face it, as much as we want to forget about the bad times that happened before in the name of moving on, there are great things of the past we wish not to forget because we are glad to experience them, and genre entertainment in the past is no exception.
Anyway, as we are ready to focus on living in 2015, I, like many people, feel that there are genre-related events of 2014 I am happy to experience that I feel they are worth remembering. Out of comics, television, and film, there were 10 genre-related events of 2014 I am most proud of experiencing myself, and here they are:
1) Batman's 75th Anniversary
Yes, 2014 was an epic year for one of the most popular action/adventure
heroes to ever debut in comics published by DC Comics (and by extension, the comic book medium altogether).
As a fan of Batman, I was proud with the options DC had to offer for readers to check out when it comes to celebrating the 75th anniversary of the dark knight's first appearance.
Whether it be the "Gothtopia" storyline (Detective Comics Vol. 2 No. 27-29), the later parts of Zero Year, the Endgame storyline (began in Batman Vol. 2 no. 35) currently running, or even the Batman essentials series of 1 graphic novel sample-per-1 dollar items.
Heck, there was even a Batman day at comic shops.
2014 was a perfect year for Spider-Man in comics. It was sad to see The Superior Spider-Man be brought to a halt sooner than expected, but as a Spider-Man myself, I knew I had to move on to continue enjoying reading Spider-Man comics. While The Superior Spider-Man No. 31, which featured Peter Parker's return to life, was a key issue in the history of Spider-Man comics, the big Spider-Man event of 2014 had to be comic book writer Dan Slott's Spider-Verse (which began in The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 No. 9).
Because? Come on, we are talking a multipart storyline that saw both the return of previously seen alternate versions of Spider-Man and the arrival of never-before-seen alternate universe versions of Marvel's flagship web-slinger himself. The more Spider-Men appearing in the adventure, the merrier, but the storyline remains far from finished.
3) Peter Capaldi in Doctor Who (2005)
While we can all agree that 2013 was a super year for Doctor Who owing to its 50th anniversary happening in that year, 2014 was a big year for Britain's famous space-and-time adventure icon as it marked the start of a new era of episodes of 2005's Doctor Who television series: the era of Peter Capaldi in the role of The Doctor.
This goes in the list of what from 2014 to be proud because while new adventures were presented, protagonal space-and-time traveler this new era brought the show's back to his normal personality after his 11th regeneration; no longer did he have any romantic feelings for any traveling companies as he now remains once again the brother/father figure to all who travel with him, as he is supposed to be.
It was a matter of back to the basics indeed, with improvements appearing along the way.
4) Family Guy's Simpsons Guy
2014 was an epic year for one of America's most beloved animated sitcoms,
For the current of the show began with a one-hour/two-part episode event (titled "Simpsons Guy") where it was the first time the show had an episode that centered around the main characters of the sitcom itself interact with those of The Simpsons (another show from the studio behind Family Guy).
Things did go sour between them (though they were friends at first), but it was a Family Guy event worth remembering, especially with the part where Family Guy's co-protagonist Peter Griffin got into a bloody violent rumble with his The Simpsons equivalent Homer J. Simpson.
5) Arrow Vs. Flash Two-Night Event
In early December of 2014, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. gave us an
early Christmas gift by having two DC Comics character-based television series Arrow and The Flash (2014 version) each feature a Flash-meets-Arrow episode (both episodes were released on the same week with one airing one day before the other).
The world watched as two DC Universe heroes fight each other, criticizing each other's ways of taking down the bad guys, and eventually helping each other take down the bad guys as well. It was indeed a fun ride, though neither Arrow nor The Flash gave us an outcome determining which of the two heroes ruled supreme.
6) Gundam Reconguista in G
Although I am only at episode 4 of the currently running animated series
Gundam Reconguista in G, its launch earned a spot of this list because not only was it launched to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Gundam franchise, but it also marked Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino's return to the franchise as he gave us a tale centering around a new age of mobile suits within the primary Gundam-verse with new characters to be the focus of the action. By the way, the show's protagonal mobile suit Gundam G-Self (or simply "G-Self") looked very awesome.
7) The Simpson's Simpsorama
2013 was a sad year for sci-fi animation fans as the American sci-fi sitcom Futurama suffered cancellation a 2nd time.
Fortunately, the show's protagonists (Philip J. Fry, Turanga Leela, and Bender Bending Rodriguez) and there Planet Express co-workers got to show up on television again after that moment.
This time, as guest characters in the The Simpsons episode "Simpsorama", and actually interacting with the Simpsons set of characters, although it was odd that yellow skinned beings from the Simpsons would be shown to be living in the 1st century of the same dimension where Phillip J. Fry existed without explanation.
This animated adventure , which had our heroes joining force to tackle a common threat, was even perfect for celebration of The Simpson's 25th anniversary as well as Futurama's 15th.
2014 was indeed THE year for fans of werewolf-themed storytelling as
Canadian broadcaster SPACE: The Imagination Station premiered the hit Canadian television series Bitten.
In this post-Twilight Movies era, the werewolves are now getting the glory and series lead actress Laura Vandervoot had proven her capability of triumphing as a talented lead actress on her own outside the shadows of the American sci-fi television series Smallville, where she played Kryptonian Kara Zor-El.
9) Sword Art Online Books Came to North America
Although I have not seen much of the Sword Art Online anime series, 2014 was a perfect year for SAO fans as the two book series versions of the same saga.
The light novel series (the version that started it all for all things SAO) and the graphic novel one, finally landed on the store shelves in North American book stores.
If you love kids-in-danger action stories like The Hunger Games and the classic 1980s sci-fi movie Tron, those books are worth looking into.
With more installments of both book series versions to come later in 2015.
10) Godzilla 2014
Whether you are a Godzilla fan (like me) or are just new to it, you will be
happy to know that hit 2014 American film Godzilla makes the list.
While 2014 was the year of the Godzilla franchise 's 60th anniversary, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures gave us an entertaining movie that balanced between focusing the adventure mainly on America and honoring the qualities that made the famed Japanese sci-fi monster character famous for many years.
Not only did the two American studios gave us the perfect film to watch during celebration of the 60th anniversary of the sci-fi legend that Japanese film studio Toho originated, but also had proven to audiences that localizing Japanese works of fiction for American audiences is a practice still worth production effort and can be a good thing (if the story script is good of course).
So that's my list of genre entertainment-related moments in 2014 I am most proud of. What moments are you most proud of? Anyway, as we most focus on how to enjoy 2015, we must never let go of the great memories we have of the old year, because remembering the good of the past helps the builds the joy of the now. Thanks for reading, and see you next time.