Volume 4, Issue 53!
“The Worst of 2015!”
It’s that time of year again folks, the annual rundown of the best and worst of 2015. We’ve seen a lot of really cool things this year, but at the same time, we’ve also had a LOT of crap. And speaking of that crap, we’ve gotta get through the bad before we get to the good stuff, so without further ado, here’s my list on the worst stuff of 2015!
Secret Wars Delays
Delays aren’t anything new in comics, but when it comes to Marvel’s latest event, the length of time it’s taken for Jonathan Hickman’s magnum opus has been pretty absurd. An event that began back in May STILL hasn’t finished, with a new number 9 issue that won’t be hitting until January (if we’re lucky). You’d think that after this happening event after event that Marvel and DC would make sure that enough issues are in the can before releasing the first issue, but they must not seem to care all that much.
Wooooo boy. Look, we were all expecting and hoping for Fantastic Four to fail, but none of us were expecting it to fail so spectacularly. Not only was the film a massive flop at the box office, but also it also made zero sense and ended up being one of the worst movies of the year. Fantastic Four is so bad that it’s not even fun to watch. You end up just feeling bad for everyone involved.
Dark Knight Being DC’s Answer to Everything
Make no mistake; Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns is a masterpiece. And while Dark Knight 3 has actually been pretty okay so far, DC is quickly starting to beat a dead horse. Between Miller announcing that DK3 isn’t “his” story and that he’s working on a fourth book, DC announcing a special tie-in issue revealing the case that caused the Batman to retire, and Jim Lee variant covers that cost at minimum $5,000, DC using Dark Knight Returns as a quick way to try and boost sales is a little shady, and it’s in danger of diminishing the original story’s importance.
I was pretty excited for Gene Luen Yang and John Romita Jr’s Superman series when it was first announced, but after sitting through about 6 issues it’s clear that the premise (where the world learns Clark Kent is Superman) is better than the actual execution. Maybe it’s because Yang is following Geoff Johns, or maybe it’s the fact that Superman is now a fighter in a UFC group that hosts other mystical creatures and heroes, but the current Superman series is not living up to what the Man of Steel deserves.
Star Wars: Shattered Empire and Aftermath
Star Wars was everywhere this year, and that was just fine by me But that doesn’t mean that everything that had those two words on it were good. While Marvel’s other Star Wars titles kicked ass and took names, the Shattered Empire miniseries by Greg Rucka was nothing like what we were promised. Instead of getting the “story after Return of the Jedi”, we got to see Han, Luke, and Leia in a handful of pages while new characters that we had no connection took the lead. But that doesn’t hold a candle to Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath, which tried too hard to mimic the success of George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones novels with chapters that jumped around so much that you’d think a 7 year old wrote it with his action figures. Like Shattered Empire, Aftermath also starred a bunch of characters that are brand new, and not the ones you care about. It’s a shame because there’s so many other great new Star Wars novels that to have these two heavily marketed stories disappoint really puts a damper on someone interested in more from the galaxy far, far away after watching The Force Awakens.