As the exploding minefield of 2011 reveals the honking great unknown precipice of 2012, it’s time to take stock of the last twelve months. After literally minutes of reflection, I give you Matt’s Geek Review of 2012:
The Concept So Blindingly Obvious That It Took Decades To Happen Award
…Goes to Neil Gaiman writing an episode of Doctor Who. This gets extra points for containing one of my favourite Who moments ever; when faced with the Doctor and the TARDIS newly personified as a woman, Amy just asks “Did you wish really hard?”
Boldest Decision of 2011
Look, I panicked about this one like every other victim of geek rage, but the decision to reboot the entire DC Comics line, while also releasing digital editions on the same day as their print equivalents, was just mad and brave enough to have secured a long term future for the company and the comic industry as a whole.
Under-rated Actor of 2011
John Noble, for his portrayal of Walter Bishop (and his parallel universe counterpart). That he hasn’t been showered with awards is a crime.
Superhero Film of the Year
I’m a DC fan, so I should be saying Green Lantern, but sorry, for me the winner is Captain America: The First Avenger. Could have been cheesy, but instead it delivered heart and a fun Indiana Jones period vibe. Also loved Tommy Lee Jones.
THE BRIAN BLESSED AWARD
…Goes to BRIAN BLESSED, for joining Twitter. Not so much a tweet, more an echoing cry from a mighty eagle.
Unexpected Character Renaissance
Aquaman, thanks to Geoff Johns’ current run. Takes all the jokes people make about the character and dissembles them. The guy’s the King of Atlantis, give him some respect!
Best Comic Book Tweeter
Gail Simone, for the timely reminder that King Shark is indeed a shark.
Character/Creator Interface of the Year
Grant Morrison writing Superman in Action Comics. Grant returns Superman to his roots as a social crusader, just as the Occupy movement takes hold in the West. It’s great having someone who understands the relevance of the character in charge.
The Character He Was Born To Play Award
Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor.
The Stan Lee Award For Best Cameo
Hugh Jackman in X-Men: First Class.
Most Anticipated Movie of 2012
The Avengers is a strong contender, and kudos to Marvel Studios for the years of planning this must have taken, but The Dark Knight Rises is the winner here. Based on initial publicity it’s not looking good for Christian Bale’s Batman… And that just makes it look all the more awesome.
So, there are my picks – feel free to add your nerd highlights of 2011 in the comments section.
Happy New Year!