The GeeksverseThe Pryde’s Year In Review – 2010

The Pryde’s Year In Review – 2010
Published on Sunday, January 9, 2011 by

2010 has come and gone, a new year is starting. This gives us a chance to go back and reflect on the year that was.

Comic Books
The year started off with the continuation of Blackest Night at DC and the end of the Dark Reign at Marvel with Siege. This led the Big Two to do similar storylines about the heroes stepping back into the light with Brightest Day and Heroic Age. The initiatives saw new series get launched.

The year also saw the return of both Bruce Wayne and Steve Rogers. Both companies mirrored eachother again and neither character returned directly to the mantle they originally wore, allowing the replacements to continue. Steve Rogers became Commander Rogers and became the top cop of the super heroes. Bruce Wayne did take on the mantle of Batman but he decided to take the brand global and have many Batmen.

Marvel said they were going to be done with major event books and to an extent they were, for just the year only as Fear Itself comes out around mid-2011. They didn’t do the line wide crossovers but did plenty of mini-events that only involved corners of the MU. These mini-events spawned limited series tie-ins. Shadowland and Chaos War both had multiple books, limited series and one-shots, that tied into the overall story. Even an arc, Curse of the Mutants, generated one-shots.

2010 also saw the return of Stan Lee to comics at Boom! Studios with the release of three new titles created by Lee. Vampirella returned to comics at Dynamite. Image released two new series, Skullkickers and Morning Glories, that were instant sell-outs and had many wondering if the publisher didn’t deliberately generate low print runs.

Prices got higher and higher for monthly issues, topping off at $3.99. It took the year, but publishers realized that that was too high and both Marvel and DC came up with iniatives to lower the prices back down to $2.99. This ranged from just dropping the price to cutting 2 pages or co-features from the books.

And how could we forget the biggest comic related news of all? Disney bought out Marvel for alot of money. Beyond just the impact of that alone, it meant that Marvel could now publish the Crossgen library of characters and they wasted no time in making the announcement that they would do so. SDCC saw the announcement and early 2011 will see the first two books.

    Comic Book Related Cartoons


The year saw an increase in comic properties that became animated series. Batman: The Brave and the Bold is a highly stylized take on the franchise that many people enjoy, and that show was joined by others.

We first heard about Young Justice and saw the premiere of the series air on Cartoon Network. Sadly it was just the premiere and we have to wait until early 2011 for the series to start. But the premiere showed promise and left many fans excited.

Marvel got into the animation ring with Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. The show premiered as a series of microepisodes online and then on Disney XD. The show is 16 episodes in and building a new mythos combining the original Marvel Avengers, the Ultimates and the show’s own ideas.

Even Image comics got into the mix. Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn’s Firebreather was turned into a CGI movie that premiered on Cartoon Network. The movie adapted the first Firebreather mini-series.

The toy company Hasbro acquired Discovery Kids and rebranded the station as The Hub premiering alot of shows and re-airing some older ones. Of note to comic book fans were the two newest incarnations of long running cartoon and comic brands, Transformers and G.I. Joe. G.I. Joe Renegades premiered is is going strong well Transformers: Prime showed up as a week long event with the regular series to come in 2011.

The year ended strong for comic related cartoons and 2011 seems like it’ll pick up where this year ended. 2011 will bring us the launch of Young Justice, the continuation of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and will add Ultimate Spider-Man to the mix.

    Comic Book Related Television


2010 wasn’t a strong year for comic book related television shows.

Smallville was really the only one on the schedule with Heroes being canceled. But this was announced to be Smallville’s last season and left many fans wondering what would be coming next year.

The coming year should look better for comic book fans. The Cape premieres in early January. The season finale of Smallville will hit and Warner Bros is already looking at possible replacements in the lineup for the show. Raven has already been tossed around as an idea. And it was announced that Marvel Comic’s Alias would hit television near the end of 2011.

    Comic Book Related Movies


There were a couple of movies of interest to comic book fans that hit in 2010.

The biggest was the sequal to the hugely successful Iron Man. Iron Man 2 came out and was as well received as the first one.

But the biggest news came in the form of the Avengers. It was announced that Joss Whedon will direct the Avengers movie which will be out in 2012. But to whet or appetiates for that it was also announced we would have two Avengers related movies in 2011. Thor would be coming first with Captain America coming later in the year.

And we can’t forget Kick-Ass, the adaption of the Mark Millar/John Romita Jr. Marvel/Icon comic.

DC wasn’t silent on the movie front, but their offering was a bit of a surprise. The Losers, based on a Vertigo series by Andy Diggle and Jock, came out in theatres and although it wasn’t a huge box office success was well received by viewers and fans.

The Wildstorm title Red, by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, came out as a live action movie but the final result was not the same as the comic. There were very few elements shared between the two.

Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, based on the series of graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley and published by Oni Press, came out after San Diego Comic Con and was met with mixed reaction.

What did the year of 2010 mean for you? Go to the Pryde’s forums and share your thoughts.

Best Comic Book Characters of 2010
Best Story Arc/Mini-Series of 2010
Best Comic Book Based Movie/TV Series/Cartoon of 2010
Best Movie of 2010

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