The most anticipated of 2012

The world’s ending. Bummer. But before we all go to our flaming deaths there are some great things coming this year. So here are the top things I am most excited about for my final year on Earth.

The Dark Knight Rises

Let’s start this list off right. This tops my list for a reason. I got the opportunity to see the prologue in front of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol this year. It was a really awesome six minutes and while Bane was difficult to understand, I have complete faith in Chris Nolan. Seeing the ending of this trilogy will leave me happy and content that if there was never another decent Batman movie at least I’d have these. How will it all end? No one knows for sure until July, but I have a feeling it will be epic.

Avengers Vs X-Men

While this isn’t my most anticipated comic of the upcoming year, I am pretty excited for it. I recently started reading the Marvel Universe after 15 years of almost only DC Comics. So far, I have just been hitting the best storylines, New X-Men, DareDevil, Captain America, The Ultimates, etc but I have really enjoyed pretty much everything and as I am starting to catch up to current, this storyline looks pretty enticing. We’ll see what comes from it.

Comic Book Men

Over the past year I have began to really enjoy Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, etc. So when I heard about Comic Book Men from AMC. A show based on Kevin Smith’s comic book shop in New Jersey, I couldn’t help but feel a little excited. Following the Walking Dead (which while not on this list is a show I am very excited to see return after an amazing finale), this show could take everything I love about Pawn Stars and focus on my favorite thing, Comic Books. Perfect combo in my book.

The Avengers

Terrible trailer music aside, this is a very good trailer to get fanboys excited for the several years in the making epic, The Avengers. I have loved what Marvel has done with their movies in the past few years. Thor and Captain America were two of my favorites from 2011. So to see them with Iron Man, Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow? Count me in.

BioShock Infinite

I haven’t always been a gamer. In fact, until I started working for Nintendo, I didn’t really pay much attention to the gaming world but there was two games that grabbed my attention early on. One was the amazing Arkham Asylum and the other was Bioshock. I picked the sci-fi game up a few months ago and really enjoyed it. It got lost in my move to Chicago but I plan on finishing up the last bit in the next couple of months. But the trailer for the third game in the series looks fantastic with a story that really appeals to the science fiction nerd in me. Very excited.

Batman: Earth One/ Batman: Death By Design/ Batman by Scott Snyder

It is always a pleasure to read Batman outside of the regular comics world because that world get so complicated. That’s why I am thrilled that two of my three anticipated comics from Batman take place outside of his regular universe. Batman Earth One is one of those two. A partner of sorts to the fantastic Superman Earth one, I couldn’t be more thrilled to see the caped crusader written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Gary Frank.

Batman: Death by Design is the other. When I was kid, one of my most treasured possessions was a copy of a book called Batman: Animated. It was a collection of art and interviews about the fantastic Batman: The Animated Series. I took this book with me everywhere. It was complied and designed by graphic designer Chip Kidd. He would show up many more times, recently with the Bat-Manga: The secret history of Batman in Japan. Frankly, the man knows Batman which is why I am thrilled that this year he gets to write his own Batman story with fantastic art by Dave Taylor, this is one to look forward to.

But not every Batman story has to be outside the core universe to be good. Batman by Scott Snyder is a perfect example. When he took over for Detective Comics last year, I don’t think anyone knew what to expect but no one expected to have one of the best Batman stories in recent years. Snyder’s run on Detective was amazing and his recent shift to Batman shows no signs of stopping. The Court of Owls is an intriguing story and with the recently announced crossover, I am excited to see where it all goes. As a side note, I want to toss out a call to Batman and Robin by Peter Tomasi. It is a close close second to Snyder and should not be passed up.

Alcatraz 

New Lost? I doubt it. New Fringe? Very possible. With the great Fringe on the verge of being cancelled, I am excited to see Alcatraz on schedule in hopes that this Fox show will take place of Fringe should in fall into the unknown. If not, well hey, two great shows is just as good. There is a two hour premier which I am hoping will set this show up nice and high. We need some good genre television with failures all around us every season. So fingers crossed for JJ Abram’s new show.

Prometheus

With so little about this possible/maybe/confirmed/unconfirmed Alien prequel, you can’t help but get excited. Alien is one of my favorite science fiction movies and I am very excited to see what writer Damon Lindelof and director Ridley Scott can do with the Alien universe. Directly connected or not I am sure we’re in for a thrill ride. Also for the record, I think this and Alien are connected pretty tightly, I mean look at the trailer for Pete’s sake.

The Killers 2012 Album

Not much is known about this fourth studio album from my favorite band but rumor has it dropping this summer. Produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2) and Brenden O’Brien (Brandon Flowers Solo Album), we have much to look forward to.

Rick Remender 

Rick Remender is a comic book writer who is relatively new on my radar but I am really liking what he is doing with his books. He is working on the amazing Uncanny X-Force and Venom. Plus he just added Secret Avengers to his catalog so it looks like we are in for more of a treat. If you haven’t been reading his runs on Uncanny X-Force and Venom you need to hit that right away. He is one to watch in 2012.

Mad Men

Finally we’ll see the return of Don Draper this year. About time. The plus side is we get a “Mad Men movie” with a two hour premier that is not two episodes shoved together but one long episode. This is great. Little is known about how much time will have passed but I am sure we’re in for some genuine (sorry, Pan AM and Playboy Club) sixties drama.

Skyfall

Fifty years of Bond. What better way to celebrate than a new movie? There is no better way to celebrate. Oh wait, maybe that complete Bond box set is.

The River

This found footage horror show gets me excited for several reasons. One is that it is only 8 episodes long. That might seem weird but the formula of found footage isn’t really made for TV. There is no really logical way for someone to “find” 100 hours of footage. So keeping it short shows the show has logic which gives me hope. Plus the premier is being buzzed as one of the scariest in recent years. Also, the amazon is like space. It is vast and creepy and you know I love space. So maybe I’ll love the amazon just as much.

Mark Millar / Millarworld

Writer Mark Millar isn’t a new name to comics… or movies. But for all his years in the business, he is still an awesome writer. He has tackled pretty much everyone in Marvel and now is off writing his own comics. You might have heard of some: Kick Ass, Wanted, Superior, Nemesis, etc. Well this year, he has got several new pieces coming out including Secret Service with Dave Gibbons. You know Dave Gibbons, the co-creator of Watchmen. There is also Super Crooks and Jupiter’s Children with Artist Frank Quietly. So much to look forward this year. Oh and let’s not forget that Hit Girl spinoff we’ve been promised.

The Amazing Spider Man

Color me cautiously optimistic.

Wii U

Maybe it’s because its my job now but I am excited to see what Wii U will bring. Sadly, doing the advertising for Nintendo hasn’t made me privy to much more info on the Wii U than the average person but I think it will be interesting to see what this new console will do for the gaming market and if it will have the same success as the Wii.

And then…

So these are my favorites but that doesn’t mean I am not excited for others like Men In Black 3, the Hobbit, Grant Morrison’s run on Batman Inc., Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dark Shadows, Gravity, and my many favorite returning shows like Parks and Rec, Modern Family, 30 Rock and the hopeful return of Community. But like I said, among all these favorites the thing I am looking forward to the most is this guy.

I’ve lived my life moving from event to event. I’ve often thought, it’ll be okay if I die in a freakish accident as long as it’s after Lost is over. Or The Dark Knight. Or Paul Dini’s run on Detective Comics. Or anything like that but since he was born, my whole world has changed. The only thing I am really looking forward to seeing is this kid grow up. The rest of this stuff is just icing on the cake.

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