Year of Geek 2012
December 31, 2012 Skyfall Makes Over $1 BillionSkyfall, the 23rd James Bond flick, completely destroyed every record in the 50 year cinematic history of the Bond franchise. The film cost Sony $200 million to make and brought in $289 million in North America alone. Skyfall reached the $1 billion mark in late December. It’s safe to say Sony has made their money back and then some, wouldn’t you agree?
December 26, 2012 The Death of Peter Parker
The Amazing Spider-Man #700 (Marvel) by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos truly had an epic feel to it. The most exciting Marvel comic book run to date came to an end with The Amazing Spider-Man #700. In the incredibly controversial #700, Peter Parker dies at the hands of Doctor Octavius and Doctor Octavius becomes the new Spider-Man, an introduction to The Superior Spider-Man.
December 21, 2012 Gail Simone Back As Batgirl Writer Gail Simone announced via Twitter and Tumblr that she has been reinstated as the writer of DC’s popular Batgirl title! This came after Simone was surprisingly relieved of her writing duties on Batgirl several weeks prior. DC’s removal of Simone as Batgirl writer over email sparked quite a controversy among fans of the title and Simone, who took to social media to make their displeasure known. It appeared that the fans’ voices were heard, when Simone announced, via Twitter: “Here’s a thing. Gail Simone is the new Batgirl writer.” Simone released a slightly longer statement via her Tumblr page, in which she thanked the fans and DC Comics.
December 9, 2012 Gail Simone Removed as Batgirl WriterIn a shocking turn of events, fan-favorite writer, Gail Simone was apparently forced off Batgirl by DC Comics. Simone confirmed the news on Twitter with this statement: “On Wednesday of last week, new Batgirl editor Brian Cunningham informed me by email that I was no longer the writer of Batgirl.” Ouch…
December 8, 2012 Hitman’s Controversial Facebook AppThe minds behind Hitman: Absolution released an app on Facebook that allowed you to put a fake hit, keyword FAKE, on your friends because of the size of their personal body parts, their hair color, their annoying laugh, etc. You know, your choice. This resulted in OUTRAGE. As in many people, very angry. And all of them on Facebook.
December 3, 2012 Stan Lee Visits the Boys From ‘Comic Book Men’Stan Lee made a prominent appearance on AMC’s Comic Book Men. After Walt asked Stan Lee his opinion about the Captain Stacy storyline in The Amazing Spider-Man, Walt sat down with his legs crossed like a little boy listening to story time. In this story, Captain Stacy is the father of Peter Parker’s love interest, Gwen and is crushed by Doctor Octopus. As he dies, he tells Spider-Man that he knows his true identity is Peter Parker and to take care of Gwen. Stan remarked that it was one of the best panels in comic book history.
November 13, 2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Released
Call of Duty’s highest grossing title in history was released in retail stores on November 13, 2012. Call of Duty: Black Ops II is a must-own title for fps fans. It is, hands down, the best Call of Duty game to date, as well as the most ambitious. The campaign is simply groundbreaking. Multiplayer is exhilarating and addictive, as always. While sound design is holding Call of Duty: Black Ops back from being the perfect game, it still received a 93 out of 100 score from us.
November 6, 2012 Halo 4 ReleasedAfter playing through Halo 4, it is very clear that 343 Industries is no pushover. They proved themselves worthy of taking-over Bungie’s wildly successful creation, Halo. 343 Industries took all the good things from the Halo series and put their own stamp on it, creating a truly re-invigorated Halo game. Halo 4 is very well polished and has a soundtrack that could compete with any blockbuster film. While the game does have minor flaws, it is an overall excellent first attempt from 343 Industries.
November 4, 2012 The Walking Dead: Death of LoriOn AMC’s megahit show The Walking Dead, Lori, Carl and Maggie’s group of survivors is overrun by walkers, so those three break away from the rest of the group and strike out on their own. Very pregnant Lori goes into labor while running away from the zombies and tries to push the baby out while standing up. There are complications. Lori says the only way to save the baby is for Maggie to cut her open and take the baby out via frontier style C-section. The slicing open of Lori was a very scary moment while it lasted. The baby survived, but Lori lost too much blood during the whole slice and dice delivery. Carl ends Lori life so she doesn’t come back as a zombie. Carl elected himself to shoot her, in a very moving moment on The Walking Dead. Viewers hear the gunshot and shortly thereafter see Carl fleeing, in the grips of anger and fear over what he has just done.
October 30, 2012 Disney Buys Lucasfilm LTDMoviemaking giant Disney bought Lucasfilm Ltd. for over $4 billion dollars and announced that there are plans to make the next Star Wars film entitled Star Wars: Episode VII. Disney also announced that they have plans to continue the Star Wars franchise into the future by releasing further installments in the Star Wars franchise every other year.
October 30, 2012 Ubisoft Releases Assassin’s Creed 3Assassin’s Creed III is a solid game with a fantastic story and makes a good addition to the Assassin’s Creed series. The graphics are amazing, both detailed and beautiful. Ubisoft added weather to the Assassin’s Creed’s animus, allowing for rain as well as winter with snow on the ground. Assassin’s Creed 3 is the best Assassin’s Creed thus far and the most expansive open world for all your assassination needs.
October 17th, 2012 Batwoman #13 (DC Comics) - The First Meeting of Batwoman and Wonder Woman
This comic is THE textbook example on how to feature another major comic book character in a comic book series, especially when that comic book character happens to “belong” to one of your competitor’s; in this case, Marvel. In this issue of Batwoman she meets Wonder Woman for the first time. The two join forces to take on Nyx and they make a remarkable team. J.H. Williams III is the writer and artist of this comic and his artwork is colorful and detailed. This is a must pick up for all the fans of female superheroes out there!
September 21, 2012 iPhone 5 Is ReleasedThe latest iPhone, the iPhone 5, hit stores on September 21, 2012, with pre-orders available the week prior. Pre-orders sold out twenty times faster than its predecessor iPhones. The iPhone 5 has better battery performance, better graphic performance and is two times faster than previous models.
August 29, 2012 Superman Gets A New Romance
In Justice League #12 (DC Comics), the latest revelation has finally put a stop to all those tongues wagging and silenced the debate over just why Clark Kent’s marriage to Lois Lane disappeared. We have Superman’s new romance and who is fit to date Superman? Why Wonder Woman, of course.
July 20, 2012 The Dark Knight Rises Hits TheatersThe latest Batman film made well over $1 billion in 2012 and for good reason. Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures made way for Christopher Nolan to complete the Dark Knight trilogy. The Dark Knight Rises may not be the best of Nolan’s three Dark Knight installments, but it stands proudly beside them, ranking right up with The Avengers as blockbuster of the year (they’re very different films, of course, but each strong at what they do).
July 11, 2012 The Walking Dead #100 Is Released We are well over 100 issues deep into The Walking Dead comic series and readers are definitely enjoying this long and suspenseful ride. In Robert Kirkman’s bicentennial issue, we see the unfortunate and surprising death of one of the long loved characters in the series *** SPOILER *** (it is Glenn). With a brutal bat to the head from new villain of the series Negan, bye bye went one of our favorite characters in The Walking Dead. R.I.P. Glenn.
Scott Synder and Greg Capullo team up again for the best Batman comic of the year. In this issue, we discover who was behind the Court of Owls (which we been building to for the first half of the year). And it is, frankly, the biggest shocker in the Batman series *** SPOILER *** It is the previously thought, long dead little brother of Bruce Wayne, Thomas Wayne Jr. Awesome reveal, anyone?? Capullo’s dark and scruffy drawing of the Dark Knight is gritty. And, at the end of the issue, we get a bonus peak into Alfred’s childhood, which is cool.
May 4, 2012 The Avengers Hits TheatersThe Avengers broke records for an opening weekend, bringing in over $200.3 million. There is a point towards the end of the movie during which all of the Avengers assemble for battle and is one of the most iconic film sequences of the year.
March 12, 2012 The Hunger Games Movie Hits TheatersThe big screen adaptation of the novel The Hunger Games hit movie theaters on March 12, 2012. The movie grossed more than $650 million and garnered favorable critical reception. Katniss Everdeen was among the most searched terms in 2012, according to Google.
March 6, 2012 Sheldon Moldoff, Golden Age Artist, Passes Away Sheldon Moldoff who died several months after suffering a stroke, was the quiet gentleman of the Golden Age of comics. The artist is survived by three children, seven grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Moldoff was the co-creator of Bat-Girl, Batwoman, Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze.
January 13, 2012, DC Comics Trademarks New Company Logo
The arrival of New 52 in late 2011 cemented a line-wide refocus of the DC brand that came shortly after an attempt to expand the company’s comic book movie properties with Green Lantern, the movie. Such a clean, new image for the familiar two-letter symbol is a truly drastic departure from the stylish swish some readers had only just become used to. The new logo has reportedly been trademarked without color.