My 6 Favorite Things of 2017
In just a few short days, 2017 will come to an end and we’ll all move on with our lives. Was it a good year? I suppose. The highlight of the year was publishing my own graphic novel, Gamer Girl & Vixen, with my awesome team. And I just got off a great family trip to Universal Studios in Florida. And I’m not dead yet. So I suppose 2017 was an OK year.
And like every other pop culture-infused website on the Internet, I’m putting together a list of my favorite bits and pieces of the pop culture year. Unlike all those other websites, I don’t have an entire staff of people to check in on everything. I only experienced the few things I experienced. For example, I don’t have a Nintendo Switch or a Playstation 4, so I missed out on some of the year’s best video games. On the other hand, I made a point to go see more movies in the theaters, so I have more to pick from. It’s been a weird year.
Join me after the jump for my favorite picks from pop culture! And feel free to share your own in the comments!
6. Action Figures: Ms. Marvel
Once again, I’m kind of stuck coming up with a sixth thing. I don’t listen to new music coming out, so all the best songs I heard this year are old. So for my sixth entry here, let’s just go with action figures! I bought a really great Ms. Marvel action figure this year and it sits proudly on my Geek Wall. It’s nice having some solid Ms. Marvel merchandise. Her comic is still great and her character is still great. I’m definitely hoping for that TV show or movie down the line.
Runner Up: Thrall: Heroes of the Storm
I love me some Warcraft, especially Warcraft characters, and doubly especially the well-crafted, highly detailed action figures we get of Warcraft characters. Thrall is my favorite character in the lore, and I stumbled upon this awesome figure randomly over the summer, ordering it immediately. The figure comes from the Heroes of the Storm game and not World of Warcraft, but I don’t mind. It looks amazing!
5. Movie Trailer: Kong: Skull Island
I love watching movie trailers, even though sometimes I wish I could leave them behind and just enjoy movies fresh. Ah well, that’s my burden to bear. The trailer for Kong: Skull Island was a real standout this year and blew me away with just how musical it is. The trailer people picked some great songs and then managed to edit the action and sound effects to be in tune with the music. It’s a great trailer that really flows, while showing off the craziness of the movie.
Runner Up: Isle of Dogs
This is just a gorgeous, fun trailer for what I hope is going to be a gorgeous and fun movie. I love Wes Anderson films. They just have this je ne sais quoi that makes them unlike anything else, and this trailer has that energy in spades. I can’t wait for this movie!
4. Video Game: Divinity: Original Sin 2
Here’s the thing: I don’t play many video games. I love playing video games and try to play as many as I can, but I gave up on consoles a couple years ago, leaving me with Steam on the PC. So I have yet to play Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Mario Odyssey, both of which I’m sure are popular picks across the rest of the Internet. Plus, I’m often broke, so I don’t really splurge $60 on a new video game all that often.
Which is why Divinity: Original Sin 2 was my favorite of the handful of video games I played this year. The series is already one of the best role-playing games out there, with an intricate game world and a unique way to interact with all of it. Spells and classes are unlike regular RPGs, and both character creation and story are phenomenal. When it comes to RPGs, nothing else comes close!
Runner Up: Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Again, I didn’t play many other games this year, but I’m thoroughly enjoying the latest Assassin’s Creed game. It’s the first AC game I’ve played since Black Flag, after Ubisoft starting pumping out games one after another. Origins has got all of the great AC gameplay that I enjoy, along with a huge open world, lots of things to collect and explore, and most importantly, it’s set in Ancient Egypt. That’s just plain cool! I can explore the Pyramids and the Sphinx and just really mesh into that historical world. Definitely worth a look if you’re an AC fan.
3. TV Show: GLOW
My favorite TV show this year was GLOW on Netflix. It’s a show about a real life 80s TV show called Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, about a group of women coming together to film a cheesy pro-wrestling show. And GLOW is great! The characters are great, the drama is great, the misadventures of these wrestlers are great. The best part is the coming together of all the women, most of whom don’t have high opinions of this wrestling thing starting out, but who come to love one another and what they do by the end. The show is made especially great thanks to a killer 80s soundtrack, building up to a final wrestling match/song cue that has been my favorite TV moment of the year! Such a great and fun show!
Runner Up: The Handmaid’s Tale
This one was hard to choose because there were so many good shows this year. But I settled on The Handmaid’s Tale because, not only is it a very good show, but it’s also really important for our time period. Not to get all political on you people, but there’s a message in this show that is really important right now. This is the sort of challenging art that you hope to see in trying times.
2. Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
My New Year’s Resolution for 2017 was to see a lot more movies in the theater. I love going to movies and I can afford to see them more often, and I’m glad I did! I saw so many great films, both big blockbusters and indie darlings, and everything in between. So of course my favorite movie of the year is one of the big Marvel blockbusters! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was just as much fun and energetic as the first one, remaining hugely entertaining. Then the movie went a step further with an emotional punch I did not see coming, and that’s what has pushed it over the top for me. Making Yondu the center of a big emotional arc was amazing and unexpected.
Runner Up: Colossal
Marvel had a great year! Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok were both very, very good and easily could have made this list. But I don’t want to just praise Marvel movies. I have to be a little more open than that.
Colossal is great! It’s one of those independent movies that may have slipped under a lot of radars, but it’s a must-see. The story is really complex, but mainly involves a young woman who finds out that she is directly responsible for a giant kaiju monster terrorizing South Korea. The premise is just a lot of fun, and the movie goes to some really dark places. I highly recommend tracking down Colossal and giving it a watch!
1. Comic Book: Silver Surfer
The standout comic for me, this year, was clearly Silver Surfer. It was the best comic pretty much every week it came out. Dan Slott and the Family Allred produced a masterpiece with this series, possibly the best the Silver Surfer has ever been. The comic is at times deeply touching and upliftingly hilarious. It’s wildly imaginative, exploring ideas and concepts and planets that stretch the boundaries of fiction. But it never lost sight of the heart of the book, which was the relationship between the Surfer and his companion, Dawn Greenwood. Their romance was one of the best I’ve read in a long time, and both characters were just so much fun to read. And the final issue of this great series hit every possible height, with the creative team nailing the landing like the pros they are. This is a series that shows not only why comics exist, but why these big superhero companies and continuity need to stick around.
Runner Up: Iceman
Iceman is definitely my favorite new comic of 2017. Iceman is already my favorite X-Man, so I was going to pick up a solo comic series about him no matter what. The fact that it was Marvel pushing an LGBTQ superhero was just icing on the cake. But then writer Grace Sina delivered a comic about one of my favorite superheroes that sticks to my personal motto for comics: people first, superheroes second. The series focuses mainly on Iceman’s personal life, whether its his attempts to meet men, maintaining his friendships with fellow X-Men or dealing with his parents. All the superhero stuff is just bonus, and it’s great, too. Definitely my favorite new X-Men comic in a long time!
So of course it’s already been cancelled…
What are your favorite things from the past year? Got a favorite movie, TV show or comic? Any life events that were particularly fun? Let me know in the comments!