Hey there! Dark Nights: Metal is DC’s big summer event for this year. With the all-star creative team of the New 52’s Batman, this event has been pushed as something new and exciting, unlike anything that’s done before. I’m going to try and review the entire thing if my wallet can keep up. Here’s the first set of reviews, focusing upon the first issue of this story and the prequels Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting!
There’s been a lot of thoughtpieces lately on the problems with Marvel Comics. This is down to a lot of things: staking up the prices, a creative exodus to independent publishers, the ensuing talent drive flooding the market with inexperienced new blood and unpopular editorial decisions. It’s probably all the Inhumans fault, somehow. They’ve tried to compensate for that with their Marvel Legacy initiative, which has met with some decidedly mixed reactions. Most people agree that while it’s not what Marvel needed, it’s nice to see them try to respond to criticism, at least. If they keep trying, they may eventually end up fixing their line of books. There is one thing that they don’t seem to be slowing down on; in fact, it’s something that’s only getting more popular across the industry. That’s double-shipping – one of the less talked about problems in the comics industry.
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As I’m sure anyone who has gone through it can tell you, puberty is not fun. It’s a confusing transitional period. If you’ve never experienced the joys of puberty then you’re either too old or too young and this post likely won’t appeal to you. If you are on the cusp of puberty or suffering through it as we speak then this is for you. I intend to plot a course through this period in your life, year by year with the use of TV, Movies and Books all from my own experiences starting at the age of 13. That means that this isn’t a comprehensive list, nor do I claim to be an expert on this topic.
In recent years, a stigma around Shonen anime and manga has arisen. The idea is that they are bloated with horrible filler content, poor animation, and stories designed to appeal to little boys. One of the shows that has contributed to this stigma almost more than any other is Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto. As part of “The Big 3“ Naruto surged in popularity in the early 2000s and along with One Piece and Bleach, did much to ignite the western anime boom of that era and while One Piece went on to be the best-selling manga of all time I feel it is safe to say that Naruto was the best at crossing the barrier to the rest of the world. For examples of this, you need not look farther than many American television shows. There have been almost countless amounts of winks and nods to the series, especially in cartoons. In a brief survey I conducted for this topic I found that 30% of people in my immediate surroundings were at least passingly aware of what Naruto where as One Piece and Bleach both ranked bellow 15 and 10% respectively.
As the year draws to a close, so too does another year of anime. If you, like me, have been unable to keep up with most of the most popular anime of the year then you’ve likely missed a few of the truly great ones. Today I have compiled a non-exhaustive, personalised list of my 5 favourite anime of this year.