By: Christopher Johnson
1. Best of 2016:
Right now this is my prediction for all the books and am currently buying and plan to buy in 2016.
1. Daredevil by Charles Soules
2. Extraordinary X-men by Jeff Lemire
3. Captain America:Sam Wilson by Nick Spencer
4. Astonishing Ant-man by Nick Spencer
5.Spider-Man/Deadpool by Joe Kelly
6.New Avengers by Al Ewing
7. Illuminati by John Williamson
The first four is the easiest to predict because they are easily the best four series I am currently reading. The fifth book is a major toss-up for me. I have a really good feeling about the SpiderMan and Deadpool team up but I am not a Deadpool fan so there is a chance I will not like it or may not even buy it. If I buy it, I have high hopes for it. New Avengers seems like it will be the sixth best series but it could slip into the top 5. Now this is extremely premature as I do not know what Marvel is cooking up for the later half of the year and that could easily change my list.
2. First Series to Drop
Right now, I plan on dropping 0 books but I said that at the end of 2015 and dropping Spider-Woman six months later. I would say if I stopped any series, it would be Illuminati. It is enjoyable but I could see it becoming stale just like Spider-Woman did.
3. Best book I am not buying
– The Ultimates
This is a book written by Al Ewing and I am hearing great things that I am sure will continue in 2016. I choose to not buy this to keep a smaller pull list going into 2016. Maybe I will be missing out, maybe not. From the books we know are released, this seems to be the best that I am not buying.
4. Books I backlog in 2016
– My “guess” the only books I will backlog in 2016 will be Venom by Rick Remender and Star Wars by Jason Aaron. For whatever reasonm I started buying Venom in backlog a while ago and I seem to buy the next trade at least once a year. So, I will most likely follow that trend. Another trend I may keep up is buying a series that was very much enjoyed the previous year as long as I like the artist and writer. Last year I decided upon Superior Foes of SPider-Man and I think in 2016 it will be Star Wars by Jason Aaron. I originally wanted to add that to my pull list but thought Marvel only was publishing it to hop onto the hype train and it wouldn’t be very good and I am learning how wrong I truly was.
5. New Ongoings in 2016?
– X-Force and Young Avengers
I feel these may be safe picks but I believe X-Force and Young Avengers will be given new books in 2016. I know several members of the new avengers are in various books but I still feel a new ongoing featuring Miss America Chavez, Kate Bishop, some lesser used teen characters and even some brand new characters would be a good new book. Young Avengers normally sale well and those two female characters seem pretty popular.With an X-Force movie in the works, I just think a new on-going featuring them is coming. You can say all you want that Marvel is abandoning Mutants in comics but I disagree. Extraordinary X-Men is a great series and I am excited to see where MArvel takes the X-Men from here.
COMIC BOOK MOVIES!
1. Best CBM of 2016?
– Doctor Strange and X-Men: Apocalypse
From all I am seeing, I think Doctor Strange will be the best Marvel studio movie of 2016. I may be a captain America fan but there are a lot of expectations riding on Captain America 3 and Doctor strange has a lot less of that. Therefore it will be easier to enjoy. I really DO NOT want the X-Men rights to revert back to Marvel. I feel FOX is finally learning how to handle the X-Men and I believe the next main X-Men movie(and Deadpool to a degree) will show that the X-Men belong at FOX. Mark my words, Apocalypse will be the underdog of 2016 and it will prevail.
2. Best CBM Actor/Actress of 2016
– Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Turner
Again with what I said earlier. I think Benedict Cumberbatch will KILL it as strange and I think Sophie will really impress as Jean Grey. Benedict is an excellent actor and I think he has the chops to be an excellent Strange. I do not know Sophie very well ,but I think she is capable of being a good Jean Grey simply based on the trailer. I might be wrong and maybe one of the other female leads will stand out more than her but we shall see.
3. Worst CBM of 2016
I have no desire to see this movie. I have so many complaints about it’s existence it isn’t even funny. Now, the thing is, is that I said that deadpool will show the X-Men belong at FOX. That still holds true. Even though I will not see it, I think it will be very accurate to the character and will show proper representation of the character. That being said I am sure people will enjoy it, I just refuse to watch it.
4. Best CBM of 2016 that I Will Not See
– Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
I will not see this movie simply because I am not a big DC COmics fan and I am oppose to the idea behind this movie. I feel it has became less about Batman vs. Superman and more about poor planning and shoe horning the Justice League into one movie. I feel certain characters will feel out of place and I just do not want to support that ideal ,but I am sure it will sell gabillions and given the best ratings of lifetime. Just not my type of movie.
5.. Best CBM of 2015?
I have yet to talk about CBMs of 2015(someone else reviews those movies) ,but Ant-Man was my favorite movie of 2015. It had everything I expected and even more! I have high hopes for the sequel and I believe it wtth further those expectations.
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