I’ve been busy with a lot of other things lately and haven’t had a whole lot of time to write on my own, but maybe that’s a good new year’s resolution for 2011. In the meantime, I didn’t want to skip on making my annual “Best Of” list. I’ll be doing my favorite movies tomorrow, and have a list of just about everything else for today.
As in the past few years, I do have a few qualifiers about all of this. All of these properties and IP’s didn’t necessarily release this year, but I got into them this year. Also, my favorites are at the top of each list, but the rest are in no particular order.
Fable 2 – While it’s become a little forgettable after the fact, the first playthrough Fable 2 is one of those experiences that really sticks with you as you play it. I’m not in a rush to pick up the third one just yet, but I certainly will eventually.
The Walking Dead – I’m surprised that no one has taken a popular sub-genre and turned it into an episodic series before. Just like shiny vampires last year, zombies are hot this year and The Walking Dead really capitalized on it. It has movie quality production design, and doesn’t keep itself strictly restricted to the source material. Even if you’ve read the comic, you have no idea where it’s headed.
Friday Night Lights – I think that in terms of writing, this is probably the best show on TV right now. It’s easy to write it off as a cheap adaptation or cheesy teen drama if you haven’t seen it before, but I think everyone who ever lived in a small southern town owes it to themselves to try this show out.
Amazing Spiderman – Spidey purists are probably still ticked off over the post Civil War reboot, but I think the team at Marvel is doing some of their best writing with this series. Peter Parker is more identifiable than he’s ever been lately.
Kick Ass – What an awesome post-modern comic. If someone in the real world decided to be a superhero, this is exactly how it would go down. Violence, obscenity and all.