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The Best, Worst and Biggest Disappoints in Gaming 2014

We continue our look back at the year that was 2014, and this time around it’s all about the high, the lows, and the letdowns in video gaming. 2014 was full of some good games, but it also had its fair share of bad games and big disappointment.
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Diamond Announces Top Comic Books & Graphic Novels of 2014

Diamond2014 seems like a distant memory already, but we’re still not done talking about how great a year it truly was for comics and comic shop. Diamond has come out with its best sellers for the year that was 2014, and it’s a great chance to relive all the awesome that we were gifted last year. Here’s the skinny. Continue reading Diamond Announces Top Comic Books & Graphic Novels of 2014

Gaumer’s Top New Ongoing Comics of 2014

We continue our review of the year that was 2014, and I wanted to cap off my series of articles covering the awesome of 2014 by highlighting this year’s comics that will persist into 2015 and beyond. Ongoing comics are one of my favorite aspects of the medium because they are there each and every month, provide an opportunity to tell elaborate stories with epic scope, and there’s nothing quite like a 50 issue investment paying off in spades. But, being a comic Nowist (coined term; trademark pending) I’m all about the new comics, and the freshness and excitement that comes along with them. Here’s my top new ongoing comic books of 2014.

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Image Comics 2014: The Year in New Titles; Part 2

The first issue of a comic book series is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s a blank slate. An opportunity to see something fresh and new. On the other hand, though, it’s an investment that may not pay off. Despite previews, reviews, and buzz surrounding a book, the proof is in the pudding, and you have to buy the book to know for sure. Marvel and DC are notorious for dropping issue #1’s that are FINO’s; Firsts In Name Only. There’s a title change, or a change to a creative team lineup, but nothing really new and refreshing. So it is with the Big 2 publishers and their Image Logoconstricting universes. Persistent universes come with rules. Image Comics, however, is not beholden to these rules.

Every month of 2014 Image Comics offered readers something completely new and different. And these weren’t just your run-of-the-mill issue #1’s, these are books by big names in the industry, books with staying power, and some great comic books. Read the first half of the year in new Image Comics that was 2014 here. Continue reading Image Comics 2014: The Year in New Titles; Part 2

Gaumer’s Top Comic Book Limited Series of 2014

Outright Geekery’s series of posts highlighting the very best of the year that was 2014 continues with the comic books that pulled of a whole lot with very little. It’s easy to pull off epic stories in titles that span dozens of issues and years of building, but doing that in less than a dozen books takes some real talent, and the impact on the reader is as relatively great as the number of comic pages is relatively small. Here’s my top comic book limited series of 2014. Continue reading Gaumer’s Top Comic Book Limited Series of 2014

Taylor’s Top 5 Comics of 2014

It’s that time of year again, dear readers: time to ring in the new year by taking stock of the old. With this in mind, those of us here at OG have been busy looking back at all that 2014 had to offer and separating the good from the best. And since comics are kind of our bread and butter, we’ve got quite  few opinions on those. This is true for me as well, so it’s time for me to put in my two cents by ranking the best of the best from our favorite medium. So without further ado, let’s take a look at my picks for the Top 5 comics of 2014! Continue reading Taylor’s Top 5 Comics of 2014

Gaumer’s Top Comic Book Artists of 2014

Outright Geekery continues its rundown of the year that was 2014, and I’m sticking with comic books again, but this time it’s my favorite artists of the year. Man, there were so many pretty pictures, so much great art, this year that it was nigh impossible to come up with a short list. So, I made a long list featuring my favorite artists of the whole year, and instead of some long, drawn-out critique of how awesome these folks are at drawing lines on paper, here’s the list and some of their best stuff from the year. I implore you to click the images to make them larger, and behold the most awesome art of the entire year. Continue reading Gaumer’s Top Comic Book Artists of 2014

Gaumer’s Top 5 Comic Book Single Issues of 2014

The End Draws Nigh…the end of 2014, that is. And what a great year is was for comics! The Outright Geekery crew is running down the year that was 2014 with a series of articles spotlighting the highs and lows that marked the twelvemonth, and I’d be lacking in my duties if I didn’t chime in with my own list of top comics. There’s a lot of way I could have gone with this; Best Titles, Best Arcs, Even a list of Best Characters and the issues that made them that way; but I decided to highlight my favorite single issues of the year, and it was no small task. There were so many great issues this year that it was difficult to whittle it down to just 5…so I picked 6.

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Top 10 Comic Book Events of 2014

Events are the bread and butter of the comic book industry, and all of the big publishers and titles get in on the hype and extra monthly books that go with. 2014 had some great events from not only the usual suspects DC and Marvel, but also some smaller presses that pushed the envelope to get some buzz and find some success. We’re running down the very best of comic book 2014 events in our Year in Review series, and the list has just as many surprises as it does sure things. Any way you slice it, it was a great year for comic book events, but I narrowed it down to my top 10.

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Image Comics 2014: The Year in New Titles; Part 1

The first issue of a comic book series is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s a blank slate. An opportunity to see something fresh and new. On the other hand, though, it’s an investment that may not pay off. Despite previews, reviews, and buzz surrounding a book, the proof is in the pudding, and you have to buy the book to know for sure. Marvel and DC are notorious for dropping issue #1’s that are FINO’s; First’s In Name Only. There’s a title change, or a change to a creative team lineup, but nothing really new and refreshing. So it is with the Big 2 publishers and their Image Logoconstricting universes. Persistent universes come with rules. Image Comics, however, is not beholden to these rules.

Every month of 2014 Image Comics offered readers something completely new and different. And these weren’t just your run-of-the-mill issue #1’s, these are books by big names in the industry, books with staying power, and some great comic books. Continue reading Image Comics 2014: The Year in New Titles; Part 1