Couch Crunchers 2017 Awards

2017 was a great year for television, movies, comics and video games and we put our heads together to determine the best in each category from 2017. There were some intense debates but a consensus was reached. Without further adieu, may I present our yearly awards for 2017:

TV: The Gifted

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In a year full of great television, The Gifted was a major standout. The X-Men universe was losing some of it’s steam and Fox came out and brought new life into with this fantastic piece of television and Logan. The writing is top notch, cast full of fantastic chemistry, risks are taken often and the payoff is well worth the time investment. This is a must see comic book show and demonstrates how to portray the mutant story well even without using the big name X-Men characters. With a season 2 already green lit, we can only hope it stays at the high caliber that it is currently at rather than falling flat after one season as we have seen with other comic book shows.

Comic Books: Batman Rebirth

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From the get go, DC Comic’s Rebirth (oh lets call it a “makeover”) of their universe has been fantastic.  Since the launch or Rebirth in July of 2016 most of the books have retained their sparkle but none more so than Batman.  This is in no small part due to writer Tom King who seems to have a bottomless well of terrific tales to share.  King, a former CIA officer, has a writing style that allows the human side of the characters he’s writing about shine through.  This makes them warmer, more relatable and allows the audience to invest emotionally into his works.   From the I Am Bane storyline, The engagement of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, The War of Jokes and Riddles, and right down to the end of 2017 with the Superfriends storyline where Bruce and Selina go on a double date with Clark Kent and Lois Lane!  The entire run has been nothing short of spectacular, I can’t recommend it enough.

Movies: Logan

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Was it ever a question? If we are talking best comic book movies of 2017, there were some great ones such as Thor: Ragnarok and Wonder Woman but neither of those measure up to the emotion filled journey of Logan. Hugh Jackman has been giving amazing performances as Wolverine for almost two decades and this was the cherry on top, the swan song that sends him off into the sunset a hero of comic book film. The acting performances by Jackman and Stewart alone are enough to warrant it getting some Oscar grabs which is why it easily takes the prize here on a site for nerds, dorks and geeks media. The story of this film shows us a beaten Wolverine who comes to terms with his mortality and demonstrates fatherly care with incredible poise. This is a comic book film that clearly demonstrates that the genre can go in a more “artsy” direction and still be successful.

Video Games: Assassin’s Creed: Origins

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There were many amazing games throughout the year and it was difficult to narrow it down to one. Assassin’s Creed Origins stands out though due to it’s scale, story and polish. After taking a year off, Ubisoft released a gem in this game. It improved on the glitches of the past games with some much needed polish and added countless side quests and a massive map that I hadn’t fully explored even after 30+ hours into the game. The amazing new content, gear system and a extreme fun were just a few things that made this a game of the year even with out mentioning the well told story both in and out of the animus. Origins is a shining example of how to bring back goodwill to your company after losing the faith of a passionate fan base.

What were your top games, comics, TV shows, and movies of the year? Are we spot on? Are we 100% wrong? Sound off Crunchers!

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