Pop/Ed: Grim_Noir’s Top 13 Pop Culture Moments From 2013

Turning back the clock to 2013

Wow. This year whipped by like freefall with an unpacked parachute, didn’t it?

As 2013 draws to a close, it is traditional to sit back and take stock of the events that defined the previous year.

Some people were worried about 2013 from Day One, because the year ended with “13,” but since I’m not superstitious, I wasn’t worried about that. And to prove it, I’m going to make my list a “Top 13” of 2013. (This list is entirely personal, so feel free to add your own highlights in our comments section.)

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Kickstarter-ed Kickheart airs on Toonami Adult Swim. (And Toonami Adult Swim is getting Shinichiro Watanabe’s Space Dandy in 2014, even before Japan! Holy Crap!)
  • The moment in episode 1 of Brooklyn Nine Nine when Andy Samberg figures out the “secret” of his new dead-pan Captain’s (Andre Braugher’s character’s) private life. (“I am NOT a good detective…”)

Top 13 Personal Pop Culture Highlights of 2013:

  1. Yoko Kanno plays The Star-Spangled Banner for an encore at her Otakon concert in August 2013. EVERYONE spontaneously stood and sang. Gave me goosebumps.
  1. The Daredevil back-up story, Punching Cancer.

Daredevil punching cancer

  1. The first appearance of a Steranko-style SHIELD flying car in the pilot of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: It made a promise to fanboys that I still believe is going to be kept by the end of the season.
  1. Said “Goodbye” to Matt Smith in a Doctor Who reskinning of Knightfall + an excited “Hello” to Peter Capaldi as our new Doctor.
  1. Mana Ashida as young Mako in Pacific Rim. Her cries of pain/fear/loss made you want to go running TOWARD the Kaiju, just to save this child.
  1. Kings Watch issues #2 and #3: Lothar, “I’ve begged him to get a mobile phone…”

Kings Watch 1 Cover

  1. Trailer pops up out of nowhere for a 2nd Detective Dee movie (a prequel). It was more than this fanboy had any right to expect. SOOOOOO excited.
  1. Dark Nights from Dynamite. Michael Uslan’s The Shadow/Green Hornet crossover pulp tale is full of love of the genre; its conventions, its characters, and its previous creators. (Plus great historical “easter eggs” and footnotes makes the comic feel like it has DVD-like bonus features.)
  1. Space Brothers‘ “Accident-On-The-Moon” storyline airing on Crunchyroll. Gravity had its moments of SFX visual candy, but for sheer suspense, nothing beat that story arc.
  1. The return of the “real” (Vertigo-style) John Constantine in I, Vampire Volume 3. THIS guy reminds us that you can be the biggest ass in the room AND the baddest ass in the room.
  1. Saga continued to knock it out of the park in 2013:  a) Never mind the gay sex controversy with Apple, the last page of Saga issue #12 grabbed me by the throat.  b) Lying Cat and Sophie had a real sweet moment in Saga #14 that completely kicked me in the feelies.

Saga 14-Cover

  1. Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster punching Loki in the face in Thor: The Dark World, “That was for New York…” Classic.
  1. The Breaking Bad series finale: All good things must come to an end, no matter how rough they were to watch, even when you don’t want them to end.

…And that sentiment is probably as good a place as any to lay 2013 to rest. Here’s to 2014: Slainte!

confetti on the floor

Ol' Grim Hisself

* GRIM_NOIR is convinced that the internet a figment of his imagination. Please comment below and/or follow @Grim_Noir on Twitter, Facebook or Good Reads to end his self-delusions.

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