FEATURE: Josh Wilding's Christmas Wishlist 2013

It's nearly Christmas, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to tell you about some of the stuff I think you should fill your stocking with this holiday season (and to talk about some of what I would like to see happen in 2014). So, whaddaya waiting for? Hit the jump to check it out!

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By Josh Wilding - 12/19/2013
ARROW - Season One



I'm sure you all remember my scathing review of Arrow's pilot, but after taking the time to watch the entire first season of the CW series, I became a huge fan. People look down their noses on anything produced by this network, and while Arrow suffers from some of the same formulaic problems that almost all of the CW's shows do, they're nowhere near enough to put me off from checking out a series which is easily the best small screen comic book adaptation ever. The second season is even better than the first, with the recent midseason finale going so far as to feature Deathstroke and the origin of The Flash. Reliving the first season in HD would be very welcome indeed and is the perfect chance for you guys to catch up before it returns in the New Year!



BREAKING BAD - The Complete Series



I missed out on the opportunity to pick up all five seasons of Breaking Bad in the recently released special edition set (which came in the shape of a barrel), but such a hefty price tag for some novelty casing and a few bits of tat that I'll look at once and the put to one side just didn't seem worth it! While I'm currently in the process of rewatching the entire series on Netflix, owning what I believe to be THE greatest TV show of all-time is too good of a chance to pass up. For those of you who have yet to watch Breaking Bad, I hope you've managed to avoid any spoilers, because this is something you need to start looking at right this second.



Daniel Bryan To Win The Royal Rumble



Like me, I know many of you are fans of wrestling. If that's the case, I'm guessing that you may be just as frustrated as I am when it comes to how the WWE has treated Daniel Bryan this summer! According to various reports, Summerslam's low buy rates have resulted in the company deciding that their most talented wrestler isn't a main event star, despite recently delivering what the majority are now calling the Match of the Year on this past Monday's Raw and recently being voted "Superstar of the Year" by fans. That and the reaction he gets (even in promos which he's not involved in as you can see below) has left me hopeful that his character will get a shot at redemption at the Royal Rumble and the chance to headline Wrestlemania, FINALLY winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the process. It just so happens that the Rumble will be the first PPV I attend, so I hope to see some of you guys there!






FOREVER EVIL #4



Last year's big release was the controversial 700th issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, but DC own this Christmas with the fourth issue of Geoff Johns and David Finch's Forever Evil. This instalment promises a confrontation between Batman and Lex Luthor as they are forced to put their differences aside in order to go after The Crime Syndicate. If you haven't been reading this series, take the next few days to catch up before the release of this Marvel-beating epic!



For THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 To NOT Be A Crushing Disappointment!



The trailer was fantastic, but I'm still worried about The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Three villains is a lot, while the fact that they're seemingly introducing Harry Osborn as the Green Goblin before his father doesn't quite sit right with me. Sure, we might see Norman suit up in the next instalment, but the weird combination of costumed and mutated Goblin that we've seen (not to mention that unexpected Rhino design) is causing the alarm bells to ring! Now that the origin story is out of the way, Marc Webb has an opportunity to tell the definitive big screen Spider-Man story. Whether or not he does remains to be seen!



SAGA



"When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe," reads the official synopsis for this series. Sounds simple, but there's a good reason that Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga cleaned up at this year's Eisner Awards. It's a quirky and unique series which serves as further proof that Image is producing titles just as good - and arguably better - as the far more well-known Marvel and DC. The first few volumes are now available in stores, so be sure to hunt them down as you're in for a real treat!



THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 - First Appearance Of Electro



When Stan Lee visited the UK last year, I frantically searched eBay for the perfect comic book to get signed. Ultimately, I decided on Amazing Spider-Man #39, but there was another which kept catching my eye. That would be the first appearance of Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man #9. It was sadly out of my price range, but now that Jamie Foxx will be playing the villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 next year, its value has sky-rocketed. If you own a copy and are happy to part with it, then you could be in with a chance of making a nice little profit! Either way, I envy you!



The Return Of Peter Parker



It was a fun experiment and it's had some surprisingly good moments, but just bring back Peter Parker already! The fact that people say that Peter needed to go to make way for new stories baffles me; Marvel just needed to find a better writer to breath new life into the character as JMS did when he took over from Howard Mackie's disastrous run. Dan Slott has been allowed too much of a free reign, turning the hero into just a prop in his obvious desire to rile fans. Enough is enough. We've now seen Spider-Man murder criminals, date a little person and alienate his friends and family. If that isn't an indication that it's time for a new writer and direction, I don't know what is.

Judging from his Twitter account, Dan Slott is under the impression that I'm comparing dating a little person to murder. Unfortunately, he seems to have missed the point that I was using that as an example of writing I believe was done solely to rile up a community who, let's face it, are easy to get riled up. In hindsight, a better example would probably have been the fact that the Otto Octavius possessed "Peter Parker" considered having sex with Mary Jane in the first few issues...something which almost everyone agreed was tantamount to rape.



Cancel AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.



'Nuff said.



MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Brainiac13 - 12/19/2013, 3:32 PM
I've got THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9. ;)
YoDawg - 12/19/2013, 3:33 PM
I [frick] with bringing Peter Parker back and cancelling Agents of SHIELD...horrible show.
Brainiac13 - 12/19/2013, 3:34 PM
I'm going start watching AoS & Arrow this Christmas....I hope AoS is not as bad as everyone says.
RicketyCricket - 12/19/2013, 3:35 PM
Fun fact: grew up in the same town Daniel Bryan did haha
YoDawg - 12/19/2013, 3:35 PM
I know im bout to get heat but [frick] it...Im a die hard Marvel fan but nobody honestly wants to see [frick]ing Coulson and friends run around with 3 references to "New York" all the time. Shit is lame...if it wasnt for Marvel backing it and it being apart of Avengers this show would have been cancelled.
TheWolverine08 - 12/19/2013, 3:35 PM
Definitely getting Arrow.
Indy - 12/19/2013, 3:40 PM
nice list, poor peter we all miss him.
Nick56 - 12/19/2013, 3:43 PM
@Braniac3000 Its worse. I made it 4 eps into AOS before I couldn't take it anymore.

And I agree, Dan Slott's evil reign must be brought to an end. 2012 was the true death of spider-man as a character (mediocre movie, crappy cartoon show, and awful comic books) - but 2014 is a chance for rebirth!!!!
Brainiac13 - 12/19/2013, 3:55 PM
@Nick

I'll give it a shot...........but if its bad like everyone says.....it definitely will get cancelled.......that would be a stab in the heart for Weedon & Co.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 12/19/2013, 3:57 PM
I just started Arrow and it's really good so far
CaptainObvious - 12/19/2013, 3:58 PM
I have no idea why Slott is being given so much control over Spider-Man. He doesn't come close to having the reputation of Geoff Johns, who successfully revitalized and reshaped several of DC's iconic characters, to have %100 creative control over the book.

His Peter Parker was just a naive, single dork, which is what obviously wants instead of allowing the character to move on. Now he has turned Spider-Man into a violent, raging, arrogant, self-obsessed, wannabe asshole.

Either Marvel doesn't care or they really do hate Spider-Man.
DrunkenNukem - 12/19/2013, 4:03 PM
LOL josh wilding i like your list...didnt see that coming...cancel SHIELD...Lol this is going to get some of thewrath from a couple marvel fans...
jlabatman - 12/19/2013, 4:06 PM
Daniel Bryan has been getting no love from the Authority, hopefully Orton's ass is going down soon. Forever Evil looks good, want to pick it up as a GN. I will give SHIELD a chance to pull its head out of its ass, but really, once the Netfix shows come (i.e. Daredevil, IronFist, etc) I won't eve give a shit about SHIELD!
shangho - 12/19/2013, 4:09 PM
I like AOS......i guess im the minority but i love Crime/Spy shows and that coupled with comic references is enough for me.
Jollem - 12/19/2013, 4:11 PM
dude. that last pic. awesome
leftcoastpunk - 12/19/2013, 4:16 PM
That saga chick has a nursing baby in one hand, and a gun in the other! That is such a safety violation!
Arrowhead77 - 12/19/2013, 4:18 PM
Cancel AoS..That is funny. ABC was tripping over thier peckers to lock this show in for multiple seasons when the pilot broke records. Now that the bloom is falling off that rose quickly, I wonder if they are still happy...The hardcore marvelites still love it and keep pointing to the ratings (even though they are dropping). I still watch it though. I dont care about TASM 2.
Jollem - 12/19/2013, 4:20 PM
i think tasm 2 is going to be the best marvel movie yet
TheAbaryMan369 - 12/19/2013, 4:21 PM
Well, someone hates Agents of SHIELD
JoeMomma29 - 12/19/2013, 4:33 PM
You sir have some good taste!!!!!!


Jollem - 12/19/2013, 4:40 PM
i went to a couple live wrestling shows. i reached over the gate and touched one of the tag team belts of the steiner bros. when they were for wwf. the guard people didn't like that
marvel72 - 12/19/2013, 4:46 PM
i agree with most of your wishlist apart from canceling agents of shield & wanting to own arrow on blu-ray.

if you don't like agents of shield simple don't watch it,that's what i do with arrow.

speaking of arrow,the blu-ray box set would just be an expensive coaster set too me.

that's why i wouldn't purchase it.
JamesMan - 12/19/2013, 4:50 PM
@Batz11

My god, if they brought in The Abomination it could be awesome, maybe even do it as a season finale. Have Blonsky escape from his cell and slowly turning back into the Abomination and have the team try to take him down in the middle of a populated city. TV CGI has come a long way and I think they could do it just as well as the Incredible Hulk did. But they won't because that would actually be good.
WeaponX93 - 12/19/2013, 4:56 PM
Not a big DB fan. I want someone like Roman Reigns to win the Rumble, but I have a hunch a returning Sheamus will unfortunately win.
ds9epicfan - 12/19/2013, 5:00 PM
Got Arrow on Blu-ray for X-mas from my sister!Thinking of finally checking out Breaking Bad and see if it's as good as people say!Peter Parker needs to make a return to his book(hint,hint...Marvel).Forever Evil has been a solid read so far.And as for Shield,I'm on the fence with this show.I'm hoping it will improve but eventually I'll have to move on!Good list!
marvel72 - 12/19/2013, 5:02 PM
bryan or cena will win the royal rumble,i like it when a heel wins like alberto del rio.
CaptShipwreck - 12/19/2013, 5:13 PM
Your a douche
CaptShipwreck - 12/19/2013, 5:14 PM
Thank god you have no power over anything relevant in the real world .. Don't watch AoS if your that much of a douche
SuperCat - 12/19/2013, 5:17 PM
CaptShipwreck - 12/19/2013, 5:19 PM
No just calling him out on the doucheness he oozes
CaptShipwreck - 12/19/2013, 5:20 PM
And wrestling is fake
jlabatman - 12/19/2013, 5:22 PM
Wow, some people take it personally when someone doesn't like the same shows as they do! Did you make the show or what?
Jollem - 12/19/2013, 5:23 PM
jlabatman - 12/19/2013, 5:25 PM
@B&Y I think the only thing you are gonna get for Christmas is a nice comfy seat to watch the Ravens in the playoffs, hopefully!
Yutz - 12/19/2013, 5:28 PM
So I come back on CBM and see about every stinking person in the public square. What?

And one last thing, I love you Josh Wilding. When I saw you put 'Cancel AOS' I almost cried tears of joy.
Triptheorist - 12/19/2013, 5:29 PM
Wrestling is fake? Next thing you're probably going to tell me is that Santa isn't real?!!

Anyways... The first season of Arrow is on Netflix, save yourself 30 bucks and watch it there. As far as shield is concerned I'd rather not cancel it, I'd prefer they just fix it.
DarthDan - 12/19/2013, 5:31 PM
Saga is incredible... Chapter 17 was so dope.. The Will better not die.
fortycals - 12/19/2013, 5:40 PM
Good list. Wouldn't be a Josh article without a little bait.
jlabatman - 12/19/2013, 5:40 PM
Kind of have to agree B&Y, honestly didn't see the Ravens or the Steelers even going this far!
jlabatman - 12/19/2013, 5:44 PM
[frick] THE PATRIOTS!
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