The staypuffed Awards: THE BEST OF 2013

The inaugural awards are here to recap the year's best in popular culture. Which creative team delivered the comic title of the year? What news sent the web into a flurry of discussion? And what was the best film of 2013? Read on for answers to this and much, much more!

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By staypuffed - 12/30/2013


GAME OF THE YEAR / TOMB RAIDER
Developer Crystal Dynamics took on the unenviable challenge of rebooting and reinterpreting one of gaming's biggest icons, Lara Croft, and pulled it off with a burst of energy. Taking us back to her roots, the brutal Uncharted-inspired gameplay showed us a young and vulnerable Lara that faces unthinkable challenges, while also challenging the player. Intuitive combat, stunning environments and a roller coaster of a story, Tomb Raider was the best game I played this year (and before you ask, no, I haven't play Grand Theft Auto V).



BEST COMIC EVENT / INFINITY
While DC stumbled with their disappointing Justice League shake-up Trinity War, Marvel shone with impressive crossovers this year: Age of Ultron was solid, and Battle of the Atom was quintessential X-Men. But the best crossover event of 2013 was undeniably Jonathan Hickman, Jim Cheung, Jerome Opena and Dustin Weaver's Infinity. A marvelous space opera that saw Thanos attack Earth while our Mightiest Heroes aren't there to defend it, the event was one of the best and most daring in years. No tricks, no gimmicks, just brilliant storytelling.



COMIC OF THE YEAR / BATMAN
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo can do no wrong. Since joining forces in 2011 and surprising us with a chilling new Dark Knight mystery, they have delivered a thrilling and fresh new take on 75-year-old mythology. From a terrifying spin on the Joker in Death of the Family to a modern remix of Batman's origin with Zero Year, they have proved there's still more stories to tell. The highlight? Batman #24, a 64-page opus filled with incredible moments that any Bat fan simply MUST READ.



BIGGEST NEWS / BEN AFFLECK IS BATMAN
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder announced that the sequel would feature none other than the Dark Knight himself - and everybody went nuts. Then the news broke in August: Ben Affleck was our new Batman - and everybody went nuts... a completely different kind of nuts. The internet exploded with vicious hate, sputtering defenses and terrible ‘Matt Damon as Robin’ jokes. Many petitioned to “force” Warner Bros. to recast, while others suggested he’ll do just fine. Talk about a reaction...



BEST TRAILER / X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Of all the trailers that hit the web this year, X-Men: Days of Future Past stands as the very best. Next year's hugely ambitious "midquel" (combining the casts of First Class and the original trilogy) is one of the most exciting films of 2014, and that was solidified by the fantastic first trailer. Telling us enough to be intrigued but not spoiled, the teaser is emotional, action-packed and intense, making fans squeal with glee (I know I did). The final shot of the two Professor Xs talking face to face is just the icing on the cake.



BEST SCI-FI / STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
JJ Abrams' rick-rollicking 2009 Star Trek reboot was damn good fun, whether you were a Trek fan or not. Creating an inviting universe to interest newcomers and plenty of fan service for existing viewers, it worked. And fast-forward to this May, and the series looks better than ever. Ramping up the stakes and the action, Into Darkness saw the USS Enterprise take on the year’s best villain - and worst kept secret - Khan, and become one of 2013’s most engaging and entertaining films.
Read my Star Trek Into Darkness review here.



FACE OF THE YEAR / JENNIFER LAWRENCE
Jennifer Lawrence has taken the world by storm. Proving she can tackle character-driven independent films and big-budget blockbusters, her diversity, maturity and talent is a wonder to behold. And this has been her year. Winning just about every possible acting award (Oscars, Golden Globes, Critic's Choice and more) and starring in three hugely successful films (Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and American Hustle), the 23-year-old has taken it all in her stride, retaining her charming and likable personality. She’s now one of the biggest people on the planet - and one of the most beloved.
Read my review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire here.



FILM OF THE YEAR / MAN OF STEEL
2013 has been one of the most polarising years for blockbusters. Some say it has been a disappointment, others say it has been a strong one. I'm with the latter. There hasn't been a more divisive film than Man of Steel - and that's why it's my film of the year. It's been such a huge talking point in pop culture this year that it's been impossible to ignore, and I loved it. A complex new interpretation of the most recognisable hero in comics, Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer gave us an edgier Superman, a reflective Clark Kent and a Kal-El searching for a purpose. There’s the Batman Begins-esque recalibration of his origin - going from a superhero to a super-charged ET - the strong acting, the bombastic and spectacular set-pieces, real-world reflections and a serious treatment of the source material. If this is where a DC cinematic universe is heading, count me in.
Read my Man of Steel review here.

And that wraps up the very first staypuffed Awards! Of course, these were just based on my opinion, and I'm sure there'll be people who think differently. I'd love to discuss so leave your thoughts in the usual place.

staypuffed out.
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staypuffed - 12/30/2013, 4:54 PM
*braces for impact*
EpitomeofAwesome - 12/30/2013, 4:56 PM
I really enjoyed Age of Ultron. An awesome book.
PsychoManiacJacky - 12/30/2013, 5:07 PM
X-Men Days of Future Past, Best Trailer....



Cap 2 Trailer steals that category
DEVLIN712 - 12/30/2013, 5:07 PM
Epitome
Shit, was AoU only this year? That seems a long time since I read that.
AC4 is a big contender for Game of the Year, loved the story and gameplay (even more so than GTA)
Can't argue with Jeniffer Lawrence.
Beat film, I thought MoS and IM3 were equal, IMO Thor was the best, but, everyone had a different opinion this year.
DEVLIN712 - 12/30/2013, 5:09 PM
I'm with Jacky on the trailer category.
Is it normal that I now see Jacky as the real world version of Brick?
Jollem - 12/30/2013, 5:38 PM
tasm 2 trailer
dofp trailer
cap 2 trailer
Jollem - 12/30/2013, 5:39 PM
elysium > into darkness

both good
QuestiontheAnswer - 12/30/2013, 6:04 PM
I passionately disliked Jennifer Lawrence since her appearance in X-Men: First Class however after watching American Hustle I must say my opinion regarding her has shifted drastically.
Firgosaurus - 12/30/2013, 6:22 PM
I am pretty sure DD kills Batman. Year One sucks. DD all the way.
BatManiac - 12/30/2013, 7:03 PM


UltimateWarrior - 12/30/2013, 7:17 PM
I totally agree, DoFP was a great trailer! For me though, The Last of Us was game of the year.
UltimateWarrior - 12/30/2013, 8:22 PM
Comic of the year for me was The Walking Dead. Forever Evil would be the event for me, that or Thr events of Earth 2, which is a great book.
staypuffed - 12/30/2013, 8:49 PM
To everyone saying Cap: The Winter Soldier should be Best Trailer, I thought it was good, not great. The third Man of Steel trailer, the second Iron Man 3 trailer, the Grand Budapest Hotel teaser and the TASM2 trailer were all better imo.
staypuffed - 12/30/2013, 8:50 PM
And obviously the DOFP trailer was best.
Alphadog - 12/31/2013, 12:54 AM
@Intruder Ultron is the most suprising news of the year. It was either him or masters of Evil ever since Avengers came out. Anyone who actually thought that Thanos would be the villain needs to let go of the drugs. Oh, and Thanos won't be the villain of Avengers 3 by the way.
Alphadog - 12/31/2013, 12:55 AM
Also, TASM2 was my favorite trailer this year.
staypuffed - 12/31/2013, 1:33 AM
@Alphadog
What makes you say Thanos won't be the villain? It definitely seems that they're setting him up to be.
Alphadog - 12/31/2013, 4:26 AM
@staypuffed For one, the cosmic world wouldn't be developed enough for them to do the infinity gauntlet. Second, Thanos is supposedly beeing hold out until the last film and the Avengers is already such a massive franchise that I don't think that Marvel would end the series with 3 films. Besides, there are so many big classic villains that they can still introduce like Masters of Evil and Kang that wouldn't have the same impact if they were introduced after Thanos. There are a lot more reasons than these that I've said in other articles but i can't think of any more right now.
UltimateWarrior - 12/31/2013, 6:32 AM
That's right! If your opinion isn't like mine, it's wrong, and misguided.
dougieisrollingthejays - 12/31/2013, 7:02 AM
Trailer of the year goes to MoS easy. Film of the year goes to thor TDW easy.
GuardianDevil - 1/2/2014, 10:53 AM
Top 5 films of 2013:

Man of Steel-beautiful visuals, exciting action with a truly deep and emotional story. This is Superman as he was meant to be portrayed.

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug-Terrific story, excellent action and development of many, many characters. Such an epic story, a helluva lot better than Unexpected Journey (which I liked) and on par with Jackson's first Rings trilogy.

Prisoners-emotional, dark, exciting. Great performances. Can't go wrong with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhall.

The Wolverine-Excellent writing, outstanding acting. Such a deep personal character based story. Loved the darker tone, the sets and scenery. The action, but most importantly the meaning of the story.

Pacific Rim-Del Toro + Monsters + Giant Armors = Hell of a time.

GuardianDevil - 1/2/2014, 10:55 AM
Totally agreed about the DOFP trilogy being the best. Don't mind the haters, on THIS website anything X-Men related gets bashed.
GuardianDevil - 1/2/2014, 1:58 PM
Lol, *trailer* not trilogy

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