Top Five Comic Book TV Moments of 2015
As the year draws to a close, it's customary to look back on what we've experienced and take stock.
We're doing that with a series of articles that celebrate the best of 2015, published over the course of a couple of days so that some of the ComicBook.com staff can celebrate the New Year with our families.
It's fallen to me to try and find the five best moments on comic book TV shows in 2015.
So, strap in, listen up...and prepare to yell long and loud at me. Because that's what comments sections are for.
PEGGY CARTER STARTS CIVIL WAR EARLY
Captain America's best girl decks Iron Man's father?
Well, you can hardly blame her.
In "The Blitzkrieg Button," Peggy breaks into the SSR lab to find Howard Stark's invention. Opening the device, she finds that the only thing inside is a vial. Peggy punches Howard after learning the truth about what's in it.
Considering my own predisposition -- I kind of feel like both Howard and Tony should be decked far more often than they are -- I'm a fan.prevnext
"IS THAT A ZOMBIE THING?"
Rahul Kohli's Ravi is possibly the best single character on any comic book TV show...and the dynamic he has with Liv was set almost immediately, when he caught her eating brains in the pilot and responded by asking her "Why the hot sauce? Is that a zombie thing?"
He already knew, and rather than confront her, he just waited for an opening.
Numerous articles have already been written around the Internet this month extolling the virtues of Ravi, but I'll say this: That first big moment, when he revealed what he knew, how, and what he planned to do about it, was the highlight of a very enjoyable iZombie pilot.prevnext
"YOUR WORLD IS IN TROUBLE."
The introduction of Jay Garrick and his pronouncement that "Your world is in trouble" at the end of the season premiere for The Flash capped off an emotional episode with a moment of fist-pumping enthusiasm and set the stage to introduce huge, intimidating swaths of DC's comics mythology that have helped to make The Flash the most faithful show to the spirit of the source material currently airing.prevnext
DAREDEVIL'S HALLWAY FIGHT
In the second episode of Daredevil, the title character works his way through a tight hallway, taking down an army of bad guys in a spectacular fight scene done in one continuous shot.
The one-shot perspective was used to great success in Creed as well this year, reminding audiences that if even without quick cuts and editing, you can lend a fight scene a sense of urgency, immediacy and tension.
There was plenty to praise in Daredevil's first season, but the high point -- at least for me -- was absolutely this mind-blowing fight.prevnext
SUPERGIRL DE-ESCALATES A ROBBERY WITHOUT HER POWERS
In "Human For a Day," Supergirl finds herself without her powers -- but still yearning to do the right thing.
That's not an unfamiliar feeling to her famous cousin, especially in the post-Flashpoint DC Universe, where he has spent a lot of his time powerless.
His current status quo involves fluctuating power levels brought on by a new power: a "super flare," which allows him to expel all of his stored-up solar energy and leaves him without powers for about a day. At the start of that storyline, writer Geoff Johns and artist John Romita, Jr., wrote a story that helped shape the post-Flashpoint Superman's relationship with Jimmy Olsen...and a scene from which was recreated on Supergirl.
In the comics, a powerless Clark and Jimmy are walking around Metropolis, Superman having just revealed his identity to Olsen, when they happen on a robbery in progress. Changing into his costume, Superman stands before the gunman and talks him down.
When Jimmy is shocked, reminding Clark how dangerous that was since he had no powers, Clark responds by asking his friend, "You think I only step in front of guns because I'm bulletproof?"
In case there was any question that the scene which featured Supergirl standing down a gunman in similar fashion is a nod to the Johns/Romita run, it's worth remembering that showrunner Andrew Kreisberg had teased in an interview that an Easter egg from Johns and Romita's "Men of Tomorrow" run was coming.
"Geoff being such a good friend of mine, I always try to sit down and read anything that he wrote, and I was really digging on his Superman run that he did with John Romita, Jr., who's one of my favorite illustrators," Kreisberg told me. "So I really loved the whole 'Men of Tomorrow' run. I thought that was a great storyline and there's a little shout-out in an upcoming episode to one of the themes in that run."prev