2014 was a year of great change…
No, that’s incorrect. 2014 was a year of great revelation.
2014 was the year that we witnessed a man thought to be the definition of fatherhood brought low by indiscretions and heresy proclaimed guilty by the court of public opinion.
2014 was the year that we saw injustice happen every 28 hours, the year that African American lives were terminated with extreme prejudice and that their murderers saw no repercussions for their actions.
2014 was the year that those who were charged with protecting and serving their public committing the greatest sign of disrespect by literally turning their backs to the ones that they must answer to.
2014 was the year that we, as a country, had our rose-colored glasses severely smudged, that the fallacy of superiority was just that, a straight-up fabrication; the ultimate marketing tool if you will.
2014 was a year of great denial in the overwhelming face of truth; a year where many people willfully shoved their heads into the sand clinging desperately to an ideal that never was.
2014 was the year that the majority realized that they were not the cool kids anymore.
2014 was the year that, despite complaints to the contrary, diversity reared its glorious head.
2014 was the year of Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, a Muslim Ms. Marvel and Storm taking the comic world and turning it on its ear.
2014 was the year we saw Sam Wilson flying high in The Winter Soldier and taking the shield as Captain America.
2014 was the year that we would cheer for a talking raccoon and his walking tree.
2014 was the year that a woman held the hammer of Thor.
2014 was the year they announcement that in 2017 the King of Wakanda will arrive on the big screen and our Hero for Hire will have bullets bouncing off of his chest on Netflix.
2014 was the year that the Multiversity of the DCU showed the potential for diversity in the DCU.
2014 was the year we would see that Barry Allen was raised in a male single-parent African American household with strong moral values to help him on his journey to become the fastest man alive and that Oliver Queen would depend upon and support a brother in his time of need who’s only secret identity is that he has a good job, good credit and a gym membership.
2014 was the year that the history of Gotham City became a little more interesting with the introduction of mob boss Fish Mooney.
2014 was the year that another vision of Milestone Media would be realized with the announcement of a live-action Static Shock project.
2014 was the year of the independents taking real chances with books like Low, Black Science, Velvet, Lazarus, Ragnarok, Sirens, Day Men and East of West.
2014 was the year of the creator of color flourishing beyond the Corporate Two. Writers and artists of color produced amazing, groundbreaking work beyond the sphere of the mainstream.
2014 was the year of Genius, Concrete Park, Midnight Tiger, Rat Queens, Cannon Busters, Watson & Holmes and the Legend of the Mantamaji.
2014 was the year that a sister would win the Eisner Awards for her book Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation.
2014 was the year that our Stan Lee, Dwayne McDuffie, would have an award named in his honor.
2014 was the year of DMC.
2014 was the year of Shaft.
2014 was the year of Griot Enterprises, Action Lab, Lion Forge, and the operative.net.
2014 was the year that the world of comic books became way more interesting.
So, what does that mean for 2015?
It means that the gloves are off. It means that we will not be held back. It means that our voices will not be silenced. It means that we are once again realizing our power…
It means that the world done changed.
Hope you got your ticket…
The train has left the station…