It could certainly be argued that 2017 represented a high point for television series based on comic books — not merely in the sheer number of shows, but also in terms of diversity and quality. It was a year in which the heroes of the Arrowverse united in a true crossover, the two-night “Crisis on Earth-X,” Fox’s X-Men franchise expanded with Legion and The Gifted, Marvel’s street-level heroes at last united as the Defenders, and Hulu entered the fray with Runaways.
However, that barely scratches the surface, as The Walking Dead remained a television juggernaut, even as its ratings slipped, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. demonstrated that, even after four seasons, it’s still able to surprise viewers by completely upending the status quo. Again.
Needless to say, comic book television shows were packed with plenty of memorable moments last year. With that in mind, we look back at 10 from 2017 that stood out:
10. Star-Trekking (Agents of SHIELD)
The fourth season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was jam-packed, between Ghost Rider, a new Life Model Decoy program, and the Framework, a virtual reality in which Hydra was triumphant. Those threads intersected in the finale, “World’s End,” with the heroes eventually taken by a mysterious group to a most unexpected location.
Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) awoke to find that his team was now aboard a mysterious craft in outer space. That led to speculation that Season 5 could link to Inhumans or even Avengers: Infinity War. However, this hasn’t been the case, as the agents have been dealing with the Kree and other aliens. That said, the Season 4 finale represented a shift in the status quo, demonstrating just how ambitious Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had become.
9. Tulip Gets Shot (Preacher)
For Tulip O’Hare, Preacher‘s Season 2 finale was quite literally “The End of the Road.” Not realizing Jenny was the traitor she he been looking for, Tulip (Ruth Negga) met her fate at the end of a gun, setting up Season 3 to follow the events of the acclaimed comic series.
There was still a chance at life, however, as Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) wanted to transform Tulip into a vampire in order to save her. However, Jesse (Dominic Cooper) didn’t want any of that for the love of his life. Tulip dying may well lead to the intervention of God — or worse, Jesse’s grandmother, Marie L’Angell, who brought her back in the books, but at a price even the Preacher may not want to pay.
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