@Billy Batson: I just jumped in like three issues ago and have been loving it. It felt good to read a title that was separate, yet familiar to, the main DC Universe. And I agree with you, Billy, you can jump into a story-line just about anywhere in so long as it's a good book, and then fill in the gaps later. DC really shouldn't be cancelling Hellblazer. It's a real shame.
Favorite Non-Marvel or DC Comic (Dynamite, Image, Vertigo Boom! IDW, etc.)
1st - The Walking Dead #103
2nd - Happy! #2
3rd - Bedlam #1
Most Underrated Comic
1st - Before Watchmen: Minutemen #4
2nd - All-Star Western #13
3rd - Batman & Robin #13
Favorite Male Hero
1st - Krypto - Action Comics #13
2nd - Jesus - The Walking Dead #103
3rd - Happy! - Happy! #2
Favorite Female Hero
1st - The Silhouette - Before Watchmen: Minutemen #4 - She probably won't win, but God did I love this story.
2nd - Catwoman - Batgirl Annual #1 - This is how Catwoman should be written.
3rd - Michonne - The Walking Dead: Michonne Special
Favorite Male Villain
1st - Negan - The Walking Dead #103 - I've never hated a character so much before.
2nd - Madder Red - Bedlam #1 - Felt more like Joker to me than Scott Snyder's Joker.
3rd - The Joker - Batman #13 - I'm not in love with the face removal thing. But it was an incredibly frightening opening.
Favorite Female Villain
1st - Nyx - Batwoman #13
2nd - Siracca - Wonder Woman #13
Wild Card: Best Ending of the Month (this category changes every month and will be decided by the nominators of last month’s Wild Card winner. This month's category brought to you byMucklefluga, batflash09, MadeinBangladesh, and htb106)
1st - Before Watchmen: The Minutemen #4
2nd - Batgirl Annual #1 - Great Catwoman ending.
3nd - Catwoman #13 - Wasn't too in love with the comic, but it actually had a very intriguing ending.
I agree that comics haven't done the best job in portraying the middle east, or "The East" in general. For the most part, Asia is often portrayed as an amalgamation of exoticized stereotypes. This is especially true for DC Comics since it inherited much of this attitude from the Golden Age where Arabs/Iranians/South Asians were depicted as turbaned bands of thieves and assassins roaming desert lands or as powerful, towering figures who often accompanied magicians and svengali characters, like Ra's Al Ghul's body guard Ubu or Zatara's man-servant Tong. And one doesn't need to look further than the cover of Detective Comics #1 (1937) and some choice issues of Captain America to see how East Asians were vilified. But, with the exception of 300 and Holy Terror! (because Frank Miller still thinks we're in 30s and 40s, I guess...), comics have improved vastly and appear to be getting more and more progressive.
In Flashpoint: Knight of Vengeance, Batman (Thomas Wayne, in this universe) forgoes the "no killing" rule. There are a few moments in The Dark Knight Returns that are questionable. And he kills in the 1989 Tim Burton Batman movie.
With the exception of titles like Batwoman and Batman Inc., New 52 Batman has rewritten pretty much everything that came before. But, as a time-line of the pre-52 Batman universe, this is a pretty complete list.