By TheOptimist 0 Comments
As a way to celebrate the end of the old year and the beginning of the new, I'm posting my comic book excitements for the coming year, sharing the titles I'll be watching, my favorite writers and artists and any other number of things. It'll be interesting to see how this stands half a year from now. Maybe I'll follow up.
My Marvel Pull List
Avengers Academy, Defenders, Thunderbolts, Uncanny X-Force, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, Wolverine & The X-Men, Wolverine & The X-Men: Alpha & Omega, X-Factor, X-Men Legacy, Astonishing X-Men, Avengers Vs. X-Men
My list at this point is obviously pretty X-Men heavy... I've had many of these highly recommended and after trying them out decided this woul dbe my start up list... the Astonishing is going on my list in March, when Marjorie Liu joins the title. Defenders and Uncanny X-Men will be evaluated at around Issue 6 to see if they are still worth the pick-up... given the shipping schedule, that point will be fast approaching. I'm not sure what exactly there is to pick up for AVX yet, so I'll approach the crossover question when we come to it. Maybe some of these others will cross themselves off to make more room.
My DC Cancellation List
This isn't my drop list... at this point, I don't plan to drop a single book... but we're well aware that cancellations are coming. These are the titles that I would see as potential candidates for cancellation, after issue 12 (to fit with the post theme):
Mister Terrific, Hawk and Dove, Captain Atom, Static Shock, Grifter, Blackhawks, Men of War, Fury of Firestorm, Savage Hawkman, Deathstroke, Blue Beetle, Resurrection Man
As a note, I'm fond of several of these, but for the most part they are the (consistently) low-selling titles with the greatest percentage drops and limited critical interest. Some others, like I, Vampire, may be lower selling but by my estimation are exceeding their expectations and hitting some good critical response.
My DC Replacement List
To maintain the balance, here are the new series that I'd like to see take the place of those making an exit:
Amethyst, Captain Marvel, Cyborg, Joker, Justice Society, Justice League Task Force, Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, Plastic Man, Red Robin, Secret Six and Society Girls
Cyborg should be due for it given his newly elevated status... DC, if you're not sure what to write for him, give me a call. Justice Society has been announced... fan interest spiked for Lois Lane a while ago... Amethyst made a teeny return in Flashpoint, it'd be interesting to see her fill a low-sell spot... Plastic Man might be in the works with Gail and Ethan... Captain Marvel should launch out of his Justice League backup... and Red Robin and Secret Six would be a more than welcome return in my book.
Top Writers To Watch In 2012
Paul Cornell, Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire, Gail Simone, Peter Milligan, Josh Fialkov, Marjorie Liu, Rick Remender, Jason Aaron, Judd Winick
Paul will still be rocking Demon Knights, with a new Vertigo title... I hope Geoff keeps pumping the thrilling Aquaman... Grant will hopefully debut Multiversity... Scott and Jeff are the thrilling new stars of comics for me and I can't wait for the next chapters and hopefully new titles! Gail might've left Firestorm, but hopefully she'll replace it with something in the coming days. Milligan rocks some serious JL Dark and I'm pulling into Hellblazer for the first time in a long while, starting January 2012... Fialkov surprised the heck out of me with the vampire brilliance... Liu is a stellar writer, enough to get me to invest more in Marvel and intriguing enough to push me into her non-comic books... clearly Remender is another new shining talent, I'm starting with X-Force, we'll see where it goes from there... Aaron made quite an impact this year... it'll be fun to watch as he closes out his Wolvie chapter... and of course, Judd was as controversial as ever, but for my dime was worth the moans and groans of the internet.
Top Artists To Watch in 2012
JH Williams III, Amy Reeder, Yanick Paquette, Francis Manapul, Ivan Reis, Andrea Sorrentino, Sami Basir, Moritat, Dale Eaglesham, Nicola Scott
Batwoman has proven to be the most beautiful creation of all time, and I'm sure Amy will hold that caliber of perfection... Yanick, Ivan, Dale and Nicola all fill a similar style that I absolutely adore, while Francis really proved that he should be clumped with A-listers... Andrea took Fialkov's haunting story and raised it to a cinematic level of awesomeness... despite the controversy, Sami turned the sultry into the stunning for me, and Moritat was a wonderful discovery... can't wait to see what happens next.
My Most Anticipated Events and Storylines of 2012
Mutliversity (Hopefully), Animal Man/Swamp Thing Crossover (Deadworld), Avengers Vs. X-Men, Watchmen 2, New Vertigo Titles, The Avengers Movie, The Dark Knight Rises, The Conclusion of Batman Inc., DC's Wave Two, Morning Glories, Comic Con 2012 and the Continued Rebirth of Comic Book Potential!
What are you looking forward to?
Have a wonderful New Year!