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The 12 Comics We're Most Excited to Read in 2012

It's the beginning of the new year and time to figure out what comics we're excited about.

This week marks the first week of comics for 2012. Just last week we took a look back at the comics of 2011 and shared our thoughts over the moments we enjoyed (or at least the ones that really stuck in our memories by the last week of the year). As we look forward, there are some exciting new series on the horizon along with many returning favorites that still put us on the verge of squealing

We rallied up the Comic Vine troops and each came up with two comics we're looking forward to. It wasn't an easy task. Some of us had the same picks and being forced to narrow it down to only two each was almost heartbreaking when that really good #3 has to be shoved aside.

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Tony's Picks

BATMAN by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

I may have mentioned once or twice (or fifty times) how much I love this book. It's not a 'new' book for 2012 but has been making Batman more fun that ever. If you've ever read Scott's Bat-books or heard him talk about Batman, you know how much he gets the character and how passionate he is about writing him. Capullo is a beast when it comes to drawing Batman's adventure.

As much as these guys dig Batman, they've really been giving him a beat down in the current issues. This isn't to say that they have it out for Batman, they're simply doing what few would be willing do (and do well). Showing that Batman can be wrong about something and may not always win each battle is setting him up for an even bigger story. With Snyder, you never know what's going to happen next and that's what makes reading this Batman series so exciting.

WINTER SOLDIER by Brubaker, Guice & Bettie Breitweiser

We can all agree (or should all agree) that Ed Brubaker has been nailing it with his work on CAPTAIN AMERICA. I've always been a huge Cap fan and while I wasn't happy when the series was relaunched (again) with a new #1 in 2004, what Brubaker did knocked my socks off.

The resurrection of Bucky Barnes was thought to be something that could and should never be done. He was up there, along with Uncle Ben, as a character that should never be brought back from the dead. Yet Brubaker did it so successfully. Continuing the story Brubaker started in CAPTAIN AMERICA #619, we are about to embark on some major Marvel Universe espionage butt kicking. Add the fact that Butch Guice is doing the art and Bettie Breitweiser is doing the colors and a cool sounding comic managed to get even cooler.

Sara's Picks

WONDER WOMAN by Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang

While not everyone was thrilled over the idea of Brian Azzarello giving Wonder Woman a father (Zeus), most can agree that this change will lead to all-new stories featuring DC’s most recognizable female character. I don’t know about you, but the current Wonder Woman book is better than any we’ve had in quite some time, and it is great to see a new take on a classic character.

According to the books that have already been solicited (through March), it appears that Diana will be encountering many new faces in her series (Poseidon and Zeus, himself). In fact, by the series’ seventh issue she will be venturing into the depths of Hell to meet Hades. It will be interesting to see what direction the book moves in, how much of her new father-figure will influence her character and its one series I am definitely looking forward to.

Avengers Vs. X-Men

The upcoming event that Marvel claims will shake up their entire universe might actually do exactly that. Now, normally I am not such a fan of big Marvel comics events, but this one strikes me as being a little bit different than the events we’ve seen lately (namely, Fear Itself). Reason being that this clash between the Avengers and the X-Men isn’t just one that fans have been hopefully anticipating since the inception of these characters, but also because this battle has been a long time coming.

What will the clash between Avenger and X-Man be like, and will there be a winner? Not only is it exciting to see this battle take place, but it’s great to see Marvel incorporate some serious heavy hitters into the story as well, integrating the return of Scarlet Witch, Doctor Doom and the change up of putting some X-Men on the Avengers team (Storm and Wolverine) what will happen next? The first issue of AVENGERS VS X-MEN launches in April, 2012.

Norm's Picks

SAGA by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

While the series was announced at this past year’s Comic-Con, it feels like we’ve been waiting a lot longer for Brian K. Vaughan’s SAGA--his first ongoing comic since his beloved Y: THE LAST MAN and EX MACHINA titles concluded years ago. Vaughn has since been working in Hollywood--he wrote one of the best episodes of Lost in its fifth season--but has long stated that he prefers the monthly comic format for serial storytelling.

From early descriptions, SAGA looks to live up to its name too, as it’s a sci-fi tale of a family making its way through a seemingly never-ending war. The series is co-created and drawn by Fiona Staples, and will be published by creator-friendly Image.

THE AVENGERS by Brian Michael Bendis

It’s almost impossible to disassociate Brian Michael Bendis and The Avengers. His overhaul of Marvel’s premier super team almost a decade ago tipped the dominoes in a massive chain reaction of mega events that has since defined the Marvel universe. And after writing almost 200 issues (split between the various Avengers titles), the prolific writer is finally turning in his Avengers card in 2012 (with rumors that he may go on to shake up the X-books).

Although we’ll miss Bendis’s distinct voice on the Avengers, we’ve likely seen all the story seeds he planted early in his run come to fruition (Fear Itself already being a bit of a stretch as an event “years in the making”). Marvel’s POINT ONE comic indicated that his final arc may tie up the potential-future Ultron War we’ve seen bits of over the past year, and we just can’t wait to see how it all ends.

Mat's Picks

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA by James Robinson & Nicola Scott

JSA is hands down my favorite super-hero team, so the cancellation of their book was a punch in the gut to me, when the new 52 was announced. However, back in August, at Fan Expo Canada, DC confirmed that James Robinson will write a new Earth-2 JSA book with Nicola Scott on art. Robinson is no stranger to the JSA having written STARMAN, JSA, and ALL STAR COMICS.

Nicola Scott, on the other hand, has never really dealt with these characters, but I loved her work on the last volume of SECRET SIX. It will be great to see Earth-2 and JSA get some love since MISTER TERRIFIC is not doing either justice, and frankly, I'll kill for anyone to put Alan Scott in his original costume after Marc Guggenheim crippled him and made him into one giant, dumb lantern. Having Robinson and Scott together on this book is a bonus for any JSA fan.

SECRET AVENGERS by Rick Remender & Gabriel Hardman

This is a book that I believe never had the chance to reach it's full potential because of the creative team changes. In just 21 issues, the book has gone through Brubaker, Spencer, and Ellis. Each storyline, from each writer was vastly different, and the audience never got a real feel for what this team was supposed to be doing. There were some great ideas planted, but overall, this book has been a mish-mash. Luckily, Rick Remender is taking the reigns as writer and although I was disappointed at first, since Ellis is stepping down, this is going to be a great move.

Remender is currently writing VENOM, which is a covert-op book, and a darn good one at that, so I think, as long as he stays with the book longer than 5-6 issues, he'll be able to mold this into the covert-op epic this book was supposed to be. While I'm a bit bummed the team is losing Steve Rogers, I think Remender's addition of Venom, Hawkeye, and Captain Britain is really going to help stabilize this as a great team and a great book.

Matt's Picks

THE MASSIVE by Brian Wood & Kristian Donaldson

Brian Wood’s “stylistic follow-up” to DMZ has me excited due to the concept alone: environmental activists wonder where their lives are headed after an unprecedented natural disaster. After DMZ’s conclusion this month, I think THE MASSIVE will fill the lack of “What if?” scenarios in my life.

Oil rigs, personal drama and the great characters that Wood is known for: this is a great formula for a good book, and I can’t be more excited.

CONAN THE BARBARIAN by Brian Wood & Becky Cloonan

Conan has been one of those properties that I’ve never been attracted to; I consider it very “hard fantasy”, and like A Song of Ice and Fire, it’s a bit intimidating to get into. However, if there’s one team that can make me interested, it’s Becky Cloonan and Brian Wood. The team has worked together extensively in the past, especially on DEMO; their stories are lovely, and the art is amazing. This is one to watch.

Corey's Picks

BATWOMAN by J.H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman

When I first saw the New 52 line-up, something that jumped out at me was “redundancy.” Three GL books, two Justice League books, two Superman books, and five or six Batman titles not even COUNTING the Bat-family titles. And out of all the titles I could’ve expected to absolutely floor me, this would’ve been low on the list. Then it came out and holy turnarounds, Batman! It’s incredible. The art is worlds beyond anything one usually sees in superhero books, the tone is a pitch-perfect blend of horror, mystery and action, and the woman at the center of it feels real.

When she first debuted in 52, Batwoman seemed like a publicity stunt. DC got to make headlines and she was quickly shuffled off in a couple of issues, but apparently they weren’t done. After Rucka’s great run, we come to J.H. Williams who has SOMEhow managed to juggle all this suspense and horror with some warm, human moments at the center of it. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

VENOM by Rick Remender & Lan Medina

I wrestled with what to put here, but there’s no single book that I look forward to reading more every month than this one. Maybe it’s because I was lucky enough to get in on the ground floor, but I have absolutely adored everything this book has put down. And now with images like the Circle of Four bringing in Red Hulk, X-23, and Ghost Rider into the fold, I see no reason to not be practically giddy trying to parse out what Rick Remender has in store for our favorite symbiote-slinging soldier.

The confirmation of Lan Medina doing the art is just more reason to salivate over what’s coming next, but much like Batwoman, this is as much overcoming expectation as it is quality writing and art. If you’d told me five years ago that I’d not only be reading a quality Venom comic, but that I’d be salivating in anticipation for every new issue, I’d have helped escort you back to the insane asylum you clearly escaped from, and so I must tip my hat to this truly amazing book.

There are the picks we deliberated over. What comics are you looking forward to this year?

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Posted by KidSupreme

@davelecave: How is that logic flawed, if everyone keeps buying and sales are high, should that not mean it is a good series Or is everyone else just wrong?wrong?

Posted by Billy Batson

Matt wins because of Brian Wood but Sara's WW pick was good to. But still 2-1 for Matt.
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Posted by Billy Batson

@BatMark_ said:

I just started reading the first few volumes of 100 Bullets, so for me it's gotta be reading that over the next few months....

... And of course Batman, Nightwing, Justice League, The Flash, Aquaman, Action Comics, and Geoff Johns "Batman: Earth One if that's still even being made...

thumbs up.
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Posted by Hanian

Surprised noone has said anything about the current punisher series I'm loving that one.

Venom is unreal can't wait to see what's gonna happen there.

Very excited about the new Scarlet spider but if I could only recommend two it'd be the punisher and Venom

Posted by nonfiction91

batman:earth one is set for june 2012.

I'm waiting on A vs. X and of course batman, can't go a month let alone a year without knowing whats going down in bruce waynes life.

Also, nobody knows why they cancelled one of the best titles ver, except for that slipping slope call egg harbor, when the flash was a mayor for some reason and going nowhere with it.

But they will be bringing it back, full reinstatment this years, so cheers to that

Posted by webofthornns

I'm actually looking forward to the next year of Aquaman, I've really enjoyed the series so far and the 'Who Sank Atlantis?" teaser has me interested

Posted by Baddamdog

Can't believe no one picked Uncanny X-Force or Daredevil!!

Posted by pspin

What about Irredeemable or Fables

Edited by The Impersonator

I'm looking forward to Winter Soldier.

Posted by Metatron_Da_Don

wow Secret Avengers.  Wonder how Cpt. Britain will figure in!

Posted by lady_toyano

man im so pumped about saga i i get the jitters.

Posted by garlyle

@jhazzroucher: Stephanie and Bryan Q Miller should have never been replaced by babs and gail.

I am very surprised to see that Mark Waids fantastic Daredevil didn't make anyone's list. Also, I know it just started, but Wolverine and the X-Men has been excellent.

Posted by inferiorego

I just wish Brian K Vaughn would come back to Vertigo and do a new on-going series.

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Posted by Billy Batson

oh yeah forgot to comment on Vaughan's return.

:O

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

SAGA 
THE MASSIVE 
 
SCARLET SPIDER 
WINTER SOLIDER

Posted by davelecave

@davelecave: So because something is popular, it's automatically "good"?

Posted by roarshock

Uncanny X-Force and X-Factor are two that I am really looking forward to. Also, the new Wolverine and the X-Men series is major cool. I just love the "back to school" element of the story, rather than hearing Cyclopse bitch about doom and gloom every single month after month after month.... DC's Batgirl, I think, is very good. Batman has been great, Aquaman has been even better and Wonder Woman is great read. I agree, the return of the JSA would be killer, if they do it right. Still loving Walking Dead and American Vampire too, great stories montha after month there.

Posted by Mark_XV

X-Men vs. Avengers, hell yes :D

Posted by TDK_1997

Most excited for Batman and Wonder Woman for the picks that are shown.

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Posted by Tellumo

Wolverine & the X-men is easily one of the best comics i've ever read, WHY IS IT NOT ON ANY OF YOUR LISTS?

Posted by inferiorego

@Tellumo said:

Wolverine & the X-men is easily one of the best comics i've ever read, WHY IS IT NOT ON ANY OF YOUR LISTS?

I can't speak for everyone else, but I'm not an X-Men fan, and while the Wolv & X-Men book is good, I personally don't enjoy it.

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Posted by Undeadpool

@Tellumo said:

Wolverine & the X-men is easily one of the best comics i've ever read, WHY IS IT NOT ON ANY OF YOUR LISTS?

We got two choices apiece, some tough cuts had to be made.

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Posted by Lvenger

Suprisingly, one of the books I'm actually anticipating is my first Marvel series in a while: The Amazing Spider-Man storyline the 'Ends of the Earth'. Slott really has me excited for this one. As for the others, it's a toss up between Justice League which has made the JLA exciting and epic for the first one in a while, Action Comics which is doing an excellent job in its interpretation of a new Superman for the 21st Century and Batman. I mean Scott Snyder is a beast of a writer, it's been a while since I've read such a thrilling story where I'm always surprised at each issue!

Posted by kennybaese

I'm super excited to see what Batman Inc looks like when it comes back later this year. JSA looks pretty great too. Robinson can do the characters justice, and when Nicola Scott does a book, I'm there.

Posted by zombietag

@inferiorego said:

I just wish Brian K Vaughn would come back to Vertigo and do a new on-going series.

isnt this kind of the same difference? just a different publisher so he can keep more rights / have more control. im stoked about this series.

Posted by Decept-O

For me, Justice Society of America, hands down.

While not a fan of Venom ( yes I keep saying that ) I will probably check it out because I am still loving the idea behind it.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

You guys have some good picks for the new year. Can't wait to see what comics offer in 2012 and what series will become popular even if at first they are under the radar books. I know in 2011 we had a lot of great series that at first were under the radar like Venom and Daredevil.

Posted by sora_thekey

Fables? Invincible? Ultimate Comics Spider-Man? Uncanny X-Force?

Still, I agree with Sara about AvX!

Posted by Sammo21

Venom, Batman, Amazing Spider-Man, Secret Avengers, Avengers, and a couple of others.

Posted by ThexX

Winter Soldier all the way

Posted by Decoy Elite

I am looking forward to Dr.McNinja picking up or at least Dr.McNinja actually showing up again in his own comic.

Homestuck is looking to end this year which should be pretty crazy.

Posted by WWAJfan

Venom All the Way!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Technicolorville

@Cafeterialoca:

"The Runaways", is a really good comic when looking at a comic relating to young super heroes. I've never read Avengers Academy but it does sound interesting. Right now the only comic, I'm reading when it comes to young heroes is DC New 52: Teen Titans.

Posted by soccersss

No Batman?? I guess that is a given. Liu's and Perkin's run on the Astonishing X-men beginning in March looks very promising

Posted by BatClaw89

I'm looking forward to the whole 52 line up except maybe Men of War(so make that 51). JSA I would have to wait and see. WHY ISN'T BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED AND SUPERMAN BEYOND NOT ON THE LIST????

Posted by RichyRich

I really like The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men. But no one else seems to. I prefer it to Gail Simones lame Batgirl book. But Simones off Firestorm, and I wish Fabian Nicieza would come onto it

Posted by CrimsonTempest

Hey, Demers, it's Bat-WOMAN, not Batman.

Posted by The_Tree

I'm excited to check out The Massive and JSA.

Posted by JonesDeini

@Babs said:

@jhazzroucher said:

no Batgirl??

Batgirl's not really...good

Ha! But seriously, I miss Cass/Oracle

Posted by PikminMania

Really? Avengers vs X-Men will not be like any other event, it is something everyone has waited for. Umm... NO IT HASN'T!! Why? Because they have had more than three fights, one of which was a great miniseries. Seriously guys, you should know this.

Posted by MattDemers

@Babs said:

@jhazzroucher said:

no Batgirl??

Batgirl's not really...good

This.

Posted by MattDemers

@Eyz said:

Nice list!

not much "original stuff" though.

I also look forward to the end of "DMZ" and "Sweeth Tooth"!

DMZ ended last week.

Posted by progenitor

Winter Soldier for me.

Posted by MattDemers

@CrimsonTempest said:

Hey, Demers, it's Bat-WOMAN, not Batman.

I don't understand what you're responding to. My section had no mention of Batman/woman.

Posted by Omegalpha

Great picks. Covered most of mine.

Edited by SpidermanWins

Of the one's you've picked: Avengers vs. X-Mean and Venom I am looking forward to aside from my usual.

Posted by mickoreo_LZ

Batman titles have been my favorite for a while and 2012 looks to build upon that. Batwoman, Batman, and Batman & Robin have all been spectacular since the new 52 and Detective Comics, Batwing, and Batgirl have been alright. Plus there's Batman, Inc. Never could get into any Marvel titles. Too many stupid, gimmick events for me. Winter Soldier looks good though...

Posted by AirDave817

Awwww, yeah - James Robinson back on JSA! It's like deja vu - all over again!

Posted by Bestostero

Avengers vs X-Men is probably my most anticipated...

Posted by TransgressionsofSociety

These look pretty cool.

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