Here are my Top 5 Comics of 2012 in no particular order:
by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Undoubtedly the best comic published this year is Saga. It's one of the few comics published today that has received almost universal and widespread critical acclaim.
By now, some of you may or may not have heard of Marvel's company wide reboot/relaunch titled MARVEL NOW! seen by some as an attempt to mimic DC Comics very successful 'New 52' campaign by hopefully attracting a swarm of new and enthusiastic readers. It launched in October of this year after the conclusion of the Avengers vs X-Men saga with a bunch of new titles with new creative teams, updated character designs and new storylines.
Mega City One, 2134 AD. Home to 50 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America. With crime rampant, Judges are empowered to dispense instant justice as judge, jury and executioner.
Written by Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Animal Man), The Underwater Welder is 224 pages long in glorious black and white and is obviously for fans of Lemire's previous output as well as illustrated storytelling fans in general. It is about deep-sea welder, Jack Joseph, who along with dealing with the pressures of a rocky relationship and impending fatherhood has an unexplainable and mysterious supernatural encounter which will undoubtedly change the course of his future.
Written by Nick Spencer (Morning Glories) and art by Riley Rossmo (Green Wake, Rebel Blood). Tells the story of former serial killer, Madder Red terrorizing the peaceful town of Bedlam and a look at his reformed alter ego, Fillmore Press. Pretty cool looking art and Spencer has been a pretty reliable author.
The incredibly cheesily titled and very ‘90s Cyberforce first began life way back in 1992 as part of Image Comic's Top Cow Productions and was one of Image's core foundation titles alongside Youngblood, Spawn, The Savage Dragon and WildC.A.T.s. Owner and CEO of Top Cow, Marc Silvestri, created the superhero team of cybernetic mutants, his first creator owned comic book, writing and illustrating the title for a number of years.
Kind of like a member of a famous band going out on their own and releasing a solo album, Gambit and Hawkeye were the recipients of their own spin-off titles released within weeks of each other, a few months ago. The two Marvel characters, an Avenger and an X-man respectively, each narrate their own titles which show a different side to their characters. Where they usually would be minor side characters, they are the main focus of the story instead and it makes for some surprisingly enjoyable reading.
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe is a four issue miniseries that was released over the four weeks of August, two months ago. It is written by Cullen Bunn, writer of the excellent Western comic The Sixth Gun that I'm a big fan of.
It's pretty self-explanatory just by looking at the title, what's going to happen in the book.