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Here are some of my favorite covers!
Connection Is Power
@Mr. Exclusive: Nice choices! I hadn't seen the third one and had forgotten about the Earth 2 one.
My pull list
Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit.
@Queso The GL's are my favorite heroes (Except Guy) so when Alan finally came to E2 I was hyped.
I don't feel like doing a big post, I just want to give a shout out to the years best new series IMO: Saga, which if you aren't reading you're missing out on some of the best dialogue and character work in comics right now, Brian K. Vaughan has always been a great writer and he knocks it out of the park here, the artwork is also pretty sweet.
I'll probably post some other favorites from the year later, that one just sticks out in my head
"If you really loved me you'd all kill yourselves right now" -Spider Jerusalem
@Mr. Exclusive: Ha! I don't know a lot of people who are fans of Guy, and Earth 2 has been pretty solid so far.
@Chaos: Yes, Saga ranked #1, unsurprisingly, on CBR's Top 100 comics of 2012. I think it's pretty solid and love the huge fan letters section included in each book. I think every series should follow suit. Truth be told, nothing that I've read of Vaughan's has ever really wowed me, though, but Saga's appeal to a wide variety of audiences is pretty neat to see. Definitely post more when you can, though, as this is kind of a celebration thread. :-)
I love Saga. My only complaint, and you know how i love to complain, is some of the language and scenes. It seems at time gratuitous for the sake of being gratuitous. I am not a prude, I just like things like swearing and adult subject matter to serve a purpose. That being said, it really has not hindered the experience all that much. I think it earned the #1 spot.
most frustrating delay for me: Greg Rucka's Punisher War-zone series, which is meant to end his run on the comic since the punisher is now a part of the thunderbolts, not only has it not finished, but it's only on issue two of 5 while the series that takes place afterwards (thunderbolts) is already past issue 2, the series was already pretty infrequent but I feel like the blame is less on Rucka and more on a number of other factors (the guys a pro, this can't just be a matter of him turning in scripts late) so heres hoping war zone actually finishes so I can properly mourn my favorite punisher run, a runner up would be everything by mark millar this year, I love his work but my god he needs to work on the delays
No dude, the most frustrating delay has got to be S.H.I.E.L.D. by Hickman. and I agree Ruckas punisher run has been unreal
@FAMESREVENGE: Yeah, I've seen that complaint a number of times but, if I recall correctly, that's been toned down in the most recent issues. What's going on with S.H.I.E.L.D.?
@Chaos: I haven't read that title, but I am wondering where the hell Infected is. I'm not holding my breath for Carbon Grey, Lady Mechanika, . You would think that with an end run they'd enable Rucka to finish it in an appropriate, on time, manner. That's a shame.
I didn't even know there was a SHIELD series going on
That's the problem, it isn't going on. It hasn't been released in forever. One thing I love about Hickman is that he is willing to get weird and this book is weird. It is the history of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the idea is that it is an ancient organization and, wait for it, time is circular. So in 2010 there there 7 issues (It was semi-monthly) they are numbers 1-6 and infinity symbol for the 7th. Then in 2011 it starts at 1 again, they gave us 4 issues in 2011 then it stopped. That is actually why I wrote Hickman, his one line response to my letter was that they are written and dustin will be started illustrations. Okay, so I took a break from writing this post to send an email to Dustin Weaver, the artist on the book. I was on his website and I guess he is actively working on it, so that is good.
he's not Grant Morrison weird is he? I can't stand Morrison weird (which is sad because the few times Morrison writes his stories straight its fantastic, but thats another topic for another day)
actually screw that biggest disappointment of the year for me: Grant god****ed Morrisons god****ed "Happy!" usually if I'm not really that into a book I'll buy the next few issues out of a basic obligation to the creators and with the hope that it'll get better, that didn't happen with "Happy!" which I only bought the first issue of. Now, "Happy!" is the recent creator owned comic by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson (you can see one of the covers if you scroll up this thread a bit) now I've been a fan of Robertson's since Transmetropolitan, the man's unmatched when it comes to detail filled grimy settings, and his other well known project the Boys was pretty good too, he's one of those artists who gets me interested just by being involved with something (other artists on that list are Humberto Ramos and Terry Moore) so I grabbed the first issue based on Robertsons involvement, some nice things I'd read online, and an interesting premise (hit-men and cartoon horses? whats not to love?) well I read through the issue in about five minutes and felt insulted, Morrison was probably being clever by making everyone talk like a retarded fifth grader trying to act tough by cursing as some sort of "meta" critique of modern comic trends but it just came across as lazy and contrived, theres nothing clever about bad writing and bad storytelling (though I'll admit there are some really neat ideas at work in the book) the writing turned me off so much (coupled with my previous experiences with Morrison's work, Action Comics which was just as poorly written but at least told a well-thought out story) that I refused to buy any further issues as well as made me extremely hesitant to read any of morrisons other work that I'd been previously interested in, so yeah, didn't like happy, actually can't remember the last time I was so turned off by a book, maybe that'd be a good topic for a thread "worst comic book experiences"
oh yeah and my best Cover artist of the year: Francesco Francavilla, check this stuff out:
I mean if these don't make you want to read that comic I don't know what will, also since I'm posting covers I might as well show off one of my favorite examples of Darick Robertson's work for anyone who hasn't seen it: