Definitely Hawkeye. Number one, no question. Number two is probably Daredevil, which has been truly incredible under Mark Waid, as should be no surprise to anyone. As a fan of the old cartoon, I've also really been enjoying Batman Beyond. And I know you said in the other thread that you don't care about the X-Men, but Wolverine and the X-Men is everything an X-Men comic should be.
For Marvel, Hawkeye. Number one. Absolutely. Probably even the best comics I read all year. I also really like Hickman's Avengers and Kelly Sue Deconnick's Avengers Assemble. Plus Waid's Indestructible Hulk.
For DC, Batwoman. (backofthehead.com) In my opinion, head and shoulders above anything else DC puts out.
And then there's The Manhattan Projects. Top of the indies I've read.
Other comics I really liked: American Vampire, Uncanny X-Force, Worlds Finest, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Captain Marvel. That more or less constitutes a Top 13.
But then there's Smallville season 11. Week in week out, it's the comic that makes me happiest.
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I got the Manhattan Project trade and is by far one of the most fucked things I have ever read. It is great. So much so I am getting FF vol 1 and 2 this week due to Hickman's writing. I am going with Batman. Thanks to the subscription sale, I got that, Catwoman and Green Lantern. Out of the three Batman is far superior. I am also getting Revival and Saga in trade. I hope they are as good as the hype. I am getting Hawkeye in trade around the same time Court of owl comes out in trade.
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1) Wolverine and the X-men (Marvel)-awesome and fun, this book has been consistently great 2) Wonder Woman (DC)-shocked the hell out of me that I would like it, but it is very well written and has a very interesting story. 3) Archer & Armstrong (Valiant)-Holy crap if you aren't reading this you need to, it is awesome. 4) Batman (DC)-Along with Wonder Woman and Animal Man, one of the only good 52 books left IMO. 5) Thor (Marvel)-Jason Aaron kicks this off with a very cool story arc and I can't wait to see the finish 6) Amelia Cole and the Unknown World (Monkey Brain)-I am surprised I like this as much as I do, but it is a very good read and the price is right. 7) Indestructible Hulk (Marvel)-A cool concept and I am intrigued where they go with it. 8) Animal Man (DC)-This is just a weird book but the epicness of this first arc is something to behold. 9) Iron Man (Marvel)-I never really read this before, but I love the writer and this is good despite Greg Land 10) Demon Knights (DC)-I will be interested to see if this stays on here with the new writer, but this is a fun D&D style book in terms of crazy story
One Shot Love Thoughts of a winter morning (Monkey Brain)-Check this book out from Monkey Brain comics, you will enjoy it if you have any sentimentality towards snowy days of your youth.
Trades-I tend to check out a bunch of indy stuff in trades, here are things I would recommend: Black Metal (Oni), Super Pro KO (Oni), Boys (Dynamite), Unwritten (Vertigo), Atomic Robo (red 5), Sixth Gun (Oni), Love and Capes (IDW). The last one especially is literally the only comic my fiancee will read, a very funny superhero rom-com.
I have heard good things about Hawkeye and Daredevil so I will probably pick those up in trade.
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Well, the coffers were emptied on 10 issues of Wolverine and the X-Men. It's terrific! Man, I'd go to the Jean Grey School (or at my age, teach) if I were a dirty, stinking mutie protecting a world that hates and fears me. It's a fantastic balance of action, comedy, the bizarre and the absurd. The character work is brilliant, especially Quentin Quire, Kid Gladiator, and Broo.
Only downside is the focus of the earlier issues trying to get the school up and running despite calamity after calamity was shanghaied by the events of Avengers vs. X-Men last summer. The kids and the school start to take a back seat to the big dukearoo between all the big gun Marvel heroes.
Broo and Doop should be in the movies. Everyone should know about Broo and Doop.
Fatale (great pulp stories) Winter Soldier (solid story telling, I'm just a Bucky fan..) Hawkeye (great fun story telling, interesting art) Captain Marvel (great art, fun story) The Walking Dead (still fun) Thor (love the art, love the 3 time periods) Batman (the Death of a Family story is great) Smallville (so much better than I could've hoped) All New X-Men (great story telling so far) Journey into Mystery (Loki edition)
I'm torn about the Manhattan Projects. I really liked the first few issues but then imo it lost some focus. I'm still on board because it's still random crazy fun.
Sweet Tooth started before 2012, and just ended in early 2013, but I read the bulk of it in 2012. It's an incredible book and unlike anything I had read before. Jeff Lemire's career is going be great to follow.
Robert Kirkman's new book Thief of Thieves is quite good too. I already read Invincible and The Walking Dead regularly, so I was hesitant about having Too Much Kirkman, but then I found out that there is no such thing.
And here's something everybody can read online for free! Mark Waid's Insufferable: http://www.thrillbent.com/project/insufferable-001/ Peter Krause (from Irredeemable) is back with Waid so if it feels familiar, it's not just because of the title. Not being restricted to a certain number of pages to have issue-ending types of plot points frees up the story to proceed at its own pace. Mark Waid's light and flowing style of writing is well-suited to this format and I hope he continues with it.
One of the biggest comic book stories of the year doesn't come from either Marvel or DC. It comes from BOOM! Studios, who are bringing back one of the biggest childhood icons of my generation. That's right. Darkwing Duck is BACK! ECCC: Whack, Smack!