Some highs and lows from 2012 in Comics

By Michael R. Murray,

Somebody asked me just last night what I thought of 2012 and what I was looking forward to in ’13… I probably should have been on this as the year came to a close and am a little embarrassed that I didn’t think of it on my own, but here we go…

April 21 and 22 was the Boston Comic Con.  Still small enough to be about comics and big enough to be engaging and exciting!  This was a high point as I discovered here, what I think is the best comic show around.  I’ve been going for years but this has grown very well…

On May 2, the new Valiant Entertainment arrived with X-O Manowar #1, $3.99 was released and I haven’t read a bad thing from them yet.  I haven’t read anything less than wonderful from them.  I’m very excited every time I see any new Valiant comics and in fact, they’re responsible for getting me back into reading weekly comics.  High, high point…

On May 4, we all got to see Marvel’s The Avengers on the big screen and it was a very high point.  I thought it was one of the best movies I’d ever seen.  It didn’t hurt that it was comic related and really well done.  I wasn’t the only one who felt that way, as it went on to become one of the biggest money makers ever…

We lost Joe Kubert in August and that’s one more legend down.  There are very few creators that have earned the title of “legend” but Joe was one of them.  None of us will live forever, but Joe’s work and legacy lives on through his school and the current Joe Kubert Presents, $4.99, published by DC Comics.  This was definitely one of our low points…

On September 5, saw the on sale date for the Aquaman HC vol 1 The Trench, DC Comics, $22.99, and let me tell you what a surprise this was.  Collecting the first six issues of the New 52 Aquaman, this was just spectacular!  What a high…

On September 10, boingboing.net had the distinction of sharing the first page of Elfquest: The Final Quest as a new weekly feature, promising one new page per week.  The return of Wendy Pini to direct contribution in the further adventures of her elves is very exciting.  This is both a high and low point for me, as I don’t consider myself old by any means, but I have no interest in reading one page a week online.  I’d rather wait for the end and pay someone to print the pages and collate them into a book for me.  Here’s to hoping Wendy and Richard will give us a print copy when it’s complete…

December 26 brought the final issue of Marvel Comics' The Amazing Spider-man with #700, $7.99.  This was a low, low point.  Dan Slott did a reasonably good job for what it was, but I just can’t buy into it.  It’s not even an original story.  Does anyone remember Captain America: Reborn?  Ed Brubaker had the Red Skull trying to take over Steve Rogers' body.  We know Peter will be back.  We know Amazing Spider-man will resume normal numbering, just like it did for #500.  I just wish Marvel knew it had a big ole bomb on its hands…

There’s more, I’m sure.  I didn’t list Dark Knight Rises or Neal Adams' return to X-Men.  I didn’t mention All New X-Men or Crossed.  We’ve even got the promise of more Star Wars now.  Whatever you read or enjoyed in 2012, I sincerely hope that you had more high points than low points. 

As far as 2013 goes, I’m very much looking forward to Iron Man 3.  I loved that the trailer referenced New York and how he couldn’t sleep after that.  Valiant’s started promoting their Harbinger Wars and the promise of that after everything else they’ve already given us boggles the mind.  I’m looking forward to the Boston Comic Con again, as this year they’ve already got a commitment from Don Rosa, Duck king and comic fan extraordinaire.  I’ve got some notes for talking to him with, and I’ve already had a number of conversations with him.

Yet my biggest hope for 2013?  I’ve seen no indication in any way yet, but I’d like to know when Geoff Johns is planning on bringing back the Darkstars and the controllers to ‘help’ reign in the Guardians…

Enjoy!

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