It’s that time once again. I quickly take a look back at 2012 and look forward to 2013, but otherwise – we’re narrowing it down to the top 5 books of CBF for the year and picking the one that stood out. A strong list, but only one can prevail. What are your thoughts on the top picks for 2012?
Best to the new year!
NO HOLDS BARRED!!
This is where we dissect the year of comics and its future. Many bold topics were discussed:
- DC losing ground with its New 52 and the falling of Vertigo
- The good (Marvel NOW!) and not so good (AvX) of Marvel
- Image having probably its best year since their inception 20 years ago
- Our favorite series and what you should be picking up that’s under the radar
- Our concerns for the industry as a whole and what 2020 is going to look like
- Who the heck may becoming a Brony?
Agree? Disagree? This was definitely the most honest podcast we’ve done and it speaks a lot to where comic books are supposedly heading. Give it a listen.
I’ll be back soon to close out the year of 2012 with the Quick Pick of the Year!
A lot has been said about the necessity of the Before Watchmen event as a whole. Whether or not you agree with that, you can’t deny the great storytelling that Darwyn Cooke is bringing to his Minutemen run. It’s the one side of the Watchmen equation we don’t know really well and Cooke is peeling back the layers in great fashion.
Marvel NOW has not been discussed much on this site, but shout-outs to a couple that are personifying the creative jolt that Marvel is getting with their titles:
- All New X-Men #3 is making me wish Bendis was writing X-Men a while ago.
- Avengers #1 is banking on Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena to bring the goods. It’s a solid start, but not mind-blowing. Patience is required though because this is a Hickman book now.
If you follow many of the great current comic creators today on Twitter, you sure enough saw an outpouring of respect and gratitude sent away yesterday to Karen Berger. You know her currently as the long-standing executive editor of the Vertigo imprint at DC Comics. From now until March 2013 though, she will be transitioning that post to a new team and leaving. Having held the position for 20 years and spearheading many great books in the medium, this is obviously a big deal in a niche industry such as comic books.
The speculation of course couldn’t be helped when this was announced regarding the direction of Vertigo. The “team” that supposedly is handling Berger’s position hasn’t been announced yet. And you’ve seen the many changes happen with the imprint since the New 52 started that has seen Vertigo streamline with the initiative. Constantine now being part of the new DCU, along with his own solo title coming out and the Hellblazer series ending at issue 300, is a sign of that. Yes, Vertigo announced lots of new projects at NYCC from guys like Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire (and we still have the Sandman prequel from Gaiman and Williams late next year), but one can’t help but wonder if we’re seeing a slow disassembling of a mighty brand that changed the way people thought of how comics should be done.
I admittedly came late to the Vertigo game. Not willing to take a chance for a long while, I finally gave in when a friend recommended Fables to me 7 years ago. Then I met my CBF comrade, Mike Buechele, later and he got me into the Sandman books, one of the series Karen Berger helped bring to DC before there was a Vertigo and helped make Neil Gaiman a household name to comic fans. These books changed my perception on what comics can do and I was hooked. Y : The Last Man, 100 Bullets, Scalped, DMZ, Northlanders, Sweet Tooth, American Vampire….you name it and Berger had something to do with it. Whether or not Vertigo sticks around for the foreseeable future, the one certainty we have is Berger’s legacy that inspired and challenged many to make comics about more than just the superheroes.
Please listen to the special announcement at the beginning of this show to get info on how you can help out with Hurricane Sandy victims…
We’re closing out the last arc soon of this magnificent series before it goes on hiatus. Snyder and Albuquerque once again keep building things up to a boiling point that could see some significant changes to the lives of Pearl and Henry. You can trade wait at this point, but really – don’t you want to a piece of the action now?
The theme this week was fun. And there was a lot of that:
- Hawkeye #3 has Clint, Kate, a woman to save, and bros
- Before Watchmen Minutemen #4 shows us why Darwyn Cooke is the right choice to give depth to these characters’ stories
- American Vampire : Lord of Nightmares #5 brought an end to Agent Hobbes’ story and started something fresh for Felicia Book.