At the beginning of 2012 I posted a list of things I was most looking forward to. Some of them delivered (Green Lantern, Earth 2), some were a bit of a let down (AvX, Rotworld), and some have carried over into 2013 (Pandora, Multiversity). So, like last year, here’s a list of the things I’m looking forward to the most in 2013.
We’re halfway through the second year of the New 52, and although we’ve had a bevy of inter-title crossovers, DC has yet to launch a line wide event in the vein of “Crisis on Infinite Earths” or “Blackest Night,” and for this I congratulate them. The New 52 is still continuing to find its feel, and a premature event could’ve been extremely harmful to DC’s initiative. However, after nearly a year of teasing, I’m ready for “Trinity War,” the first event of the New 52. I’m expecting big things, huge plot twists, major catastrophes. I’m read for worlds to live, for worlds to die, and for nothing to every be the same again. I’m ready for DC’s biggest talent, Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire, and a truckload of the great artists to tell the story we’ve been waiting for since the end of “Flashpoint.” Forget “Age of Ultron” (no offense Bendis), this is THE event of 2013. Unless…
Multiversity (and other Morrison goodness)
OK, I’ve been waiting for “Multiversity” since like 2009. The spiritual sequel to “Final Crisis” consisting of 6 one-shots detailing a different earth in the DC multiverse, bookended in the “Seven Soldiers” style, with art from the best of Morrison’s frequent collaborators. This series seems too good to be true, and appropriately it has existed as nothing but a pipe dream for years. However, Morrison has stated that the story will see release in 2013, and will make the end of his mainstream super hero work for the time being. Likewise, 2013 will see the end of his run on “Action Comics” and his 6+ year Batman story. To put it lightly, this is a huge year for Morrison fans.
No, I’m not about to take up the sport, but rather I’m extremely excited for the start of Jeff Lemire’s run on “Green Arrow,” as well as the continuation of Matt Fraction’s “Hawkeye.” Lemire is a fantastic writer, while Andrea Sorrentino is among the best artists at DC, and the duo is set to craft a “Green Arrow” run in the vein of Bendis’ “Daredevil” and O’ Neil’s “Question.” However, the duo is going to have to bring their A+ game to top what Fraction and Aja are doing in “Hawkeye,” which was my favorite book of 2012 and is set to feature art from Francesco Francavilla in issues 10 and 12.
Of all DC’s various “families” within the New 52, none are as exciting or brimming with creativity as the Dark line. With Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes sheparding the flock with “Justice League Dark” and “Constantine,” Robert Venditti taking “Demon Knights” in a new direction, Joshua Hale Fialkov wrapping up his vampiric masterpiece in “I, Vampire,” and Gene Ha taking over art duties in “Phantom Stranger” while Dan Didio and J. M. Dematteis bring us closer to “Trinity War,” it’s almost too much to handle. Then consider all the other excellent books in the line and you can see that the spirit of early 90’s Vertigo continues to live on in the New 52.
I Believe a Man Can Fly
Superman is, as I’ve discussed several times here, my favorite super hero. So, it’s safe to say that I’m reasonably excited for the upcoming Man of Steel film, as well as Scott Snyder and Jim Lee’s untitled-as-of-yet Superman book. The trailer for Man of Steel absolutely blew me away, in a way that recent DC offerings (Green Lantern) failed to. The general positive buzz over the movie, as well as the hand Christopher Nolan has in the film, gives me hope that Superman will get the recognition the character deserves.
This year I caught Hickmania in a bad way after reading through the first four trades of his “Fantastic Four” run, as well as “Manhattan Projects.” I’m currently loving the grand cosmic goodness of “Avengers” and “New Avengers,” and I’m very excited with the writer’s new creator owned series, “East of West.” This guy is definitely on a roll and is quickly becoming one of the best, if not THE best, writer at Marvel.
These are just a few of the things I’m really excited for in 2013. With DC’s first New 52 event, the continuing roll-out of Marvel NOW!, and new creative owned projects released weekly, it’s one of the most exciting years for comics in a long time.