It may seem like the last big comic book events just ended (and that’s because they did), but get ready because a new year means new ways for villains to try and blow up the world. Here are ten comic book events we’re eagerly anticipating in 2012:
10. Free Comic Book Day
Okay, this might be a bit of a cop-out, as we’re ALWAYS excited for Comic Book Halloween; but this May 5th is a particularly good one, with brand new Buffy stories from Dark Horse, and in particular, Archaia’s must-buy (for free) hardcover collection of new stories from some of its best properties.
Daniel Way does suicide, as Deadpool finally figures out how to kill himself? Doesn’t seem to be a recipe for humor, but Way has been killing it on Marvel’s Merc With a Mouth lately. And though we doubt Wade Wilson will stay dead, we’re extremely curious to see how Way structures the story.
It has been far, far too long since we’ve seen certified comic book genius Brian K. Vaughan on the stands. In 2012, we get a new series from him called Saga, illustrated by the equally brilliant Fiona Staples. All we know is that its an epic scifi story about a family with horns. Oh, and there will be a jaw-dropping twist on the last page of the first issue… Because that’s just how Vaughan rolls.
7. Ultron War
Brian Michael Bendis ends his long, career defining run on The Avengers, probably with a series (or crossover [or something]) called either The Age of Ultron, or Ultron War. Either way, given that the writer came into the title by wrecking the foundations of the team, and killing of a ton of characters, we expect he’s going to leave them in ruins, too. But in a good way.
6. Watchmen 2
Is this the year DC will actually launch a sequel or prequel to probably the most revered comic book series of all time? We have no idea, but we do know that if they do… It’s all anyone will talk about or read. Hey, we’re prepping our Silk Spectre costumes, just in case.
5. Miles Morales
Yes, the character has already shown up in 2011, but Ultimate Spider-Man has been excellent so far… And in 2012, after a long build up, we finally get to see one of the best new characters in mainstream comics in action. With Sara Pichelli on pencils, he can’t miss.
4. DC’s Purple Lady Attacks!
Another bit of speculation on our parts, but we can’t imagine, after DC’s mysterious Purple Lady showed up at the end of Flashpoint, and then in every first issue of their New 52 that we won’t get some kind of further indication of what’s going on with the hooded one. Will it be some sort of Summer crossover? Or just more hints? We’ll just have to watch the panels and see…
3. Animal Man/Swamp Thing Crossover
Jeff Lemire’s Animal Man and Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing have been two of the best titles DC is publishing, and 2012 they’re heading for an apocalyptic crash, as The Red (the spirit of all animals) and The Green (the spirit of all plants) come under attack by The Black (you know, Death). We don’t know exactly what will happen, but we can assure you: it will be epic, and there will probably be horrible monsters with baby faces.
2. Hellboy in Hell
In 2011, Hellboy died. In 2012, the most obvious thing in the character’s history happens: he goes to Hell. Even as we slapped our foreheads about how stunningly brilliant and obvious it was at the end of his last series, we couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Mike Mignola and company haven’t disappointed yet.
1. Avengers vs. X-Men
Even if the set-up seems like what we used to do with our action figures when we were kids – set ‘em all up, and then they all just crash into each other for a while – there’s no denying that Marvel is pushing this event, big time. Will they pull a New 52 type reboot? Will things really change forever? We’ll find out when it kicks off in April, and with the publisher’s top talent all over the book, at the very least it’s going to be awesome to read and look at. You know, the two things we want from comic books.