The title says it all. Despite the bummers that happened last year, there much that is great in comics. And 2013 is looking like it will offer many great projects. Here’s a guide of what to look forward to this coming year. Or at least what I’m looking forward to!
These aren’t in any particular order.
1. Image’s Lazarus by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark!
Well, like others I’ve said I’d read the phone book if Rucka wrote it but thankfully this which he describes as “The Godfather meets Children of Men,” sounds better and with Rucka’s collaborator from Gotham Central, it will look much much better. You can hear me and Kelly talk about this with Rucka here. (Due “early” 2013)
Twelve more and BONUS after the jump!
2. DC Comics’ Superman book by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee!
You might have noticed I’m a fan of Snyder’s work. What I haven’t been a fan of is Superman in the new 52 (Smallville Season 11 is great but is not part of the new 52). But I have a feeling I will be a fan of this book which has Snyder partnering with Jim Lee, who has sold quite a few comics in his time. The book, which still hasn’t been officially solicited or titled is due in 2013.
3. Image’s Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios!
Rios and DeConnick have teamed-up before for Osborn and Captain Marvel. This, however, has original characters. You can hear DeConnick discuss it a bit here.
4. DC Comics’ Katana!
This is a big year for Katana, not only does she have an ongoing (only the third ongoing in DC history to be headlined by woman of color) but she’ll also be a member of the Justice League of American and in the animated Beware the Batman. Here’s some background on the character and her projects. Ann Nocenti is writing the book, Alex Sanchez is on art, and you can read her thoughts on the book here. (First issue February 13)
5. Leaving Megalopolis by Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore!
The last time these two did a book it was Secret Six one of the best team books DC put out pre-52 so my hopes are high this will be pretty damn good. This book is entirely creator owned and was funded on Kickstarter where it raised a record breaking $117K. The team is providing updates to those who funded the project and it looks great. (Due in 2013)
6.Marvel’s Fearless Defenders!
Marvel impressed me last year with its focus on books with female leads including Captain Marvel, Sif in JIM and Red She-Hulk. This book, written by Cullen Bunn with art by Will Sliney, will be an all-female team that will include one of my favorite comic characters, Misty Knight. I can’t wait. (Due February 6).
7. Marvel’s Young Avengers by Kieren Gillen and Jamie McKelvie!
Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung’s original run on Young Avengers has an intense fan following. This new run features Kieron Gillen, fresh off of the intensely popular Kid Loki arc in Journey into Mystery, and his collaborator from Phonogram Jamie McKelvie. The result? Tumblr broken and a book that me and my teenage daughter can both look forward to. ALL THE FEELS! (Due January 23)
8. The Wake by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy!
Snyder describes this as “a big, twisted, sprawling science fiction and horror epic, all of which begins with a single, terrifying discovery at the bottom of the ocean.” Joining him on art is Sean Murphy whose Punk Rock Jesus was on of the best of 2012. Snyder excels at horror so I’m really looking forward to this. (Due sometime in 2013).
9. Dark Horse’s The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys by Becky Cloonan and Gerald Way
10. Vertigo’s Sandman mini by Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III!
Do you even have to ask why?
11. Action Labs’ Princeless, Volume 2 by Jeremy Whitley and Emily Martin!
Whitley’s shake-up of the traditional princess tale was one of my favorites last year. Now it’s back with all new adventures of Princess Adrienne, Bedelia and Sparky are back for more adventures. Kelly and I did an advance review of this on 3 Chicks. And BONUS there will be a Free Comic Book Day issue with Jamal Igle’s Molly Danger another all ages books I’m looking forward to! (Due February, FCBD May)
12. DC Comics’ Wonder Woman Earth One and Multiversity by Grant Morrison!
One has been announced for this year. The other is rumored for this year. Given that there is only artwork above from the first issue, featuring a story “Pax Americana” illustrated by Frank Quitley I think we can guess which is wish. The Wonder Woman is happening eventually, though. We know Rucka was supposed to do it. We know Yanick Paquette whose Diana is above is drawing it. And we know that Morrison can’t stop staying stuff about how he’s going to make Wonder Woman sexy again. (Multiversity due “late” 2013; Wonder Woman is still unannounced)
13. Peter Pan Illustrated by Renae DeLiz!
Renae DeLiz, the woman behind Womanthology and a wonderful illustrator is creating a graphic novel of the J.M. Barrie classic Peter Pan with funds raised on Kickstarter. And as you can see the art is beautiful! (Due September)
BONUS!!!!! All the stuff that’s rumored, unannounced, I forgot about or I can’t tell you about!
We know Gail Simone has stuff coming out from other publishers this year. And then there’s that superhero book due mid-year that will make readers like me happy. (Not Steph or Cass, sorry). There’s a whole 50 weeks to go in 2013, I’m sure there will be many surprises.
What are you looking forward to? What did I miss?