2012 comics are starting off strong. Some questions raised:
Wouldn’t you rather be Wonder Woman than Superman?
Who’s the most unlikeable person you know that you really should go see?
Don’t you want a bigass sword?
Amazing Spider-Man 677 / Daredevil 8
Mark Waid / Emma Rios (a), Kano (a)
Mark Waid wrote a quick and fun superhero team-up story with some neat espionage flourishes and a pretty cool plot upturn, but Rios and Kano are what made the crossover even more interesting. The art is dense and kinetic, which is how I think Spider-Man and Daredevil comics should be drawn. My two favorite examples are below. Click to make bigger!
Matt Fraction has a way of writing superhero comics with enough eccentricity to make Defenders modern and classic at the same time. He uses characters that are so different, but Fraction plays them off each other in a way that makes sense. Also, they fight animal guys.
Jason Aaron (a) / Ron Garney (a), Adam Kubert (a), Steve Sanders (a)
For me, Jason Aaron is the only writer to ever make me care about Wolverine. Being Wolverine sucks. He gets shot up all the time, and people pop up out of nowhere and try to kill him all the damn time. Now, I feel bad for hating him so much. In #300, he fights ninjas on an airplane full of poison gas. That would suck so much, right?
I know I just wrote about how I’m maybe the worst feminist ever, but I think Azzarello’s doing a decent job of making Wonder Woman a really great character regardless of her gender. She might be the most admirable superhero in modern comics. She has a decent power set and a great attitude considering her
messed up complicated background, and she’s certainly more relatable than Batman or Superman. There’s a lot to like about this series iteration of Wonder Woman, but I especially like small aspects, like how each god has some animalistic traits. The reveal of Poseidon was my favorite comics moment of January.
I’ve been looking for a new non-superhero comic to get into, so Whispers was a nice buy. Sam is a mysophobe who spontaneously develops the ability to travel outside his body, unseen by others but able to read and slightly influence their thoughts. There are some great character stories available here. In the first issue, he visits his estranged and devout-if-not-a-crazy-zealot mother.