Wow, December already? This year just kind of flew by didn't it.
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+Deadpool #20 & 21 by Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn, Scott Koblish, and Mike Hawthorne (12/04, 12/18). A double dose of Deadpool! First, Wade trades in his pouches for Kirby dots and a vacation to Wakanda, in another flashback issue. Then, a new story arc begins as Deadpool takes on S.H.I.E.L.D. to claim the money they owe him for re-killing all those dead US Presidents.
+Inhumanity #1 by Matt Fraction and Olivier Coipel (12/04). The Terrigen Mists have been released, and the Marvel Universe will never be the same again. After the events of Infinity, the Avengers find themselves at odds with the Inhumans, one of whom holds a secret that will shake the very foundations of an entire world.
+All-New X-Men #20 by Brian Michael Bendis and Brandon Peterson (12/18). Fresh off her stint as a punching bag in Avengers Arena, X-23 joins the cast of All-New X-Men as they settle in at Cyclops's hidden school. How have her experiences on Arcade's Murder Island changed her? And why on earth is she kissing Young Cyclops? Seriously, why???
+Uncanny Avengers #15 by Rick Remender and Steve McNiven (12/18). Did you read UA #14? If not, you need to stop what you're doing and get on that NOW, because the crazy train keeps rolling on with this issue. Thor versus the Apocalypse Twins! Wasp versus the Sentry! A team already on the edge, fallen into complete ruin! Could things possibly get any worse?
+Avengers #24.NOW by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic (12/24). Following Infinity, the Avengers squad finds its ranks swollen to new highs, as Captain America and Iron Man begin to plan the next move in their vision for what the Avengers should be. And just in time, too, as another planet is on a direct collision course for Earth! A new jumping on point!
+Origin II #1 by Kieron Gillen and Adam Kubert (12/24). The origin of Wolverine continues! Several years after the events of the first story, young James has lost himself in the wilderness, running free with a pack of wolves as his only companions. But something unexpected will bring him back to civilization, and put him in the path of a man whose fascination with mutantkind is quite... Sinister.
+Green Arrow #26 by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (12/04). A new story arc starts here, as Oliver Queen has finally learned the location of the Outsiders' secret headquarters. But to get there, he'll have to journey into his own dark past, to the island where Green Arrow was born! Secrets will be revealed, and new villains will emerge as "The Outsiders War" begins!
+Batman #26 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (12/11). Gotham City is drowning in darkness, courtesy of the fiendish enigma known as the Riddler! To end the chaos, Detective Jim Gordon will be forced to partner with another potentially dangerous enigma: the masked vigilante Batman. Can these two men work together, or is their alliance doomed from the start?
+Justice League 3000 #1 by Keith Giffen and Howard Porter (12/11). In the year 3000... in the year 3000... The legends of today become the heroes of tomorrow, in a brand new series! But who are these Leaguers, and what is their true connection to their namesakes of yesteryear? And what mysterious force has brought them to the future?
+Supergirl #26 by Tony Bedard and Yildiray Cinar (12/18). A new creative team ushers in an all-new era for the Girl of Steel! Supergirl returns to Earth, and begins to focus on her new mission in life with greater understanding and clarity. But a new presence in her life threatens to cause an upheaval; what will Supergirl do when faced with the bounty hunter LOBO?
+Wonder Woman #26 by Brian Azzarello and Goran Sudzuka (12/18). Being the god of war is far from easy, and things aren't getting any easier for Diana when her brother and sister are threatened by yet another sibling, the sadistic Cassandra. But while Diana is dealing with her, another child of Zeus threatens to break his chains and be free once more...
+Forever Evil #4 by Geoff Johns and David Finch (12/24). Chaos reigns in the DC Universe as war erupts between the Crime Syndicate's forces and Lex Luthor's growing Legion for control of the planet. It's death, betrayal and mayhem as Batman confronts Luthor, while Deathstroke closes in on the Earth's only hope of putting an end to the Syndicate's rule.
+Godland Finale by Joe Casey and Tom Scioli (12/04). After eight years and delays and delays and DELAYS (and delays), the end has finally come for Godland. The seventy-two page finale promises to answer all questions and to change comic books forever. Will it live up to the hype? Will it justify all those delays? There's only one way to find out.
+Dead Body Road #1 by Justin Jordan and Matteo Scalera (12/11). His wife is dead, and the men responsible must die. Every one of them. From the writer of Luther Strode and the artist of Black Science comes a blood-soaked story of revenge, as one man travels a dark and dangerous road to making the men who took his love away pay in the worst ways possible.
+Krampus! #1 by Brian Joines and Dean Kotz (12/11). Someone has stolen Christmas! The Secret Society of Santas have lost the source of their gift-giving power, and to get it back they'll turn to the unlikeliest of heroes: the child-punishing demon known as Krampus! But once freed from his prison, will this dreaded creature play the hero or save his own skin?
+Savage Dragon #193 by Erik Larsen (12/18). The perfect jumping on point awaits, as a bold new era begins in the life a decidedly different Savage Dragon! With his father gone, Malcolm Dragon has inherited the title of Chicago's greatest hero, and must balance a crimefighting career with life as a high school student. Will he rise to the challenge?
+Zero #4 by Ales Kot, Tradd Moore and Jordie Bellaire (12/18). One of the hottest new series at Image takes a trip to the past, in this flashback tale! The year is 2001, and 9-year old Edward Zero has been sent by the Agency to Belfast, Ireland for his very first assignment. His mission? To assassinate an ex-IRA terrorist who's more than they seem.
+The Saviors #1 by James Robinson and J. Bone (12/24). Thomas Ramirez has uncovered a horrifying secret: the Earth is being taken over by alien beings from another world! Burdened with this terrible knowledge yet determined to do something, Thomas seeks out others who share in this secret. But even together, do they stand a chance of thwarting the invasion?
+Hellboy in Hell #5 by Mike Mignola (12/04). Hellboy's strange, mysterious trip through the afterlife and his homelands continues! In the next stage of his journey, HB encounters a man who once sold his soul for a magic whip. What meaning does his tragic tale hold for our stone-handed hero? The saga that began in 1994 continues on!
+Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle #1 by J. Michael Straczynski and Pete Woods (12/04). The story that Terminator fans have been waiting for is finally here! The closing days of the Machine War are upon us, as the rebel forces of man led by John Connor prepare for one climactic, definitive assault against Skynet and its robotic killing machines. Past, present, and future, the fate of the world will be decided. Will man emerge triumphant, or machine?
+Brain Boy #0 by Fred Van Lente and Freddie Williams III (12/11). It's the Secret Service's job to keep the President safe, but when they need help they turn to one man: Matt Price, the world's most powerful telepath! Raised in custody of Albright Industries after the deaths of his parents, Matt uses his gifts to keep others out of trouble... just, not himself.
+Empowered Volume 8 by Adam Warren (12/11). The world's pluckiest, most lovable superheroine returns for another installment! When teammate and rival Sistah Spooky comes to her seeking aid, Emp finds herself on a two-woman mission into the depths of hell itself, to save the soul of Spooky's lover from eternal torment at the claws of the same demons who are the source of Spooky's powers. Can this odd couple succeed, and at what price?
+Captain Midnight #6 by Joshua Williamson and Eduardo Francisco (12/18). Still acclimating himself to the modern era, Captain Midnight travels to the nation's capitol to assist Agent Jones in her investigation of the mysterious "Black Sky." But that investigation is drawing attention from the wrong people, and Midnight soon finds himself taking on a deadly assassin!
+Ghost #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Chris Sebela and Ryan Sook (12/18). A new jumping on point! Someone has destroyed an elevated train in downtown Chicago, and the culprit is somehow familiar to the woman called the Ghost. Remembering their connection will require uncovering Ghost's past, but to do that she'll have to make a deal with a literal devil!
+Powerpuff Girls #4 by Troy Little (12/11). The City of Townsville is safer than ever, now that all of the city's criminals have turned to the side of good! Even the Powerpuff Girls have to admit, life is pretty sweet when everyone is on their best behavior and you've got plenty of help to save the day. But if all the villains are reformed, where's that evil laughter coming from..?
+Rocketeer/Spirit: Pulp Friction #4 by Mark Waid and J. Bone (12/11). The pulp hero crossover reaches its smashing conclusion! Denny and Cliff are closing in on their mysterious foe, but will they be able to escape his web of intrigue once they've found him? And what of better halves, Ellen and Betty? What dangers await these two heroines?
+Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #7 by Chris Mowry and Matt Frank (12/18). You're a robot, made by humans; but, Jet Jaguar, Jet Jaguar, you did it Jet Jaguar! Go, go to protect peace; we are all surprised at the courage you show. Godzilla and Jet Jaguar, punch punch punch! Punch punch punch! Don't cry, let's do our best! JET JAGUAR!!!
+The Illegitimates #1 by Taran Killam, Marc Andreyko and Kevin Sharpe (12/18). Jack Steel is the world's greatest spy, and a notorious ladies man. But, when Jack is defeated by his archenemy Viktor Dannikor on his last mission, who could possibly fill his shoes at the spy agency OLYMPUS? Well, how about five total strangers who share one thing in common?
+Indestructible #1 by Jeff Kline, Javi Garron and Salvi Garcia (12/18). Greg just became the newest superhero in a world obsessed with elevating its costumed do-gooders to celebrity status. Fame and fortune await him, but there's one small problem... Greg is neither super nor a hero. Can he maintain his secret and enjoy this new life, without losing it in the process?
+Doctor Who Special 2013 by Paul Cornell and Jimmy Broxton (12/24). IDW joins the 50th anniversary celebration of Doctor Who, with this one-shot special! When the TARDIS is flung into our universe, the Doctor meets a 10-year old fan and discovers that he's a fictional character! Soon, he'll be battling monsters at the girl's school, and meeting... Matt Smith?
+Rover Red Charlie #1 by Garth Ennis and Michael DiPascale (Avatar, 12/04). When man goes extinct, what becomes of man's best friend? From the mind behind Preacher and The Boys comes a story of canine survival in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Do helper dog Charlie and his friends Rover and Red have the skills they need to survive the new world order?
+Shadowman #13 by Pete Milligan and Roberto de la Torre (Valiant, 12/04). A new creative team takes over to begin an all-new story arc! When Jack Boniface awakens in an alleyway covered in someone else's blood, he believes that a voodoo curse is the culprit. To free himself of the curse, he'll travel to the realm of death to rid himself of the darkness within.
+Afterlife with Archie #3 by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla (Archie, 12/11). The Riverdale zombie apocalypse shambles on with no end in sight! Archie and the gang have escaped the horror at the school dance, and barricaded themselves inside stately Lodge Mansion. Archie's parents are still out there somewhere, though, and he means to find them before it's too late. But for someone in Lodge Mansion, it's already too late...
+Doc Savage #1 by Chris Roberson and Bilquis Evely (Dynamite, 12/11). The Man of Bronze returns at Dynamite! Clark Savage Jr. is the pinnacle of man, a model of physical and mental perfection. From his base of operations atop the tallest building in the world, he and his team of associates spend their time righting wrongs, fighting injustice and improving the world.
+Robotech/Voltron #1 by Tommy Yune and Elmer Damaso (Dynamite, 12/24). Two 80s classics, united for the first time! When an ancient foe returns to threaten the Voltron Force, the repercussions of their epic battle will reach across time and space to the Earth itself, where Roy Fokker and the Skull Squadron are battling the invading Zentraedi forces.
+The Midas Flesh #1 by Ryan North and Shelli Paroline (BOOM!, 12/18). In the distant future, Fatima and her crew of intrepid space explorers have traveled to the empty, uninhabited world called Earth, hoping to escape the evil empire hunting them down. Once a thriving world, Earth is now completely forsaken... and covered in gold.
1ST PLACE WINNER:
Black Science #1; written by Rick Remender; pencils by Matteo Scalera; colors by Dean White; published by Image Comics (19pts)
2ND PLACE FINISHER:
*TIE* Harley Quinn #0; written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti; pencils by Various; colors by Various; published by DC Comics (13pts)
*TIE* Manhattan Projects #16; written by Jonathan Hickman; pencils by Nick Pitarra; colors by Jordie Bellaire; published by Image Comics (13pts)
*TIE* Rat Queens #3; written by Kurtis J. Wiebe; pencils and colors by Roc Upchurch; published by Image Comics (13pts)
Here's How It Works
In the last week of the month (or earlier, if you're confident about your choices), any GAF member can send me a private message with their personal picks for the three best single issues released that month, from any publisher. These picks should be arranged in order of rank -- first, second, and third place -- and each ranking will be worth a specific point value. A first place ranking for a comic is worth 5 points; a second place is worth 3 points; a third place, 2 points. Then before next month's COMICS! OT goes live, I'll tally the results and point values from each ballot, and post the top three overall winners in the next OP as last month's, GAF-approved, best of the best. Then, maybe at the end of the year, we'll have a showdown between the year's top finishers or something similar.
A Sample Ballot
This is an example of how a sample ballot submitted by you might look. You don't have to use this formatting but I do ask that, however you send it to me, you are CLEAR on which comics you are voting for and in what order they are ranked.
The Voting Rules
Originally Posted by Average GAF Member
1st Place: "Super-Fun Team Adventures" #14 (Mystery Comics; story by Jack Johnson, art by John Jackson) [worth 5 points.]
2nd Place: "Children's Bedtime Stories, Only With Nudity and Cursing" #69 (Happy Puppy Publishing; story by Jane Doe, art by John Doelner) [worth 3 points.]
3rd Place: "Grimdark, Extreme, and McDarkerson" #474 (Amazing Comics; story & art by Smitty Smithengen) [worth 2 points.]
1. Only single issues released that month are to be considered for voting; no trade collections, and no "just caught up" considerations for issues released one/two/however many months ago. Sorry if this excludes you from the voting process, trade-only readers and mail-order folk. I didn't see any other way.
2. Each GAF member is allowed one ballot, and once that ballot has been cast you are done for the month. If an issue comes out and you think it's the best comic you've ever read or will ever read, but you already cast your vote the week before, that's too bad. In other words, there are no take-backs so VOTE THOUGHTFULLY.
3. Three comics per ballot, and no more. You could send me a list of the ten best comics that month, with full paragraph summaries on why you ranked them in what order; but in the end, I'm only going to tally points for the top three and ignore the rest. You CAN pick just one book as the best that month... but that one vote is still worth only 5 points.
4. No ties on the ballots, please. You have to pick three comics as the best that month, and you have to rank them "1st, 2nd, 3rd" so that I can assign points to each. If you're torn between two issues of two different series as the best that month, and you can't decide which one you loved more than the other, TRY.
5. To make things a bit easier on me when it comes to making the OP, I'm establishing a deadline for casting ballots of 6pm Eastern Standard Time on the last day of the month. You can cast your ballot at any time during the month that you wish; however once that deadline has passed, any ballots sent to me will be ignored.
6. Again, to make things easier I would prefer that your votes be cast via private message sent to me, rather than through an open post in the OT. In addition to keeping the voting process a secret, using the PM method means I won't have to search through thread pages for someone's vote posted as an afterthought to an unrelated discussion.
Failure to comply with any of the above rules MAY result in your ballot getting thrown out.
Other rules and stipulations may follow, but for now we'll roll with these for the first round and see how it goes. Have fun voting!
Spoilers. In the age of digital comics, they are increasingly becoming an issue in these threads, as the drive to be first to discuss the week's releases overrides common sense and good posting etiquette. So over the coming weeks and months, the members of Comic GAF will be collaborating on and will eventually be implementing a system of general rules for avoiding spoilers on new comics in the Comics OT thread. But for now, please abide by the temporary guidelines outlined below. And remember, you are being watched and judged by your peers.
1. Discussion of newly released comics that involves specific plot details shall be accompanied at all times by the appropriate use of the [SPOILER] tag function.
2. Direct posting of full-page images from newly released comics using the [IMG] tags is strictly prohibited, and outgoing links to such should be accompanied by the appropriate spoiler warnings.
3. Direct posting of images or spoilers from comics that have yet to be released is strictly prohibited, and outgoing links to such should be accompanied by the appropriate spoiler warnings.
4. Covers, solicitation copy, and/or promotional materials shall not be considered spoilers and are allowed, unless their content involves specific plot details; in those cases, outgoing links with spoiler warnings should be used.
5. The unmarked posting of spoilers related to comics will be allowed after a period of one week (Wednesday to Wednesday) from that comic's release. (NOTE: Longer? -Spike)
6. Members of Comic GAF are expected at all times to exercise common sense and polite discretion as a matter of courtesy to fellow posters. I know, tough one.
7. If you are unsure of whether or not posting something would constitute a spoiler, err on the side of caution and use the [SPOILER] tags.
In short, don't be Stephanie Brown. Don't be... The Spoiler. For one thing, you're not that loveable. >:|
Happy reading, and happy holidays!