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To heck with the fancy shmancy ball: we all know that the new year doesn’t officially start until the books drop into our bags on Wednesday.  Here’s what I expect to find:

  • Colder #3 (Dark Horse): I’ve really enjoyed the first two issues–both the nimble storytelling by Paul Tobin and the crazy-good art by Juan Ferreyra.  Can’t wait to bust it out of the bag.
Colder #3 Cover

Colder #3 Cover

  • Justice League Dark #15 (DC): Jeff Lemire’s shining on the Dark.  And this arc sounds downright magical–illegally so!  Happy to know that Frankenstein has found a home, too, after his–our #6 title of 2012–was, sadly, shuttered.
  • Fatale #11 (Image): Our #5 title of 2012!  It’s showing no signs of slowing down, either.  Looks like Ed Brubaker’s going to share some secrets about Josephine.  I’m listening.
Fatale #11 Cover

Fatale #11 Cover

  • Daredevil: End of Days #4 (Marvel): It’s Daredevil, so I’m down–even if I’m not blown away by it.  I don’t think I’m too far off: the whole “Mapone” thing may be the least compelling mystery of the year.  Yet I buy, and I read.
  • Fury: My War Gone By #8 (Marvel): Our #9 title of 2012!  Garth Ennis is comicdom’s reigning war general; and he’s got two super soldiers primed to punish the Viet Cong.  Can’t go wrong.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man #19 (Marvel): After a long, hard slog through the United We Stand storyline, #18 finds Brian Michael Bendis finally returning to what makes this title swing: Miles sans mask.  (My favorite panel–wonderfully wordless–only works because we can see his face.) While I’m excited that #19 promises the return of the terrific Sarah Pichelli, I’m not exactly thrilled that it also threatens a potentially poisonous villain: the one-note Venom.  We’ll see what happens.

That ought to do it.  However…

Like most of you, I’ve read quite a few Top Ten Comics of 2012 lists over the last few days.  Now, thanks to my comrades-in-comics, I’ve got a lot of other bag-worthy books to consider.  Looks like I’ll be rackin’ it on Wednesday.

Let me know if there’s something I shouldn’t pass up.

Turning pages,