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Comic Countdown #52: 2013 Year In Preview

Posted on January 6, 2013 AT 08:29pm

Welcome to the 52nd edition of The Comic Countdown, where comics are listed in a top ten format. 2012 has come and gone, and it was a great year for comics. Some tremendous series released in 2012, and 2013 is looking to build upon that terrific start. Here are ten upcoming books slated for release sometime in 2013 that have caught the eye of the Countdown.

#10: Jirni (Aspen Comics)

The J.T. Krul fantasy epic will release as one of the first new titles this year from Aspen’s “10 For 10″ initiative, which celebrates ten years of Aspen Comics as a publisher. With Paolo Pantalena and Brett Smith on artwork, this series follows Ara, a woman whose mother was taken from her by a strange sorcerer. With a release price of $1, this series is a great choice for Aspen, and a great choice for readers looking to celebrate what looks to be a big year for Aspen Comics.

#9: Guardians Of The Galaxy (Marvel Comics)

With the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy film on the horizon, Marvel has announced that the comic book series will make a comeback, as well. While both affecting the movie title and the Marvel Universe as a whole, the Guardians are looking to have a huge, but unknown role in the Marvel universe in the coming year, which may coincide with another title that will be revealed later on in this list.

#8: East Of West(Image Comics)

Jonathan Hickman makes an appearance on his list, but not for his upcoming Marvel titles. He jumps in for his upcoming Image Comics project, East Of West, which will launch this Spring. Hickman’s series will feature the Four Horsemen in a sci-fi adventure that has them crossing paths with their current target, The President Of The United States. With that kind of general plot, this seems like an exciting series from one of the biggest names in comics.

#7:  Annihilator (Legendary Comics)

Grant Morrison’s long-awaited series Annihilator will finally be coming to shelves sometime this year, and he’s teaming up with Legendary Comics to bring it to life.  Focusing on a Hollywood writer that, after a serious bout of writer’s block finds himself face-to-face with his character. To complete his epic story, Ray Spass must embark on an adventure with his own creation. Only Grant Morrison can come up with this stuff.

#6: Shrugged 2 (Aspen Comics)

After the death of Aspen Comics founder Michael Turner in 2008, Shrugged was one of the last series to be created by the late comic giant. With the Aspen Comics “10 For 10″ campaign coming up soon, the company has decided to honor their late founder by relaunching the series in 2013. Shrugged 2 continues the story of Theo and his two companions, who are attempting to do their jobs by influencing his decisions at every turn. Following the old adage of an angel and demon on your shoulder, this series was highly enjoyed by the masses during its initial run, and is highly anticipated for its return.

#5: Lost Vegas (Image Comics)

Jim McCann and Janet Lee team up once again in this new series, with theReturn On The Dapper Men creators planning a limited series about Roland, a servant on a massive galactic cruise liner that doubles as a casino strip. As Roland plans his escape, he finds he can’t do it alone, and of course, nothing is as easy as it seems.

#4: Skullkickers (Image Comics)

While this series has been going on for quite some time, Jim Zub and the whole crew working on the book have been steadily isolating themselves for not only being the creators of a great book, but for making fun of some majorly heavy titles along the way. When the Marvel NOW! campaign began, Zub and crew began releasing images for “new” Skullkickers titles based on the titles of several popular titles, looking suspiciously like the images released for the Marvel NOW! campaign. Each month, Skullkickers will have a new adjective, such as “Uncanny” or “Savage”. With that kind of mentality, look for this book to turn some heads in 2013, as well as make collectors buy two copies of each title: one for the new adjective, and one for the continuing series.

#3: Superman (DC Comics)

Scott Snyder, Jim Lee and Superman: a match made in comic book heaven for many fans. In 2013, the dream will become a reality as Snyder and Lee are starting an as-of-yet unnamed Superman title for DC Comics. While it’s likely to be connected to the Man Of Steel film that will be released this year, it’s no question that it will be a highly anticipated project with or without the connection to the upcoming film.

#2: Age Of Ultron (Marvel Comics)

Brian Bendis’ long-awaited Ultron series has now been announced, and it’s looking like it’s going to have a major impact on the entire Marvel Universe. Scheduled to release later this year, it looks to be the first major event since the finish of Avengers Vs. X-Men and the inception of Marvel NOW!. With Ultron fulfilling his destiny and taking over the planet, everything is different from the first page of this event. With a limited run from March to June, this title is so secretive that Bendis has stated “our last pages are so shocking that there are literally only six people in the entire world that know what they are”. This looks like a monumental event for Marvel Comics, and soon enough, the world will see what Bendis has been hiding for so long.

#1: Sandman (DC Comics)

Neil Gaiman has created one of the best comic book series of all time with the release of Sandman, which is now celebrating its 25th anniversary. To celebrate that fact, Gaiman and Batwoman artist J. H. Williams III are teaming up to bring back the title like its never been seen before. The story focuses on Morpheus, and what brought him to appear as he did in the very first issue of Sandman. This is a huge title that should be widely appreciated by any comic book fan, and its return is one of the biggest stories of 2013.

That’s it for this week! Be sure to speak your mind about the picks for this or any other week! Back next Sunday for another edition of the Comic Countdown!


Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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