With issue #41, Stan and Jack began a series of longer, multiple issue arcs. This one, the first of three-in-a-row, featured The Frightful Four. Frankly, there’d been quite a bit of this villain team in recent issues, so it wasn’t all that exciting–but it was interesting to see a similar story play out over three issues instead of one. Stan and Jack seemed to be experimenting with less compressed storytelling. Fantastic Four was selling extremely well, so they probably figured they had a loyal fanbase and could be assured future sales so they were free to expand the art form a bit.
It’s December. That means it’s time for an annual roundup. Usually, I try to bust out minis, ongoings, new series, graphic novels…But with today’s publication schedules, sometimes a miniseries will debut and conclude and come out in trade, all in the same year. And with all the reboots by the big two, it’s hard to keep straight what’s a “new” book and what’s a true “ongoing” title.
So, this year I’m just doing one big list: The twenty comics that made me happiest this year. From brand-new titles to big bound beasts full of pretty pictures. Hopefully, you’ll find some trade paperbacks to buy or hardcovers to give as presents, and maybe you’ll add a title or two to your pull lists.
I’m breaking this up into two posts. The first, today, are the ones that didn’t make it. Tomorrow: My picks for the Top 20 of 2012.
Hit the break.