END OF YEAR POLL: What Was The Best Comic Book Series Of 2012?

It's been a hell of a year for comic books and so we've compiled a list of the twelve ongoing series' we consider to be the best in order for you to pick a winner. So, what are you waiting for? Hit the jump to cast your vote!

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By Josh Wilding - 12/25/2012
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! If you're already sick of unwrapping gifts and eating turkey, have no fear, as we're here to keep you entertained this Holiday season. As well as a couple of news stories (which, if I've timed them right, should already be up on the site as you read this), we have yet another "End of Year Poll" for you; this time we're asking which comic book series of 2012 was your favourite. To meet the criteria, each of the comic books listed below had to have the same writer throughout the year and be an ongoing series. Of course, it's inevitable that someone's favourite won't have been included here, but you can share those suggestions below and we'll be sure to tally them up when the results are announced on Twitter at some point later this week.

Animal Man (Jeff Lemire)




Aquaman (Geoff Johns)




Batman (Scott Snyder)




Daredevil (Mark Waid)




Green Lantern (Geoff Johns)




Hawkeye (Matt Fraction)




Journey Into Mystery (Kieron Gillen)




Punisher (Greg Rucka)




Swamp Thing (Scott Snyder)




The Walking Dead (Robert Kirkman)




Uncanny X-Force (Rick Remender)




Uncanny X-Men (Kieron Gillen)






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aztecRaingod - 12/25/2012, 9:12 AM
The Thor:God Of Thunder series is not on here? Ok fine, I realize its too new.
WildCard12 - 12/25/2012, 9:13 AM
First
aztecRaingod - 12/25/2012, 9:14 AM
"First" Fail.
TheRock234 - 12/25/2012, 9:28 AM
@LEVITKUZ Dan slott can't write for shit about Spider-man
Dynamo - 12/25/2012, 9:29 AM
Scott Snyder's Batman was [frick]ing brilliant.
Wildaniel - 12/25/2012, 9:30 AM
Avengers VS X-Men!!! LOL, I vote for Snyder's Batman! Fear The Court!

ReeferInferno - 12/25/2012, 9:31 AM
lol, who reads comics?
SwordExplosion - 12/25/2012, 9:34 AM
Can anyone honestly say they've read all of these titles to make a fair comparison? Dumb poll.
SwordExplosion - 12/25/2012, 9:48 AM
I really enjoyed Batman, but a lot of the credit has to go to Greg Capullo. If it were Greg Land drawing Batman, I don't see Court of Owls being as well received. Batman is just running on all cylinders- even the coloring is top notch IMHO.
Bandido - 12/25/2012, 9:54 AM
Nooo! U bastard u had to put hawkguy against batman :( lol
Diana - 12/25/2012, 10:03 AM
WONDER WOMAN deserves to be on that list.
Egan - 12/25/2012, 10:05 AM
No Invincible? bullshit.
JoshWilding - 12/25/2012, 10:06 AM
"Can anyone honestly say they've read all of these titles to make a fair comparison? Dumb poll."

Seriously? This list barely covers even half of my monthly pull list. No wonder so many people on here don't seem to know what the hell is going on when we post comic previews!

Anyway, MERRY CHRISTMAS guys! :)
thorhulk77 - 12/25/2012, 10:09 AM
Scott Snyders Batman. Court of Owls was really good and so far, Death of the Family is shaping up to be great.
Bandido - 12/25/2012, 10:10 AM
@Splenda: i can tell u that if u buy all the issues for hawkeye you definitely wont regret it

@joshwilding: merry xmas u bastard! Haha jk
hayyam - 12/25/2012, 10:37 AM
I was between Animal Man and Batman. But I chose Animal Man just because its trippy and different
ArtisticErotic - 12/25/2012, 10:42 AM
You should have titled this "The Best Mainstream" comics of 2012 a lot of other great comics from other companies you forgot.

polarkyle - 12/25/2012, 10:50 AM
What no justice league
Jodez99 - 12/25/2012, 11:02 AM
How about Hickman's work with the fantastic Four?
astromerc - 12/25/2012, 11:12 AM
Wow! It looks like no one here is even reading.
Shadowelfz - 12/25/2012, 11:24 AM
Aquaman and Batman FTW!
clogan - 12/25/2012, 12:06 PM
What's this shit. No Invincible here?
superotherside - 12/25/2012, 12:12 PM
I voted Batman. But the now Iron Man, Thor, Cap, Hulk, and Avengers have all been great.
TheOneAboveAll - 12/25/2012, 12:19 PM
ATOMIC ROBO!
Goggles - 12/25/2012, 12:33 PM
Gotta give my vote to the Hawkguy.

Mnathan - 12/25/2012, 2:09 PM
Where's' Captain Marvel!?!?

Batman always win,he is one of my my favorite heroes(is in my top 3 along with Spidey and GL),but he always been so awesome and i hate him,sometimes,because of this.
Always the best CBM hero,always the best movie,always the best comic,always the best action figure,always the best cereal...

i am picking Aquaman(i dont like him that much,but the recent comics are really good)
Gunslinger - 12/25/2012, 3:18 PM
Snyder's Court of the Owls was nearly flawless but Death of the Family just isn't as good, imo. Hawkeye is probably the best mainstream comic there (i say mainstream due to being a Marvel book about an acenger - the script (Fraction) and art (Aja) are anything but), and Marvel Now's Thor is pretty good, quite unconventional in the way it's told with some really good art as well. Still, only 3 issues out, not fair to say best of 2012. Hawkeye def is, out of the options given.
Gunslinger - 12/25/2012, 3:21 PM
Special mention for Image's "Glory". Very good read. And "Morning Glories".
SkinnyOne - 12/25/2012, 3:50 PM
Batgirl needs to be on this poll. Gail Simone has been fantastic writing that series. But out of these choices I'd go with Batman and Uncanny X-Force a close 2nd
Franshu - 12/25/2012, 3:51 PM
For me, the most original title out of those was Animal Man. It's creepy, it's great storytelling, and you anxiously wait for the next issue, while never knowing exactly what might happen next. So, for me, it's:

1)Animal Man
2)Batman
3)Green Lantern
4)Aquaman

Unfortunately, I couldn't get to read any of the otehr titles. I do find "Daredevil, End of Days" pretty cool too, but since it's a mini series that is still ongoing, I still cant give it a definitive position in the ranking
FightAs0ne - 12/25/2012, 4:39 PM
Damn I'm just gonna list all my favs from this year. Aquaman, Batman, Green Lantern, Ult. Spider-Man(yeah I said it so what), Uncanny/All New X-men, and Walking Dead.

I'm gonna vote Aquaman because most people (including me) counted him as the butt of the jokes in the DC universe, but I've grown to like him and the comic, though Miles follows behind at number 2.
lapress - 12/25/2012, 7:04 PM
@Josh Wilding Maybe you should do Mainstream and then Independent comic polls
ScionStorm - 12/25/2012, 7:48 PM
Cool, Gillen got two series on this list.
spider1489 - 12/25/2012, 7:55 PM
WHAT ! WHERE IS THE ULTIMATE SPIDERMAN!!!! WITH MILES !!!
JustDame - 12/25/2012, 8:38 PM
Saga.
DoodPool - 12/25/2012, 9:30 PM
@JustDame

Saga was REALLY good but i would put it second to Scott Snyder's run on Batman. Snyder's Batman books are modern classics.

Marvel has been doing HORRIBLE on all fronts. The quality of story telling in marvel has been pretty shit since SEIGE ended. The best Marvel i have read are Wolverine and the X Men (feels nostalgic, has the 90s gen x feel to it) and The start of the incredible hulk reboot (great art, great story after years of hulk family bs). Spider man is starting to get good again. But all the x men vs avengers stuff was horrible, hype that went nowhere.

@nomis
Snyder's Swamp Thing is basically just like Moore's, That's why it's great, and Snyder has a great way of working in that style and being original at the same time. But... i don't think his swamp thing run is as important as his Batman Shit...
Tymminator - 12/25/2012, 9:37 PM
Cute how my post is deleted.
JustDame - 12/25/2012, 9:53 PM
@doodpool

i'd put Batman 3rd after Saga and Daredevil. I honestly love them all, though. On my list they're probably followed by Ultimate Spider-Man, Animal Man, The Massive, Alabaster Wolves, Debris, Winter Soldier and The Punisher in no particular order.

But, I'm mixed on your opinion on Marvel. There was a lot of shitty books coming out but there was also a lot of good ones. I dropped The Incredible Hulk after the first arc too. But I'm a huge fan of Marvel NOW just like I was with The New 52. I'm sure the momentum will slow down and I'll be dropping a few titles like DC too. I personally think it's a great time to be a comic book fan.
thalidomide - 12/25/2012, 10:38 PM
Uncanny X-force (hands down)
Batman
Daredevil
Hawkeye
Journey into Mystery
JustDame - 12/25/2012, 10:51 PM
Brubaker's Cap got shitty after McNiven left, too. The arc with Zircher was pretty good though.
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