COMICS FOR HEROES Presents: The December File

I hope everyone had a great December and enjoyed their holiday or holidays.  2012 was a great year for comics.  Here are the books I read in December and my recommendations for you.  Be sure to check out what Comics For Heroes is up to and how you can help over at our site and on twitter.

Note: Previews pages are linked to the title, when available.


Action Comics (2011-) #15

DC Comics    Writer: Grant Morrison    Artist: Rags Morales

Action Comics #15

Verdict:  TRADE WAIT


All New X-Men #3 and #4

Marvel Comics    Writer: Brian Michael Bendis    Artist: Stuart Immonen

Al -New X-Men #3All New X-Men #4

I thought that Waid’s Daredevil was Marvel’s best series in years, but this blows it out of the water.  That could be nostalgia and my love of the X-Men from my childhood, but I love this book.

Verdict:  BUY


Animal Man (2011-) #15

DC Comics    Writer: Jeff Lemire    Artist: Steve Pugh

Animal Man #15

Verdict:  BUY


Detective Comics (2011-) #15

DC Comics    Writer: John Layman    Artist: Jason Fabok

Detective Comcis #15

Verdict:  TRADE WAIT


Legend of Luther Strode #1 (of 6)

Image Comics    Writer: Justin Jordan    Artist: Tradd Moore

Legend of Luther Strode #1

The first Luther Strode series was a surprise hit and here is more in all it’s gory goodness.

Verdict:  BUY


Swamp Thing (2011-) #15

DC Comics    Writer: Scott Snyder    Artist:  Marco Rudy

Swamp Thing #15

This was my favorite Rotworld installment so far and I am really looking forward to more of Rotworld Gotham in January.

Verdict:  BUY


Atomic Robo: The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific #5 (of 5)

Red5    Writer:  Brian Clevinger    Artist:  Scott Wegener

Atomic Robo and the Flying She Devils of the Pacific #5

Verdict:  TRADE WAIT


Batman (2011-) #15

DC Comics    Writer: Scott Snyder    Artist: Greg Capullo

Batman #15

A bit slower in pace from the last two issues of Batman, but that doesn’t make it any less great.  Last issue gave us the psychological impact that Joker was having on Bruce, but here we see the psychological impact that the events are having upon the Bat family.

Verdict:  BUY


Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #3 (of 4)

DC Comics    Writer: J. Michael Straczynski    Artist: Adam Hughes


Verdict:  TRADE WAIT


Before Watchmen: Rorschach #3 (of 4)

DC Comics    Writer Brian Azzarello    Artist: Lee Bermejo

Before Watchmen Rorschach #3



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #17

IDW Publishing    Writer: Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman    Artist: Ben Bates

teenage mutant ninja turtles #17

Verdict:  BUY


The Black Beetle: Night Shift #0

Dark Horse Comics    Writer/Artist:  Francesco Francavilla

Black Beetle Night Shift #0

One of the best single issues of 2012

Verdict:  BUY


Daredevil Vol. 3 #21

Marvel Comics    Writer: Mark Waid    Artist: Chris Samnee

Daredevil #21

Verdict:  BUY


Locke & Key Omega #2 (of 7)

IDW Publishing    Writer: Joe Hill    Artist:  Gabriel Rodriquez

Layout 1

After a slow first issue, we dive back in to the twisted tale of Locke and Key that we all know and love.

Verdict:  BUY


Red Hood and the Outlaws (2011-) #15

DC Comics    Writer:  Scott Lobdell    Artist: Timothy Green

red hood and the outlaws #15

Verdict: BUY


Saga #8

Image Comics   Writer: Brian K. Vaughan    Artist: Fiona Staples

Saga #8

I love this book. It is a perfect blend of sci-fi and fantasy with lots of twists, turns, shock, and awe.  It can be hilarious when you are least expecting it.  Fiona Staples’ art is growing and evolving with every issue.  Everyone needs to be reading this.

Verdict:  BUY


Justice League (2011-) #15

DC Comics    Writer:  Geoff Johns    Artist: Ivan Reis

Justice League #15

Ivan Reis drawing — need I say more?  Yes, I actually do need to say more.  This is one of the better written issues of this series and the “Throne of Atlantis” arc is off to a great start.

Verdict:  BUY


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