Over A Dozen Reasons To Get Excited About Comics This WinterS

What science fiction and fantasy funny books will debut during the wee months of 2012? There's new UFO drama from Vertigo, Brian Wood penning Conan The Barbarian, and the X-Men and Avengers gearing up for fisticuffs. Here's a slew of brand new titles coming to comic stores soon.

Over A Dozen Reasons To Get Excited About Comics This WinterS

Fantastic Four: Season One (Marvel)
Starting in February, Marvel kicks off their new-readers-friendly line of graphic novels with Fantastic Four: Season One by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. March sees the release of the Spider-Man, X-Men, and Daredevil (preview here) Season One books.

In February, Marvel fans can also look forward to Christopher Yost's new Scarlet Spider series (above), Ed Brubaker's new run on Winter Soldier, Rick Remender's "Newer Fantastic Four" storyline in Venom, and the beginning of the end of Jason Aaron's runs on Wolverine and Punisher MAX.

Over A Dozen Reasons To Get Excited About Comics This WinterS

Conan The Barbarian (Dark Horse)
On February 8, Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan helm this new series about Conan's early years. You can read an interview with the creators here, and here's a synopsis:

In this sweeping adaptation of Robert E. Howard's fan-favorite "Queen of the Black Coast," Conan turns his back on the civilized world and takes to the high seas alongside the pirate queen Bêlit, setting the stage for an epic of romance, terror, and swashbuckling.

Wood's environmental catastrophe series for Dark Horse The Massive also kicks off in Dark Horse Presents #8 on January 18.

Over A Dozen Reasons To Get Excited About Comics This WinterS

Infestation 2 (IDW)
In this sequel to last year's everything-but-the-kitchen-sink zombie miniseries, characters from Transformers, Teenage Ninja Turtles, 30 Days of Night, Danger Girl, G.I. Joe, and Dungeons and Dragons square off against dimension-jumping Lovecraftian horrors.

Also, Bat Boy from World Weekly News is naturally involved. Duane Swierczynski is on scripts for this January release. Another IDW horror release is February's Road Rage from Stephen King & Joe Hill — this comic is a tribute to Richard Matheson's Duel.

Over A Dozen Reasons To Get Excited About Comics This WinterS

Saga (Image)
Brian K. Vaughan pens this new "sci-fi/fantasy epic for mature readers, as new parents Marko and Alana risk everything to raise their child amidst a never-ending galactic war." Fiona Staples is on art, and this is slated for a March 14 release. Here's an art sample.

Image will also release The Manhattan Projects by Jonathan Hickman on March 7 ("What if the research and development department created to produce the first atomic bomb was a front for a series of other, more unusual, programs?") and Jimmy Palmiotti's crustacean-y graphic novel Queen Crab.

Over A Dozen Reasons To Get Excited About Comics This WinterS

Avengers Vs. X-Men (Marvel)
Starting in March, Marvel's big 2012 event beings with a #0 issue by Brian Michael Bendis and Jason Aaron.

Also out in March are Dave Lapham's Uncanny X-Force spin-off series Age of Apocalypse and Mark Millar's "supervillains pull off a heist in Spain" miniseries Supercrooks is out.

Over A Dozen Reasons To Get Excited About Comics This WinterS

The Vertigo March Releases (DC)
With several of Vertigo titles like DMZ and Scalped wending down, Vertigo is releasing a slew of new series. There's Bill Willingham's Fables spin-off Fairest (March 7), the monthly series Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child by Selwyn Sefu Hinds (March 21)...

The story of a half-breed, outcast and heir to the Voodoo Queenship of New Orleans, if she can live long enough to claim her birthright. New Orleans is the most haunted city in America: a town of centuries-old ghosts and newly drowned spirits; where vampires, voodoo spirits and loups-garous make their home.

...Dan Abnett's horror miniseries The New Deadwardians (March 28)...

In post-Victorian England, nearly everyone of the upper classes has voluntarily become a vampire to escape the lower classes who are all zombies. Into this simmering cauldron is thrust Chief Inspector George Suttle, a lonely detective who's got the slowest beat in London: investigating murders in a world where everyone is already dead!

Over A Dozen Reasons To Get Excited About Comics This WinterS

...Paul Cornell's science fiction monthly Saucer Country (March 14)...

Arcadia Alvarado, the leading Democratic candidate for President of the United States, says she was "abducted by aliens." As the Mexican-American Governor of New Mexico, she's dealing with immigration, budget cuts and an alcoholic ex. She's about to toss her hat into the ring as a candidate for President in the most volatile political climate ever. But then...a lonely road and a nightmarish encounter have left her with terrible, half-glimpsed memories. And now she has to become President. To expose the truth – and maybe, to save the world.

DC fans can also look forward to Justice League #7 (March 21), which will contain new back-up stories explaining where Shazam has been since the New 52 relaunch.