15. Swamp Thing (DC Entertainment)
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artists: Yanick Paquette, Marco Rudy, and Francesco Francavilla
If there's one area in which DC’s “New 52” has succeeded beyond our expectations, it’s the fact that "New 52" revitalized some of the company’s under-appreciated characters. One of the company’s properties that has benefited the most is Swamp Thing. Under the watchful eye of writer Scott Snyder, Swamp Thing has become one of the best books at the company thanks to its blend of action, horror, and philosophical musings.
Similar to Animal Man, this book isn’t saddled to one genre. Snyder employs all of the tools in his arsenal to craft a truly unique comic that shies away from the typical superhero formula. For the first time in a long time, Swamp Thing seems like a vital part to the DC Universe again as these stories have real stakes and drama.
Most of the stories this year dealt with Alec Holland’s revival as Swamp Thing, but more recently, Snyder has reintroduced us to Anton Arcane in one of the most genuinely creepy mainstream issues we have seen in a while. And with a roster of stylized artists ready to craft this disturbing imagery, Swamp Thing will no doubt be on our list at the end of 2012, as well.