2013 promises to be one of non-stop action, intrigue and major upheaval in the Mighty Marvel Manner. The Avengers face their worst nightmare in Age of Ultron, a new wallcrawler rises in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN, the X-Men celebrate their 50th anniversary and Marvel NOW! continues to roll—and that’s just the beginning.
However, before the New Year can truly begin in earnest, let’s reflect back on 2012, a stretch of 2012 months that saw the Avengers and X-Men go to war, Peter Parker meet Miles Morales, the Fantastic Four reunite in full and much much more.
Looking for a way to get ready for 2013 by catching up with the momentous events of 2012? You’re in luck, because the Marvel Digital Comics Shop has your hook-up, and with this handy guide you can jump straight to some of the key storylines that shaped one of Marvel’s most exciting years.
Let’s get to it!
|Avengers Vs. X-Men|
Doctor Octopus unites the Sinister Six, stronger than ever, for one last master plan, and with the Avengers out of commission, it’s down to Spider-Man, Black Widow and Silver Sable to save the world!
By Dan Slott, Stefano Caselli and more
Even as Northstar prepares to wed his boyfriend, Kyle Jinadu, the Marauders return to menace the X-Men and secrets from Karma’s past threaten the future of her and her teammates!
By Marjorie Liu and Mike Perkins
It’s the biggest super hero event of all-time as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Children of the Atom go to war over possession of the Phoenix Force, the fate of the mutant race and the survival of the Marvel Universe!
By Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman, Olivier Coipel, Adam Kubert, John Romita Jr. and more
A distress signal from the Microverse spurs the Avengers into action, hoping to rescue one of their own thought to be gone forever!
By Brian Michael Bendis and various
Cable’s back, and in order to save his daughter, Hope, he’ll go through Captain America, Iron Man, Red Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine and any other Avengers that stand in his way!
By Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness
A new Zodiac proves to be only the beginning as the stars of 2012’s biggest blockbuster film face the return of Thanos alongside unlikely allies in the Guardians of the Galaxy!
By Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley
The time for talking’s done as some of the top writers and artists in comics come together to depict the epic slobberknockers that took place between pages during Avengers Vs. X-Men!
The foes who have plagued Steve Rogers since his rebirth circle for the kill, but Cap won’t go down easy, particularly with Falcon, Sharon Carter and more watching his back against the likes of Baron Zemo and Codename: Bravo!
By Ed Brubaker, Cullen Bunn and Scot Eaton
The Merc with a Mouth finally gets his ticket punched when a motley crew including Daken, the Kingpin and his own X-Force teammates conspire to put Wade Wilson in the ground once and for all!
By Daniel Way, Carlo Barberi and more
|Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe|
In an alternate reality tale of mayhem, Deadpool finally snaps and takes down the Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Man and the rest of your favorite heroes with no mercy!
By Cullen Bunn and Dalibor Talajic
The most unusual team of all reunites to battle the impossible, as Doctor Strange, Namor, the Silver Surfer, Iron Fist and Red She-Hulk attempt to clean up the mess left behind by Fear Itself and learn the secrets of the Creation Engine!
By Matt Fraction, Terry Dodson and more
The Kree have set a pattern to invade Earth, the Inhumans may be enemies rather than allies and Galactus looms in the background, but none of that maters, because the Human Torch has returned and Marvel’s First Family stands whole once more!
By Jonathan Hickman, Steve Epting and more
Find out what Clint Barton does during his time away from the Avengers in one of the year’s most critically acclaimed series!
By Matt Fraction, David Aja and Javier Pulido
|Incredible Hulk: Stay Angry|
Bruce Banner has concocted the ultimate plan to rid himself of the Hulk, and unless the Green Goliath can keep his composure good and lost while butting heads with the Punisher, Wolverine and more, the mad doctor just might win!
By Jason Aaron and various
It’s the end game for Tony Stark as he must team with his greatest enemies, including Ezekiel Stane, to prevent the Mandarin from realizing his dreams of a bold new world where humanity could be a forgotten term!
By Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca
When an ancient warrior seeking to avoid his ultimate fate consigns all of Asgard to existence of mortals unaware of their heritage, it’s up to the New Mutants and an addled Loki to set things right before the Disir feed!
By Dan Abnett, Kieron Gillen, Andy Lanning and Carmine Di Giandomenico
The fire demon Surtur marches the path of doom towards Asgardia, and in order to stop his path of destruction, both Thor and Loki will have to make sacrifices they never dreamed of!
By Matt Fraction, Kieron Gillen, Alan Davis and Carmine Di Giandomenico
Carnage has escaped to the Microverse, and while Venom and Scarlet Spider have given pursuit, they’ll need to get along in order not just to retrieve the mad symbiote, but survive a hostile dimension!
By Cullen Bunn, Chris Yost, Khoi Pham, Declan Shalvey and more
A mystic threat from beyond our world seeks revenge on Doctor Strange, and has no problem striking out at Luke Cage and the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to take out the former Sorcerer Supreme!
By Brian Michael Bendis and various
Daredevil has the ultimate weapon against organized crime in his possession, but he’ll need the help of Spider-Man and the Punisher if he hopes to live along enough to do any good with it!
By Greg Rucka, Mark Waid and Marco Checchetto
With a new identity and new home in Houston, the man called Kaine finds he can’t outrun his destiny and must fight to protect what he holds dear—whether he likes it or not!
By Chris Yost, Ryan Stegman and more
Hawkeye leads a new Avengers squad dedicated to doing the dirty work the public squad can’t handle, and with recruits like Captain Britain, Valkyrie and Venom, he’s got his hands full even before a robot revolution rises up!
By Rick Remender, Gabriel Hardman and more
Curt Conners has shed his humanity, but with the unlikely help of Morbius the Living Vampire, Spider-Man will seek to pull the Lizard back from the edge!
By Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli
The Marvel Universe and Ultimate Comics collide at long last when Peter Parker crashes through reality to encounter Miles Morales and a world like he never imagined!
By Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli
Following a devastating terrorist attack, the United States has been splintered, and even the return of Captain America might not be enough to help the Ultimates pull things back together!
By Sam Humphries, Billy Tan and more
|Uncanny X-Force: The Final Execution Saga|
Consequences come home to roost for Wolverine’s dirty little secret of a team when a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants attacks, exploiting X-Force’s weaknesses and forcing them to extreme decisions!
By Rick Remender, Phil Noto and more
Blackheart wants to raise hell on Earth—in Vegas—and the only hope of stopping him lies with the tainted likes of Venom X-23, the Red Hulk and Ghost Rider!
By Jeff Parker, Rick Remender, Rob Williams and various
Back to his darkest identity, Bucky Barnes teams with Black Widow and Nick Fury to clean up the messes of his sordid past!
By Ed Brubaker and Butch Guice
Check out more from 2012 and beyond at the Marvel Digital Comics Shop!