18. Suicide Squad
17. Detective Comics
15. Birds of Prey
Gorgeous artwork. Seriously, GORGEOUS ARTWORK (I cannot stress this enough). Somewhat meh story. Batwoman does, however, win the "Socially Conscious" award for not only starring a lesbian, but utterly failing to make a big deal out of her sexuality. It's treated like just a normal thing. No grand statements, just... she's gay. Deal with it. Here's her girlfriend. They have a pretty standard relationship as far as superhero comics go. Moving on. On question though: why does Kate Kane look like a vampire? We already have a redheaded vampire chick in the New 52.
10. Justice League Dark
9. Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.
8. Wonder Woman
7. I, Vampire
This comic, I feel, gets really unfair treatment. DC clearly ordered it in order to cash in on the Twilight/Vampire fad, and fans know this and have treated as such-- a cheap cash-in. But Fialkov and Sorrentino have gone out of their way to make this comic more than just a cheap vampire romance. The star crossed lovers angle is played creatively-- they are not on opposing sides by fate, but by choice. The vampires are actually intimidating-- Fialkov went back to Stoker for his folklore, and it shows. Anyone who's read the original Dracula will doubtless recognize the powers displayed by these vampires. It's a great story, about vampires as they should be-- it's not wish fulfillment. It's tragic, and it's gothic (in multiple meanings of the word).
6. Action Comics
5. Demon Knights
3. Swamp Thing
I struggled to figure out how I'd arrange these last three. I'd knew they'd be in the top 3 pretty much from the very beginning, but deciding which deserved which spot proved difficult. Swamp Thing is one of the best things to come out of the New 52. A terrifying horror story, a dark superhero story, a twisted fantasy story, a trippy scifi story... This comic defies classification. Scott Snyder's Swamp Thing was the book that made me realize that I was going to deeply enjoy reading the New 52.
2. Animal Man
Animal Man is something of an anomaly. The comic stars a superhero who's happily married. He has a wife. He has two kids. He's publicly known as a superhero, but is mostly retired. He recently starred in a movie about a washed up superhero. With Animal Man, Lemire took a step back an examined how the superhero phenomenon effected the DC universe... and he did this without it intruding and the balls-to-wall horror of the tale, as Buddy Baker must race to prevent the Rot from spreading, while protecting his 4-year-old daughter, who's destined to be the greatest champion of animal life the world has ever seen. It ties in heavily with Swamp Thing, and it is AWESOME.
...And that's it. I'm officially done with my New 52 review project. Now I can focus on other things. Like working on the next episode of Myths and Monsters! I've greatly enjoyed reading these comics, and getting to know these characters. It's an experience I don't regret (well, except maybe for reading Suicide Squad, because, and I cannot state this enough, it is shit). I'm going to try to keep up with the trade releases of all the books in the top 10, but who knows if I'll be able to.
I hope these reviews were useful to you, the reader, and I hope you enjoyed going on this journey with me.