The Beat’s Annual Year End Survey, 2013 Edition, Part Three
"What was the biggest story in comics in 2012? Digital comics proved they were here to stay as print comics found they hardly could sell themselves anymore. When Marvel & DC Comics have to practically start over every year just to keep their core fanbase excited, and a magazine like Jimmy Palmiotti, Steve Niles & Co’s CREATOR OWNED HEROES, which published fresh ideas at almost twice the regular page count, can’t get a break it’s almost time to throw in the towel on monthly comic books. Karen Berger leaving Vertigo is the end of an era as she joins the profound ranks of Harvey Kurtzman, Stan Lee, and Archie Goodwin, in terms of editorial impact, as the promise of Image Comics continues to develop new talent and woo heavy hitters like Brian K Vaughan into publishing their new creator-owned works. But, as long as DC cares about new creations and different ideas, and not just perpetuate their 75-year old perennials, I’m sure the current editors will keep Vertigo sexy and relevant."