I have been reading comics for 1 year now. lots lurking in this thread too. Here's my bought/read in 2012 list:
Invincible (Compendium One + Ultimate collection 5,6,7 + TPB 16)
Consistent great read. Easy to get into because you can buy all the issues conveniently and up to date. Are the big two even paying attention?
Batman: Year One
Man I love this J.H. Williams III's art and funky panel layouts blew my mind.
Queen and Country (Definitive edition 1 + 2)
Wanted to check out more of Greg Ruckas work after reading Batwoman, enjoyable enough... but the constant changing of artists annoyed me, writing seemed a bit bland and more suited to the novel series. probably won't buy any more.
Green River Killer
Recommended by just one dude in this thread. More than just a detective story but a really heartfelt son to father tribute. I almost cried, thanks buddy.
Punisher Max (Hardbacks 1 + 2)
Another one recommended in this thread. Excellent book, much smarter writing than expected. dat dark humor.
Orc Stain (TPB 1)
More please Mr. Stoke.
Animal Man (Nu52 vol.1 The Hunt tpb)
Note to self: get Swamp Thing too.
The Flash (Nu52 vol.1 Move Forward)
Waited an extra couple of months for get the hardback. Big disappointment pages aren't oversized, nothing extra inside. This isn't a premium product at all, whats the point? I was expecting something like Invincible ultimate.
Hawkeye (issues 1, 2, 4, 5)
I love this but first time buying single issues and I wasn't expecting 6 ad pages in a 20-something page comic. I will buy the trades and pirate it in-between.