Yay! It’s December 2012, and despite the best attempts of the Mayans I’m still here. So again, that means it’s Top Whatever and unlike BBC’s Sport Personality of the Year 2012, which took 2½ hours to say “the Olympians won everything, the rest of you fuck off” the list feels a little smaller this year. I’m not sure if that’s because I’ve read less (though my bank balance says different) or because some titles are just renewed to the latest volume. Still, here’s my best of the comics world in 2012.
All the selected are graphic novels, whether collected or standalone. There is no point in giving an award to a single issue comic, that’s like going for a three-course meal and eating only the starter.
Best 10 of the Year 2012 (in no order of preference)
Parker: The Score: Richard Stark/Darwyn Cooke (IDW Publishing)
iZombie Vol 4: Repossessed: Chris Roberson/Mike Allred (DC Vertigo)
Mickey Mouse Vol.4: House of the Seven Haunts: Floyd Gottfredson (Disney/Fantagraphics)
Wally Wood’s EC Stories : Artists Edition: Wally Wood (IDW Publishing)
Blacksad: Silent Hell: Juanjo Guarnido/Juan Diaz Canales (Dark Horse)
Girl Genius Vol 11: The Hammerless Bell: Phil & Kaja Foglio (Studio Foglio)
Granville: Bete Noire: Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)
Spider-Men: Brian Bendis/Sara Pichelli (Marvel Comics)
Journalism: Joe Sacco (Jonathan Cape)
Avengers Assemble: An Oral History of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: Brian Bendis (Marvel Comics)
Gasoline Alley Vol 1: 1964-1966: Dick Moores/Frank King (IDW Publishing)
Steve Canyon Vols 1 & 2: Milton Caniff (IDW Publishing)
Manara Vol 3: Milo Manara (Dark Horse)
Empowered Deluxe Vols 1 & 2: Adam Warren (Dark Horse)
Ed the Happy Clown: Chester Brown (Drawn & Quarterly)
Best Art Book
Naughty and Nice: Bruce Timm (SCB)
Most technically brilliant but devoid of human warmth
Building Stories: Chris Ware (Jonathan Cape)
Best New Continuing
Hawkeye: Matt Fraction/David Aja (Marvel Comics)
Most consistently funny
Knights of the Dinner Table: Jolly R.Blackburn (Kenzer)
Star Trek/Dr.Who: Assimilation: Tipton/Woodward/Lee (IDW Publishing). Just bad on so many levels.
The Shadow: Blood & Judgement: Howard Chaykin (Dynamite Comics). What the Hell were we thinking in the Eighties?
Action Comics: Men of Steel: Grant Morrison/Various (DC Comics). With the triumph that was All-Star Superman why Morrison cannot do the same with this puzzles me.
Womanthology: Heroic: Various (IDW Publishing). Oh so worthy, but oh so variable in talent.
Diamond Distributors: Don’t want to supply the Erotic Manara vols to LCS just in case of a tiff with British Customs? No need to worry, I’ll just buy it on Amazon UK (ditto Black Kiss 2).
Avengers vs. X-Men: Various (Marvel Comics). I just… I cannot even begin… Oh, why bother.
The fanboys and the comics industry in general: For getting all in tizz about Before Watchmen (when most of it was quite readable), Amazing Spider-Man 700 and sexism (yes, Tony Harris. I’m looking at you).
Matt Fraction for Hawkeye (Marvel)
Darwyn Cooke for Parker (IDW Publishing)
The “Why has Nobody Noticed This” award
In the year wherein Women’s Rights in media, video gaming, books and society became a lot more prominent why has nobody said that a lot of Alan Moore’s oeuvre is very misogynistic?
LOEG:Century 2009 Alan Moore/Kevin O’Neill (Top Shelf Productions)
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