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Amazon names best comics and graphic novels of 2012

Getting a jump on the holiday shopping season, the editors of have released their choices for the best books of the year in categories ranging from Romance and Literature & Fiction to History and Science Fiction & Fantasy. Of course, what were most interested in is Comics & Graphic Novels:

1. Building Stories, by Chris Ware (Pantheon)

2. Darth Vader and Son, by Jeffrey Brown (Chronicle Books)

3. Saga, Vol. 1, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

4. The Hive, by Charles Burns (Pantheon)

5. Prophet, Vol. 1: Remission, by Brandon Graham, Farel Dalrymple, Giannis Milonogiannis and Simon Roy (Image Comics)

6. The Underwater Welder, by Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf Productions)

7. Swamp Thing, Vol. 1: Raise Them Bones, by by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette (DC Comics)

8. Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Blood, by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang (DC Comics)

9. Creepy Presents Richard Corben, by Richard Corben and various authors (Dark Horse)

10. Avengers: The Children’s Crusade, by Allan Heinberg, Olivier Coipel, Jim Cheung and Alan Davis (Marvel)



That’s quite a nice list with a varied selection of comic books. I like it.

If there can be a book called the Underwater Welder, can Garth Ennis’ Dog Welder be far behind?

Prophet was really good. Couldn’t get into Saga.

I’d swap out Children’s Crusade for the Daredevil by Mark Waid Vol. 1 HC. And probably replace Swamp Thing with something too — I’ve liked that run, but not “Best of 2012″ liked it.

There are good books on that list, but that “The Nao of Brown” isn’t on it is a huge miss. It might be that it’s just not super-well known?

Anything with Big 2 Superhero stuff that doesn’t include Journey Into Mystery is pretty nuts

Pretty solid list. I preferred Animal Man to Swamp Thing for the opening couple of issues, but I guess they didn’t want to double up on Lemire. Also, I agree Waid Daredevil or Journey into Mystery should be there instead of Children’s Crusade.

These all seem to be ground-floor trades or I would have suggested JiM as well. Still shocked at Daredevil’s omission.

Ed (A Different One)

November 14, 2012 at 11:44 am

I can’t disagree with some of the inclusions, but no doubt there are some surprising exclusions as well. Then again, I’m not sure Amazon is the best authority for a “best of” list for this genre.

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