Creators Pick The Best Comics of 2012
Writer: Storm Dogs, The Bulletproof Coffin
Pachyderme by Frederik Peeters
Tough choice. It was a good year. These five comics are each unique and represent creators at the peak of their creativity.
The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon. Published by SelfMadeHero.
After years away from comics, working in design and animation, Glyn Dillon returns to comics with the most unexpected and stunningly brilliant book of the year.
Pachyderme by Frederik Peeters. Published by SelfMadeHero
Following up on 'Blue Pills' and 'Sandcastle' this is, to my mind, his most impressive book yet. Wonderfully surreal and troubling.
Krishna by Abhishek Singh. Published by Image Comics
The most beautifully illustrated graphic novel I've seen in a long time. Came out of nowhere and blew me away.
The Hive by Charles Burns. Published by Pantheon Books.
The long-awaited sequel to 'X-ed Out'. Every panel demands to be perused and pondered over. Burns is always an inspiration.
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Published by Image Comics
The only book on the list that isn't the work of a single auteur. But it reads as if it is.
The Conqueror Worm, adapted by Richard Corben from Edgar Allan Poe
The Conqueror Worm by Richard Corben (Dark Horse)
Gothic horror by the master! Corben's use of color in this book is stunning.
DJ Teck – Morning Attack by Katsuhiro Otomo (Geijutsu Shincho)
The great Otomo returns to comics with this science-fiction short story. Effortless linework richly colored with markers.
Murky World by Richard Corben (Dark Horse)
More Corben weirdness. Totally bizarre imagery and setting. Reminiscent of Corben's early underground work.
Multiple Warheads by Brandon Graham (Image Comics)
Endlessly fun and creative. Beautifully produced book. Good for multiple reads.
Ritual by Malachi Ward (Revival House Press)
A carefully constructed creepy story with a Lynchian atmosphere. Keep an eye out for Malachi Ward.
Writer: Ultimate Comics Ultimates, Higher Earth, Uncanny X-Force
These are five comics that took me by surprise in 2012 and I loved them a lot. Listed in alphabetical order by the creator's last name:
Keep Our Secrets by Jordan Crane
Simon Hanselmann's Megg, Mogg, and Owl comics
"Corpse on the Imjin!" and Other Stories by Harvey Kurtzman
Untitled by Natalya Lobanova
SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamak