11) Afterlife with Archie by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla (Archie Comics)
A shocking idea executed with just the right amount of creepiness due to the perfect teaming of Aguirre-Sacasa and Francavilla.
10) Something Terrible by Dean Trippe (Web-comic)
A poignant-as-hell comic about child abuse that Trippe needed to write but we also needed to read.
9) Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (Simon and Schuster)
Brosh's web-comic has made the jump to the Big Leagues without losing any of its charm, humour or sadness.
8) Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
Not only is this brilliant and beautiful domestic sci-fi story on everyone's Best of the Year list but I'm wary of anybody who'd leave it off theirs!
7) Tales Designed to Thrizzle V. 2 by Michael Kupperman (Fantagraphics Books)
Back in the eighties we called this strangley smart, randomly obscure and non-sequitur-ious style of cartooning at which Kupperman ex-cels, "college humour" now that that's the name of a run-of-the-mill frat-video site we'll just call it "Thrizzly Humour".
6) Captain America by Rick Remender, John Romita, Carlos Pacheco (Marvel Comics
It sucks following up a defining run like Ed Brubaker's, a version of the character so definitive that the second Captain America film is already adapting it. So Rick Remender decided, with little fanfare, to banish Cap to an extremely hostile dimension and then gave him a kid to take care of. Instead of getting sappy or unbelievable, it turned the title into the comic book version of Cormac McCarthy's The Road.
5) It Came! by Dan Boultwood (Titan Comics)
It's Tim Burton's Ed Wood film, Alan Moore's 1963 comic, every MST3K commentary and that Monty Python sketch where the pilots talk in outrageous WWII slang all mashed together! If you missed this, as many did, do us all a favour and BUY IT NOW!!!
4) Goddamn This War by Tardi and Jean-Pierre Varney (Fantagraphics Books)
A sequel every bit as brutal and every bit as necessary as "It Was a War of the Trenches".
3) Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth by Ken Kristensen and M.K. Perker (Image Comics)
Heinous and hilarious, satirical and snide, this twisted comic that didn't really hit its demented stride till it became an ongoing series.
2) Hawkeye by Matt Fraction, David Aja, Francesco Francavilla (Marvel Comics)
This is a superhero comic, one part of a massively successful big-budget franchise, done in a lo-fi indie style. It's a futzing great concept and it's executed perfectly, bro.
1) March by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions)
March threatened to be dry, history but instead it resurrects an era - the end of Jim Crow - in all its beauty and all its ugliness.
Honorable mentions FF by Matt Fraction, Lee and Mike Allred (Marvel Comics), Manhattan Projects by Jonathon Hickman (Image Comics), Daredevil* by Mark Waid and Javiar Rodriguez + Daredevil Dark Knights 1-3 (Marvel Comics), Sheltered by Johnnie Christmas and Ed Brisson (Image Comics), Velvet (Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting (Image Comics). Also thanks to Peanuts (Boom Studios) and Bongo Comics in general for always giving my kids something to read (even Sergio Aragones!)
* I'm not even into the 2013 part of the series yet but I now it stays good.
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