COMICS: The Best Graphic Novels And Comic Books Of 2012 According To Amazon

The global, online retailing giant has just listed their top comic books and graphic novels of 2012. Continue on to see who made the top-10 list and find out where or if your favorite titles ranked. Feel free to include your own top-10 in the comments section.

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By Mark Julian - 11/13/2012


This isn't ranked by sales but is based on the editors at Amazon sitting down and collectively deciding which comic books and graphic novels were the best of 2012. Lots of independent, non-traditional titles taking the top spots on the list, look at it as a chance to expand your horizons and pick up a title or two that you normally wouldn't read.


1. Building Stories by Chris Ware
Building Stories is a 2012 graphic novel by American cartoonist Chris Ware. The unconventional work is made up of fourteen printed works—cloth-bound books, newspapers, broadsheets and flip books—packaged in a boxed set. The work took a decade to complete, and was published by Pantheon Books. The intricate, multilayered stories pivot around an unnamed female protagonist with a missing leg. It mainly focuses on her time in a three-story brownstone apartment building in Chicago, but follows her later in her life as a mother. The parts of the work can be read in any order.


2. Darth Vader and Son (Star Wars (Chronicle)) by Jeffrey Brown
What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if Luke, I am your father was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist, Jeffrey Brown's delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars moments a fresh twist, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include lightsaber batting practice, using the Force to raid the cookie jar, Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star (Er, he looks just like you, Lord Vader!), and the special bond shared between any father and son.



3. Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults. This specially priced volume collects the first six issues of the smash-hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls "the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make."


4. The Hive by Charles Burns
From the creator of Black Hole ("The best graphic novel of the year." —Time Magazine; "Burns' masterwork." —The New York Times Book Review), the second part of a new epic masterpiece of graphic horror in brilliant, vivid color.

Much has happened since we last saw Doug, the Tintin-like hero from X'ed Out. Confessing his past to an unidentified woman, Doug struggles to recall the mysterious incident that left his life shattered, an incident that may have involved his disturbed and now-absent girlfriend, Sarah, and her menacing ex-boyfriend.

Doug warily seeks answers in a nightmarish alternate world that is a distorted mirror of our own, where he is a lowly employee that carts supplies around the Hive. The second part of Charles Burns's riveting trilogy, this graphic narrative will delight and surpass the expectations of his fans.



5. Prophet, Vol. 1: Remission by SImon Roy, Farel Dalrymple, Giannis Milogiannis and Brandon Graham
On distant future Earth, changed by time and alien influence, John Prophet awakens from cryosleep. His mission: to climb the the towers of Thauili Van and restart the Earth empire. But, news of the Empire's return brings old foes and allies out of the recesses of the vast cosmos.


Other notable titles on the list include Swamp Thing Vol. 1: Raise Them Bones (The New 52) by Scott Snyder at no. 7 and Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood (The New 52) by Brian Azzarello at no. 8, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 is Avengers: The Children's Crusade by Allan Heinberg, Olivier Coipel, Jim Cheung and Alan Davis. Click HERE to see the full list.

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DukeAcureds - 11/13/2012, 10:34 AM
No MP?
marvel72 - 11/13/2012, 10:55 AM
saga is awesome i've read the first couple of issues & had to order the graphic novel.

comes with an audiobook & large print.
ATrueHero1987 - 11/13/2012, 11:07 AM
Love Amazon, that's where I get most of my TPB/HC for a low price.
NorrinRaddical - 11/13/2012, 11:14 AM
I JUST got Bulding Stories from Amazon - $50 down to $30! It is indeed a GORGEOUS package that makes bold statements on life, memory, narrative, and even print publication and packaging. A real love letter to holding something tangible in your hand while ruminating about the intangibility of life and memory.

I'd love to know if there are any other Ware fans on this site, because he seems like the least likely guy on here! Still, I can't think of anyone who has pushed the idea of HOW to read a comic more than this master draftsman in the last 10 years.
NorrinRaddical - 11/13/2012, 11:15 AM
also very intrigued by PROPHET (god help me) if there's anyone who can vouch for it. My last memories are the 90s and pouches. so many pouches.
marvel72 - 11/13/2012, 11:37 AM
marvel graphic novels

1st uncanny x-force
2nd daredevil
3rd fantastic four

other titles to consider:deadpool kills the marvel universe,ff,journey into mystery,the punisher & winter soldier.

dc graphic novels

1st animal man
2nd batman
3rd swamp thing

other titles to consider:wonder woman,aquaman,justice league dark & green lantern.

image comics

1st saga
2nd the walking dead
3rd invincible

other titles to consider:spawn(sorry thats all i read from image)
Minghagz - 11/13/2012, 12:07 PM
I've read Building Stories by Chris Ware and I wasn't a fan... sorry @NorrinRaddical.

I can't believe that was #1
Minghagz - 11/13/2012, 12:29 PM
^^^fully agree... I didn't jump on to the WW bandwagon until this girl convinced me to read it and I love it.
rogmel - 11/13/2012, 1:11 PM
@Nomis

It's a great series. Highly recommend picking it up.

DioFoRio - 11/13/2012, 1:23 PM
that prophet sounds cool
marvel72 - 11/13/2012, 1:43 PM
saga WILL win comic book awards.
ChiefJudge - 11/13/2012, 2:33 PM
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thetrojan - 11/13/2012, 2:45 PM
Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware is a lovely wee book with a superhero saga going on ....I recommend it to all.
Not read Building Stories but will be checkin it out...

I like that list above because it is not over commercial,in fact its under commercial!
bazinga85 - 11/13/2012, 5:11 PM
Where's Batman:Night of the Owls?
EtriganTheDemon - 11/13/2012, 5:42 PM
Speaking of Night of the Owls, I'm glad it's not on this list.
It was not all Snyder cracked it up to be. I'm surprised more people don't find the ending twist to be a cliché, I won't drop spoilers BUT Morrison did it better. Looking much more forward toward Snyder's Joker story, "Death of the Family".


BUT, if I were to drop every single comic but one because I was thrown out on the street; jobless, homeless, and doing strange things for money, I would make sure to do stranger things for my monthly fix of SAGA. BUY IT, PEOPLE!
pepe - 11/14/2012, 8:04 AM
No Twillight...?

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