Anyway, enough stalling. Here are my top reads from 2012, in alphabetical order:
I’ve been a fan of Archie Comics all my life, but they really stood out to me in 2012. One reason is because Giséle Lagacé, a webcomic artist I’ve adored for years, has been doing work for them as of late, including, but not limited to, the issue featured above, where everyone in Riverdale gets gender-bent—not even Josie and the Pussycats are exempt, except here they’re better known as Joey and the Junkyard Dogs:
2) The Best of Samm Schwartz (Volumes 1 + 2)
Samm Schwartz is one of my favorite artists, so it’s been a real treat to collect hardcover volumes of his work. This is the artist who helped make Jughead as memorable as he is today! He not only penciled the stories assigned to him, but inked and lettered them, too, which often isn’t the case for artists in this business. I can’t help but study his work all the time to better improve my own comedic timing and facial expressions as an artist…
3) Echoes/Fingerprints #1-4 by Melinda Metz
This is a YA series about a girl who suddenly develops the ability to read people’s thoughts through touching their fingerprints. Not only is the paranormal angle more unique than many others in the genre right now, but it’s full of other things I adore, such as a strong family element, conspiracies, and a will they/won’t they romance that’s actually believable and easy to root for. I remember wanting to read Fingerprints when it first came out, but never got the chance to, so I jumped at the chance to pick up the rerelease, Echoes. As soon as I had a Kindle, I also couldn’t resist buying ebooks of the rest of the series, since it didn’t look like another omnibus edition would be released anytime soon!
Anyone remember the Li’l Jinx series from Archie Comics?
Well, guess what? This franchise has gotten a long-overdue revival, and a pretty fascinating one, too, since the characters are now teenagers instead of kids. There’s a lot of heart in this graphic novel, and all the shout-outs to other franchises in the Archie-verse only make it more entertaining than it already is! Plus, it’s really fun to see these familiar personalities adjust and respond to the perils of high school…
5) Spike: Shadow Puppets
If you’re a fan of the “Smile Time” episode of Angel or Spike in general, then this comic is a must. No, this isn’t a canonical part of the Buffyverse like other comic continuations, but it’s so hilarious and cleverly written, you could easily be fooled into thinking that it is. It even pokes fun at the fact that this comic is technically fanfic by having Spike get attacked by Smile Time’s—wait for it—Official Cannon:
What about the rest of you? What were your favorite reads from 2012?