Best Graphic Novels of 2012

Here’s what I thought were the best graphic novels of 2012, in order, based on what affected, entertained, and enlightened me. For more information on any of the following titles, the links take you to my reviews. This may be the first time in years that I’ve managed to review all of the titles I’m recommending before this list was due!

  1. Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney
  2. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  3. Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
  4. A Wrinkle in Time adapted by Hope Larson
  5. Economix by Michael Goodwin and Dan E. Burr
  6. The Comic Book History of Comics by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey
  7. Dirt Candy by Amanda Cohen, Grady Hendrix, and Ryan Dunlavey
  8. Between Gears by Natalie Nourigat
  9. Please God, Find Me a Husband! by Simone Lia
  10. Polterguys by Laurianne Uy
  11. Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch
  12. Unterzakhn by Leela Corman

What a terrific year! There was a lot of informative non-fiction that used the comic format well (5 of the above, including 3 graphic memoirs), as well as school-set stories that took full advantage of that significant time of life (5 of the above). Most significantly, without even trying, my list includes 8 1/2 works by women.

I’d also like to make a special honorary mention for my favorite comic book, Hawkeye, and my favorite comic strip/webcomic, JL8 (formerly Little League) by Yale Stewart. I love the lengthy reading experience a graphic novel provides, but it’s enjoyable having more frequently appearing great comics to read, too.

2 Responses to “Best Graphic Novels of 2012”

  1. PW Critic Poll for Best of 2012 » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    […] people. It wasn’t until fourth place that my choices start showing up. I previously posted my personal list, and here’s the PW list from the year before. At this point, I know we’ve moved on to […]

  2. Wrinkle in Time Movie Coming From Director of Frozen » DVDs Worth Watching Says:

    […] That’s thrilling to hear. Like so many others, I loved the book — it was otherwise hard to find brainy young women as heroines, particularly in such a thoughtful book — and I also adored the recent graphic novel adaptation, which was one of my best books of 2012. […]




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