Ok! Kicking of the Get Human Top 10’s of 2012 here is our singer Brendan’s Top 10 comics of the year. If you want to peruse or purchase any of these we would highly recommend shopping at OK Comics in Leeds.
Fury (marvel max)
Awesome trip through the murky depths of 20th century US military intervention, through the eyes of grizzled war vet Nick Fury, written and drawn by the team that created some of the best punisher stories of the last decade, Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov.
Brian K Vaughan is back and as good as ever. Warring species, robot headed royalty and a space brothel more depraved than you could ever imagine, all wrapped in the most down to earth and human story telling this side of Y the Last Man (one of Vaughan’s previous high points).
Bonkers. Utterly bonkers. A brilliant reimagining of an old 90’s image comic nobody was missing. It came out of nowhere from Brandon graham, best known writing and drawing lo fi surrealist futuristic slacker stories and the odd porn comic, writes high concept sci fi goodness that has more crazy ideas in one issue than the last 25 years of the Star Wars franchise.
Brilliantly crafted down to earth super hero story about a day in the life of non super powered Avenger Hawkeye when he is hanging around his tenement block rather than with Norse gods and iron men. Some of the best plotted and nuanced character work by rising super star Matt Fraction, twinned with some fantastic art from David Aja who has somehow pulled off an art style somewhere between Jimmy Corrigan and Batman year one. This book is why I read comics.
Dungeon quest (fantagraphics)
Like the older weirder brother of Scott Pilgrim this continuing opus from Joe Daly shows the quest of Millennium Boy and his crew searching for an ancient Atlantean instrument, whilst smoking weed and killing poetic hobos, it’s d&d meets Jay and Silent Bob drawn like a crazy Charles Burns comic, and volume 3 ups the penis count ten fold. And you love it.
Noooo! Scalped finished this year with issue 60. This series was the best HBO series you never saw, like the Wire set on a Native American reservation, it had heroin addiction, torture, murder, bent cops, and no happy endings, ever. Like the addicts in the story, It never left you feeling good but always left you wanting more.
Walking Dead (image)
A bit obvious, but it continues to be a monthly must read! As the tv show progresses to some of the darker reaches of the story with the prison and the governor, the comic still manages to be a couple of notches higher with the despicable Negan, and not to mention issue 100’s unspeakable horrors.
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have manage to breath life into a 70 year old character, in the same year the Chris Nolan trilogy wrapped up in cinemas, the unfolding twists and turns of DCs New 52 batman adds an entire new level of mythology with the secret society of the owls that have been pulling the strings in Gotham since before batman ever donned the cape and cowl. Throw in a long lost Wayne brother for good measure and this series has shown how good super hero comics can be.
Uncanny Xforce (marvel)
This has been my favourite comic for 2 years now, written by the increasingly awesome Rick Remender, and illustrated by an ever rotating and never disappointing cast of illustrators, this is a real x-men fans dream. The coolest characters in any x-team ever (dead pool, wolverine, psylocke, et al.) embroiled in such stories as fighting an ageing Punisher in a terminatoresque future, to trying to save a kid Apocalypse from fulfilling his destiny of becoming the destroyer of humanity! All good fun.
Adventure Time (kaboom)
Because you think cartoons were cool when you were a kid…and then you see Adventure time! The best kids show there is, captured in comic form, is as fun as it gets! The latest issue is even a mind boggling choose your own adventure, and check out the spin off story of marceline and the scream queens, for more cartoon goodness!
And that’s my year in comics!
Next up our bassist Toby’s top 10 records of 2012