|From "Saga", which was part of the first New Golden Age list here at TooBusy.|
All eras have their front-running elite of exceptional comics. But the most memorable periods in comics history are often those distinguished not just by those few laudable masterpieces, but also by a substantial chasing pack of thoroughly worthwhile peers too. As we've discussed before - here - it's the wallet-busting presence of such an unytpically large number of enticing and agreeable comic-books which marks out 2012 as a new, and strangely often largely uncelebrated, Golden Age. In the wake of yesterday's review on TooBusyThinking of the truly contemptible Rorschach #1, I thought I might regain my composure, and perhaps even pep up my ordure-flattened enthusiasm, with a look at another 25 examples of well-worthwhile New Golden Age titles.
|From "The Dandy", also on that first list|
My criteria for what is and what isn't a "Golden Age" book are, I will readily admit, entirely lacking in objectivity. According to my own admittedly questionable taste, each of the following comics are marked at the very least by conspicuously entertaining scripting or artwork. In the best of what follows, both story and illustration are self-evident excellent. These may not all be brilliant comics, though some of them quite clearly are, but they are all rewarding experiences. They're books with their own distinct character and integrity, and even those without a personal liking for a particular example ought to be able to find something that's of interest within its covers. Should any of them be revealed to be the last comic in the pile after a long afternoon's reading, the reader can be assured that it's still very much worth the effort of persevering to the end.
|From "Fatima The Blood Spinners", which was, yes, also on the first list.|
Most of these comics have been recommended by kind visitors to TooBusyThinking here on the blog or via Twitter. It would be very much appreciated if you'd consider keeping the blogger in touch with the comics which he ought to be reading. As for those of commentators' choices which haven't been referred to in what follows, please be assured that there's still a considerable number of comics still to be bought and enjoyed.
Finally, please do rest assured that the comics below aren't listed in any order of preference, and nor does a mention of a book mean that I've read every single issue of it or that I zealously approve of everything associated with a specific title.
It just means that most of everything I've read has made me glad to be buying comics in 2012.
1. Popeye, by Roger Langridge, Tom Nelly et al (Boom Studios)
2. Locke & Key; Clockwork, by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez et al
3. Reset, by Peter Bagge (Dark Horse)
4. X-Factor, by Peter David et al (Marvel Comics)
5. Near Death, by Jay Faerber, Simone Guglielmini et al (Image)
6. The Phoenix Comic (UK), by a host of talents
7. Revival, by Tim Seeley, Mike Norton et al (Image Comics)
8. Atomic Robo, by Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener et al (Red 5 Comics)
9. The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Century: 2099, by Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill et al (Top Shelf/Knockabout)
10. Jennifer Blood Annual 1, by Al Ewing & Igor Vitiorino et al (Dynamite)
11. Wolverine & The X-Men, by Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, Jorge Molina et al (Marvel Comics)
12. Unwritten, Mike Carey, Peter Gross et al (Vertigo)
13. The Sixth Gun, by Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt et al (Oni Press)
14. The Li'l Depressed Boy, by S. Steven Struble, Sina Grace et al (Image Comics)
15. The Shade, By James Robinson et al (DC Comics)
16. Courtney Crumrin, by Ted Naifeh et al, (Oni Press)
17. B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth, by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, James Harren et al (Dark Horse)
18. Rachel Rising, by Terry Moore, (Abstract Studio)
19. Tales Designed To Thrizzle, by Michael Kupperman (Fantagraphics)
20. Judge Dredd Megazine, by a host of talented folks (Rebellion)
21. Takio, by Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Oeming (Icon)
22. Godzilla: Half-Century War, by James Stoke (IDW)
23. Hawkeye, by Matt Fraction, David Aja et al (Marvel Comics)
24. Chew, by John Layman, Rob Guillory et al (Image Comics)
25. Glory, by Joe Keating, Ross Campbell et al (Image)
The original New Golden Age list of 28 fine comics can be found here.
|From "Daredevil", another comic which ....|
My thanks to everyone who nominated one or more of the above. You were right! I will, of course, keep working on finding the time and pennies to enjoy more of folks' much-appreciated recommendations.