Best comic-book series of 2012

Image Comics resurgence key as columnist looks at best periodical comic books of the year
by Matthew Price Published: January 4, 2013

The return of one of comics' master writers was one of the biggest benefits of 2012, as Brian K. Vaughan returned to comics, creating the Image Comics series “Saga” with artist Fiona Staples.

The resurgence of Image Comics, which is a hive of creator-owned comics activity, was a great sign for innovative periodical comics in 2012. So too was the return of Valiant Comics, a publisher that was big in the 1990s, and returned with a force in 2012.

The following are the best 10 comic book series of 2012.

See last week for the top 10 graphic novels, or go online to NewsOK.com.)

Saga

In the gorgeous, deep and enveloping comic series, Marko and Alana are lovers from opposite sides of a galactic conflict, and the story begins with the birth of their child.

Vaughan, known for “Y: The Last Man” and “Ex Machina,” has created the beginning of an epic sci-fi fantasy story here, as the pair are on the run from the authorities as their forbidden relationship is revealed.

Hawkeye

Former “Iron Fist” collaborators Matt Fraction and David Aja return with “Hawkeye,” a look at the Rockford Files-essque everyday adventures of the archer Hawkeye when he's not hanging with the Avengers.

Artist Javier Pulido also contributed to the series in 2012. Fraction mixes comedic moments, action and engaging characters for Marvel's best comic of 2012.

Batman

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have created a modern classic in their “Batman” run, especially with the return of the Joker in the “Death of the Family” storyline.

The moody, creepy and dark story features Batman caught off-guard by the chilling reappearance of his deadliest foe, who has some new tricks up his sleeve and an entirely new look.

Fatale

Another from Image Comics, writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips create a noir classic with horror elements.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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