Monday, December 17, 2012

Top 10: Best books I've read in 2012

The end of the world is just around the corner and the year coming to a close. Its time to list the top 10 books I've read (for the first time) this year.

My reads that is :)

Here is the first RGN Top 10 list.

Underwater Welder

10 - Underwater Welder

I'm not a big Lemire fan but I do enjoy most of his work. I picked this up on a whim, based only on a couple of online reviews. I'm glad I did. Its a wonderful story of a soon to be dad that as to come to terms with is own daddy issues. The B&W art helps to build the mild craziness of the story.

Not reviewed yet.


9 - SCUD the Disposable Assassin, The Whole Shebang

I was introduced to this book in the forums of The Outhouse and immediately ordered it. This collected the full run of the book plus a few extras. The story is funny, crazy and heavy on randomness. Its a entertaining book that keeps you reading until your arms hurt from holding this behemoth of a book.

You can check out the review here.

Doctor Strange

8 - Doctor Strange A Separate Reality

Magic themed comic books are, usually, very close to my heart, especially the older ones. It took me a couple of months but as soon as I was able to find an affordable copy of this book I took it. It didn't let me down at all. Everything I like of these older magic themed books is here. Magic with imagination coupled with an exciting story and little space for Harry Potter length plots.

Eventually it will get reviewed.

Wolverine and the X-Men

7 - Wolverine and the X-Men Volume 1

In the last couple of years I've been drifting away from superhero comics. When this came out the reviews here great and all had a similar topic "this isn't your typical superhero book". That was enough to get me reconnected with these familiar characters.

It is indeed a different book. Its funny and fresh and loose with the continuity. And most of all, it shakes the status quo. I was hooked from the get go.

This book was one of the first reviews on RGN and can be found here.


6 - Freakangels Volume 6

Warren Ellis is one of my favorite comic book writer and Freakangels is in my top 10 Ellis books. This 6th volume marked the end of this saga. It answered all the lingering questions of this Universe. Who, why and how did the world as we know it ended? Are the Freakangels immortal? And so on. This book brings closure to this journey.

Sadly I haven't got around to reviewing any of the Freakangels book. Maybe I'll do a full run review.

Off Road

5 - Off Road

After I read Joe the Barbarian late last year I was instantly in love with Sean Murphy's art and had to have more of it. Made a little research and found this little graphic novel about three friends that have different issues to work out.

Off Road is a great little book about friendship, fathers and coming of age.

Check out the review here.

Channel Zero

4 - Channel Zero

Up until Channel Zero Brian Wood was one of my favorite writers I never read.

Channel Zero is the first published work of Brian Wood and like he says in the extras he is not ashamed of it. And he shouldn't. In fact he should be proud.

This is a mix of punk cyber fight against the Machine and the oppression / liberation that the Media can impose on the people. Its a great read, even if you don't agree with Wood's POV on politics and personal freedoms.

I've been trying to review this for weeks and failing miserably. Maybe 2013 will bring me the much needed inspiration.


3 - Saga Volume 1

All over the internet Saga is being labeled as a Space Opera. Its not incorrect. It surely seem to be getting the scope for it, even if there is only three or four stories outside the main story line.

Saga is a love story. Love between the Marko, Alana and their baby girl. Marko and Alana are cough between a galaxy wide war between their respective races. They fall in love and decide to leave the war behind them and live a peaceful life. The only problem is that the war isn't going to let that happen.

Check the review here.

Fear Agent

2 - Fear Agent Volume 6

This book marks the end of one of the best Sci-Fi books in the last years. And what a journey it was!

Worldly invasions, time travel, galactic genocide and a great deal of misadventures is what you can find in the 6 volumes (7 if you count Tales of the Fear Agent) that tell the tale of Heathrow Hudson the last of the Fear Agents.

Like Freakangels this will, probably, get a run review somewhere in time.

Infinite Kung Fu

1 - Infinite Kung Fu

Infinite Kung Fu takes the number one spot because it was the book that most amazed me. I had little to none expectations and was completely sweep off my feet by it. Kagan Mcleod does a great job in recreating the feel of the old martial arts movies. Like SCUD, this is a behemoth. 400+ pages of top notch sequential art, that is hard to read in lengthy stretches due to its weight, but very much worth it.

This one is in my to review list since the first day of RGN, but I haven't been able to do it justice. But it will be reviewed. Stay tuned for 2013.

Here is what I read this year and loved. What are your preferences?


  1. As classificação deste género reflectem sempre o gosto de quem as faz.
    Nesse top 10 conheço Saga, de que eu gosto bastante, Off Road que não foi nada mau (Não te esqueças... saiu em português :P ) e Underwater Welder, para mim o melhor de todos os que apontaste!

    Nem te digo que está um bom ou mau top 10, foram os livros que mais gostaste em 2012, e isso chega!
    (Eu faria outra lista com certeza... :D )

    1. Nuno,

      Exacto, a lista reflecte a minha experiência de leituras este ano. Claro que os meus gostos pessoais influênciam, e bastante, a lista.

      Não só não me esqueci, como editei o meu post original de imediato a adicionar essa informação. Obrigado pela dica.

      Venha essa lista.


  2. Great list man. I love that you put Infinite Kung Fu in at number one. That book blew me away and made me wish there were many more books like it.

    Scud and Channel Zero are on my 'To Buy' list and I've just read and reviewed the Fear Agent Hardcover.

    Excellent blog you have here Rui. I'm going to work my way through more of your posts.

    1. Hi Joe,

      Infinite Kung Fu also made a big impression on me. Its a great and original book. That's why it got first spot.

      Fear Agent is one of my all time favorite sci-fi comics. Love the fishbowls :)

      Scud and Channel Zero are 2 very different books. The first is funny and random. The second is more serious. Both awesome.

      I'll keep an eye out for those reviews on your blog.

      I'm glad you liked my blog, its always great when someone does :)