The year is now over and I can confidently publish my list of favourite reprints of 2012. To make sure I remembered what I read I kept a running list of books on my phone for the year, which makes this kind of list fairly easy. Click the title for a full review if available.
Sharaz-de: 1001 Arabian Nights
This book came out mid December and blew me away. Having never seen any Sergio Toppi art I was transfixed by the beautiful style, his play on shapes and composition. Stunning. Plus an excellent tale in the vein of Arabian Nights. Review coming soon.
Caniff takes us on a romping world adventure with war-weary vets trying to carve out a space for themselves. Then he goes to left field with cooky sidekicks and dames aplenty.
Prince Valiant Vol 5: 1945-1946
I finally got around to reading volumes two to five in this series and was amazed how it just gets better and better. The tale takes on a surprising amount of adult themes in a manner that works with all ages. Foster was a master storyteller and it shines through here.
Westerns come in and out of fashion but Wildey brought us a modern take on an old gunfighter and his misadventures. This work is right up there with Blueberry, the top of the heap for comic westerns.
This book had a fair amount of controversy surrounding it, regarding the reprinting and cropping of the material. Since this is the only English language edition readily available you’ll want to pick up a copy to enjoy Pratt’s weaving of story and art in a compelling adventure.