To cover as many outstanding reads and hidden gems as can be featured (and devoured) in a year's time, an annual tradition began: our Best of the Year So Far picks. Halfway through the year, editors get together over donuts, coffee, and email to discuss the books that shaped these first six months of publishing, and comics and graphic novels are certainly a part of that conversation.
At the top of this category is Gilbert Hernandez's Mable Season, an oversized hardcover that marks a departure from the artist's regular, renowned Love and Rockets work. Amazon editor Kevin Nguyen was particularly taken with this oversized hardcover:
"Marble Season is Gilbert Hernandez's first semi-autobiographic comic, as well as his debut on Drawn and Quarterly. In its playful nostalgia, Hernandez buries a sense of longing and hoping within the sunny adventures of his '60s suburbs. The cast that inhabits the pages of Marble Season recalls the subtle existentialism of Peanuts; the pop culture references celebrate the Silver Age of comics. Hernandez is prolific and, more incredibly, is still putting out some of his best work."
Marble Season is far from alone, however, in a year that has already seen an unusual level of talented visual storytelling in both superhero and literary comics. The next four picks are below, and the overall Top 10 can be found in our Best of the Year So Far store. Now, back to that growing stack of books! Pass the donuts.
Please click here to see the full list of titles. Are there any that we missed?