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Best American Comics 2012

Best American Comics 2012

by Francoise Mouly

Published by Houghton Miflin Harcourt

360p, color, hardcover, 7"x9.5"

$25.00

This series needs to be put to bed-or maybe it's just putting me to sleep. Year after year. it's like trying to use the Billboard Top 40 to get excited about music: even if all the components are great, stringing them all together into this of "Best American Comics" sampler makes them all seem incredibly tired and stale. Fran├žoise Mouly doesn't take many risks this installment: mostly excerpted from widely available graphic novels by tried-and-true names, this volume (like the volumes before it) reads like an unsatisfying book trailer rather than placing exciting work in a delighting context. It does however include one of Gary Panter's $15.00 eight-page minicomics, which makes up for over half of the cover price and I'm sure there's an extra ten bux worth of goodness in here as well.  -EF