USA Today's writers-about-comics Brian Truitt, David Colton and John Geddes list the best graphic novels and collections of the year:
David Colton• Before Watchmen, by various (DC Comics)• Comics About Cartoonists, edited by Craig Yoe (IDW Publishing)• The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme, by Joe Sacco (W.W. Norton)• John Byrne's Fantastic Four Artist's Edition (IDW Publishing)• S.H.I.E.L.D. by Steranko: The Complete Collection (Marvel)
John Geddes• Battling Boy, by Paul Pope (First Second Books)• The Black Beetle, Vol. 1: No Way Out, by Francesco Francavilla (Dark Horse)• Journey, by Aaron Becker (Candlewick Press)• Saga, Vol. 2, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)• The Thrilling Adventure Hour, by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (Archaia)
Brian Truitt• Blue Is the Warmest Color, by Julie Maroh (Arsenal Pulp Press)• The Fifth Beatle, by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker (Dark Horse)• Genius, by Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen (First Second Books)• The Reason for Dragons, by Chris Northrop and Jeff Stokely (Archaia)• The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Vertigo)
Commentary on each of the selections can be found at the link.