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It’s the first day of a new year and so that means we’re doing our “best of” listing of the top comic books for 2013. Generally these are comic books that came out in 2013, though some are from earlier times and I got around to reading them, or limited series that continued. Keep in mind, this is what I have read. If it’s not on here, I just might not have read it.
Best Super Hero Comic – Hawkeye
Hawkeye, Marvel Comics’ least likely hit is as cool as the minimalist covers by David Aja. Written by Matt Fraction with art by Aja among others, Hawkeye follows the Avenger and shows him not as his cockiest (as portrayed elsewhere), but instead as a character who isn’t totally sure of himself. The series is a deconstruction of this hero, putting him at the street level, as likely to take on Hydra as his is some petty street thugs who say “Bro” a lot. For that, among many reasons, the comic repeats as the best super hero series out there.
The series has a pulp sense about it, but there’s something with Hawkeye’s simple story telling that makes it stand above the rest. The art, the story, the covers, it’s all there blending perfectly. It doesn’t hurt the series also boasted some of the best single issues this year.
There’s a fantastic mix of action, humor and simple human interaction that pulls together to make it the best super hero comic I’m reading. While last year it got recognition, that seems to have grown this year, with the series earning a devoted following and it’s place on not just this list, but many others.
- All-New X-Men - This series seriously shouldn’t work, but somehow it did. Writer Brian Michael Bendis has take an idea, pulling the original X-Men to the present, and gave us a solid series that actually spun into Marvel’s best event of this year.
- Daredevil – A strong contender for this year’s top spot, and past winner, this series is still one of the best comics on the market. Mark Waid’s writing is fantastic as he took Matt Murdock down further holes (literally and metaphorically), and gave him the struggle of dealing with a real life situation, his best friend’s fight with cancer. Next year will shake up the series, here’s hoping it doesn’t suffer.
- FF – The art, the writing, this series is one of the craziest superhero comics out there and one with amazing heart. Not shockingly it’s also written by Hawkeye‘s Matt Fraction.
- The Superior Spider-Man – Much like All-New X-Men above, this series is a concept that shouldn’t work. Dan Slott has switched Peter Parker with Doc Ock and given us the struggle of a villain trying to be a hero. We all know it won’t last, but it’s been one hell of a fun ride so far.
Best Non-Super Hero Comic – Saga
It shouldn’t be shocking this Image series by writer Brian K. Vaughan with art by Fiona Staples is in this spot. It’s one of the most decorated comics both this year and last, dominating “best of” lists and it’s well deserved.
The comic is a mix of science fiction and fantasy, following two individuals from opposite warring sides who fall in love, have a kid, and go on the run, pursued by both those sides.
The writing and art are just superb with characters and settings so creative no description does it justice. This is the series I’d hand non-comic readers to show them how amazing the medium can be.
- Imagine Agents – Take Ghostbusters and mix it with Men in Black and you get this series of agents dealing with imaginary friends. The series has been fantastic and I can only want more of it! A feather in the cap for publisher BOOM! Studios’ stellar year.
- Mind MGMT- Matt Kindt is an amazing writer and this series involving mind controlling secret agents is trippy and exciting as they come. The art is his usual water color like style, unique and recognizable in today’s comics. The comic feels like Ah-Ha’s Take On Me music video, with psychics and world traveling, aka, it’s awesome and the best comic you’re most likely not reading.
- Revival- Did you hear zombies are still big in entertainment? This new series follows a town locked down by the CDC after the dead come back to life. What’s the cause? What exactly is going on? Little by little we’re finding out, but the focus is really the realistic characters dealing with this strange world.
- Think Tank – This series deserves more attention. Published by Top Cow and written by Matt Hawkins with art by Rashan Ekedel, it’s real world take and well thought out scenarios and technology make it eerily prescient and a reflection of what the world might really be like when it comes to war in the near future.
Best Limited Series or One Shot – The Wake
Scott Snyder is a hell of a writer and the first part of this maxi-series wrapped up recently, leaving me with my jaw on the floor. A story that spans centuries, to say more would be to ruin the shock.
What I can say is the series’ first part evokes classic horror movies and spins out into something completely different by the end. It’s just so good and I don’t want to ruin it.
Snyder is backed up with art by Sean Murphy whose gritty pencils add to Snyder’s scary (good) scripts. Catch up on it now before the next volume begins.
- The Black Beetle – Francesco Francavilla, he alone is the reason this series is on this list. The Black Beetle is a return to fun pulp comics of the past, and Francavilla’s writing and his amazing artist (my favorite of the year) make this an amazing read. Can’t wait to see, and read, more.
- Buzzkill – Don’t know this one? This limited series deals with a hero who only gets his powers through drugs. The problem is, he’s trying to get clean. A solid series full of ultra violence. I’m hoping for a second volume, which would be interesting considering how this one ended.
- Demeter – The final release of Becky Cloonan’s indie comic trilogy, it’s just creepy. I’d include The Mire and Wolves which round out the set, but those came out before this year. This shows how many of the best comics are independent comics.
- Trillium – A max-series from Vertigo covers love across time and space. It’s trippy in ways I can’t describe. The series mixes heart and sci-fi in awesome ways. Luckily we have many issues to go over the next year.
Best Graphic Novel/Trade Paperback – March Book One
March is a brilliant accounting of Congressman John Lewis’ story for new generations and those with similar struggles around the world. This amazing biographical graphic novel is written by Cong. Lewis in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell. The result is one of the best graphic novels in recent memory and an amazing depiction of history that’s accessible to all.
This graphic novel is a piece of history, capturing the Congressman’s experiences testifying to a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations. This isn’t just a graphic novel for folks to pick up and enjoy, it’s a work of art and history that should be in every school teaching about our country’s modern struggles.
Seeing as it’s only the first book in a trilogy, expect it to be on a few more lists to come.
- Battling Boy – Comics should be fun and Paul Pope’s throwback series featuring a hero sent to Earth as a test is modern Jack Kirby. Just an amazing read with fantastic art, it was a pleasant surprise. The worst part was, I wanted to read more than just this first volume.
- Boxers & Saints – Covering the Boxer Rebellion, this dual graphic novels take the perspective of the Chinese rebels and the Christian missionaries. Again, an excellent look at history, it’s two books that can be read apart or together.
- The Fifth Beatle – The only book so far to look at the life of Beatle’s manager Brian Epstein, it’s writing is terrific and art amazing. It was a tough decision as to which would be the top graphic novel, and this one was a close second. Just a fantastic read for comic fans, history fans, music fans and Beatle fans. It’s both uplifting and touching. It’s being made into a movie, so expect buzz about this for many more years.
- Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes – Matt Kindt’s graphic novel follows a series of crimes and the detective who deals with them. There’s a twist at the end that makes this amazing. Add in Kindt’s unique and beautiful art, and it’s easy to see why this makes the list.
Best New Series – The Superior Foes of Spider-Man
Marvel’s “superior” line of comics has been just that and stands out as Marvel’s best line of comics and this series is a challenger for the best one of the line. Following Spider-Man’s C-list (ok maybe D-list) villains, we get to see things from their perspective.
The series so far has been amazing with writing that’s entertaining, fun, funny and witty. These are bad guys, and for some reason, each issue, I come out rooting for them to succeed. I also feel bad for them, because they’re just not all that good at their jobs.
Eventually Spider-Man will stop being superior, and I hope when that time comes, we don’t see the end of this, because the comics stands out as one that lives up to it’s title, it truly is superior.
- Afterlife With Archie – I live an Archie comic! In fairness I dig Mega Man, but this is the first that features the Riverdale cast. That cast is now dealing with a zombie outbreak, but this adult Archie Comic has shown the publisher is willing to try things and the series is boosted by the art of Francesco Francavilla.
- The Bunker – I had to include this digital series which comes to print next year. It’s apocalypse meets Lost story is beyond amazing and art is fantastic. More individuals will hopefully see what the buzz is all about when it comes to print next year, published by Oni.
- The Fox – The second “Archie” comic in the list is a throwback character that’s fun and entertaining. This is a superhero comic that’s great for the family.
- Letter 44 - Charles Soule is the hardest working many in comics, writing so far 7 comics a month in 2014. This is his creator owned series that mixes politics and science fiction. Two issues in, I want more!
Best Single Issue – Hawkeye #11
The issue is told from the perspective of Hawkeye’s dog Lucky, who is now also known as Pizza Dog. The issue is from the dog’s perspective using iconography and muffled dialogue instead of the normal dialogue we’d expect.
I like the fact the comic is original and switches it up from the main character as quite a few issues in this series did this year. But, it’s a pretty high profile comic series focused on a dog! Gutsy and fun at the same time how can you not like that? To say the issue was unique this year is an understatement.
Overall, it’s a brilliant issue on so many levels, it’s just an amazing comic and one of the best for many years. The fact that it spun out a fanbase for the dog says enough.
This was a top issue of a series that had many stand-outs.
Worst Single Issue of the Year – Avengers: Endless Wartime
Marvel announced it was releasing new original graphic novels and this was the much-hyped first release from the creative team of Warren Ellis and Mike McKone. If it’s goal was to gain new readers, boy did it fail.
While the comic has an interesting start, the set-up is much more impressive than the follow through. Underneath the shallow exterior, there’s a greater debate about modern war, both the outsourcing of the battles fought and the pressing a button to kill your enemies thousands of miles away through drones. Overall, the disconnect and dissociation of modern war is a recurring theme throughout the comic. That’s great, if it was discussed more than some glancing dialogue here and there. Unfortunately, that very important discussion and worthwhile exploration is presented with bad guys that seem like something out of a kids cartoon and in a narrative that at times doesn’t make much sense.
The art is average, matching a blah story. I think the character designs are a bit off from what we’ve seen and not always consistent throughout the book and the monsters that are battled aren’t quite clear as to what they are.
It’s the only purchase this year I’ve wanted my money back.
Best Event of the Year – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: City Fall
I’ll admit I generally ignored TMNT for much of the year, but this event made quite a few lists and I sat down and read it all over the holiday and holy crap did I miss out. The series follows Shredder’s power grab of New York City and the Turtle’s attempt to stop them.
But the best thing was all of the moments that just made it awesome for long tim TMNT fans. With the appearance of Bebop and Rocksteady, Leonardo turning evil, and so much more, this was the culmination of a long time build up.
This has drawn me back in and has me reading the series now each month to make sure I don’t miss out.
- Battle of the Atom – Marvel has been not doing it for me when it comes to events so this one which brought X-Men from the future to deal with the X-Men from the past was a pleasant surprise.
- Forever Evil - DC has been hit and miss, but this event has been pretty solid. Especially when you look at it as commentary between the dark and gritty villains of modern times versus the cleaner villains of yesteryear
- Harbinger Wars – Valiant’s major event was full of damage, destruction and set the universe off in a whole new direction. this is how you do an event right.
- Transformers: Dark Cybertron – IDW’s Transformers series have been awesome and this is the culmination of long going stories. Thankfully we have much to go to enjoy.
Best Genre of the Year – Indie Comics
Is it a “genre”? We can argue about that, but lets face it, 2012 was a year we saw major creators shrug off the big two, instead launching creator owned series at other publishers, digitally or through Kickstarter. We saw more comics, in more varieties, on more subjects and more ways to consume them, than any time before. It really wasn’t the year of the Big Two, this was a year that we as consumers could continue to find something that’d fit our tastes.
With more channels for distribution and more ways to produce comics, we’re in a golden age where the old ways of publishing no longer hold back the creativity that abounds.
- Zombies – Zombies have become a cultural phenomenon, lead
marchingshuffling along by The Walking Dead. Revival changed the genre a bit, with so many releases giving us so many other spins and perspectives. The genre has crossed over in to movies, television, books, toys and more. We’ll see how soon before it all comes grinding to a halt and rots away.
- Digital Comics – Digital first. Digital exclusive. Web comics. This was the year digital comics began to break through. Lead by the platform comiXology, we also saw some creativity in how to sell digitally by Viz and Archie. This distribution method will only grow in 2014 as more ways to gain revenue from it are explored.
Best Surprise of the Year – Image’s continued come back
Image celebrated it’s 20th anniversary in 2012, and it came back in 2013 and kicked even more ass. It continued to do so this year, adding to the previous year’s hits with even more hot new series. Each release seemed to create bigger and bigger buzz with constant sell-outs. And should it be any shock this was the case?
Image drew some of the biggest talent in the comic industry as creators continued to throw off the shackles of the big two and instead released quality indie comic after indie comic. Pretty Deadly, Manifest Destiny, East of West, Black Science and more debuted in 2013 and that’s on top of The Walking Dead, Saga and many more of the hit comics they already published. It’s truly impressive how much quality and buzz the publisher generated with each release.
They also pushed the distribution envelope selling DRM free comics directly to fans, though questions do remain about that whole announcement.
There was something for everyone this past year from Image, and they continued to move beyond their reputation of big guns and pecks comics, instead bringing us varied titles that at times pushed the medium.
Biggest Disappointment of the Year – Kickstarter
Last year’s “publisher of the year” showed its issues as projects were delayed, vapor ware, or not as advertised. Also add in issues on the creator end of folks pledging high amounts and then disputing the charges, at times getting the goods. Add in the platform’s unwillingness to step in to deal with either situation and you get a tech company showing off it’s greed. What was once the toast of the town has shown its cracks which will only get worse.
The crowdfunding platform became a way for creators to raise funds for projects, only to get picked up by publishers, at times delaying projects and leaving bad tastes in the mouths of fans. If all creators were held to the standards of some of the best users of the system, there’d be no issue, but over 90% of the projects I’ve pledged to have been delayed or non-existence only creating angry backers and fans.
These issues have lead this site to rethink what we promote and how we do so.
Oh how the mighty have fallen.
Publisher of the Year – BOOM! Studios
For me a publisher should be more than just the comics it produces, and this one is, but lets start there. BOOM! has show diversity with it’s various lines, with interesting and fun series that span many genres and comics that are good for adults and kids. The publisher has licensed comics and original series that’s something for everyone.
Then there’s the fact they’ve expanded their market. The publisher merged with Archaia, adding to their impressive line-up and talent. Then there was the release of 2 Guns in theaters, a success for the first time movie maker. Then there’s the deal with 20th Century Fox that sees the comic creator as an IP generator for the movie studio. All solid moves that would be impressive to themselves.
Finally there’s the diversity of staff. The company has show diversity works. The amount of women working for the publisher in numerous positions is amazing and in an industry that has a bad reputation when it comes to inclusion, this was the publisher that showed it’s possible and leads to success.
It’d be hard not to applaud the company and they deserve recognition for their hard work that’s paid off.
- IDW Publishing – IDW is a publisher that thinks outside of the box when it comes to building it’s readership and that’s why they’re on this list. Not only did they make a fantastic move in including their comics in Transformers toys, an event first issue even, but they also used QR codes to get those toy collectors to check out their app. Also they’ve repackaged their My Little Pony comics to better sell in big box retailers, again something new and interesting as far as marketing. With this, plus some other moves when it comes to partnerships, expansion into tv and movies and games, the publisher is thinking bigger than the comic market.
- Dark Horse – Conan, The Massive, The Strain, the Goon, Dark Horse Presents, Mind MGMT, Ghost, Buzzkill and I could go on and on. Dark Horse gave us some amazing monthly series, but also collections of modern comics as well as classic comic archives. Consistently some of the best comics out each week and some fantastic gems.
- Monkeybrain Comics – The digital comic publisher is showing digital works and their move to collect series and get them into print second is a fantastic model I expect many others to try out. Add on top of that an expansive library with enough different titles to appeal to anyone, it’s not a surprise they’re getting accolades across the industry.
- Titan Books – While none of their books made this list, this publisher would easily fill the 5-10 slots for most of these categories with amazing comics such as A1 (my top anthology), Death Sentence, Chronos Commandos, Tomorrowland and more. They have a second wave of books announced for 2014 that sounds like they’ll be competing for publisher next year and challenging for many of these categories.
We’ve been keeping track of all of the “Best Of” lists for 2013, but overall, where do all of this years’ releases stand? Which comics stand out as the best of the best?
Below is all of those lists combined and sorted by the top books (how many times they’re mentioned) and then if there’s a tie, by rankings and alphabetically. There’s also a column with the “ranking” of the book if a list had such a thing.
This list combines regular series, limited series and graphic novels, so it’s not a completely fair comparison, after all some people just reviewed one or the other, but it’s pretty clear which releases have stood out this year.
This will be updated as more lists are added to the tally.
Here’s this year’s edition:
- Adventures in Poor Taste – Year in Review: Top Horror Comics of 2013
- Adventures in Poor Taste – Year in Review: JR’s Top 10 Comics of 2013
- Alternate Cover – Best Comics of 2013
- Advocate – Five of the Best LGBT Graphic Novels of 2013
- Amazon – Amazon’s Best Graphic Novels
- Asbury Park Press – A look at the best comics of year 2013
- A.V. Club – The best mainstream and superhero comics of 2013
- A.V. Club – The best graphic novels and art comics of 2013
- Barnes & Nobles – Bookseller Picks for 2013 – Graphic Novels
- The Beat – The 2013 Comics Happy List
- Big Shiny Robot – Jerk-bot’s Best-of 2013
- Bleeding Cool – Bleeding Cool’s 11 Best Graphic Novels of 2013
- Bleeding Cool – Bleeding Cool’s 11 Best Comics of 2013
- Bloody Disgusting – Brady’s Top Miniseries And Ongoings of 2013
- Bloody Disgusting – Green Basterd’s List Of The Best Comics Of 2013!
- Bloody Disgusting – Jorge Solis’ List Of The Best Comics Mini-Series Of 2013!
- Bookish – The Best Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2013
- The Bookshelf – Favorite Comics of 2013
- Broken Frontier – Broken Frontier Awards 2013
- Buzzfeed – The 19 Greatest Comics Of The Year
- CBR – My Top Ten Comics of 2013
- CBR – Robot 6′s favorite comics of 2013
- CBR – She Has No Head! – Best Of 2013!
- CBR – When Words Collide: The Best Comics of 2013, Part One: #25-11, #10-1
- CBR – CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2013: #100 – 76, #75-51, #50 – 26, #25 – 11, #10-1
- Cidando Pop – The Best Comics of 2013 20 to 11
- Comic Attack – The Top 15 All-Ages Comics Titles of 2013!!!!!!
- Comic Bastards – 2013 Comic Book Round-Up: The Best – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
- Comic Book Lounge – Kevin’s Choices for the Top 5 Monthly or Semi-Monthly Comic Books of 2013
- Comic Book Lounge – Kev’s Choices for the Top 5 Graphic Novels of 2013
- Comic Book Movie – Top 10 DC Comics Hardcovers Of 2013
- Comic Book Therapy – The Best Comics Of 2013!
- Comic Booked – Comic Booked’s Best of 2013
- Comicosity – Best of 2013: Graphic Novel
- Comicosity – Best of 2013: Single Issue
- Comics Alliance – The Best Comic Books of 2013, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five
- Comics Bulletin – Top 10 Ongoing Series of 2013
- Comics Bulletin – Top 10 Top Mini-Series of 2013
- ComiXology – ComiXology Best of 2013
- Courier Journal – Our guide to 2013′s best graphic novels and collections
- Crave Online – The Best Comics of 2013 – As Chosen By Actual Comic Creators
- Crave Online – The 20 Best Graphic Novels of 2013
- Crave Online – The 10 Best Superhero Comics of 2013
- The Curiosity of Social Misfits – COASM’s Year End Awards – 2013′s Top Ten Comic Book Releases!
- Decapitated Dan – Decapitated Dan’s Best of 2013
- Digital Spy – Digital Spy’s top ten comics of 2013
- Examiner – Top 10 Comic Books of 2013: So many weeks, not enough space
- Forbidden Planet – Best of the Year 2013
- Four Colors & The Truth – Best Comic Books of 2013
- Geek Sushi – Best Comic Books of 2013 and more
- Giant Fire Breathing Robot – Big Tim’s Best 5 Comics of 2013
- Girls Gone Geek – G3 Year in Review: Best of the Best
- Girls Gone Geek – G3 Year in Review: Honorable Mention
- Goodreads – Best of 2013: Graphic Novels & Comics
- Grand Folks Herald – Best reads of 2013, according to Herald staff
- Graphic Novel Reporter – The Best Graphic Novels of 2013
- Graphic Novel Resources – My Favorite Graphic Novels of 2013
- Heat Vision – Top Comics of 2013
- The Horn Book – Fanfare!
- Huffington Post – The 10 Best Comics Of 2013 (NEW BOOK)
- IGN – The Best of 2013
- Images and Nerds – I&N’s Top Ten of 2013
- iO9 – 2013 Was an Absurdly Great Year for Comics
- Kirkus Reviews – Best Teen Graphic Novels of 2013
- Konyves – 2013 Best Comics
- Library Journal – Best Books 2013: Graphic Novels
- Multiversity Comics – 2013 in Review: Creators Pick Their Favorite Books of 2013
- Multiversity Comics – 2013 in Review: Best Mini-Series
- Multiversity Comics – 2013 in Review: Best Issue
- Multiversity Comics – 2013 in Review: Best Graphic Novel
- Multiversity Comics – 2013 in Review: Most Overlooked Series
- Nerdist – The 10 Best Comics of 2013
- Nerdist – Nerdist News: Top 5 Comics of 2013
- Nerdy Book Club – The 2013 Graphic Novel Winners Announced by Katherine Sokolowski
- Newsarama – The BEST of Best Shots 2013: Our Review Crew Picks the BEST of the Year
- NewsOK – The 10 best comic book series of 2013
- NewsOK – The 10 best graphic novels of 2013
- NPR – NPR’s Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2013’s Great Reads
- Panel Patter – Rob’s Favorite Non Cape, Non Horror Floppies of 2013!
- Panel Patter – Rob’s Favorite Superhero Comics of 2013!
- Panel Patter – Rob’s Favorite Horror Floppies of 2013
- Panel Patter – Rob’s Favorite Mini-Comics of 2013
- Panel Patter – Rob’s Favorite Graphic Novels of 2013
- Panel Patter – Scott’s Favorite Comics of 2013
- Paste Magazine – The Best Comics of 2013
- Paste Magazine – The 13 Best Webcomics of 2013
- Publisher’s Weekly – Best Books of 2013
- Rob Kirby Comics – Rob’s Annual Top 20 Self-Published Comics and Minicomics:The 2013 Edition
- Salon – The 10 best superhero comics of 2013
- Salon – 10 unforgettable graphic novels from 2013
- School Library Journal – SLJ’s Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2013
- Slate – Dan Kois’ Favorite Books of 2013
- So Magazine – The 10 Best Comic Books of the Year
- Spartantown – 2013 Spartantown Comic Book Awards
- Standard-Examiner – An expert’s guide to top 10 superhero comics of 2013
- Talking Comics – Adam Shaw’s 2013 Top Ten
- Talking Comics – Bob’s Top Ten Comics for 2013
- Talking Comics – Bobby’s Top Ten Comics of 2013
- Talking Comics – Mike Duke’s Top 10 Comics of 2013
- Talking Comics – Patrick Brennan’s Top Ten Comics of 2013
- Talking Comics – Stephanie’s Top Ten Comics Of 2013
- Talking Comics – Steve’s Top Ten Comics of 2013
- Talking Comics – Talking Comics Awards Show 2013
- Talking Comics – Best Comics of 2013: Your Lists
- Time Magazine – Top 10 Comics and Graphic Novels
- Too Busy Thinking About Comics – The Best Comics Of 2013, Or So I ‘d Argue Part 1, Part 2
- The Transcript – Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2013
- Unwinnable – Best Comics of 2013
- Uproxx – The Fifteen Best Comic Books Of 2013
- USA Today – Our guide to 2013′s best graphic novels and collections
- USA Today – 2013 in comic books: Hickman, ‘Saga’ rise to the top
- USA Today – Best of 2013: Whitney’s fave comics/graphic novels
- Vice – Here Are the Ten Best Comics of 2013, or at Least Some Good Comics That Came Out This Year That You Should Buy
- The Village Voice – 2013′s Best Graphic Novels
- Washington City Paper – Scrawl Minded: The Year’s Best Local Comics
- Washington Post – Best Books of 2013: Comic Riffs’ Top 10 Superhero Comics of the year
- Washington Post – Top 10 graphic novels of 2013
- Weekly Comic Book Review – The Best and Worst in Comics of 2013
- Whatculture! – 50 Best Comics Of 2013
- Wired – The Best Comics of 2013 — And How to Read Them Online
- WXL – WXL’s Best Comics of the Year
- YALSA – Not Posted Yet
We’ll be updating this with lists as we see them, but feel free to add lists in the comments or contact us!
Marvel has released a first look at Ultimate Spider-Man #200 – the monumental anniversary issue! Legendary writer Brian Michael Bendis teams with Ultimate Spider-Man artists past and present for a celebration of all things Peter Parker, Miles Morales, and more! This epic, double-sized issue features art by Dave Marquez, Mark Bagley, Mark Brooks, Sara Pichelli, and David Lafuente!
On the anniversary of his death, the whole world mourns the loss of Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man. At the home of May Parker, a more intimate gathering of Peter’s closest friends grieve for the loss of their dear friend. But even as they remember their fallen friend, a sinister plan has been set in motion. And the shocking truths about Peter and his world are about to be revealed.
Plus, don’t miss the shocking ending that will have everyone talking! Seeds sown here will bear bitter fruit for Miles in the upcoming Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man series! And it all starts here!
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #200
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by DAVE MARQUEZ, MARK BAGLEY, MARK BROOKS, SARA PICHELLI & DAVID LAFUENTE
MARK BAGLEY (FEB140774)
DAVID MARQUEZ (FEB140775)
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At SXSW Marvel announced a new original video documentary series, with the first episode focusing on Civil War!
Dynamite has announced that Nancy A. Collins, the author of Sunglasses After Dark and Vamps, will revive the iconic horror series Vampirella with a #1 issue in June. Collins will be joined by talented artist Patrick Berkenkotter for the new ongoing series. Superstar illustrator Terry Dodson will provide the main cover, while a veritable who’s who of industry talent will provide variant collectible covers.
As the debut “Our Lady of Shadows” story arc begins, supernatural heroine Vampirella is sent by the Vatican to investigate the kidnapping of a little girl by the Cult of Chaos… only to become the centerpiece of a ritual invoking Lady Umbra, the sister-bride of Chaos. Of the fateful repercussions, Collins says, “Vampirella’s life is turned completely upside down, and she finds herself having to team up with the strangest bedfellow imaginable in order to battle both a demonic threat and an elite Vatican hit-squad.”
The series will debut with a variety of cover options, including a Main cover by Terry Dodson, Retailer Incentive covers by Jenny Frison, Sergio Fernandez Davila, Jack Jadson, Mimi Yoon, Ken Haeser, and a Subscription cover by Stephanie Buscema dedicated to those hardcore fans who place preorders with their local comic retailers. Sergio Fernandez Davila has also created a Retailer Exclusive Variant image that can be tailored to promote individual comic shops.
Vampirella #1 comes to shelves June 2014.
This April, Frank Castle goes toe-to-toe against an army of heavily armed Dos Soles gangsters in The Punisher #4 – and the Dos Soles gang is going to need more guys! From the critically acclaimed creative team of Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads – the Dos Soles gang’s secret weapon has been revealed as none other than Electro! But it’s going to take a lot more than a couple million volts of electricity to take down The Punisher! Meanwhile, the mysterious 131 get the call they’ve been waiting for: Take down the Punisher with extreme prejudice. With enemies closing in all around him, time is running out for Frank Castle. Plus, a new player throws her hat into the ring – and you’ll never guess who! Don’t miss the surprise appearance that will have everyone talking. Who’s the lucky lady?
THE PUNISHER #4 (FEB140802)
Written by NATHAN EDMONDSON
Art & Cover by MITCH GERADS
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Dark Horse has announced that they’ve teamed up with Bethesda to create three incredible art books – The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Art of The Evil Within and Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives. Each hardcover book, packed with art and game design details, will retail for $39.99.
The first in the collection, The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order, features full-color artwork from MachineGames’ upcoming first-person action-adventure shooter as well as developer commentary from the team. The book spans more than 200 pages and covers all facets of the game’s design, including concept art, character designs, , settings and technology – all of which was inspired by Wolfenstein’s alternate 1960′s setting.
The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Orderwill available in North America at your local comic retailer on May 14th and your favorite bookseller on May 27th.
The Art of Evil Withinand Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives follow, with release dates in August and November respectively.
Valiant has released a first look inside X-O Manowar #24 from writer Robert Venditti and superstar newcomer Diego Bernard! Before Armor Hunters #1 arrives this June, jump on board here for an essential prelude to the summer’s blockbuster 18-part crossover event – Armor Hunters!
Aric of Dacia, a fifth-century warrior bonded to alien armor and transplanted to the modern day, is now the most important weapon in the arsenal of M.E.R.O., the top-secret American intelligence organization that monitors extraterrestrial life on Earth. In order to protect his people, Aric must undergo dangerous missions in space, but nothing can prepare him for the stunning secret that awaits him in the stars.
Who – or what – is the man called Malgam? Find out here on April 16th as the march toward X-O Manowar #25 – and the coming of the Armor Hunters – continues with a can’t–miss introduction to this summer’s biggest and most brutal comic book event right here X-O Manowar #24!
This summer, Earth will be the greatest hunt of all… Armor Hunters is coming!
X-O MANOWAR #24 (PRELUDE TO ARMOR HUNTERS)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art & Cover by DIEGO BERNARD (FEB141467)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (FEB141468)
ON SALE 4/16/14 (FOC – 3/24/14)
There has been much news this past week of sell-outs and reprints from various companies, but Image Comics did announced that The Fuse #1 by Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood has sold out of its initial overprint stock.
The Fuse #1 will be going back to print to meet customer demand. The second printing of The Fuse #1 (Diamond Code JAN148309) will release on 4/2.
The Fuse #2 will hit shelves on 3/19 and can be ordered with Diamond Code JAN140590. Keep an eye out for the special The Fuse #2 variant by Riley Rossmo, which is available on the same day and can be ordered with Diamond Code JAN148144.
Valiant has released a first look inside Quantum and Woody #9, the FIRST ISSUE of “Crooked Lives, Present Tense” – an all-new story arc from writer James Asmus and superstar talent Kano! There’s a new scourge sweeping the streets of the nation’s capitol – robots(!!!) – and Quantum and Woody are on the case! (Or at least they’re supposed to be.)
Eric needs to know he can trust Woody – and that means Woody needs to get a job, open a bank account, sign up for a library card, and do all the things a responsible adult does. But when a new gang of rogue mad-scientist super-criminals launch a wave of robo-crime, will Woody stop them…or join them? Plus: EDISON’S RADICAL ACQUISITIONS are back…and they’d like a word or two about their goat, please.
If robo-criminals are the disease, Quantum and Woody are the cough drop! Bring a napkin because things are going get sticky!
QUANTUM AND WOODY #9 (NEW ARC – “CROOKED LIVES, PRESENT TENSE”)
Written by JAMES ASMUS
Art by KANO
Cover by TOM FOWLER
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by TOM RANEY
Variant Cover by KANO
ON SALE 4/2/14 (FOC – 3/10/14)
VIZ Media has announced so new releases for their Studio Ghibli imprint. The imprint will debut a pair of gorgeously illustrated hardcover books relating to Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki’s celebrated animated film, Princess Mononoke.
THE ART OF PRINCESS MONONOKE
MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN
Hardcover Available August 2014
A rerelease of the popular Studio Ghibli art book, featuring an all new translation and presentation. The hardcover edition features insightful interviews, concept sketches, character art and finished animation cels from the critically acclaimed fantasy action film by Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. Released in 1997, Princess Mononoke was the first Hayao Miyazaki film to break into the American mainstream. The journey from initial idea to the big screen is captured here in stunning detail and also includes a look at Miyazaki’s original concept art and the use of computer graphics technology in the film’s production.
PRINCESS MONONOKE: THE FIRST STORY
by Hayao Miyazaki
MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN
Hardcover Available October 2014
An oversized, lavishly illustrated storybook featuring original watercolor art by legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, this is the original Princess Mononoke story created by Miyazaki in 1980 while he was first conceptualizing the landmark animated film that would later be released to universal acclaim seventeen years later. As an initial version of the tale, it offers a new and different perspective from the final version presented in the film. After a long, exhausting war, a samurai lost in a forest encounters a giant wildcat – a mononoke. The beast saves his life, but at the price of his daughter’s hand in marriage…
FATHOM: KIANI Vol. 3 #1
Vince Hernandez Story / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art / Wes Hartman – Colors /Josh Reed – Lettering
Kiani has risen!
One of the most powerful figures in the Fathom universe returns for this epic third chapter! Following the tragic events of The Elite Saga and the shattering of her family ties, Kiani has risen above the surface and seemingly disappeared amongst the large expanse of the human population. However, with a power inside her that is capable of changing or destroying–the world’s landscape, her presence can only remain hidden for so long!
Returning writer Vince Hernandez joins forces with Trish Out of Water artist Giuseppe Cafaro to bring you the latest adventures of Fathom’s most fierce and beloved characters. Kiani is back and the world of the Blue will never be the same again!
FATHOM: KIANI vol 3 #1 is in stores March 12th, 2014!