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Mr Light January 1 2014 01:42 AM

Favorite Comic Books of 2013
I was gonna do a top ten list but it's hard to seperate certain series from each other, and even harder to rank them, so order them however ya want I guess :lol:

In no particular order:

Superior Spider-Man: I love Spidey-Ock and his slow re-descent into supervillainy despite himself. The art has always been stellar, and the stories rarely wasteful.

All New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men: I think Bendis is doing as good a job as you can expect on the X-Books. The Children of the Atom was pretty terrible though.

Wolverine & X-Men: I love this book. I love the sense of humor and whimsey to it. It's fun in a way the X-books rarely are anymore. And I love the Balacho/Bradshaw art! It also does a great job of seamlessly interweaving into the crossovers.

Avengers, New Avengers, Infinity: I think Hickman is too cold and intellectual to be writing the Avengers but I'm still enjoying the story. While Infinity was rushed and anti-climactic, I still think it was a solid story.

Uncanny Avengers: this series has always been epic and important with great art... it's too bad it basically exists in its own microcosm. We never see the Avengers and X-Men working together outside of this book and A+X, or the consequences of the momentous events of this book.

Batman: Snyder and Capullo hit it out of the part every time. I'm really loving the Zero Year story. It's doing the near impossible job of retelling an old classic and making it fresh and interesting without change for the sake of change.

Justice League, Forever Evil: somewhat of a mixed bag... when things actually move it's pretty good.

Indy Hits:
East of West: I just read this in the past month and it's got a fascinating premise with good art
The Wake: a very trippy and interesting take on The Abyss
Hellboy in Hell: after YEARS we finally get Mignolia drawing Hellboy again!
Invincible: I think I'm a year behind on this series but I've always loved it!

Biggest Disappointment of 2013:
Age of Ultron: yeesh. five episodes sitting around a post-apocalyptic wasteland followed by five episodes of inane alternate reality time travel followed by it all never happened. What a waste. I can't believe this was the capstone of the Bendis-Avengers.

Turtletrekker January 1 2014 02:05 AM

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I buy 95% Marvel, so my list will obviously skew that way...

Uncanny/All-New X-Men. Bendis has put the X-Men at the top of my "must-buy" list for the first time since the Claremont days.

Daredevil-- I love how Mark Waid has brought DD back from the "grim 'n gritty" abyss that DD has hung over since the Miller days. The book is actually fun.

Hawkeye-- I've always liked Hawkeye, and I am always one of the suckers that buy his solo books. Fraction's take, however, is just brilliant. His use of Kate Bishop is the icing on the cake and cements this book's spot on my pull-list.

Guardians of the Galaxy-- This book is my intro to this incarnation of the Guardians, and I am a fan. The crossover with "All-New X-Men" promises to be fun. "I am Groot!"

Young Avengers-- Kieron Gillen what Kieron Gillen does best. Will miss this one once it's gone.

Brian Wood's "Star Wars" for Dark Horse. Captures the feel of the OT perfectly.

Books I enjoy, but could live without--

New Avengers
Indestructible Hulk


Age of Ultron
Gillen's Iron Man
Fantastic Four
Justice League 3000

Mr Light January 1 2014 02:39 AM

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I picked up one issue of Hawkeye after hearing all the praise about it. It was about a dog and didn't have any dialogue and the art was terrible. :p

Turtletrekker January 1 2014 02:50 AM

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That was not a good jumping on point. Fraction used several issues to show the same events from multiple perspectives, including, yes, the dogs.:lol:

Wereghost January 1 2014 02:57 AM

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Hawkeye is fantastic, a unique urban spin on the superhero mythos.

But no Saga? Thread not valid. ;)

Greg Cox January 1 2014 03:23 AM

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I really enjoyed THE FEARLESS DEFENDERS (aside from the mandatory "Age of Ultron" tie-in) and was disappointed to hear that it had been canceled.

TheMasterOfOrion January 1 2014 05:09 AM

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independents ruled the big 2

Batman 66
Journey into Mystery
Native American Classics
Uncanny Avengers
The Mermaid In The Hudson
The Fifth Beatle
The Ravages of Time
One Piece
Dear Waltz
Golden Pollen and other manga stories
Boxers and Saints
Planet of the Apes
Warlord of Mars
Rat Queens


"Kai the" Bizarro January 1 2014 10:48 AM

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Adventures of Superman (DC)
Doctor Who (IDW)
Judge Dredd (IDW)
Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel)
Avengers (Marvel)
Uncanny Avengers (Marvel)

Surprise hit of the Year:

The Movement (DC) - the last New 52 book I'm still reading, and it is very much worth reading.

Disappointment of the Year:

Andy Diggle being fired from Action Comics after only one issue, which - to boost - was the New 52 Superman issue I enjoyed the most.
A very close runner-up was the ongoing MotU series. A nice mini-series and two intriguing origin one-shots, and the ongoing became a desaster. Not to mention further proof that current DC doesn't seem to be able to fucking stand iconic looks.

Mr Light January 1 2014 12:17 PM

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Oh yeah, I like Saga, though it does seem very time-wasting in a Bendis-y way.

I've been very disappointed in Guardians of the Galaxy. It's ridiculously decompressed. Nothing ever happens in it. It's just been a lot of mindless shooting or mindless dialogue. People don't really have personalities or growth in it.

Gre'Thor-ish January 1 2014 06:35 PM

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Wolverine & the X-Men
Locke & Key
Superior Spider-Man
X-Files Season Ten
Avengers Arena
Young Avengers

But probably THE best comic I read in 2013 is Fury: My War Gone By. The life story of Nick Fury as told by Garth Ennis. This book should have been a giant downer (the frame of the story is Fury recording his war history into an old reel-to-reel with a pistol always in reach -- presumably to use on himself once he hits the "stop" button), but Ennis' story is so well told and realized in this series that the ending becomes a genuinely beautiful and uplifting moment. The series is unmistakably dark and cynical at times but this is easily his best ending since Preacher.

The Mystery Man January 1 2014 07:37 PM

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Batman Inc was probably my favorite.

Mr Light January 1 2014 08:39 PM

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Batman Inc was this year?! That feels ages ago.

I thought Avengers Arena was pretty good, mostly for the art. I love that artist whose name I can never remember lol

Saga January 1 2014 09:08 PM

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Superior Spider-Man is a train wreck i can't look away from. Infinity was a great event. best since Annihilation. Daredevil continues to be my favorite Marvel title. Thor is great too.

i enjoy a lot of the pulp stuff Dynamite is putting out. stuff like Captain Midnight and The Black Beetle from Dark Horse are really great comics.

DC wise, i always look forward to Aquaman, Swamp Thing and All Star Western. and Wonder Woman.

Mr Light January 1 2014 11:04 PM

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Now that Geoff Johns is off Aquaman I'll be dropping it. I read the first Jeff Parker issue and it didn't impress.

Icemizer January 2 2014 01:42 AM

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Wonder Woman
Superior Spiderman
Earth 2
All New X-men
That would be my top 4 this year. I gave the years edge to DC. Marvel just had to many stories that dragged on to long, Cap & Thor come quickly to mind. DC had fewer of these problems but suffered from creative turnover that brought them down as well.

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