Favorite Comic Books of 2013

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Mr Light, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. Mr Light

    Mr Light Admiral Admiral

    Dec 7, 1999
    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.
  2. Turtletrekker

    Turtletrekker Vice Admiral Admiral

    Aug 23, 2003
    Tacoma, Washington
    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
  3. Mr Light

    Mr Light Admiral Admiral

    Dec 7, 1999
    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
  4. Turtletrekker

    Turtletrekker Vice Admiral Admiral

    Aug 23, 2003
    Tacoma, Washington
    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:
  5. Wereghost

    Wereghost Part-time poltergeist Rear Admiral

    Oct 21, 2009
    Hawkeye is fantastic, a unique urban spin on the superhero mythos.

    But no Saga? Thread not valid. ;)
  6. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    May 12, 2004
    Oxford, PA
    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.
  7. TheMasterOfOrion

    TheMasterOfOrion Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Dec 28, 2006
    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

  8. It's the Great Pumpkin - Kai "the spy"

    It's the Great Pumpkin - Kai "the spy" Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 7, 2011
    Kai "the spy"
    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.
  9. Mr Light

    Mr Light Admiral Admiral

    Dec 7, 1999
    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.
  10. Sto-Vo-Kory

    Sto-Vo-Kory Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 25, 2008
    Battle Creek
    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.
  11. sidious618

    sidious618 Admiral Admiral

    Feb 21, 2005
    Batman Inc was probably my favorite.
  12. Mr Light

    Mr Light Admiral Admiral

    Dec 7, 1999
    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
  13. Victoria Winters

    Victoria Winters Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 6, 2008
    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.
  14. Mr Light

    Mr Light Admiral Admiral

    Dec 7, 1999
    Now that Geoff Johns is off Aquaman I'll be dropping it. I read the first Jeff Parker issue and it didn't impress.
  15. Icemizer

    Icemizer Commodore Commodore

    Dec 29, 2008
    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.
  16. Admiral_Young

    Admiral_Young Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 27, 2002
    Here is my top ten favourites list for 2013:

    1. "Letter 44" Written By Charles Soule (only two issues in, but already has grabbed my attention. If you're into science fiction and politics, this is for you).

    2. "Superior Spider-Man" Written By Dan Slott
    3. "Batman" Written By Scott Snyder
    4. "East of West" Written By Jonathan Hickman
    5. "Wonder Woman" Written By Brian Azzarello
    6. "Guardians of the Galaxy" Written By Brian Michael Bendis
    7. "Wolverine and the X-Men" Written By Jason Aaron
    8. "Sex Criminals" Written By Matt Fraction
    9. "Lazarus" Written By Greg Rucka
    10."Avengers" Written by Jonathan Hickman
  17. Mr Light

    Mr Light Admiral Admiral

    Dec 7, 1999
    what IS Sex Criminals about anyway???
  18. Captain Craig

    Captain Craig Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 7, 2003
    I'll just list them by company as I found them great reads.

    Aquaman (haven't gotten the first Paker issue yet)
    Wonder Woman
    Justice League Dark
    Swamp Thing

    Indestructible Hulk (for much of year, last two issues I felt a slide, rebound in '14 I hope)
    Thor God of Thunder (only read through trade 2 so far, half of '13)
    I'm waiting for Infinity trade, hear good things overall for a cossover. I've got the Avengers AI first trade coming, thoughts on that?

    Dark Horse
    Captain Midnight
    Brain Boy

    XO Manowar
    Bloodshot & H.A.R.D. Corps

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - great arc just wrapped up that felt reminiscent of City at War in ways.

    If you're not looking into non-Big 2 titles I feel you're missing out on some great fare out there.

    Material that underwhelmed me:
    East of West - read the first arc and wasn't wowed
    Fearless Defenders - I was reading it for the hope of the concept to come to fuition as it could
    Animal Man - dropped it around Spring/Summer
    Shadowman - still buying it, new creative team, hope for '14(note the #0 & #10 issues are exceptions)

    Books I have high hopes for in '14
    Ghost - at Dark Horse, issue #1 just hit and was great
    UNITY - at Valiant, the first arc feels good thus far
    Moon Knight - Ellis at Marvel
    Black Widow - her last solo got cut short imo, redemption here?
    Turok Dinosaur Hunter - Dynamite relaunching the Gold Key/Valiant character
    Doctor Spektor - Dynamite, Mark Waid brings the Dr out of limbo. Read the old GK trades, I sense potential here.
  19. Admiral2

    Admiral2 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Sep 14, 2004
    G.I.*Joe: A Real American Hero (IDW) by Larry Hama

    Life With Archie (Archie) by Paul Kupperberg

    I've given up on both Marvel and DC because they've both managed to turn my favorite superhero comics into unreadable shit. I blame it on all the writers trying desperately to be the next Alan Moore (someone i consider horrendously overrated anyway).
  20. Victoria Winters

    Victoria Winters Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 6, 2008
    can't believe i forgot about IDW's TMNT. so great. and their TF comics RiD and More Than Meets The Eye are so good.