A new year is upon us. In a few short days, 2014 will begin. Now, at the end of every year, we all look back and reflect on the best things about the previous year, and the worst things in the previous year. In this post, I am going to talk about my Top 5 comics of 2013.
There were a lot of great comics in 2013. It was hard to pick just five comics. First, I wanna start with the honorable mentions. Superior Spider-Man was a great book. There was a lot of action, plenty of twists and turns. You never knew what Dan Slott was going to throw at you next. Another great book was Lazerus, by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark was sneaky good. I didn’t know what to expect when I picked this book up. What I got was a great story that had me looking forward to each issue. The Walking Dead is simply one of my favorite books of all time. Robert Kirkman really does a great job of delving into the human psyche. Those are just some of the great books of 2013. Here is my top five.
Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja really hit a home run with this book. Fraction is one of my favorite writers. He does a great job of making heroes very relatable characters. And he really pulled that off with Clint Barton aka Hawkeye of the Avengers. Before this comic, Hawkeye was just a whatever character to me. I mean, he has no powers, and his main weapon is a bow. Yup, a freaking bow. In this book, however, you get the other side of the hot head that is Hawkeye. You see how much he cares about people, and will do what he has to do to help those close to him. I love stories that really show how a character would be in the real world. And Fraction does that. The art by Davis Aja really puts this book over the top. Its a gritty style, and that fits what this book is about. A must read title.
Avengers by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opeña is what a super hero team up book is suppose to be. When you have Earth’s mightiest heroes together on one team, you have to give them threats that are, you know, THREATS. And that’s what Hickman does. He puts The Avengers on a scale that is unparalleled. He gives them threats that not one of them can handle on their own. He brings the best out of each character in the team, and also does a great job of showing their weaknesses. He shows their imperfections, and that endears you to the characters that much more. Opeña’s art is clean, and sharp, and that fits the tone of what Hickman is trying to accomplish.
Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Cappullo is the best book in the DC universe, period, point blank. Snyder has told epic storied after epic story since the dawn of the New 52. He has nailed it. He has reimagined Batman, and told nothing but great stories. He has accomplished what no one else really has in the New 52. He has made Batman fresh. That’s what makes this book so good. He has taken one of the most tried and true, and iconic comic book characters of all time, and told amazing stories while respecting Batman’s continuity. Easily the best Batman has been in years. Greg Capullo is a great artist. He does a great Batman, and the art just flows.
Daredevil by Mark Waid and Paolo Manuel Riveria is just a personal favorite. Daredevil is my favorite super hero. Always has been. This was the first comic I started to read when I started collecting comics again 7 years ago. There have been some great writers and artists to work on this book, and Waid and Riveria rate right up there with them. This book is awesome. Matt Murdock aka Daredevil has always been a man of principle. He always stands up for the little guy. But he has had many tragedies in his life(don’t be this guy’s girlfriend or wife), and has had a pessimistic view on life as a result. Waid has flipped that on its ear though. Murdock has had a more upbeat attitude, and it’s really taken the book in a new and exciting direction. The same avalanche of bad things has happened to Matt, yet he keeps chugging along, not dwelling on the bad, but trying to focus on the good. And it’s definitely given Daredevil a fresh feel, and Riveria’s old school crony style really fits that.
East of West by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta is my favorite book of 2013. This book came out of nowhere, and has blown my freaking mind. Hickman is one of the best writers in comics, hands down. This book just keeps getting better with each issue. I love the flow, and the twists and turns. The dialogue belongs in a Quentin Tarantino movie. It’s just so witty, and engrossing. And who would have ever thought that DEATH, of the four horseman of the apocalypse, would be the hero of the book. I can’t say enough good things about this book. The art is amazing. Really brings everything to life. This is a must read. So, go read it, like right now. GO!!!