DM's Year End Awards: 2013's Best Comic's

Alright, I'm going to take a jab at trying to isolate my favourite comic book's this year and the series that they centre around. I wouldn't say there is any particular order, just the ones I enjoyed the most.

Green Lantern (New 52)

Oddly enough, Geoff Johns' Green Lantern series is arguably the most unaffected title through the New 52 reboot. Essentially kicking off right where War of the Lanterns, we see a bold move by the Guardians in reinstating Sinestro as Hal's replacement in the GL corps. One heck of a way to kick off the reboot of the series, especially when we have Hal left in the dark and Sinestro reluctantly seeking his aid. Despite all the chaos, this unexpected alliance turns into one of the most refreshing concepts that the series has taken in a while. It gives us a unique insight of how these arch enemies truly feel towards one another and how far they are willing to in order to "one-up" each in entertaining ways.

Retrospectively, I loved the heck out of the Green Lantern series because it had a consistent representation of the characters throughout while outside of this main series, Hal was written almost as a completely different character. On the flip side though, the art was fantastic, constantly keeping up a balance of emotional storytelling and immense action sequences that felt believable with every panel. Doug Mahnke truly is the ideal Green Lantern artist and he's more than proven himself time and again. Thankfully, after Johns' departure, the series still holds strong and manages to carry on with the legacy created by the former while managing to craft its own identity. Here's to many more years to a fantastic series!

Favourite issue: Green Lantern #20

Well, I think it's safe to say that this has to be the single best send-off to any series, despite the series not actually ending), but it just as well have ended. With every panel, you can see the emotion Johns pours into his work and how much he truly cared in re-imagining one of the most expansive settings in the DC Universe.

While some of the additional artists who paid tribute to the issue did a decent job, it didn't end up translating all too well or, fluidly for that matter. Of course, Mahnke's work shines the brightest here and the final send-off to the entire "crew" was heart-breaking. THAT FINAL INTERACTION BETWEEN HAL AND SINESTRO!

Aquaman (New 52)

Yup, another Geoff Johns title and another which happens to be one of the most underrated titles headed into the New 52. Now, a little over two years into the reboot, Aquaman holds strong with some of the best stories showcasing how absolutely epic the King of Atlantis really is and how truly ridiculous it can be when doubting his little corner of the universe. Disregarding the absolutely fantastic Throne of Atlantis arc which spanned the DCU, Johns managed to flesh out and intricately revolutionize Arthur's character for a new audience whilst remaining void of any cameo's for that matter from his teammates.

There was just a distinctive feel to Aquaman that really drew me in from the get-go. Many it's that I like rooting for the underdog and you can't get any more underappreciated than Aquaman in this day and age. With that said, the series has ALWAYS held the biggest and best names in the comics industry in terms of the artistic duties. Ivan Reis, and more recently Paul Pelletier, beautifully illustrate Arthur's world from the depths of the ocean, to the King of Atlantis' former "getaway" home on the surface. Each page is sprawling with detail, exuding emotion and intensity at every turn. That final arc focusing on Arthur's ancestry and reestablishing his place as King after Orm's betrayal was a touching one as despite the mixed feelings from both his people and that of the surface, he strives to find peace and balance between the two worlds and it exposes his vulnerabilities, even if only temporarily.

Favourite Issue: Aquaman #25

Another send off issue which helps wrap up all the work Johns has done in revolutionizing Aquaman's character and putting him back on the map once again. Best moment of the entire issue? DAT BEARD! Seriously, who else was disappointed when he shaved that badboy off? There were many key moments in this issue that just made me hilariously anxious to re-read the issue again, just to recapture everything and anything I missed the first time around. From accepting his heritage to the EPIC final showdown, this issue had it all. It's just a shame it all had to end.

Thor: God of Thunder (Marvel NOW)

I'll be the first to admit that I am not a big Thor fan outside of Straczynski's run several years back. I enjoyed the character but never enough to stick to an ongoing. With Marvel NOW "rebooting" its characters in a sense, I decided to give God of Thunder a whirl since I largely enjoyed Jason Aaron's work in the past and man, what a decision that was. For the entire first arc, we are almost completely devoid of any guest appearances from Avengers and instead, we are taken on a beautifully illustrated mythological journey through Thor's past, present and future. It's just something you cannot experience with any other character in Marvel considering the depth of Asgard's reach in the universe and the impact Thor seem and his kinsmen seem to have.

Amidst a new series comes a new villain and he definitely delivers as he becomes a threat not even Thor can face alone. It registers almost as a horror story for all Gods alike as they're slowly picked apart, one by one and it's a gripping tale throughout watching Thor (re)discover the purpose of such murders. All of this is even better portrayed through the ridiculously stunning art of Esad Ribic. His splash pages are jaw-dropping, his action electric and while he draws some goofy faces, there's no denying that he's soon to be a titan amongst artists.

Favourite Issue: Thor: God of Thunder #12

Some may see this as an odd choice as compared to the massive eleven issue story arc before it, the twelve issue is a rather slow and actionless issue. But to me, that's the beauty of it. After the non-stop chaos, the atrocities witnessed by Thor, Jas Aaron allows for the Thunder God to take a little breather and it is one that is extremely heart warming.

Thor rekindles a friendship with his old flame Jane Foster, a sad situation in which he learns she has cancer. Despite the grim circumstances, there are plenty of laughs to be had and even tears to be shed (for those with a heart of course). It was quite honestly the most impactful issue I've read in the series thus far and arguably, the most touching of any comic by extension. Stop reading and go pick it up if you haven't... I mean right now.

... Why are you still here!?

Scarlet Spider (Marvel NOW)

Well well, here we have the best Spider title on the market and what happens? It gets CANCELLED! GASP! Yeah, I have nothing to say to that and it's honestly the most disappointing news of the year in my opinion considering that Christopher Yost was killing it by breathing new life into Kaine's character in addition to pulling up one of the most diverse supporting casts in comics. There's not too much I can complain about in regards to Scarlet Spider. Yost pens a largely consistent story coupled with some of the best fight sequences I've ever seen in a Spider-book. Even so, I adore how Yost manages to so excellently attempt to distant Kaine from his "brothers" life and influence but no matter how hard he tries, you can see both glimpses of the hero he strives to be, and the monster he so desperately attempts to run from.

All of this is supported to a superior degree (hehe) due to the fantastic art teams that constantly switched over. While I would have preferred if the artist was locked down, I can't complain too much as the art remained consistent and gorgeous nonetheless through the multiple transitions. On top of that, I loved that Scarlet Spider seemed to lack the typical predictability or "happy ending" of most superhero comics. Kaine's luck may seem positive in one aspect, but lying just around the corner is a new challenge ready to rip his new life apart and the people he loves.

Favourite Issue: Scarlet Spider #12

Getting a little seasonal here I know, but issue twelve of the series is still by far my favourite. It rests in a period of self doubt for Kaine as he attempts to figure out his next move. He feels like he could have a new life and possibly a new home with the friends he's made, but he fears that his past is constantly catching up to him and he's constantly trying to run away. (Un)fortuantely for Kaine, a heist crew attempt to rob the hotel that Kaine's frequenting and take the employee's, including Annabelle, hostage. After some comfort from the good ol' Doc, Kaine decides to relieve some stress by pounding in the head of some jolly old miscreants and in magnificent fashion. What follows is arguably one of the best action pages I've ever seen and could be considered hilarious all together.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW)

hOk, forget everything I said earlier about Aquaman being the most underrated and underappreciated title... of any publisher. TMNT is by far one of the most fantastic comics on the market and it's sickening when you realize how ignorant people are to its existence. This is a title completely riddled with life in every aspect. So much so that the fantastic coupling of art and writing just scream out at you. The story arcs are intricately written, each title playing into each other and functioning like a well tuned engine.

By far though, this could be the single title that continually manages to surprise me with each issue. One that leaves me impressed and aching for more, something I'd argue isn't seen all too often anymore with some of the more mainstream titles. TMNT has the benefit of claiming that it is one of the sole titles that can flow effortlessly from peaceful, down-to-earth moments and ramp the action back up to the maximum within the blink of an eye. There's a little bit of everything here that will appeal to the biggest fans of the franchise and enough to attract brand new readers just looking to find somewhere to jump in. If I could recommend ONE title to someone, this is the first one that would come to mind in a heartbeat.

Favourite Issue: City Fall Part Six

Oh noes, he chooses the epic finale to one of the best story arcs of the year! SAY IT AIN'T SO! Yeah that's right, the finale to City Fall was brilliant and delivered in tying up loose ends, bringing the pain in terms of a long anticipated fight and pushing one of its main characters in a new direction. This is an emotional roller coaster of an issue duders/dudettes! The Turtles and co. do their best in rallying up their forces in attempts to stop the Shredder from causing all out destruction on the city and struggle to free their brother Leo from his grasp.

The real kicker though is how the conclusion leaves an ever-changing impact on the Turtles dynamic as we know it. Without diving into spoilers, it really hits hard on a specific character and you cannot help but feel their pain but also wish they weren't so stubborn in refusing help. It's a stunning conclusion to a stunning story arc that tossed around twists and turns at every corner.

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Posted by dccomicsrule2011

Great choices ^___^ Even though I barely read any comics this year...... =(

Posted by Samimista

Completely agree with all this. Well done, big bro! =D You're on a barrel roll with these blogs!

Posted by Deranged Midget

Great choices ^___^ Even though I barely read any comics this year...... =(

Thanks dude! AND WHAAAA!!!! O_O

Completely agree with all this. Well done, big bro! =D You're on a barrel roll with these blogs!

D'aww, thanks Sammy! I told you I had some stuff planned! ;)

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Posted by TDK_1997

Good picks mate.All of the series that you mentioned are awesome and deserve the praise.The only one that I am not reading and I cannot share my opinion is TMNT.

Posted by dccomicsrule2011

@deranged_midget: You're welcome ^___^

Money has been kinda tight this year, so I couldn't get many comics.....So I looked for cheeper less expensive form on entertainment to replace comics *cough* *cough* Manga *cough*

Posted by Samimista

@deranged_midget: Your welcome mate! =D Maybe we can invade IKEA together! 0.0 The raccoons need a new home! =O IKEA is fun!

Edited by Wolverine08

Nice list.

Posted by Xwraith

TMNT!

@dccomicsrule2011: Is manga really cheaper than comics? I try to keep my monthly pull list under $30 a month... and even that is only enough for seven books.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

Nice list.

Not Reading GL (I plan to someday, but I still need to read John's run starting at Rebirth lol).

Aquaman is amazing and I hope Jeff Parker keeps it going.

Thor's first arc was unbelievable. I actually agree that issue 12 was pretty awesome. after the epic battle we get a heartfelt issue.

And yeah. I finally broke down and bought SSM since Kaine and Flash are both done now. WHY MARVEL? WHY

TMNT is also good, though I don't think its top 5 for me personal (top 10 though)

No Saga? Or Valiant titles? :P

Posted by consolemaster001

@deranged_midget: aaaaand i haven't read any of them -_-. Except for SS, which i thought was okay.

Posted by Billy Batson

Money has been kinda tight this year, so I couldn't get many comics.....So I looked for cheeper less expensive form on entertainment to replace comics *cough* *cough* Manga *cough*

Manga is comics...

@xwraith said:

Is manga really cheaper than comics? I try to keep my monthly pull list under $30 a month... and even that is only enough for seven books.

Manga is sold in collections that cost around 10-15 bucks and they give a good amount of bang for your buck. There are also online subscriptions.

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Posted by GhostRavage

Interesting, although i haven't read any of them besides Thor: God of Thunder. But i've heard Aquaman's series and Green Lantern's are by far the best at the moment and admittedly, im not a big DC fan, but the art and "supposed" upgrade Aquaman's had grew some interest in me. I may be picking some books.

Good list nonetheless @deranged_midget, kudos.

Edited by Deranged Midget

Nice list.

Thanks bruh!

@xwraith said:

TMNT!

WORD!

Interesting, although i haven't read any of them besides Thor: God of Thunder. But i've heard Aquaman's series and Green Lantern's are by far the best at the moment and admittedly, im not a big DC fan, but the art and "supposed" upgrade Aquaman's had grew some interest in me. I may be picking some books.

Good list nonetheless @deranged_midget, kudos.

Thanks mate, really appreciate it! Green Lantern and Aquaman are undoubtedly my two favourite titles coming out of DC because I feel they are the most consistent among the bunch! Truly fantastic titles!

Nice list.

Not Reading GL (I plan to someday, but I still need to read John's run starting at Rebirth lol).

Aquaman is amazing and I hope Jeff Parker keeps it going.

Thor's first arc was unbelievable. I actually agree that issue 12 was pretty awesome. after the epic battle we get a heartfelt issue.

And yeah. I finally broke down and bought SSM since Kaine and Flash are both done now. WHY MARVEL? WHY

TMNT is also good, though I don't think its top 5 for me personal (top 10 though)

No Saga? Or Valiant titles? :P

Thanks for reading duder!

Yeah, I haven't deviated much from mainstream aside for TMNT. I've read a few issues of Saga and it's fantastic but not enough to toss it up on a list.

@tdk_1997 said:

Good picks mate.All of the series that you mentioned are awesome and deserve the praise.The only one that I am not reading and I cannot share my opinion is TMNT.

Thanks dude! If you're a fan of TMNT, I definitely recommend it!

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Edited by Fallschirmjager

@deranged_midget: Well check it out ASAP.

I'm an Aquaman fanboy and I can admit Saga is a better title.

Edited by tomlikesfries

@deranged_midget: Aw yeah, awesome that you included TMNT. Definitely one of the best titles in shelves currently, it just needs more readers.

Posted by laflux

Another Top-Notch list mate!!!

Posted by Deranged Midget

@deranged_midget: Aw yeah, awesome that you included TMNT. Definitely one of the best titles in shelves currently, it just needs more readers.

Ain't that the truth! Thanks for reading duder!

@laflux said:

Another Top-Notch list mate!!!

THANKS BRUHMANSIF! :)

I'm an Aquaman fanboy and I can admit Saga is a better title.

I should probably back to reading that :P

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Posted by dccomicsrule2011

@billy_batson: Yeah you're right, let me rephrase that then; Instead of western comics I settled for Eastern comics Korean, Japanese, Chinese, etc.

Posted by Yokergeist

Agreed

Posted by LyraFay

I just started reading Aquaman, so far so good. Need to pick up the other volumes!

Edited by EliCrofoot

Good choices man, though I personally would have put Hawkeye and Superior Spider-Man on the list.

Keiron Gillen's Iron Man run has also been pretty good, but I wouldn't put it on the best list.

Posted by Deranged Midget

Good choices man, though I personally would have put Hawkeye and Superior Spider-Man on the list.

Keiron Gillen's Iron Man run has also been pretty good, but I wouldn't put it on the best list.

Interesting choices indeed! I've been enjoying Superior so far and the hiatus Hawkeye had really hindered my choosing of it here. Thanks for reading!

@lyrafay said:

I just started reading Aquaman, so far so good. Need to pick up the other volumes!

Aquaman is awesome, hope you continue to enjoy it! Thanks for reading!

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Edited by TheAcidSkull

F*cking amazing blog Bro! I agree with a lot of these choices. Thor has been my Favorite Marvel title along with Scarlet Spider.

Damn marvel for cancelling it :(

Edited by Lvenger

Wow mate a truly brilliant list here. I was planning on doing something similar to this today but reading this has shown me how high the bar can be set for writing blogs like these. Mind if I nick your format since I love how you've got your favourite series followed by favourite issue :P

Posted by patrat18

Nice list.

Not Reading GL (I plan to someday, but I still need to read John's run starting at Rebirth lol).

Aquaman is amazing and I hope Jeff Parker keeps it going.

Thor's first arc was unbelievable. I actually agree that issue 12 was pretty awesome. after the epic battle we get a heartfelt issue.

And yeah. I finally broke down and bought SSM since Kaine and Flash are both done now. WHY MARVEL? WHY

TMNT is also good, though I don't think its top 5 for me personal (top 10 though)

No Saga? Or Valiant titles? :P

You're missing out man.

Edited by Fallschirmjager

@patrat18: I know, I know!

There's too much stuff to read though! I literally just finished reading Sandman earlier this month >_>...

Posted by patrat18
Posted by patrat18

@patrat18: I know, I know!

There's too much stuff to read though! I literally just finished reading Sandman earlier this month >_>...

lol

Edited by Fallschirmjager

@patrat18: Yeah...

I'm working on 100 Bullets next. I also want to read Stan Lee's run on FF if I can.

Too many comics, not enough time and money

Posted by patrat18

@patrat18: Yeah...

I'm working on 100 Bullets next. I also want to read Stan Lee's run on FF if I can.

Too many comics, not enough time and money

Agreed. I only read Marvel and Dc.

Edited by Fallschirmjager

@patrat18: !!!!

You gotta try out some Image or Valiant man. They're so good.

Vertigo too.

Posted by patrat18

@patrat18: !!!!

You gotta try out some Image or Valiant man. They're so good.

Vertigo too.

I might in the future.

Posted by King Saturn

No Love for New Avengers or Infinity ?

Posted by Deranged Midget

@lvenger said:

Wow mate a truly brilliant list here. I was planning on doing something similar to this today but reading this has shown me how high the bar can be set for writing blogs like these. Mind if I nick your format since I love how you've got your favourite series followed by favourite issue :P

Thanks dude and hey, it's not my format so I encourage you to do so! Looking forward to your list!

No Love for New Avengers or Infinity ?

Sadly, I've only checked out the first issue for NA mate. As for Infinity, I found it largely inconsistent and I really don't enjoy Hickman's writing with the main Avengers title.

@patrat18 said:

@deranged_midget: Not bad mate.

Thanks friend!

F*cking amazing blog Bro! I agree with a lot of these choices. Thor has been my Favorite Marvel title along with Scarlet Spider.

Damn marvel for cancelling it :(

THANKS BRUH! Yeah, Thor and Scarlet have been fantastic! I had a very, very hard time narrowing it down between Thor and Indestructible but I felt Thor has been more consistent.

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Posted by Lvenger

@deranged_midget: Thanks for your approval mate, I've also linked this vastly superior list in my intro as payment for this favour ;)

Posted by TDK_1997

@deranged_midget: I have only watched and liked the 2003 Animated Series but apart from that I haven't seen a single other thing connected to them.

Posted by EnigmaLantern

Really nice list, I think it's safe to say that Thor GOT has been a hit and one of the most well written titles of the Big Two, certainly the best title Marvel NOW! has to offer, in my opinion.

Again, nice list!

Posted by Deranged Midget

Really nice list, I think it's safe to say that Thor GOT has been a hit and one of the most well written titles of the Big Two, certainly the best title Marvel NOW! has to offer, in my opinion.

Again, nice list!

I definitely agree. GOT is the most creative, well written and fun title Marvel currently has and I've never been won over by a character quite like Aaron has managed to do with Thor.

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Posted by EnigmaLantern

@enigmalantern said:

Really nice list, I think it's safe to say that Thor GOT has been a hit and one of the most well written titles of the Big Two, certainly the best title Marvel NOW! has to offer, in my opinion.

Again, nice list!

I definitely agree. GOT is the most creative, well written and fun title Marvel currently has and I've never been won over by a character quite like Aaron has managed to do with Thor.

I just hope he keeps up the work, for the sake of the title.

Posted by danhimself

@deranged_midget: great list!

I can't express just how upset I get every month when I see Diamond's sales list and TMNT isn't in the top 100...I really don't understand it. With so many people complaining about what the Big 2 are doing and with what I see as anyone who is reading TMNT consistently saying how great it is I don't understand why there are people who still aren't reading it. If I were to make a list of the best comics in 2013 TMNT and Saga would be tied for Number One simply because of their ability to make you really care for the characters. I may have grown up with TMNT and I'll admit that I am biased towards the title (Archie's TMNT Adventures was my first foray into comics) I think the title is perfect for everyone no matter if they've been lifelong TMNT fans or have never read or watched anything from the franchise.

Posted by Deranged Midget

@danhimself: Thanks for reading dude and yeah, most people just like to complain for the sake of complaining. TMNT is one of the best things people should branch out towards if they haven't already. One of the best and most consistent titles year round.

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Posted by SandMan_

These are all terrible. You have absolutely no taste whatsoever. :P

Posted by Deranged Midget

@sandman_ said:

These are all terrible. You have absolutely no taste whatsoever. :P

Well, that would explain why you are here! :D

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Posted by SandMan_
Edited by Squalleon

Is TMNT that good?

I didn't expect that. It seems to be among a lot of peoples favorites.

Posted by Deranged Midget

Is TMNT that good?

I didn't expect that. It seems to be among a lot of peoples favorites.

Oh yus my good sir, oh yus! If you're a fan, you won't be disappointed in the slightest. If you're not, I have no doubt that you soon will be after picking up the series. It's relatively easy to jump into, fantastic to follow and has some of the best balances of down to earth moments and eye popping action scenes!

@sandman_ said:

@deranged_midget: yes, to tell you how horrible your taste is :P

Touche good sir! What did you like this year?

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Posted by Squalleon

@squalleon said:

Is TMNT that good?

I didn't expect that. It seems to be among a lot of peoples favorites.

Oh yus my good sir, oh yus! If you're a fan, you won't be disappointed in the slightest. If you're not, I have no doubt that you soon will be after picking up the series. It's relatively easy to jump into, fantastic to follow and has some of the best balances of down to earth moments and eye popping action scenes!

So many titles to pick up so little money :-P
I will check it out, it must be at least good for everyone to like it so much.

Posted by Deranged Midget


So many titles to pick up so little money :-P

I will check it out, it must be at least good for everyone to like it so much.

Tell me about it dude! I've been struggling to keep up!

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Edited by Farkam

I really need to look into the Ninja Turtles comics.

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