Squalleon’s Top 5 Superman comics of 2013.

Since 2013 is ending I decided to do a list about my favorite Superman issues of 2013!

1. Action Comics #25.

A perfect Stand-alone story that is one of the best examples of the potential of new52 Superman. Well a bit more “hardcore” than Morrison’s early Supes but Grek Pak’s characterization delivered in the end. Still green, this t-shirt and jeans Superman charges to fight something that not even he can beat: Mother Nature! Good characterization, strong plot, a very good appearance of Lana Lang and in the end a strong moment between the thing that gives Superman the drive to go on, human kindness.

2. Action Comics #26.

When Grek Pak took over Action Comics I was cautious, he was writing way to many titles and I thought that his work would suffer from that. But I am glad I did pick AC up. He and Aaron Kuder have brought something on the table that was missing since Morrison’s last issue, fun! Superman stories have become too serious, that’s not a bad thing but when every Superman comic out there is like this you wish for more variety, you would expect Superman to be a little more light-hearted. For the most part Superman is a character that when you finish a story with him you should feel hopeful and happy, and this story delivered.

3. Adventures of Superman #28.

Ok, first I have to say this, go and pick up Adventures of Superman it is brilliant and it may be the most underrated title out there even among Superman fans. This particular issue is my favorite, it’s touching, full of emotion, it’s told by the perspective of a little girl who is a big Superman fan and gets caught up in a fight between him and Metallo. The last 3-4 pages deliver a great twist that is so emotional and strong that I couldn't stop thinking about it.

4. Action Comics #18.

First I want to make a thing clear, I LOVE MORRISON’S RUN. I don’t know why, is it the parallels between Superman's maturity as a person and his change as a comic book hero , the jeans and T-shirts, the fun Silver age-y villains, I really don’t know, probably it’s a mix of all of them but it certainly made it one of my favorite Superman stories. Plus the gorgeous cover courtesy of Rags Morales doesn't hurt at all.

5. Superman Unchained #1.

When Snyder said he will be working with Jim Lee on a Superman title, I didn’t know what to expect, Snyder is more of a mystery writer so I couldn’t imagine how his type of writing would connect with a Superman book. Anyway this issue was great! It had Superman being Superman and being damn good in it. Jim Lee delivered like he usually does, and Snyder gave a good characterization of Superman’s supporting cast especially his Lex Luthor.

HONORABLE MENTION: Adventures of Superman #15.

This is the exact opposite of what Pak does with Action Comics. In this story narrated by Lex Luthor, Superman is doomed to fail. Its premise is simple, not even Superman can be everywhere and he will not always be there for you. The story follows two teenagers that go into trouble deliberately so Superman can save them. The ending has such impact, you can’t seem but thing Luthor’s victory in the long scheme of things is sure and Superman’s battle is a lost cause.

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24 Comments
Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

Great list

You're not the only one who loved morrisons run on AC.

Posted by Squalleon
Posted by Jake Fury

Nice list, just finished Morrison's AC run in trade and its fabulous as I expected. Gonna read it again in one sitting to see what I missed.

Edited by Squalleon

Nice list, just finished Morrison's AC run in trade and its fabulous as I expected. Gonna read it again in one sitting to see what I missed.

It definetely needs a second time to appreciate it all :-)

Edited by Jake Fury

@squalleon: Yeah, I feel like I can read all of his stuff and always find something i missed the 1st few times.

Posted by Lvenger

Really nice choices and your reasoning for the Adventure of Superman stories is really strong. Makes me eager to pick these up even though they're digital first stories. I was disappointed with Action Comics 17 myself but issue 18 rectified my concerns and delivered a brilliant end to his Superman run. The themes and concepts were dealt with well and it was an engaging read. A very nice blog indeed.

Posted by Squalleon

@lvenger said:

Really nice choices and your reasoning for the Adventure of Superman stories is really strong. Makes me eager to pick these up even though they're digital first stories. I was disappointed with Action Comics 17 myself but issue 18 rectified my concerns and delivered a brilliant end to his Superman run. The themes and concepts were dealt with well and it was an engaging read. A very nice blog indeed.

Thanks a lot, I am not much of a writer but it's nice to hear that i passed my message forward :-)

I recommend these two stories from AoS they are really good I think DC is releasing a Adventures of Superman Tpb in april which is a must get for me! Action Comics 17 felt anti-climatic, probably because it was supposed to be one issue with 18 but there weren't enough pages for Morrison to finish the story(it was supposed to be 40 pages long).

Posted by SandMan_

Nice

Posted by SOG7dc

@squalleon: good list. though im having the hardest time finishing morrisons run. i think it boring and the art is awful. but i have been very interested in Adventures of Superman. Will it be collected in trade?

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Posted by The Stegman

I liked Smallville a lot

Posted by Veshark

I might pick up the AoS trade when it comes out - sounds like a nice jaunt back to pre-52 Supes.

Posted by Lvenger

@squalleon: That's how I felt too, Morrison seemingly wanted to do more with the story yet just ended up making the wait all the more unbearable. And an AoS trade eh? Sounds very interesting indeed.

Posted by Squalleon

I liked Smallville a lot

Haven't read it :-) but i didn't like the show so i wasn't interested to pick it up.

@sog7dc said:

@squalleon: good list. though im having the hardest time finishing morrisons run. i think it boring and the art is awful. but i have been very interested in Adventures of Superman. Will it be collected in trade?

Well i guess everyone has a different taste :-)
AoS has a trade coming out in april.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

Nice list ! GREG PAK!

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Posted by CantDance93

My favourite Morrison issue for AC would be #13

Posted by Deranged Midget

NICE!

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Posted by Squalleon

Nice list ! GREG PAK!

F@CK YEAH!

My favourite Morrison issue for AC would be #13

Indeed it is the best but it was a 2012 issue so i couldn't put it in the list :-)

NICE!

Thanks :-)

Posted by EnigmaLantern

@squalleon: Good job! Highly agree with most of them (getting AC #25 onwards soon after your recommendation), found Unchained #1 to be a great start to the series. And, although I haven't read Morrison's complete AC run, what I have read I have found to be very good.

Edited by CantDance93

@squalleon: I know :p i just felt like pointing out my fav AC issue

Edited by Squalleon

@squalleon: Good job! Highly agree with most of them (getting AC #25 onwards soon after your recommendation), found Unchained #1 to be a great start to the series. And, although I haven't read Morrison's complete AC run, what I have read I have found to be very good.

I am glad that I helped :-) Morrison's run is very polarizing but since you read some of it and you think it is good, then you will really enjoy it.

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@enigmalantern said:

@squalleon: Good job! Highly agree with most of them (getting AC #25 onwards soon after your recommendation), found Unchained #1 to be a great start to the series. And, although I haven't read Morrison's complete AC run, what I have read I have found to be very good.

I am glad that I helped :-) Morrison's run is very polarizing but since you read some of it and you think it is good, then you will really enjoy it.

Yeah, I'm hoping to get the rest at the end of January, and then just sit back and enjoy it, along with AC and Unchained. It'll be a Superman comic reading festival

Posted by Squalleon

Yeah, I'm hoping to get the rest at the end of January, and then just sit back and enjoy it, along with AC and Unchained. It'll be a Superman comic reading festival

That's the best kind of reading festival ;-)

Posted by EnigmaLantern

@enigmalantern said:

Yeah, I'm hoping to get the rest at the end of January, and then just sit back and enjoy it, along with AC and Unchained. It'll be a Superman comic reading festival

That's the best kind of reading festival ;-)

Agreed!