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December 10, 2013

Your AV Club Best Mainstream/Superhero Works Of 2013


I appreciate a list like this because while I'm familiar with most of the books on here, and have read 18 of 20 here (I haven't caught up to the X-Men book mentioned, or this iteration of Locke & Key), I don't have a refined aesthetic when it comes to sorting one out from the other. I'm also old enough that I might fall prey to liking a work more because it operates within parameters with which I'm familiar, and could over-like the comic book equivalent of one of those horrible shows on TV Land. With that pair of admissions in place, I guess there's also a chance I might mislabel someone else's scattershot examination as the product of significant and thoughtful engagement, but it seems to me that having much-loved series like Saga and Daredevil in the second ten indicates this is something other than a rhetorical exercise in positioning one's taste for public view.

Their choices:

20. Dream Thief, Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood (Dark Horse)
19. Trillium, Jeff Lemire, Trillium (Vertigo)
18. Fatale, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
17. Wonder Woman, Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, et al. (DC)
16. Zero, Ales Kot, Michael Walsh, et al. (Image)
15. Daredevil, Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, et al. (Marvel)
14. Prophet, Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, et al. (Image)
13. X-Men: Legacy, Simon Spurrier, Tan Eng Huat, et al. (Marvel)
12. Hellboy In Hell, Mike Mignola (Dark Horse)
11. Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)
10. Five Ghosts, Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham, et al. (Image)
9. The Superior Foes Of Spider-Man, Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber (Marvel)
8. East Of West, Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta (Image)
7. Locke & Key: Omega And Alpha, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
6. FF, Matt Fraction, Lee Allred, Michael Allred, (Marvel)
5. Swamp Thing, Charles Soule, Kano, et al. (DC)
4. Astro City, Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson (Vertigo)
3. Hawkeye, Matt Fraction, David Aja, et al. (Marvel)
2. Nowhere Men, Eric Stephenson and Nate Bellegarde (Image)
1. Mind MGMT, Matt Kindt (Dark Horse)
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