Top 10 Comic Books of 2013

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It is the end of the year and you know what that means! LET’S PUT EVERYTHING IN LISTS!!!!

This Top 10 Comic Books of 2013 list started out as a Top 5 but then I realised I had so much fun reading so many comic books this year that it quickly spiralled out into a Top 10. Also I’m pretty sure I could have made a Top 20 list but that just seemed ridiculous.

But before we get started here are a few honourable mentions that while being really good comic books, were just not quite good enough to make the Top 10:

DC:

  • Batman Incorporated
  • Batman ’66
  • Geoff Johns’ last issue of Green Lantern
  • Superman Unchained
  • Forever Evil

Marvel:

  • All-New X-Men
  • Avengers & New Avengers
  • Iron Man
  • Nova
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Superior Foes of Spider-Man

Image:

  • Invincible
  • The Walking Dead

Now onto the Top 10…

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Awesomeness of the Week

Christmas is always a light but eventful week in comic books:

Marvel Chess Collection Review

Marvel ChessWhen the first issue of the Marvel Chess Collection dropped through my letter box, I was not expecting much. A simple figure and a few incentives to keep buying the collection to complete the set. We have all seen such things in the past and they tend to sit in a weird middle market of being for both kids and adults. While this collection does sit in that weird middle market it does so with glee. Playing up the Marvel angle to its strengths and providing you with a fairly solid product. With a decent amount of detail in the provided figure and a hope to improved things as the collection goes on, this first issue shows promise.

Out of the gate this first issue has the tough task of getting people not only to give it a go by buying it for the cheaper than usual price. Then it has to sell the buyer on a long term investment in the collection to either partial or full completion. It does the job admirably with a few glaring inconsistencies.

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty!

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Belated Awesomeness of the Week!

The best of last week….this week! 😀

Very, very, very belated awesomeness of the week

I will get this site back on track. I will get this site back on track…

Amazing Spider-Man 2 International Trailer

Showing once again that people outside of America prefer substance to pure action! 😛

This international trailer for ASM2 gives us a bit more character stuff, in particular Peter being a goof and how the whole Osborn thing will be the major threat of the film. Which I’m fine with. It also looks like they will be going Ultimate Spider-Man route of having Norman Osborn basically saying “Join me and be evil or die horribly.” Which again is great because it was a nice wrinkle to their relationship in Ultimate that I like. Norman felt like he owned Peter and that he should do whatever he wanted. It showed a very twisted side to him and if done right in the film could also add further to the Harry/Norman dynamic.

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Amazing Spider-Man 2 1st Trailer!

Hey look it! The first trailer for the next Spider-Man movie!

The first ASM film received a lot of flak when it came out due to the internet being a grumpy place and the film not really being quite as good as it could have been. It was still a great film and nowhere near as bad as some people claim it to be. (Also IMO it has one of the best Stan Lee cameos out of all the movies featuring Marvel characters) Flawed but good. That was the first film in a nutshell.

From this action packed trailer for the sequel I got the sense that they are ramping up the two subplots from the first movie (Oscorp being evil and Peter’s parents having something to do with it) and bringing them into the foreground as the reason for Spidey facing off against not one but THREE bad guys in the new film. Now multiple villains are always a hard thing to do in a superhero movie but I think ASM2 has the chance and the sheer gall to pull it off. Having the three villains linked together by Oscorp and Norman controlling things from his death bed immediately cuts down on time need to explain everything. They can just deal with it all in one or two scenes and move on with the movie. No lengthy backstories in an attempt to make one of the villains a sympathetic character at the expense of fleshing out your other villains. (Also basically do not do anything that Spider-Man 3 did) Also the need for multiple villains is a necessity in this and the next Spidey film because the end goal is a Sinister Six focused movie to bring them all together to knock seven shades of crap out of Andrew Garfield. So part of me is willing to go along for the ride if it means we get the Spider-Man equivalent of the Anti-Avengers.

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