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

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  • 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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Awesomeness of the Week!

Back in the UK and back in the writing groove! Expect catchup posts for Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D soon. For now though here’s your awesomeness for the past week:

Awesomeness of the Week!

Going on holiday so no posts for two weeks!

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Debriefing S01E03: “The Asset”

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S01E03 “The Asset”
Written by Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen
Directed by Milan Cheylov

This is what I have been waiting for! Three episodes in an we hit the sweet spot! It is safe to say I am now on board for the long term. (As if I wasn’t already!)

“The Asset” uses the show’s format to tell a brilliant story that can both be viewed on its own and works towards building the greater whole for the series. While there are still a few lingering problems with the episode itself, it is a solid effort that sets a new high bar for the fledgling series.

The plot for this episode sees the gang having to recover an asset from a rich and powerful businessman (read as: evil and corrupt), Ian Quinn, based in Malta with the asset in question being a scientist, Dr. Franklin Hall who has uncovered the secret of the mysterious and powerful element, Gravitonium. Skye is put on point as she can be a deniable operative if caught in Malta where S.H.I.E.L.D are not allowed to operate. (Why? Because of reasons!) While Fitz and Simmons have history with Dr. Hall adding more to their backstory. Oh and something might be wrong with Agent Coulson! Dun, dun dunn!

WARNING THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD!

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20,000 Page Views!

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Yes this humble little comics blog has reached 20,000 Page Views!

So first of all thank you if you are a regular visitor to The Comic Book Reader. Also thank you if you are one of those people who comes here to grab high res images of comic pages and comic book art. (You know who you are!) Let us also not forget the many people who have ended up here buy googling the phrases, “space orgy comic”, “space orgy” and “robotic sex comics” I love your dirty minds most of all!

I started this blog on a whim while I was unemployed in the earlier half of the year because I bored. (Seriously like super bored, unemployment does things to a man!) I figured I would eventually loose interest and this place would fizzle out of existence like every other website/blog/whatever I have started. It nearly did fizzle out a couple of times but I kept getting that itch to write stuff about one of the things I love most in the world, comic books. The odd comment that is left on posts and the semi-frequent emails and private messages have also kept me coming back. So if you ever left a comment or sent me a message thank you!

Some crazy things have happened along the way to 20,000 view too, such as being linked to in an io9.com piece by Charlie Jane Anders about Man of Steel and comic book movies in general. Which is well worth reading and can be found here. The casual io9 link gave me a huge morale boost right when I needed it and with it a need to keep adding to this site as and when I can.

So 20,000 views! YAY!!!

Lets end this little post with a few stats: (Note: the stats were recorded yesterday so they are already way out of date! Such is the way with these things!)

  • The most views in one day so far has been 603 from when the io9 piece linked here.
  • The post the io9 piece linked to which is my review of Chris Claremont & Frank Miller’s classic Wolerine series has a received 1,432 views so far. (go read it here)
  • The most popular post on the site, excluding the home page, is the one about Nightwing winning the award for The Stupidest Death in a Comic Book by being killed by a rock in the pages of the Injustice Gods Among Us comic. It has a nice 2,714 views.
  • Americans, from the land of comic books, like to visit the site the most with 8,146 ‘Mericans coming my way. A number which dwarfs the next highest visitors by country the UK, land of tea and monarchies that have to answer to an elected government, with the site having a nice and respectable 2,906 visits from my fellow Brits.
  • The rest of the visits by country come from Canada (1,455 visitors) and across the length and breadth of Europe (France 503 visitors, Germany 313 visitors and many more countries). Along with a couple of fly in visits from places like Belarus, the Sudan and the Syrian Arab Republic.

So that’s it 20,000 views, a major milestone for me.

Here’s to 20,000 more!