CBR's Top 100 Comics of 2013 - The Master List

Wed, January 1st, 2014 at 5:58am PST | Updated: January 1st, 2014 at 5:58am

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Kiel Phegley, Staff Writer

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2013 is one for the books, and with the world getting off to a sluggish start to 2014 after last night's revelry, why not look back at some of the best comics that hit over the past 12 months? Below, we present links to all the reviews our staff contributed to CBR's massive Top 100 Comics of 2013 countdown!

This year, while the comics industry continued its strong swing of sales and critical love, the prevailing sentiment amongst the staff was that there were few undeniable breakout comics published of late. That's not to say there weren't many amazing and entertaining books written, drawn and released in 2013, but while past years have had obvious hot ticket favorites amongst readers, this year was more of a wide open field.

And what that meant was the occasional shake-up in the numbers represented. For example, the company with the most comics on the list this year was a tie between Image Comics and Marvel Comics as both the powerhouse of the creator-owned world and the superhero genre ranked in with 16 books on the list. Close behind was DC Comics with 11 favored comics, including four entries from their Vertigo imprint, and Dark Horse who nabbed 9 spots on the countdown. Beyond that, First Second Books had an impressive showing of 6 titles -- including two in the Top 10 -- while alternative favorites Fantagraphics and Drawn & Quarterly each had 4. Rounding out the multiple vote getters were Archie Comics, BOOM! Studios, IDW, Monkeybrain and Valiant with 2 entires a piece. And beyond that, there were another 22 publishers, imprints, web comics and industrious self-publishing creators who impressed the CBR staff last year.

As in previous years, the Top 100 was compiled thanks to the tireless work of a range of CBR's contributors who sent in their own ranked Top Ten lists to me (News Editor Kiel Phegley, who is ignoring the comments thread to watch the Rose Bowl today) with point values being associated to each book which I later edited down to a Top 100 I felt best reflected the vote of the staff. Contributing lists this year was the biggest, raddest bunch of staffers, reviewers and freelancers CBR has ever had including:

CBR News Team members and contributors Josie Campbell, Alex Dueben, TJ Dietsch, Casey Gilly, Ryan Ingram, Karl Keily, Shaun Manning, Steve Morris, Jeffrey Renaud, Dave Richards, Steve Sunu and Jason Tabrys; CBR Columnists John Mayo, Hannibal Tabu and Brett White; CBR Reviewers Ryan Burton, Greg Hatcher, Jim Johnson, Ryan K. Lindsay, Matt Little, Greg McElhatton, Kelly Thompson and Doug Zawisza; Comics Should Be Good bloggers Alec Berry, Greg Burgas, Brian Cronin, Ken Haley, Sonia Harris and Chad Nevett; Robot 6 bloggers Brigid Alverson, Corey Blake, Michael May, JK Parkin and Tim O'Shea. And last but never least, senior staffers including Senior Editors Albert Ching and Stephen Gerding and Executive Producer Jonah Weiland joined in the fun.

This is going to be my last year putting this massive list together, and while I'm very happy to no longer be looking at a holiday season with hours of cutting, pasting and (shiver) math ahead of me, I will miss being constantly surprised and delighted at the depth our staff shows in their taste and the depth comics as a medium and industry show in scads of amazing releases (many of which earn votes but not quite a rank on our Top 100).

So Happy New Year, and read on for one last look at the best of what's been before we all start to focus on the best of what's to come!

  1. Hawkeye
  2. Saga
  3. March
  4. Lazarus
  5. Young Avengers
  6. Battling Boy
  7. East of West
  8. The Wake
  9. Daredevil
  10. Boxers & Saints
  11. Superior Spider-Man
  12. The Private Eye
  13. Sex Criminals
  14. Bad Houses
  15. Astro City
  16. The Property
  17. Fatale
  18. Hellboy In Hell
  19. The Fifth Beatle
  20. Batman
  21. Trillium
  22. Mind MGMT
  23. Locke & Key
  24. Superior Foes of Spider-Man
  25. Pretty Deadly
  26. The Lost Boy
  27. Prophet
  28. Chew
  29. Woman Rebel
  30. Journey Into Mystery
  31. COPRA
  32. Red Handed
  33. Lose #5
  34. Archer & Armstrong
  35. Wolverine & The X-Men
  36. Revival
  37. Marble Season
  38. Black Beetle
  39. Rocket Girl
  40. Relish: My Life In The Kitchen
  41. Rachel Rising
  42. Native American Classics
  43. Aw Yeah Comics!
  44. FF
  45. X-Men
  46. Kinski
  47. Uncanny Avengers
  48. Afterlife With Archie
  49. Quantum & Woody
  50. Parker: Slayground
  51. Last Call, Vol. 2
  52. Wonder Woman
  53. Hellboy: The Midnight Circus
  54. Avengers Arena
  55. Hip Hop Family Tree
  56. Day Men
  57. Green Arrow
  58. Palookaville 21
  59. The Sky In Stereo
  60. GØDLAND Finale
  61. Dungeon Fun
  62. Porcelain
  63. Heck
  64. Vescell
  65. Gold Pollen
  66. Thrilling Adventure Hour
  67. Blade of The Immortal
  68. Templar
  69. Genius
  70. Five Ghost
  71. Batman 66
  72. All-New X-Men/Uncanny X-Men
  73. Dream Thief
  74. Batman & Robin
  75. The Walking Dead
  76. Love & Rockets: New Stories
  77. To Be Or Not To Be
  78. Daredevil: End of Days
  79. Change
  80. The Fox
  81. Thor: God of Thunder
  82. Double Jumpers
  83. Fury MAX
  84. The Phoenix
  85. Paul Joins The Scouts
  86. Attack on Titan
  87. Calling Dr. Laura
  88. Sabertooth Swordsman
  89. Fran
  90. 2000 AD
  91. Injustice: Gods Among Us
  92. Edison Rex
  93. Deadpool
  94. SUPERMAG
  95. Rat Queens
  96. Internet Comics
  97. The Shadow Now
  98. Incidents in the Night
  99. Adventures of Superman
  100. The Unwritten

TAGS:  top 100 comics of 2013, image comics, marvel comics, dc comics, vertigo, dark horse comics, first second, fantagraphics, drawn and quarterly, archie comics, boom! studios, idw publishing, monkeybrain comics, valiant entertainment

 
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