10. Chew Onmibus Vol. 4 (Image Comics)
Yes, Chew is a monthly book and, yes, most of these came out in 2013, but I find that some books are stronger in a continuous story. Like Chew for example. The continuing story of chibopathic detective Tony Chew hits its stride in this volume proving that it isn’t one repeated joke.
9. Rat Queens (Image Comics)
If Dungeons and Dragons was played by punk icons Poly Styrene, Joan Jett, and Kathlene Hannah, you would get Rat Queens. Bawdy adventures with low brow fantasy mayhem.
8. Gotham by Midnight (DC Comics)
Detective James Corrigan is the supernatural avenging spirit known as the Spectre. His dayjob is leading a unit of supernatural misfits for Gotham PD. As a team, they are off the books, off the charts of sanity, and very hush-hush.
7. Elektra (Marvel Comics)
Marvel’s bad-ass assassin is being hunted by some new baddies. The story is typical superhero posturing, but the art by Del Mondo is a mixture of Alex Ross, Egon Schiele, and Peter Chung.
6. She Hulk (Marvel Comics)
This now-cancelled series mixed elements of The Good Wife, Law and Order, and superhero punch-ups, into a compelling adult court room talking-head read. The cases were interesting and the cast was compelling. It is fun to read a hero book without big heroics. It’s a shame this book is gone.
5. Rachel Rising (Abstract Studios)
The most perfect horror comic on the shelves. Terry Moore’s tale of a woman attempting to solve her own murder continually pushes the limits of the twisted and macabre.
4. Saga (Image Comics)
This year provided more cliff-hangers for everyone’s favorite space opera. The plot it too convoluted to go into here, but, trust me, you need to read this book.
3. Southern Bastards (Image Comics)
A vicious tale of one man’s fight against the town he fled as a child. It was the subject of Episode 51 of my podcast.
2. Secret Avengers (Marvel Comics)
This books is hilarious. M.O.D.O.K, Spider-Woman, Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Coulson, Maria Hill, and Black Widow are Marvel’s dysfunctional first family of espionage. Where most teams succeed on their ability to work together, the All-New Secret Avengers are doing their best not to kill each other. Add a living bomb, syringe toting mouse, and one very angry genetic monstrosity, and the world might be better off ending.
1. Hawkeye (Marvel Comics)
Reading about the down-time adventure of Clint Barton may be cool, but Kate Bishop, Marvels’ ‘other Hawkeye’ is pure magnificence. Struggling to make a name for herself, Bishop attempts to go into the PI business.