Best of 2013: Graphic Novel

The year is winding to a close, which got us to thinking…what were the best comics of the year? The Comicosity staff has gathered and submitted their top picks of 2013, starting with Best Graphic Novel:

Strange-Attractors-Pitch_temp-coverKeith Callbeck

STRANGE ATTRACTORS
By Charles Soule and Greg Scott

I started reading the digital serialized version of Strange Attractors because it was released the same day rumours began that Soule would take over Swamp Thing.

A smart, well-crafted and layered book featuring complex characters and even more complex math. The most well-thought look at chaos theory I’ve ever encountered.

Runner Up: The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story (Vivek Tiwary/Andrew Robinson/Kyle Baker)

 


March-Book-One-cover-hi-resAlison Baker

MARCH: BOOK ONE
By Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

March is probably the most important thing I read this year in any medium. I grew up in the American South. Ugly, virulent racism is a part of our heritage, whether we like to admit it or not. Congressman Lewis tells his story of growing up in the most racist part of the country in the worst days of Jim Crow, and what he decided to do about it. In the greater context of today’s society, the discussion of racism in a post-Obama America, Mr. Lewis’s story serves as a reminder of what came before and just what had to be sacrificed to get here. It’s a beautiful, heartbreaking story, and it is a piece of every American’s story as much as it is the story of a single man.

Runner-Up: Stumptown Vol 2: The Case of the Baby in the Velvet Case (Greg Rucka/Matthew Southworth)

 


Strange-Attractors-Pitch_temp-coverRoderick Ruth

STRANGE ATTRACTORS
By Charles Soule and Greg Scott

Strange Attractors is a love letter to New York –if you’ve ever stared out a window and saw beauty in chaos or sat on a park bench and saw elegance in the mundane, then this graphic novel is for you. Wonderfully written and plotted by Charles Soule, but artist Greg Scott steals the show with incredible renditions and an intrepid vision.

Runner-Up: Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes (Matt Kindt)

 

 


March-Book-One-cover-hi-resScott Berry

MARCH: BOOK ONE
By Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Merging my two passions in life, comics and politics, always gets my attention. Add in the fact that living legend Representative John Lewis is using comics to tell his amazing life story, with members of his Washington staff assisting him, and you truly have something of note. I display an autographed hardcover edition of this graphic novel in my office at work, and it serves to show my support both for the struggle of all peoples for equality and for the medium of sequential art and its ability to tell meaningful stories.

Runner-Up: The Black Beetle Vol 1: No Way Out (Francesco Francavilla)

 


The Fifth Beatle © 2012 Tiwary Entertainment Group Ltd.John Ernenputsch

THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY
By Vivek Tiwary, Andrew Robinson, and Kyle Baker

This was a tough choice that came down between two books. It was either going to be March or my eventual choice in The Fifth Beatle. I went back and forth until I realized that March was going to be the pick of many of my colleagues. I wanted to make sure that the beautiful, and wonderfully powerful story of Beatles Manager Brian Epstein got its due.

Vivek Tiwary tells the story of an ambitious man living the ultimate dream while having to keep some of the biggest parts of his life a secret. Epstein was a man who was gay when homosexuality was illegal in his home country of England. He was Jewish in a time where there was plenty of anti-semitism in society. He was a man with problems that eventually caught up to him, but he was most of all a man who lived the dream. He was in many ways responsible for the biggest musical act of all time, and it’s wonderful to see his story told, and beautifully rendered by uber talented artists Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker. It doesn’t matter if you’re. Fan of The Beatles or not, although seeing the renderings of the band throughout different points of their career is a great treat, The Fifth Beatle is a powerful, must read OGN.

Runner-Up: March Book One (Rep. John Lewis/Andrew Aydin/Nate Powell)

 


Batman-Volume-3-Death-of-the-Family-HCMatt Santori

BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY
By Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

From start to finish, Snyder and Capullo’s saga of the Joker’s return is the perfect blend of exceptional illustration and smart writing that didn’t rely on gags or classic comic book shock value, but instilled a deep sense of psychological horror to the Batman/Joker relationship. Read in one sitting, this collection is a masterpiece of writing, with foreshadowing and connections beautifully inserted in a narrative that’s deeply compelling. The meaning of the title resonates throughout, as it does — but for a completely different reason — in my runner-up choice too. Well played, Bat-team!

Runner-Up: Batgirl: Death of the Family (Gail Simone/Daniel Sampere/Ed Benes)

 


March-Book-One-cover-hi-resAaron Long

MARCH: BOOK ONE
By Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

This is the most powerful piece of work to come out of the comic book industry in 2013. Hands down. Nothing. Touches. March.

Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin tell Lewis’ story of growing up in the South with a brilliant simplicity and an immense amount of emotional weight in this page turner that you will not be able to put down. Nate Powell’s artwork is filled with emotion and will hit you like a hammer in places, driving home the tension and fear of the time. This OGN should be in classrooms across North America and should be required reading for everyone. Everyone.

Runner-Up: Justice League Vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis (Geoff Johns/Ivan Reis/Paul Pelletier)

 

Check Comicosity again tomorrow to see more “Best of 2013” lists! Happy Holidays from the staff at Comicosity!

 

 

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