75 years later and nothing has changed…well, okay maybe a few things have changed. This week DC releases a Batman Anniversary issue with the same title the Dark Knight made his heroic debuted in 75 years ago. For my analytically number based brain simply seeing Detective Comics #27 on the shelf gets the endorphins pulsing through my body. I was pleased that for the $7.99 price I get a book with a spine I can display on my bookcase instead of hide in a short box. But I’m not here to tell you how to store your books so I’m going to dive right into the pages of this mega-size Bat anthology.
Comics, like film, are in their essence a visual medium, and one of the purest examples of this are the covers which grace each issue. They announce to us what expect from a given title, evoking the tone and mood of the story within. They sometimes form our first impression of a series, inspiring us to pick up something from the shelves that we wouldn’t have considered otherwise. In other words, they play a vital part in our experience of comics.
So, for my post today, I have compiled a list of the covers which stood out for me as the best of 2013. I have separated them into two groups: a top tier of ten, followed by a second set of runners-up. Within each grouping the titles are arranged alphabetically. I’ll admit that narrowing down this list was not as easy I thought it would be. Even with 20 entries, it could have easily run longer. At the end of the day, however, having too much outstanding art to pick from is never a problem, but something to be savored.
I freaking love comics. So many comics. Too many to put in one single list. We all like different things. Some of us like big two comics. Other’s may prefer large publisher creator owned work while other’s dig the small press. I like all of that. I’ll cover my favorites from the different corners of comic book publishing over the month of December.
Yes these are the big guys. I try to not write about DC and Marvel comics TOO much because I think it’s hard to give a take on these books that hasn’t been said ad naseum. Do you really need me to explain why Scott Snyder’s Batman is great again? I mean I already did once anyway and I’m about to one more time so there you go. That’s because whatever your feeling are about these comics they are ubiquitous and necessary. The sales and popularity of DC and Marvel props up the infrastructure of the entire industry so as much as I may prefer comics from Image, Darkhorse, Vertigo, First Second or Koyama those companies don’t exist without the big two. And that’s because people are passionate about the comics from these companies regardless of how they feel the quality of the current work. People love their DC or Marvel or both or they have complete disdain for one or both but it’s that passion for these companies that fuels comics as a business. As for me I still read a lot of stuff from them in spite of my passion for the indie and small publishers. In composing this list I tried to trim it down to what I thought was the best of the best from the publishers. I get annoyed with events, crossovers, Scott Lobdell and West Wing fan fiction so all that relegated Animal Man, X-Men, Swamp Thing, Indestructible Hulk, Avengers Assemble, Wolverine and the X-Men, Action Comics, Daredevil: End of Days and Uncanny X-Men to honorable mentions status. ‘Nuff respect due for Captain America, Wolverine, Batman: The Dark Knight, Marvel Knights Spiderman/X-Men, Amazing X-Men and Superman Unchained which are all very good but just not good enough and Wonderwoman, Deadpool, Fearless Defenders, Journey Into Mystery, The Flash, Ultimate Spiderman and Aquaman which I’m sure are as amazing that you all say they are but life’s too short no what I’m saying?
HOLY SHIT! I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU GOT ALL THESE MOMENTS IN ONE POST!
“COVERS? WE DON’T NEED NO STINKING COVERS.”
“I’m gonna make him a cover he can’t refuse.”
“JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I WAS OUT OF COVERS, THEY PULL ME BACK IN!”
IT’S COVERS LIKE THIS THAT MAKE ME WANT TO READ A COMIC I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO INTEREST IN. IT’S JOB HERE IS DONE.
Every Thursday, each staff member will choose his favorite cover of the week to showcase here.
So… Are variant covers worth it? I mean, I’ve never bought one in my life and I’m perfectly hap– Wait, Dave McKean is doing the Sandman: Overture variants? Dammit…
Cover Art By Frazer Irving
Each Tuesday, the NBC Staff will comprise a Top Ten list for whatever the chosen topic is of that week. In the comments section, we can all compare the lists to see if there were any patterns. Also, feel free to post your own top ten lists.
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