2013 was a great year for comic books! With all the great new series, reboots, monumental issues and story-arcs, 2013 had a lot to offer. As the new year begins let's look back at some of my favorite titles of the past year:
47 Ronin, Dark Horse Comics - Written by Mike Richardson and art by Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), 47 Ronin was a 5-issue mini series that told a historically accurate account of the legendary 47 Ronin, a group of former Japanese Samurai, who plotted for two years to avenge the death of their master only to take their own lives in the end. With a wonderful story, uniquely adapted this is the first time the story has been told in comics form in Western comic books.
Astro City (2013), DC/Vertigo - Written by Kurt Busiek, Art by Brent Anderson, with covers by Alex Ross, the long awaited return of one of comics most original independent comic book titles joins sides with one of the largest comic book companies as part of DC Comics' Vertigo imprint which has published more mature stories for over 20 years.
The Extinction Parade, Avatar Press - Written by Max Brooks, bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z with art by Raulo Caceres, Extinction Parade presents a unique story of the zombie apocalypse as witnessed by group of vampires.
Hellboy: In Hell, Dark Horse Comics - Mike Mignola returns to the world of Hellboy after the characters untimely death only to present us with his experiences as he travels through the bowels of hell! With haunting images and reunions with a few old enemies, Hellboy must find himself and ultimately face his destiny.
Hellraiser: The Dark Watch, Boom! Studios - A spin-off the recent Hellraiser comic book reboot co-written by creator Clive Barker himself with Brandon Seifert, art by Tom Garcia. The Dark Watch begins a new chapter in the Hellraiser Universe.
Legends of the Dark Knight, DC Comics - Originally published as an online comic book, Legends... is a reboot of a previously cancelled, long-running series in continuing comic series which features different writers and artists creating stories of the Dark Knight outside of the New 52 continuity.
Star Wars, Dark Horse Comics - Written by Brian Wood with art by Carlos D'Anda- Dark Horse Comics has been featuring Star Wars comics set in the "Expanded Universe" since the early 1990's, this is the first time since Shadows of the Empire that they present new original stories set within the continuity of the original film trilogy. As these new stories reveal the events that supposedly took place between Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
The Star Wars, Dark Horse Comics - Written by J.W Rinzler, art by Mike Mayhew , THE Star Wars is a new mini-series based on George Lucas' original rough-draft of the original Star Wars film. While the series does involve a familiar setting and characters, many of which had gone through drastic changes before ultimately becoming The Star Wars we have known for the last 35 years. This year was a great year for Star Wars fans. Unfortunately news has surfaced that Dark Horse will no longer be publishing Star Wars comics as the merger with Lucasfilm and Disney, Marvel Comics will be publishing a new comic in 2015.
Wolverine: Max, Marvel Comics - Written by Jason Starr, alongside a number of different artists, Marvel presents a very different and much more "adult" version of the popular, clawed-mutant as we follow along on his various travels. Warning: Contains Adult Content, Language, Sex and Violence...You better believe it, bub!
The Walking Dead, Image Comics - After celebrating it's 100th issue in 2012 and it's 10th anniversary this year, the popular zombie comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and art by Charlie Adlard continues as the survivors continue to struggle for life in the zombie apocalypse. A lot has happened since Sheriff Rick Grimes found his family midst the chaos and found refuge from the walking corpses that threaten to devour them on a daily basis. After all the deaths, dismemberments and lost limbs (and eyes), they still continue to live on! We even get a few new characters like Ezekial and Negan. The Walking Dead continues to be one of the most popular and successful comic book series and the numbers of fans has doubled since the premiere of the TV series on AMC.
Keep reading in 2014!