Bag and Bored’s ‘Best of 2013’: JOHN MONAGHAN

BEST OF 2013
with John Monaghan

– Best Comic Overall

REVIVAL

The single most important comic of 2013 for me. 2013 has been the year of REVIVAL. See my review of Revival #12 for some of my thoughts on this modern classic:
https://bagandbored.net/2013/09/24/review-revival-12/

Instead of rehashing some of the reasons why or preempting future reviews I want to drop some of the runners up here: Waid’s Daredevil has been great all year – a fun, easy to read, fast paced, exciting, well written book. Fraction’s Hawkeye has been excellent. Lemire’s Animal Man is everything a comic should be.

– Best Mini-Series

THE WAKE

I think it’s a toss up between THE WAKE and TRILLIUM. The Wake tips it. Some of the moody, dark, atmospheric pannels really blew me away and its rare that I feel that way about artwork. I’ve seen a lot of people describing The Wake as “by the numbers” and to be fair Snyder’s plot isn’t breaking new ground. But those numbers are great.

– Best Single Issue

ANIMAL MAN #18

The issue that allowed a total reset provoked by a temporal anomaly to still leave a lasting effect on comic, reader, character. A five star book!

– Best Storyline/Arc/Event/etc.

DEATH OF THE FAMILY

The Joker’s mask rotting on his face.

– Standout Artist of the Year

SEAN MURPHY

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– Standout Writer of the Year

TIM SEELEY

Honorable mentions to Waid, Fraction, Lemire & Snyder but as I’ve said already 2013 has been the year of REVIVAL for me.

– Favorite New Series of 2013

SANDMAN

’nuff said.

– Favorite Comic-oriented film or TV

Well it’s not Man of Steel anyway…

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Follow John Monaghan on Twitter:  @deadlifts

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