By CM Team | CultureMass Staff Published: 12/26/2013 10:00 am EST
This week, the writers of CultureMass reflect on the Best Comics of 2013. Today, we examine our favorite ongoing series of the year.
Joshua Eubanks (Contributor):
Transformers: More than Meets the Eye (IDW): It took me a while, but I’ve finally decided that my pick for best ongoing series of 2013 has to be IDW’s Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye. It’s the only series that had me rushing home to read every issue. It’s a wonderful mix of action and humor, with a balanced cast of old favorites and intriguing newcomers. What this series really does right is that it takes the focus off of the shape-change gimmick and places it squarely on these living beings with flaws and problems and neuroses who just happen to be traveling through outer space. It also receives bonus points for carrying a few plotlines over from the critically-acclaimed Last Stand of the Wreckers mini-series.
Stephen Wilds (Contributor):
Saga (Image): Brian K. Vaughan made his masterful return to comics with his epic space opera story, Saga. Influenced by Star Wars, this odd story features some amazing alien races, inspired by Vaughan’s childhood. I was hooked from the first issue, which was given away for free on some sites to promote the new series. By the time I reached issue six, I remembered why I loved Vaughan so much; his characters and story are brilliant. The first graphic novel won a much-deserved Hugo award and the title has shown no signs of slowing down in its greatness. If there is one series in 2013 that readers might have missed that is worth going back for, Saga is it.
Jonathan Jacobs (Staff Writer):
Star Wars (Dark Horse): Brian Wood’s Star Wars has consistently been a pleasure to read. I’ve never read a Star Wars book or comic that better captures that childlike glee better than this series. Wood’s Star Wars takes place shortly after the events of A New Hope and before The Empire Strikes Back, as the Rebel Alliance searches for a new base of operations while seeking out an alleged traitor in their midst. So far this year, Leia has returned to the remnants of Alderaan to find the remorseful creator of the very weapon that destroyed her home planet, Han Solo has had an all-too-close encounter with Boba Fett, and Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles have formed the Rogue Squadron after having survived a covert mission upon a Star Destroyer. Did you just geek out? Yeah, me too.
Andy Mansell (Contributor):
Fables (Vertigo): For the past 12 years, this book has consistently been the best monthly comic on the stands, and the last two years have proven to be the strongest in the title’s run. The “Babes in Toyland” storyline was imaginative, clever, exciting, and so very tragic. The story reads differently for anyone who is a parent of children who grow up way too fast. The aftermath of that story continues on to the present issue as Bill Willingham and his art team of Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, and Mark Pepoy set the stage for #150, which will end the series. I will miss Fables a lot, but I can’t wait to see what Willingham does next.
Brian Martin (Graphic/Novels Editor):
Hawkeye (Marvel): Determining my favorite title of 2013 essentially comes down to two Marvel series: Daredevil and Hawkeye. What edges Hawkeye out is that Daredevil, while a fantastic series, is very much entrenched in and influenced by classic comic storytelling—it’s a Silver Age book infused with modern storytelling sensibilities. Hawkeye, on the other hand, is rewriting the way comic stories are told. Matt Fraction and his co-conspirators—David Aja, Francesco Francavilla, Annie Wu, and Matt Hollingsworth—have spent most of the year focused on a brilliant non-linear story that featured multiple POVs (including the instant classic issue #11) with the perfect mix of complicated relationships, tragic death, heartache, and optimism. This is a creative team working in perfect harmony, creating a superhero book that looks like nothing else out there.
What is your favorite ongoing title of the year? Let us know in the comments!