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Amazon names best comics and graphic novels of 2013

marble seasonLike clockwork, the editors of have announced their choices for the Best Books of 2013, in categories ranging from History to Literature & Fiction to, yes, Comics & Graphic Novels.

Of course, comics weren’t limited to that one section: While Gilbert Hernandez’s Marble Season was named the best book in Comics & Graphic Novels, it also appeared at No. 71 on the editors’ rundown of the Top 100 of 2013, alongside Rutu Modan’s The Property (No. 80). Here’s the full Comics & Graphic Novels list:

  1. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, by Allie Brosh (Touchstone)
  2. Batman, Vol. 3: Death of the Family, by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (DC Comics)
  3. Saga, Vol. 2, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
  4. Boxers & Saints, by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
  5. Battling Boy, by Paul Pope (First Second)
  6. March Book 1, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions)
  7. Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon, by Matt Fraction, David Aja and Javier Pulido (Marvel)
  8. East of West, Vol. 1: The Promise, by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta (Image Comics)
  9. The Black Beetle, Vol. 1: Now Way Out, by Francesco Francavilla (Dark Horse)
  10. The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Vertigo)
  11. All-New X-Men, Vol. 1: Yesterday’s X-Men, by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen (Marvel)
  12. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, by Lucy Knisley (First Second)
  13. Solo: The Deluxe Edition, by Darwyn Cooke, Jeph Loeb, Brian Azzarello, Richard Corben, Tim Sale, John Arcudi, Howard Chaykin, Mike Allred, Neil Gaiman, Steven T. Seagle and others (DC Comics)
  14. Mind MGMT, Vol. 1, by Matt Kindt (Dark Horse)
  15. Very Casual, by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)
  16. My Dirty Dumb Eyes, by Lisa Hanawalt (Drawn and Quarterly)
  17. Lost Cat, by Jason (Fantagraphics)
  18. Daredevil by Mark Waid, Vol. 1, by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, Marcos Martin and Emma Rios (Marvel)
  19. The Property, by Rutu Modan (Drawn and Quarterly)
  20. Marbles, by Gilbert Hernandez (Drawn and Quarterly)

Pope’s Battling Boy also earns a place among the Top 20 Children’s Books of 2013, while Hyperbole and a Half also pops up on the Humor & Entertainment list. Also of note: Tim Leong’s Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe (Chronicle Books) comes in at No. 59 on the Top 100 books of 2013.


12 Comments has “editors”? It’s a web retailer!

So DC had three (if you cound Vertigo) and Marvel had three, while the rest is spread out. I think some of the commentors on here in the past is correct. Comic book fans just don’t want really good comics. Otherwise DC and Marvel should be representing a lot better on these lists consdiering their sale numbers.

Wow, Nicole – have you read Saga, Battling Boy, or anything by the Hernandez Brothers (for example)? With what Marvel and especially DC have been publishing lately, they’re lucky they can hold up to some of this competition. And this comes from a DC fan.

Sales do not equal quality.

If Marbles was named the best book of 2013, why is it number 20 on the list? :/

>> has “editors”? It’s a web retailer! >>

You say that like being a web retailer doesn’t involve editing. Think about how much writing design, promotion and so on goes into their site. Someone’s got to edit it all.

>> If Marbles was named the best book of 2013, why is it number 20 on the list? :/ >>

The list seems to be “sorted by New and Popular,” not sorted by the editors’ preferences.


Marbles is a great graphic novel from last year. Marble Season is a great comic from this year.

Saga ranks below Batman!? Hawkeye is ranked seventh!? Daredevil is 18th!?

Oy vey!

I’m actually shocked that East of West is getting the recognition it deserves! Such a great series.

A bit surprised All-New X-Men was on that list… It is one of Marvel’s best titles but it is so steeped in Marvel lore that I don’t think non-readers could pick it up and enjoy it the way we comic fans have.

Thankfully Death of the Family does not include the tie-ins, which really drug the event down. The core title was superb.

Allie Brosh’s stuff is funny but best comics of the year? The Oatmeal guy can at least draw.

The 20 books on the list are Amazon’s top 20, but as explained on the site, the order is based on sales. Thus they can pick the excellent Marble Season as their graphic novel of the year, but based on sale it is last on the list.

Benjamin, Chris is right. Quality does not equal sales. That is why Marbles is at No. 20.

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