Robot 6’s best comics and graphic novels of 2013

east of west6The sci-fi and technology blog has released its list of the best comic books and graphic novels, which writer Rob Bricken acknowledges includes “a lot” of Image Comics titles (well, five out of 18):

  • East of West, by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta (Image Comics)
  • The Wake, by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy (Vertigo)
  • Hawkeye, by Matt Fraction, David Aja, Javier Pulido, et al (Marvel)
  • Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller, by Joseph Lambert (Disney-Hyperion)
  • Sex, by Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski (Image Comics)
  • Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (BOOM! Studios)
  • The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Vertigo)
  • Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem and Other Things That Happened, by Allie Brosh (Simon & Schuster)
  • Lazarus, by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark (Image Comics)
  • March: Book One, by Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions)
  • Battling Boy, by Paul Pope (First Second Books)
  • Mind MGMT, by Matt Kindt (Dark Horse)
  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
  • Boxers & Saints (Gene Luen Yang (First Second Books)
  • Avengers: Endless Wartime, by Warren Ellis and Mike McKone (Marvel)
  • Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Image Comics)
  • Batman ’66, by Jeff Parker, Jonathan Case, Ty Templeton, Joe Quinones, Ruben Procopio, Colleen Coover, et al (DC Comics)
  • The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, by Vivek Tiwary, Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker (Dark Horse)

Commentary about each of the entries can be found at


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Aside from their sheer genius, they all share in common creative freedom. This is why I don’t think comics as a medium will ever die.

I’m surprised that any superhero comics made it to the list in truth. And Image is leading the way . . .

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