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‘Time’ names ‘Sex Criminals’ top comic of 2013

sex criminals1The parade of best-of-the-year lists continues apace, with critic Douglas Wolk selecting Time magazine’s Top 10 Comics and Graphic Novels of 2013:

  1. Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Image Comics)
  2. The Phoenix: The Weekly Story Comic, by various (David Fickling Books)
  3. Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
  4. Fran, by Jim Woodring (Fantagraphics)
  5. Boxers & Saints, by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
  6. Zombo: You Smell of Crime and I’m the Deodorant!, by Al Ewing and Henry Flint (2000AD)
  7. Hand-Drying in America and Other Stories, by Ben Katchor (Pantheon)
  8. Very Casual: Some Stories, by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)
  9. Bad Houses, by Sara Ryan and Carla Speed McNeil (Dark Horse)
  10. Incidents in the Night, Vol. 1, by David B. (Uncivilized Books)

Visit Time to read Wolk’s comments about each title.



No DC or Marvel…hmmmm.

@Nicole Ya! How about Hawkeye and Batman of course (constantly getting amazing reviews).
Guess Fraction can’t make it on the list twice lol

Seems tokenistic, probably more to do with the controversy with iTunes and its general naughtyness than as a book in itself. I mean, what are the prerequisites that need to be met? SC is a good book, but not the best on this list. And certainly not the best on the stands (For me that would have been East of West, at least until reading Black Science – which is pure comic goodness!)

There’s no way Sex Criminals is better than Saga. And no Hawkguy? Meh.

I think Sex Criminals is better than Saga.

I guess I’m not that hip. Not sure what my top ten would be but it would include Batman, Conan, Shadow, Thor, Red Sonja, and Wonder Woman.

After three issues. Really?

I mean the book’s solid, but the BEST comic of the year. After three issues?

Come on, now. I really wonder if this was motivated in response to the whole iOS controversy.

The complete absence of anything even remotely superhero related and the dominance of small-press, single volume “graphic novels” also kind of gives this list a bit of an elitist/hipsterish feel to it too. I mean, #2 and #8 can’t even be purchased through Amazon.

Yay! No DC or Marvel!

The lack of DC in particular: well, that’s TIME about to be sold by Warner saying “F**k being your promo sheet” as they die. And good.

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