Best of 2014 Part 1b: Monthly Comics

A few days ago I did my best of 2014 list for the novels I have read in the first half of this year. That list followed the same format that I have been using for 2 years now, but with this new list I decided to make a big departure, owing to how many comics I’ve been reading in recent months, often 80+ comics in a single month! That’s crazy.

So, with the books already having been covered, I now delve into my favourite monthly comics of the year. The next post will be at the end of the year for the second half of the year.

You can check out my top-of-the-month lists on my Reading Awards page and this list is both an extension, and a continuation of what goes on there.

Let’s see what makes the cut and which comes close then!

A few notes:

  • To keep the list as diverse as possible, I’ve included a variety of genres, styles, and so on here.
  • The list is divided into two sections – the Top 12 and the Honourable Mentions.
  • For comics I have usually tended to credit only the writers in titles of reviews, never the artists. It is something that I am attempting to correct. Since this list is for the monthly comics, I’ll credit the full creative team for each issue.
  • And just to repeat, this is a January 2014 to June 2014 list.
  • The numbering is just for convenience, and because I like numbers.

 

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Best of the Best Monthly Comics

The Top 6

1. Red Sonja #9 by Gail Simone, Walter Geovani, Adriano Lucas, Simon Bowland, Jenny Frison, Stephanie Hans and Stephanie Buscema

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Official URL | My Review

The She-Devil continues her quest to find and capture the greatest artisans of the Hyborian Age, with hundreds of lives in the balance. In this saucy issue, she is on the trail of the land’s greatest (and most dangerous) courtesan, in a world she has never before experienced! The epic run by Gail Simone and Walter Geovani continues!

2. King Conan: The Conqueror #2 by Timothy Truman, Tomás Giorello, José Villarrubia, Richard Starkings and Comicraft

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Official URL | My Review

The exiled barbarian king’s frantic quest for the mystical Heart of Ahriman leads him to a Stygian city enthralled by a bloodthirsty serpent god! To regain his crown, Conan will have to contend with powerful priests, mad disciples, and slithering monsters—before descending into a dark maze of horrors!

* Continuing the acclaimed Hour of the Dragon adaptation!

* Truman, Giorello, and Villarrubia continue to astonish!

3. Ms. Marvel #3 by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, Ian Herring, VC’s Joe Caramagna, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Annie Wu

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Official URL | My Review

• The All-New Ms. Marvel has already gained international fame.

• But in Kamala’s case, star-power comes with a whole lot of… awkwardness.

• Find out why the most exciting new Marvel hero is also the most loveable!

4. Black Science #3 by Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera, Dean White and Rus Wooton

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Official URL | My Review

Shell-shocked and battered, Grant McKay and his team are stranded on the front lines of the European savages’ final standoff against the Sons of the Wakan Tech-Tanka. Will this inverse manifest destiny claim the life of a member of the Anarchist League of Scientists? Or will they be betrayed by one of their own?

5. Samurai Jack #7 by Jim Zub, Brittney Williams, Josh Burcham and Shawn Lee

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Official URL | My Review

Samurai Jacqueline and the Scotswoman fight giants and wee folk alike as they struggle to free themselves from the gender-bending curse of the leprechauns. Cartoon Network’s hit animated series continues at IDW!

6. American Vampire: Second Cycle #3 by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, Dave McCaig and Steve Wands

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Official URL | My Review

Pearl digs deeper into the mystery of the Gray Trader and uncovers horrifying truths that will rock the world of AMERICAN VAMPIRE.Meanwhile, Skinner must confront his demons, both figurative and literal.

The second cycle of AMERICAN VAMPIRE continues here with even more threatening vamps than ever before!

7. Batgirl #31 by Gail Simone, Fernando Pasarin, Jonathan Glapion, Blond, Dezi Sienty, Alex Garner, Mike and Laura Allred

Batgirl 31

Official URL | My Review

In this issue, written by Gail Simone, with art by Fernando Pasarin and Jonathan Glapion and a cover by Alex Garner, an ordinary day takes a turn for the worse when Barbara Gordon must find a way to save her roommate Alysia Yeoh from fan-favorite villain Ragdoll!

8. Future’s End #2 by Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen, Jesús Merino, Dan Green, Hi-Fi, Carlos M. Mangual and Ryan Sook

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Official URL | My Review

The entire DC Universe gathers to mourn a fallen hero! Plus the secrets of the DCU five years later arrive at Lois Lane’s door!

9. Original Sin #4 by Jason Aaron, Mike Deodato, Frank Martin, VC’s Chris Eliopoulos, Julian Totino Tedesco, Dell’Otto, Adams and Steigerwald, Guice and Martin

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Official URL | My Review

TRUST NO ONE. NOT EVEN YOURSELF.

• One hero goes rogue. Another loses his head.

• Dr. Strange and the Punisher team up for a daring raid.

• And all trails now lead to one suspect.

• But he… how is that even possible?

10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #4 by Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendon, Rebekah Isaacs, Dan Jackson, Richard Starkings, and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt

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Official URL | My Review

Getting help from Dracula seemed like a good idea, until he stole the Vampyr book—and Xander! Now Buffy, Spike, Dawn, Willow, and Giles must save Xander and retrieve the book before it’s too late. Dracula has already begun to study how the lack of magical rules can work in his favor . . .

* The team from Angel & Faith takes over Buffy!

* Executive produced by Joss Whedon!

* Nicholas Brendon (Xander) joins Season 10!

11. Armor Hunters #1 by Robert Venditti, Doug Braithwaite, Laura Martin, Dave Sharpe, Jorge Molina, Clayton Crain and Trevor Hairsine

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Official URL | My Review

This summer, Earth will be the greatest hunt of all when VALIANT FIRST unleashes the first issue of 2014’s must-read crossover event – ARMOR HUNTERS – from superstar creators Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar, Green Lantern) and Doug Braithwaite (Unity)!

A relentless and surgical strike team from the farthest reaches of space – sworn to exterminate the X-O Manowar armor and all like it – have finally found their last target. They will hunt. They will trap. They will kill. And they will rid the universe of the X-O Manowar’s incalculable destructive power…even if it means taking the Earth with it.

12. Grimm Fairy Tales Annual 2014 by Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Pat Shand, Andrea Meloni, Valentina Cuomo, Jim Campbell, Jason Metcalf and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

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Official URL | My Review

Highborns are being hunted and killed all around the world, and it is up to Sela, Shang, Robyn Hood, and Gideon to find out who’s behind the attacks. With many allies missing, Sela assumes the worst. But there’s no time to waste as Andre Payne, the demigod known as Hercules, seems to be the next target.

Do not miss the first of the four issues leading directly into GRIMM FAIRY TALES #100! GFT ANNUAL 2014 – GFT GIANT SIZE 2014 – GFT #99 – GFT #100

Honourable Mentions

1. Black Widow #7 by Nathan Edmondson, Phil Noto and VC’s Clayton Cowles

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Official URL | My Review

The Finale, Part 1:

• David. Clint. Barney. The Building. The Tracksuit Draculas. The Clown.

• Ever seen “Rio Bravo?” Check it out, it’s pretty good.

2. Witchblade #175 by Ron Marz, Laura Braga, Betsy Gonia, Troy Peteri, Ashley Robinson, Carlos Rodriguez and Bill Farmer

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Official URL | My Review

DOUBLE-SIZED ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!

Starting a new storyline, the team of writer RON MARZ and artist LAURA BRAGA continue their acclaimed run, providing an entry point for new readers, as well as a celebration of all that’s gone before. Also features a second story by MARZ & BRAGA, revealing a previously untold tale of the Witchblade in feudal Japan, as well as other bonus features.

3. Tomb Raider #5 by Gail Simone, Nicolás Daniel Selma, Juan Gedeon, Michael Atiyeh, Michael Heisler and Brian Horton

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Official URL | My Review

With Sam being targeted by a deadly enemy, it’s a race against time to find out who’s next. Can Lara save her friends and find out the truth of what’s happening around her?

* The official continuation of Lara Croft’s story!

* The Tomb Raider video game sold over 3.5 million copies in 2013!

4. Superman #32 by Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Laura Martin, Sal Cipriano and Ant Lucia

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Official URL | My Review

“THE MAN OF TOMORROW” chapter 1!

A NEW ERA for SUPERMAN begins as Geoff Johns takes the reigns – and he’s joined by the legendary super-talent of John Romita, Jr. in his first-ever work for DC Comics as they introduce Ulysses, the Man of Tomorrow, into the Man of Steel’s life.

This strange visitor shares many of Kal-El’s experiences, including having been rocketed from a world with no future. Prepare yourself for a run full of new heroes, new villains and new mysteries! Plus, Perry White offers Clark a chance to return to The Daily Planet!

5. Transformers: Windblade #3 by Mairghread Scott, Sarah Stone and Chris Mowry

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Official URL | My Review

THE FATE OF CYBERTRON!

WINDBLADE learns more about the new face of CYBERTRON—and lesson number one is: never underestimate STARSCREAM! She’s trapped in a no-win situation—but what is the scheming DECEPTICON really after, and how far will he go to keep WINDBLADE out of his way?

6. Aquaman #32 by Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons, Rick Magyar, Rain Beredo, Dezi Sienty and Ant Lucia

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Official URL | My Review

Aquaman thought his battles against ancient Greek monsters and the powerful Swamp Thing were as macabre as life could get… but he’ll see how wrong he was when the hideous Chimera attacks!

7. Superior Spider-Man Annual 2014 by Christos Gage, Javier Rodriguez, Philippe Briones, Alvaro Lopez, Veronica Gandini, VC’s Clayton Cowles and Michael Del Mundo

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The last temptation of Green Goblin… Phil Urich! As Goblin Nation consumes New York, the Superior Spider-Man’s world is in flames! Who will rise? Who will fall? NO ONE will be the same after this!

8. Justice League Dark #32 by J M. DeMatteis, Andres Guinaldo, Walden Wong, Chris Sotomayor, Rob Leigh, Mikel Janin and Ant Lucia

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Official URL | My Review

Lost in the living dimension called The Between, the Justice League Dark fights to save Zatanna’s soul! Will Nightmare Nurse’s sacrifice save them all or damn them to an eternity of nothingness?

9. Chew/Revival #1 by John Layman, Rob Guillory, Taylor Wells, Comicraft, Tombgraphics, Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Mark Englert, CRANK!, Sean Dove and Jenny Frison

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Official URL | My Review

TWO GREAT TASTES THAT TASTE REALLY WEIRD TOGETHER!

Tony Chu heads to Wisconsin in two all-new original tales by the creative teams of both critically acclaimed titles! A great jumping-on point for readers who’ve heard how damn good these titles are on their own, and a twisted delight for those already in the know!

10. Green Arrow #30 by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Marcelo Maiolo and Rob Leigh

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“The Outsiders War” Part 5!

Arrow and Robert face a mob of Outsiders. It looks bad…but the cavalry is about to arrive in the form of Katana, Butcher, Magus and Kodiak! Will they be in time to save the day?

11. Velvet #3 by Ed Brubaker, Elizabeth Breitweiser, Chris Eliopoulos and Drew Gill

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Official URL | My Review

You all know the story: a beautiful woman seduced by a secret agent into revealing secrets and helping him on his mission…but what happens to them once the agent is gone? Find out in issue three, as Velvet tracks Agent X-14’s most recent asset down very dark paths.

12. Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Robyn Hood: Legend #1 by Pat Shand, Larry Watts, Slamet Mujiono, Jim Campbell, Ken Lashley and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

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Official URL | My Review

THE BEGINNING OF THE END!

Everyone’s favorite female archer is back in this brand new miniseries! Robyn thought she lost everything, but when the villainous Guy of Gisbourne makes his way to Earth, Robyn is faced with a choice. Return to Myst to save the people of Nottingham once and for all, or live life as a normal person. The final volume of the fan favorite Robyn Hood trilogy begins now…

ROBYN RETURNS!

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So that’s all for now. Hope you enjoyed that!

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