FEATURE: Top 10 DC Comics Hardcovers Of 2013

Come check out my personal list of the top 10 hardcovers from DC Comics throughout 2013. Of course, I'm not god and haven't been able to read everything, so be sure to share your thoughts on this year as well. See the list after the jump!

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By Alex Lynch - 12/29/2013

10. Lois Lane: A Celebration Of 75 Years

Lois Lane: A Celebration Of 75 Years features a huge collection and reprintings of classic Superman stories that focus on the journalist's side of the story. Such as the classic Action Comics #1-2, Superman: Lois Lane #1, Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane #5, 16, 23, 42 and much, much more, this book will give you a huge insight into Lois Lane that you may not have known about before. Lois Lane: A Celebration OF 75 Years is one of the best collections to get for a Superman fan.


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9. Justice League Of America Vol 1: World's Most Dangerous.

Justice League Of America: World's Most Dangerous is one of the most unique books by Geoff Johns and David Finch in the New 52 so far. Featuring a very diverse and unique roster, this book is moreso a psychological thriller about the characters involved and mostly leaves the action behind. It plants some very interesting seeds for current event Forever Evil but manages to stand alone with some very unique shockers. The only problem? It too quickly jumps into the Trinity War event. Other than that, this book is very solid. It's a great introduction to Vibe, who'll be a series regular in CW's The Flash.


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8. Batman Incorporated Vol 2: Gotham's Most Wanted


Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham's finale to Batman: Incorporated is truly amazing and one worthy of being on this list. It culminates almost all of a decade's worth of Batman stories from Grant Morrison and truly closes the door on the corporation. You can read my full review HERE, but in short, Grant's book is absolutely fantastic and one of his sensical storylines as opposed to his garbage Action Comics run.


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7. Fables Encyclopedia

Admittedly, I didn't get into Fables until late this year. And christ, it's one of the most fantastic comic books I have ever read. It took a video game, The Wolf Among Us, to finally take that leap and purchase first volume of Fables, Legends In Exile. After finally reading fifty issues, I decided to read some of the Encyclopedia. This book is absolutely fantastic, it's huge and filled with wonderful information. It has almost every character from Fables lore with a paragraph explaining the original fairy tale they come from, along with their reimagined version from Willingham's comic. It has select pages from the comic book with each character blown up to full-page HD quality. The back of the book also has some "annotations", or commentary, for the first 100 or so issues of Fables. If you're a fan of the comic series, this book is NOT one to miss at all.


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6. Superman: A Celebration Of 75 Years


Just like the Lois Lane book mentioned earlier, Superman: A Celebration of 75 Years wraps up some of the greatest stories of Superman and covers every single era. Now, this book sort of paints a "definitive" version of the character that DC wants us to see, but that doesn't mean that the purchase isn't worthy. This book contains over 300 pages of the greatest Superman stories regardless of how they're collected. Including the first meeting between Batman and Superman, as well as The Death of Superman, this is definitely one for the collector or someone new to the Superman mythos.


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5. Justice League Volume 3: Throne Of Atlantis


This book features one of the most standalone and cinematic adventures in New 52 comics yet. Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis pits all of the surface world against the underwater kingdom, forcing Aquaman to choose a side and fight for what's right. However, there's plenty of powerful twists and turns that make for a very, very interesting read. Geoff Johns is a mastermind and this is one of the books that prove it.


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4. Batman Vol 3: Death Of The Family


This intriguing storyline by Scott Snyder takes The Joker and Batman's relationship to a whole new level and is much, much better read in trade format. It's a very suspenseful story that lives up to it's name, and even though I'm not a fan of the climax, that doesn't mean I can't appreciate Scott Snyder's fantastic writing. Even if you're new to comics, this book is not one to miss.


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3. Green Lantern Volume 3: The End

Holy shit, where do I start? Green Lantern: Vol 3 The End is exactly what the title implies; the end of Geoff Johns' decade long run on Green Lantern. He has truly revived everything there is to know about the Green Lantern mythos and every plotline he has ever opened is has been closed with this book and tied up with a nice, neat bow. It also has a "flash-forward" into the future, showing what happens to each character, including newcomer Simon Baz. Even though Johns leaves some space open for new Green Lantern writers, this book is all you need. Seriously, reading this ensures that you never have to read another Lantern book again (and please, don't. Lights Out was garbage)

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2. Fairest In All The Land

Fairest In All The Land is a standalone graphic novel set within the Fables universe. It's easily accesible for those who haven't read the original comic book, but for those who have, it contains plenty of interesting easter eggs about the universe to find in each read, as well as bringing back a character long-thought to be dead. The plot of the story is that women in the Fables universe are slowly being killed off, and Cinderella has to use her spy-work to figure out who is doing it. The book is split up into several miniature chapters featuring artwork by well-over a dozen artists (including the great Adam Hughes.) This book is some of Bill Willingham's best work, and definitely deserves a top spot on this list.

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1. Injustice: Gods Among Us Volume 1

Oh boy, half of you that disagree with this spot probably haven't even read this book, because it's one of the greatest comics out this year, regardless of company or genre. Tom Taylor has crafted a name for himself with this book. Injustice packs a punch with an incredibly controversial and emotional start that only flips the tables on themes such as loyalty and trust. This book makes you question Superman's god-like complex along with the rest of the world. This book is full of surprises, fantastic writing and very unique story arcs. The changing artists in this book can be a little jarring, but overall it's absolutely fantastic. A MUST-BUY.

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ManCalledSting - 12/29/2013, 10:45 AM
I'm waiting for Forever Eveil to come out in TPB.
Interestein - 12/29/2013, 10:54 AM
Awesome list, about to check out GL: The End, and Injustice!
marvel72 - 12/29/2013, 10:57 AM
pretty decent list but you are missing two great omnibuses from your list......

sandman omnibus part 1 & 2.
DEVLIN712 - 12/29/2013, 11:02 AM
If Injustice is even half as entertaining as the game it should be great. Gonna pick it up now
Beaner8127 - 12/29/2013, 11:07 AM
Loved Injustice all the way up until it became a preachy propaganda for the 99% with Catwoman and Batman. I hate it when comics get preachy.
Hellsboy - 12/29/2013, 11:30 AM
Art is fantastic
AutoFreek - 12/29/2013, 11:39 AM
WOW never knew vibe would show up on the Flash, much less that he would be a regular!
CrimsonFlash - 12/29/2013, 11:43 AM
That injustice cover is crap
MsDarkPhoenix - 12/29/2013, 11:43 AM
Injustice, both the comic and the game, were great! I also loved World's Most Dangerous.

@TheAlexLynch I think you should read Sandman. I might be a little bit biased because he is one of my favourites, but Omnibus was very good!
AutoFreek - 12/29/2013, 11:46 AM
I read that injustice annual with Lobo and Harley Quinn. One of my favourite comics for a long time!
marvel72 - 12/29/2013, 12:04 PM
@ TheAlexLynch

just saying,its one of the greatest comic book series ever written & should be read by every comic book fan.
MsDarkPhoenix - 12/29/2013, 12:13 PM
@marvel72 I loved it too! This and Injustice were my favorites from DC this year.
Minato - 12/29/2013, 12:18 PM
Just bought myself the hardcover for #4
Wildaniel - 12/29/2013, 12:29 PM
I agree with the number one pick, but Scott Snyder's Death Of The Family would be my number two.
Bodwulf - 12/29/2013, 12:30 PM
It is time for another DC/Marvel crossover
TheSuperguy - 12/29/2013, 12:34 PM
"As opposed to his garbage Action Comics run."

Haha Grant Morrison's Action Comics were crap.
BenjiWest - 12/29/2013, 12:40 PM
Odd article, thought this was about the covers and art being ranked. However there is no mention of artist to half of these, so I guess it's a ranking of the writers favorite DC collected series.
tricklove187 - 12/29/2013, 12:41 PM
I thought the Joker: Death of the Family tpb would have made it. The one that collects the entire crossover.
SnapperCarr - 12/29/2013, 1:20 PM
The Flash should've made it on the list.
Shaggy - 12/29/2013, 1:26 PM
Morrison's Batman was only good up to RIP. after Final crisis it went to shit
batman1216 - 12/29/2013, 2:32 PM
The Grant Morrison Action Comics run upsets me very much.Nothing excited me more, not even Snyder's Batman, going into the New 52. All Star Superman is in my top five comic stories ever and i mostly loved his Batman run. I thought it was going to be pure classic, but I couldn't be more wrong. It is right next to TDKSA in my most disappointing comic events of all time.
Enormouse - 12/29/2013, 2:41 PM
I highly reccomend Absolue Top Ten.
ManCalledSting - 12/29/2013, 2:42 PM
BodWulf: Nice!!! I've been waiting for part 3.
ManCalledSting - 12/29/2013, 2:42 PM
And by waiting, I mean totally forgot.
DrunkenNukem - 12/29/2013, 3:58 PM
Justice League throne of Atlantis is my N° 1...
113 - 12/29/2013, 4:04 PM
I sure hope Injustice isn't popular because it ruins the Superman character; but knowing how deep Superman hate goes among some I wouldn't be surprised. Just look at the popularity of TDKReturns.

I may check it out if it treats Superman with respect, just as much as the other characters.
Jollem - 12/29/2013, 4:05 PM
throne of atlantis
Jollem - 12/29/2013, 4:07 PM
@113 - uh, the evil superman is the one from an alternate reality. you can rest easy now
Jollem - 12/29/2013, 4:07 PM
the dark knight returns is one of the best superhero stories ever
113 - 12/29/2013, 4:24 PM
For Batman to be "cool" you don't need to denigrate Superman, as Frank Miller did. For that reason I have never liked TDKReturns and never will.
Jollem - 12/29/2013, 4:33 PM
i can totally respect that. i view it as an elseworlds tale
pud333 - 12/29/2013, 4:37 PM
I've heard a lot of good stuff about Injustice so I finally picked it up today for 30% off. Normally I avoid comics based off games like the plague but I'll take a chance this time.
SnapperCarr - 12/29/2013, 5:37 PM
@Jollem However it is one of the shittiest Superman stories ever.
MightyZeus - 12/29/2013, 6:03 PM
Those are some great covers. I'm glad there is an inclusion of two Fables books.
dannramm113 - 12/29/2013, 7:47 PM
Nice list, but how didn't Shazam make it?
Enormouse - 12/29/2013, 8:11 PM
Or Sleeper omnibus?
blackscienceman - 12/29/2013, 10:53 PM
F UCK GRANT MORRISON.. wrecked batman for everyone.. that is all
Tevii - 12/30/2013, 7:16 AM
Shazam! shouldve been on here... especially before Batman Inc.
Tevii - 12/30/2013, 7:19 AM
and I disagree "Lights Out" wasnt garbage. "Lights Out" build up was great, it's the conclusion that fell flat a little. But Johns' "First Lantern" wasnt very good at all... UNTIL the conclusion.
JorEllinator - 1/3/2014, 3:57 AM
I agree 'Lights Out' was shit.

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