10 Oct 2013

The PCG's Top 15 Current Comics - October 2013

Once again the assembled membership of the PCG have put on their thinking caps and compiled their Top 15 Current Comics to provide a more concise look at what they're currently reading and (more importantly) enjoying...

15. Mind MGMT (Dark Horse)
14. Captain America (Marvel)
13. Trillium (DC/Vertigo)
12. True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys (Dark Horse)
11. Avengers Arena (Marvel)
10. Superior Spider-Man (Marvel)
  9. Thor: God Of Thunder (Marvel)
  8. Think Tank (Image/Top Cow)
  7. The Private Eye (Panel Syndicate)
  6. The Wake (DC/Vertigo)
  5. Daredevil (Marvel)
  4. Saga (Image)
  3. East Of West (Image)
  2. Lazarus (Image)
  1. Hawkeye (Marvel)

Matt C: Some commentary. Hawkeye manages to retain the top spot even though we've only had one issue and an Annual since last time we did this, which just goes to show how highly the PCG regard the title. Lazarus makes a huge splash, in at No. 2, arguably the best new series of the year. A few non-movers, some noticeable absences in the form of the previously highly-placed Avengers and New Avengers (does that have anything to do with Infinity?) and where before Marvel were dominant, holding nine of the fifteen positions, this time around they're down to six. While DC does make a return, it's only via their Vertigo imprint, which now means that nine of the fifteen are creator-owned books. Is that a sea change? Maybe, maybe not, but it does reflect the sheer diversity of creator-owned comics - by well-known creators at that - now available in the marketplace. I don't believe the PCG are in danger of turning their back on the House of Ideas (unless they attempt something akin to the New 52!) but they're definitely eager to keep exploring the fertile ground that lies beyond the shadow of the Big Two!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Surprised not to see Prophet on that list.. you guys should check it out if you haven't yet.

Good List though.. I love a lot of those books, and the rest I'll be checking out soon.. so thank you!

Matt C said...

Prophet was one of my faves for a while but of late it's been a little, shall we say, difficult to follow. I managed to read the last two issues in the wrong order without realising!

Anonymous said...

Very true... Prophet can be mind blowing, but it can also be obtuse and hard to get into. I can totally imagine reversing issues of that book without realizing it.

Since reading your post, I've checked out Think Tank and I'm enjoying it immensely. Great recommendation!

The Manhattan Projects is a great recent book that also comes to mind.. Kind of like Think Tank in an "adventures in science" kinda way but with some mind blowing ridiculousness more akin to Prophet. It would probably make my top 15. And Bedlam... Bedlam is delicious.