Best of the Year 2013 – The FPI Master List
For the past few years we’ve spent each December presenting various Best Of Year lists from the great and the good in comics, attempting to get as wide a sample as possible for the purposes of strict scientific rigour. Well, okay, maybe just because it’s fun to see what a diverse range of people think about what’s been top of their list for the year.
This year, more than ever before, the emphasis has been on diversity and variety. Usually the pattern becomes clear fairly early on, with the eventual winners all polling 5-8 votes overall. Frankly, halfway through December I thought most of the top scoring books would manage a couple of votes, three at most. This is no slight on the books, more a wonderful verification that we’re picking a great bunch of people to pick their best, and that these people have more great books than ever to choose from. Comics are in rude health right now.
A little administrative chat first….
As with last year, we forced people to chose 3 comics/books/graphic novels/whhatever we’re calling them now just so the end tallying would make sense.
We had 52 respondents nominating 117 different comics (I’ll post the full list of titles in the comments later).
Some respondents were very specific, others weren’t. For the sake of keeping this strictly to 2013, I’ve disallowed anything published before 2013, and tried to amalgamate votes that probably should be together (for example, we had one vote for All New X-Men by Bendis and Immonen, one vote for just issue 16 of the same series. I’m trusting you wont feel I’m wrong in combining those votes?). However, we do have a big problem with one potential amalgamation of votes, as doing so pushes the comic in question into the winning position for the year. Three people voted for The Phoenix, one person voted for Garen Ewing’s The Secret Of The Samurai strip and one person voted for Adam Murphy’s Strong Wind and Little Scabs by Adam Murphy strip, both from The Phoenix.
In the end, after mulling it over and over all day, I decided to do the sensible thing and ask Mrs Bruton, she of the far more sensible mind, and who is always fair in these things. She immediately says yes, that’s 5 votes for The Phoenix. So there you go, problem solved……
Here we go then…. the FPI Master List 2013, the best of the best…..
THE WINNER, WITH 5 VOTES
THE RUNNER UP, WITH 4 VOTES
THIRD PLACE, WITH 3 VOTES
The Black Project by Gareth Brookes
Hawkeye by Matt Fraction, David Aja et al
Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
The Property by Rutu Modan
And with 2 votes….
Aama vol 1. The Smell Of Warm Dust – Frederik Peeters
Aleister Crowley: Wandering the Waste – Martin Hayes and art by RH Stewart
All-New X-Men - Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immomen
Batman – Scott Snyder
Copra – Michel Fiffe
Eustace – S J Harris
Fury Max – Garth Ennis & Goran Parlov
Man Who Laughs – David Hine & Mark Stafford
Manhattan Projects – Hickman & Pitarra
Saga – Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Unwritten – Mike Carey and art by Peter Gross
We’re Out – Philippa Rice