Top 10 Comics of March 2013

On the first of the month, the Degobot will list his 10 favorite comics of the previous month.

In March 2013 the Degobot purchased 81 comic books.  69 print books, and 12 digital books.   (63 Marvel Comics, 12 DC Comics, 4 Image Comics, 2 Dark Horse Comics)

THE TOP 10 COMICS OF MARCH 2013:

THE PRIVATE EYE # 1:  (by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin)

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The creative team of Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin surprised the comics industry this month with the release of “The Private Eye”.  The comic, which is colored by Munsta Vicente was released at a “name your price” rate for a wide range of DRM-free digital formats including CBR, CBZ, and PDF.  What’s DRM-free you might be asking?… DRM is Digital Rights Management, meaning copy-protection. So if something has DRM, that means it’s a pain in the ass to copy it from one computer to another. A perfect example would be when you purchase a movie online, then you want to watch it on your other computer and the copy right protection won’t let you. If something is DRM free, you can just do whatever you want with it.  The way that Vaughan and Martin are distributing the series is nothing short of revolutionary.  Rather than publish a traditional miniseries, the collaborators have created Panel Syndicate, a website where they’ll release digital comics in a variety of formats, all DRM-free, which will undoubtedly please those who have been critical of the industry’s predominant digital-delivery methods. What’s more, the creators are allowing readers to name their price!  (Hitting upon another hot-button subject in the digital debate, that $2.99 or $3.99 is too expensive for a standard-length comic).  The Private Eye is a detective story set in 2076, when everyone in the United States has a secret identity. The protagonist is a member of the paparazzi, outlaw private investigators who dig up the kind of personal dirt no longer readily available through search engines. It’s a mystery with lots of masks, but no superpowers.  The comic has smart writing, engaging characters, and a great plot twist.  The artwork is simply beautiful, the costume design and coloring make this one of the most unique looking comics available today. (Available at http://panelsyndicate.com/)

UNCANNY X-MEN # 3 (by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo)

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The third issue of the re-launched “Uncanny X-Men” is basically Avengers vs X-Men 2. The Avengers finally meet up with Cyclops and his revolutionary X-Men while in Australia visiting the new mutant Tempus’ family.  Round 2 is more a battle of philosophies rather than the usual fisticuffs. This issue does have quite a number of talking heads, with Bendis’ trademark dialogue in full effect. This comic also showcases just how funny Bendis can be with new mutants Benjamin Deeds, and Fabio Media reacting to seeing the Hulk for the first time.  Issue 3 of Uncanny X-Men brings readers a number of new questions to ask themselves as to whether whose perspective they agree with… Captain America’s or Cyclops’?  (Published by Marvel Comics)

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY # 1 (by Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven)

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The first issue of the Guardians of the Galaxy was a spectacular comic, telling an epic story with some of the finest creators in the industry today.  It was obvious from last month’s Point One issue that Bendis’ run on the Guardians will focus on Star-Lord and his Father: the King of Spartax. This issue furthers that plot line; the interactions between Star-Lord and his father drive the events of the entire issue.  While Star-Lord is the book’s main character, Bendis still is able to give the readers insight to the motives of the other characters with limited panel time.  Artist Steve McNiven’s pencils are fantastic! The character designs are interesting and fresh. McNiven also has a great eye for detail, which helps when drawing alien beings and technology.  Marvel has really been putting a lot of money into marketing the Guardians of the Galaxy as the next big thing. They’ve invested in high profile creators, Infinite Comics, and about 16 variant covers. If this book can maintain this level of intensity, the publisher should see a healthy return on their investment.  (Published by Marvel Comics)

EAST OF WEST # 1 (by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta)

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The first issue of Johnathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta’s newest series “East of West” was one of this month’s most anticipated releases, and it does not disappoint. This comic is a Sci-Fi Western set in a dystopian America where the American Civil War ended a little differently than you might remember.  Instead of just the Union and the Confederacy, there was also an Indian Nation, a Kingdom, and an unexplainable event which ended the war, resulting in seven different American Nations.  Skip forward to the year 2064 (The First Year of the Apocalypse) and readers are now introduced to the new America that Hickman and Dragotta have created.  The book’s main character are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, though Hickman only introduces us to three of them.  Over the course of about 200 years, readers are shown the Horsemen in all their various forms.  (There is definitely some re-birth going on with these guys.)  Over this time there are three seemingly human characters that can see the Apocalypse coming, and write down their revelations for others to learn from .  The book comes to a head, with the current Horsemen tracking down the President of the United States.  The comic is an entertaining read, it’s obvious from the dialouge that Hickman has a complex story that he is telling , and that this issue is merely the beginning.  Dragotta’s designs make for some very interesting looking characters and landscapes.  Visually this book is a home run!  (Published by Image Comics)

ALL NEW X-MEN # 9 (by Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen, and Marte Gracia)

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Brian Michael Bendis’ flagship X-Book; “All New X-Men” continues to be one of the highest quality comics published under the Marvel Now! banner.  Issue # 9 begins with combat training class with Professor Kitty!  Kitty is doing her best Wolverine impression when training the “Kid” X-Men, shouting commands like a drill sergeant.  Bendis was born to write this book!  His grasp of the characters and their motivations are pitch perfect!  Stuart Immonen returns after a three issue break, and as always he maintains the high quality visuals this series has become known for.  Every issue of this series has been an absolute pleasure to read, X-Fans everywhere should get a kick out of this comic…Especially fans of Cyclops and his Uncanny X-Men. (Published by Marvel Comics)

STAR WARS # 3 (by Brian Wood, Carlos D’Anda, and Gabe Eltaeb)

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This series just gets better with every issue.  This month Han and Chewie are victim to the old double cross, and as expected Han shoots first.  Luke and Leia have experience some trust issues, Vader gets a new job, and the Death Star lives!  Brian Wood has an excellent grasp on the franchise’s classic characters, and Carlos D’Anda’s pencils really shine.  (Published by Dark Horse Comics)

UNCANNY AVENGERS # 5 (by Rick Remender and Oliver Coipel)

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Last issue the first story arc of the Avengers/X-Men mash up book closed, this issue introduces the team to the Marvel Universe.  This issue is mostly talking heads, but the character development is needed.  The Avengers Unity Squad adds new members Wonder Man, Wasp, and Sunfire, while Kang travels back in time to steal the Apocalypse Twins.  Oliver Coipel handles the art chores this issue, and as always his work is spectacular.  Fans of Remender’s “Uncanny X-Force” should not be missing this series.   (Published by Marvel Comics)

THE WALKING DEAD # 108 (by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard)

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All Hail King Ezekiel!  Rick travels to the Kingdom with Jesus, there he meets King Ezekiel and his Tiger.  King Ezekiel is an interesting new character, whom we know little about other than he is the leader of the Kingdom and hates violence.   (Published by Image Comics)

SAGA # 11 (by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples)

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Hazel’s parents and grandparents join forces to escape a dying world, while at the same time rescue Izabel, Lying Cat, and Barr.  Some characters live, others die, all done so with whit and charm (and a little dirty talk.)  It’s an intergalactic family reunion, let’s just hope it lasts.  (Published by Image Comics)

THE MASSIVE # 10 (by Brian Wood and Garry Brown)

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Issue 10 focuses on what happens when one of Callum Israel’s crew wants to leave “The Kapital” and Ninth Wave.  This series is Brian Wood at his best!  The characters and the plot development are far above standards, and the world these stories unfold in is both heartbreaking and breathtaking.  The Post-Crash world is one full of hardship and struggle, and watching Callum Israel and his crew fighting against the chaos of that world in the name of peace is heartwarming.  (Published by Dark Horse Comics)

Degobot!

All of these comics are on sale now, at your local comic book store or digitally on the Comixology app on Apple and Android devices.

Digital reader?  Help keep your local comic store in business!  Buy print versions of these comics; most of them will come with a code for a free digital copy!

In Portland?  Buy your comics at Floating World Comics located at 400 NW Couch StreetPortland, OR  97209 (503) 241-0227

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