(CBR) Every year, we wrap our coverage of the comics industry with the Top 100 Comics of the Year – a massive, extensive and intensive cataloging of the best comics released over the past twelve months. To make our rankings, every CBR staffer — from the homepage news hounds to the pontificating columnists and from the up-to-the-minute bloggers to our intelligent reviewers — chips in their list of favorite comic books, webcomics and graphic novels for an all-out cage match to determine the Top 100.
2013 saw a record number of participants in this experiment with just over 40 staffers nominating over 200 comics for consideration. While the comics industry continued its strong swing of sales and critical love this year, the prevailing sentiment amongst the staff was that there were few undeniable breakout comics published of late. That’s not to say there weren’t many amazing and entertaining books written, drawn and released in 2013. But while past years have had obvious hot ticket favorites amongst readers, this year was more of a wide open field. Who’ll take #1? You’ll have to wait to find out.
Yesterday, we covered #100-76, and today, we continue with part two, counting down from #75 to 51! The first half of our list is rounded out with probably the biggest comics crossover hit of the past decade, the penultimate chapters of one of the longest running manga serials in American comics publishing, breakout creator-owned and digital first superhero series, new work from acclaimed alt comix mainstays and more.
Check out Part 1 here, and tune in Monday for Part 3!