The Best Comic Books of 2013, Part Four
The last twelve months offered comic book readers a wide variety of work ranging from the most crowd-pleasing superhero epics to the most idiosyncratic of indies, and the return of old favorites to the emergence of exciting new talent. It was a busy and productive year for the industry, and one we’re pleased to celebrate with what we’re certain will be an uncontroversial, unenumerated list of awards that will prompt only resounding agreement and unbroken fellowship amongst our readers in the comments below. Welcome to part four of ComicsAlliance’s Best Comic Books of 2013.
About the Thor's Mom Memorial Awards
Spoiler warning: If you haven't seen Thor: The Dark World yet; you've had weeks. Get on with it.
Frigga, great queen of Asgard, wise counsel to Odin and mother of gods, leader of men, seeker into mystery, and badass with a sword, tragically died this year in Thor: The Dark World so that others might have a plot.
Like so many women before her, Frigga found that her ultimate place in life was not as the lead character in her own story, but as a motivating factor in the story of some dudes. As the one person in all of creation who could bring together her two warring sons -- Thor, God of Thunder, and Loki, God of Tumblr -- Frigga's death was inevitable. Through her sacrifice we honor all of superhero fiction's many Women in Re-Frigga-rators.
Yet when we remember Frigga, let us not remember her only as a plot contrivance. Let us remember her also as a smart, fierce, proud and defiant warrior. Frigga showed us that the best fight scene in the whole movie is sometimes the one with a woman wielding a sword. We hope that many more female heroes will follow Frigga onto the screen, and in her name, we hope they get to star in their own damn stories.
In this fourth of a multi-part feature, we honor Thor's mom's completely fictional memory with recognition of the work we at ComicsAlliance enjoyed most in the year that was.