Ahhh, the yearly “Best of” lists that pop up all over the place. Gotta love em. I usually wait until the very end of the year to do this list for books, but I don’t mind doing it early for comics. I’m not planning on starting any new series or graphic novels within the next couple weeks, so I think I can wrap it up now.
Here are the comics and graphic novels I totally loved this year, in no particular order:
Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro – Non-compliant for life! No, really, I got a tattoo and everything.
The feminism screams from the pages. I love it.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson – Without a doubt the absolute cutest comic of the year. Squirrel Girl is adorkable. She also kicks butts and eats nuts.
Birthright by Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan – I also really like Williamson’s Nailbiter series, but Birthright takes the cake. The first volume completely blew me away.
Genius by Marc Bernardin and Afua Richardson – Really great mini-series about a young strategic-minded woman who wages war on the police in her area, in response to police harassment and brutality.
Fables by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham – I know this has been around for ages, but I just started it this year and I’m on Volume 7 now. Reading this series is breaking my bank, but I definitely need them all on my shelf. I’m also playing The Wolf Among Us on the PS Vita, a video game prequel of sorts to the Fables series. It’s delightful.
RunLoveKill by Jonathan Tsuei and Eric Canete – This is a mini-series (currently going) that I picked up on a whim because of the awesome cover art and it turned out to be fanfuckingtastic.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – GAAHHH such a fantastic graphic novel/web series!
Daredevil by Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark – These guys did a couple runs of Daredevil together, which I read on Scribd and were pretty great. I’m reading a Mark Waid run on Scribd right now and… meh.
March (Books One and Two) by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin – Heartbreaking graphic memoirs, about John Lewis growing up and being a part of the Civil Rights Movement. Looking forward to reading Book Three when it comes out.
All-New All-Different Avengers by Mark Waid and Mahmud A. Asrar – Loved the first two issues, can’t wait to see if continue and grow. I think the team is really well put together and I hope it runs for a long, long time.
Some that I really enjoyed but just didn’t make it on my “best” list:
- Watson & Holmes by Karl Bollers and Rick Leonardi
- Thor by Jason Aaron and Jorge Molina
- Lady Killer by Joelle Jones and Jamie S. Rich
- The Invincible Iron Man by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca
- Manifest Destiny by Chris Dingess and Owen Gieni
- Midnighter by Steve Orlando
- Prez by Mark Russell and Ben Caldwell
And others that I need to mention because they were awesome in 2014 and continued to be awesome in 2015: Rat Queens, Chew, Saga, and Ms. Marvel.
This was an insanely good year. I only started reading comics in mid-2014, so I don’t have many years to compare it to, but I read so many awesome, amazing things. Diving into a lot of back list stuff like Fables helped a lot, I’m sure. There were a few series that I tried and just couldn’t get in to (The Wicked & The Divine, Black Canary, and UGH Storm), but overall almost everything was enjoyable, with a lot of stand-outs.
Look out 2016, cause 2015 set the bar really high.
What were the best comics or graphic novels you read this year?