Best Comics I Read in 2015

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.

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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?

~Sarah

 

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4 comments

  1. Thor was actually my favorite of the Marvel comics, though I think Ms. Marvel didn’t really get a fair shot because I was still learning how to read comics when I read that series… so she might get the edge if I read it again. Also, I have both volumes of the old Unbeatable Squirrel Girl on hold at the library… won’t get to them till next year, but based on the first issue I anticipate loving them. Still haven’t read any post-Secret Wars stuff.

    But my absolute favorite was Rat Queens! I haven’t tried much outside the Marvel universe, but that one grabbed me and didn’t let go! I so wish there was more of it to read!

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