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.


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?





  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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