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My Top Ten Comics of 2015

Here is my list for the top ten comics for 2015. No honorable mentions this year, but suffice it to say that there were TONS of honorable mentions, just like there are every year, as I read a whoooole lot of good comics. I actually didn’t get CBR’s call for the top 100 comics list until the last minute, so I had to throw this list together pretty quickly, so I might be missing deserving candidates, but once I sent it in, I figured, hey, close enough! So my write-ups are pretty short.

10 Jem and the Holograms

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If I’m biased, what of it? This is a well-told, charming series by Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell with well-crafted, endearing heroes and believable villains, with excellent designs by Campbell (and impressive artists on the book when Campbell ISN’T drawing it, too!)

9 SuperMutant Magic Academy

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Jillian Tamaki’s collection of tales here are hilarious while still accurately capturing the lives of teenagers with much-appreciated honesty.

8 Paper Girls

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In just a handful of issues, Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang have introduced us to four very compelling protagonists and given us a bizarre but compelling scenario for the series.

7 Squirrel Girl

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“What, you think I won’t fight a dinosaur? Are you CRAZY? All I want to do is fight dinosuars.” That quotes perfectly sums up the magnificence of Ryan Noth and Erica Henderson’s Squirrel Girl. If only we all could want to fight dinosaurs as much as she does.

6 The Fade Out

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Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips routinely deliver one of the smartest mystery comics around.

5 Story of My Tits

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Jennifer Hayden fully immerses us into her life and as a result, we feel all that she feels in this stunning memoir filled with love and loss and then more love.

4 The Arab of the Future

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Riad Sattouf brings us along for an entertainingly amusing story of how his father’s weak-minded approach to life negatively affected his family. It is shocking the candor that Sattouf manages to share and it is even more impressive the way that he is able to frame it all as an entertaining story.

3 March Book 2

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John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell continue their virtuoso recapturing of Lewis’ remarkable life. Powell is magnificent in this volume.

2 Step Aside, Pops

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Kate Beaton can deliver, in one strip, more astutely humorous commentary than others can do in a whole book. So imagine a COLLECTION of Beaton’s strips? Well, you have yourself quite a good time there.

1 Fante Bukowski

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Noah Van Sciver gives us the sensational character find of 2015 in the person of Fante Bukowski, a man so obsessed with his idols that he changed his name to match theirs, although he never quite got around to making himself a good enough writer to live up to their example – but he doesn’t quite get that and that is all the fun of Van Sciver’s brilliantly told story.

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When you had Jem at 10, I thought, “there had to have been 9 more REALLY DAMN GOOD comics ahead of that”. Looks like the Jem team is in good company, though.

I didn’t read enough of my comics to be able to come up with a good list, but Jem and Squirrel Girl would make my list, along with Copperhead, the Fuse, Ms. Marvel, Batgirl, Giant Days, and maybe even a book that doesn’t have a female as the star. Heh.

Good list! Remarkable how little the diversity of taste shows on the website overall. Not a complaint, I know Noah Van Sciver barely pays his own bills much less bringing in traffic to the site. All the same, I’m impressed!

I was most stunned by Michael De Forge’s Lost, but I came a little late to it.

“If only we could all want to fight dinosaurs as much as she does.”

I totally do. Does everyone else NOT want to fight dinosaurs all the time??

A wonderful list – great recommendations all. I think this is the first year that I’ve read almost all of the comics in your top 10… I must be syncing up with your taste the more I read the blog!

Interesting. I gravitate towards your top 5 more, but some items get highlighted on account of being on the same list from the same person!

For instance, I didn’t look much into SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY, maybe I’ll have to dig in. And though I’m wary of early over-enthusiasm for PAPER GIRLS, whose first arc isn’t finished, I’ll keep an eye on its reviews.

And now for some hubris cake, I’ll try to play matchmaker with other recent books!

If you liked JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, you may like…
SACRED HEART or SUNSTONE — or maybe HEART IN A BOX

If you liked SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY, you may like…
GUNNERKRIGG COURT or MY NEIGHBOR SEKI — or maybe I’M SAKAMOTO

If you liked PAPER GIRLS, you may like…
TREES or TOWERKIND — or maybe VERITY FAIR

If you liked SQUIRREL GIRL, you may like…
STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST — or maybe NIMONA

If you liked THE FADE OUT, you may like…
STRAY BULLETS — or maybe EEL MANSIONS

If you liked THE STORY OF MY TITS, you may like…
SOLDIER’S HEART or FATHERLAND — or maybe OUT ON THE WIRE

If you liked THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE, you may like…
TRASHED — or maybe PRISON ISLAND

If you liked MARCH BOOK 2, you may like…
HONOR GIRL — or maybe YO MISS

If you liked STEP ASIDE, POPS, you may like…
LAST OF THE SANDWALKERS or HENSHIN — or maybe THE TRAGEDY SERIES

If you liked FANTE BUKOWSKI, you may like…
ROOM FOR LOVE or ON THE ROPES — or maybe VERITY FAIR

(Couldn’t shoehorn in more! Such as AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE, AN ENTITY OBSERVES ALL THINGS, THE BUNKER, THE DHARMA PUNKS, THE ETERNAUT, MIND MGMT, PROPHECY, SCAFFOLD, TWISTED DARK…)

(Nor stuff that didn’t ship for me, such as OUR EXPANDING UNIVERSE or TIM GINGER…)

(Nor reprints, such as A SAILOR’S STORY, LONE SLOANE, PIXU, or PUMA BLUES…)

Squirrel girl?

Squirrel Girl, Squirrel Girl! She’s a human and also squirrel!! Can she climb-up a tree? Yes she can-easily! That’s whyyy here name is Squirrel Girl! And so forth ;P.
2015 wasn’t the kind of year where I could come up with a top ten list of comics let alone for 2015, more due to other things in life going on than lack of interest. I did read some good stuff however, like the complete collections of such runs as SCUD, Walter Simonson’s Orion, Girl fiend, the first volume of Battle Angel Alita and the 2014 Shaolin Cowboy series, so it wasn’t too bad. Your list mostly reads like a small fraction of my to purchase/read pile, so I’ll take that as a sign to check these books out first.

I read 2-10. I’ll have to get the Van Sciver book.

Wow, I’ve not heard of most of this stuff! However, I consider that a very good thing because that’s just more comics for me to search for and read!

Simon, great recommendations, too! Thank you!

I’m much more of a single-issue guy, and I’m admittedly behind on finding and reading good graphic novels such as those listed by Brian above. I love Top 10 lists, and because I actually kept track of the best of each month this year I actually have a Top 10 of 2015 to share. I know one or two of these may be late 2014, but I read them in 2015 so it works for me!

10. SILVER SURFER #11 – I see what you did there, Mike Allred!
9. EAST OF WEST #18 – That scene with Mao and Death…you know the one.
8. UNITY #25 – A very funny book!
7. HANK JOHNSON, AGENT OF HYDRA #1 – Another very funny book!
6. DAREDEVIL #17-18 – A lovely farewell to the Waid/Samnee era on Daredevil.
5. SHE-HULK #10 – Brilliant closing arguments pages.
4. IMPERIUM #7-8 – Harada and Divinity meet and you just know it’s going to be epic for a long time between these two.
3. BOOK OF DEATH: FALL OF HARBINGER #1 – Fans of Rai #0 from the 90s will appreciate this book.
2. DAREDEVIL #10 – I straight up cried at the end. No other comic has ever made me do that.
1. IVAR, TIMEWALKER #4 – Quite possibly THE most clever comic I have ever read.

Looking at that list I’m astonished there’s not a BLACK SCIENCE issue up there. If I had to rank series throughout the year I’d rank these as the Top 5:

5. EAST OF WEST
4. DAREDEVIL
3. IMPERIUM
2. IVAR, TIMEWALKER
1. BLACK SCIENCE

Here’s to an even better 2016!

@darkfork: Thanks! From your list, I think you might also want to give a look-see to THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, PROPHET, MIND MGMT, and COPRA — and maybe LONE SLOANE, PARIAH, and THE BUNKER…

Thanks, Simon! I LOVE MANHATTAN PROJECTS!!! However, I am not very interested in the recent adventures of Yuri & Laika like I would be with the Einsteins. I know Hickman’s been busy with Secret Wars and that has hurt his ‘good’ comics, so it is what it is. LONE SLOANE – holy moly, that’s awesome comics!

I tried THE BUNKER, but the art ultimately killed it for me. I need to give COPRA & MIND MGMT a try for sure. Thanks for the recs!

Aww. Brian, thank you so much for the Jem love. Honored to be on a list with all these other great books. <3

related: how the hell did I miss Fante Bukowski. Putting it on my to read right now!

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