Best Comics/Graphic Novels Read in 2015
I had a major reading slump this year, which really curtailed the number of books I got through. So, for today’s list I’m going to do a top 6 best comics/graphic novels I read in 2015, rather than a top 10.
Suicide Squad, Vol 4: Discipline and Punish
Writer: Ales Kot
Illustrations: Patrick Zircher
This New 52 series was an exercise in patience. The first volume was okay. Volume 2 and 3 were borderline horrible. The only reason I kept reading is because so many people said things got better in this one… and it did. This collection was what I had been wanting when I started the series. It was fun, brutal and, of course, the only volume I didn’t get around to writing a review for this year. Ugh.
All the volumes of Chew I’ve read have been wonderful. (I could have cheated and bumped this list up to a full 10 by adding the other volumes I read, but I’m resisting the temptation. The other collections in this series are worth checking out though.) Chew does a great job of mixing humor and gore together in a fun world where chicken is a hot black market item and some people have odd superpowers connected to food.
Batman: The Long Halloween
Writer: Jeph Loeb
Illustrations: Tim Sale
I didn’t do so well writing reviews for the graphic novels I read this year. I’m hoping to do better with that next year. The Long Halloween is a classic. It’s incredibly well done and features a lot of Batman’s most well known villains (Joker, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, etc.). This is the one I would recommend to someone who has never read a Batman comic before, but would like to give one a try.
DeConnick is one of my favorite comic writers out there. I’ve loved her Captain Marvel run and really enjoyed the time she spent working on Avengers Assemble. Pretty Deadly proved to be just as good as her other work. I loved how it mingled elements from Westerns, fairytales and the horror genre. I can’t wait to see where DeConnick and Rios go with the next story arc set in this world.
Doctor Strange: Season 1 was a bit of a surprise for me. I didn’t quite expect to enjoy it as much as I did. While the main plot is rather well tread territory, this is worth the read for Strange’s well done character arc.
Lumberjanes has been receiving a lot of well deserved attention lately. It’s Goonies meets Gravity Falls and all set at a summer camp for ladies. A really fun collection that’s targeted primarily to preteens.