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The Best Comics of 2015

Here's what the staff of Comic Vine loved in 2015.

2015 was a big year for comics. The Marvel Universe assembled into Battleworld. DC delivered a whole new wave of books under their Vertigo imprint. Image continued to deliver high-quality, creator-owned books. It was a great year for comics.

There was a lot to love when it came to comic books in 2015. There's a plethora of companies and books to choose from, making picking the best comics of the year quite the challenging task. The staff of Comic Vine took on the task of going through everything they read this year and picking out their favorite series of 2015.

Corey's Picks

BATGIRL

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(W) Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart (A) Babs Tarr

Barbara Gordon's always been a polarizing character and one of the most interesting things that happened to her was becoming wheelchair bound and running the background tech for the Bat-crew as Oracle. When the New-52 launched, she was not only ambulatory, but back in the cowl with very little explanation, but beyond that: the book wound up feeling like simply another Bat-title on a shelf that was already overcrowded with them. This wasn't the fault of the creatives behind it, it was more a symptom of a larger problem: Batgirl had become simply girl-Batman. When the title was taken in a completely new direction, including a new style, the new team of Cameron Stewart, Brendon Fletcher, and the appropriately named Babs Tarr reinvigorated the character by giving her her own setting, her own missions and her own support network as well as a completely different, more playful, tone and tenor. And it WORKED. Batgirl's never been more compelling than she is in these pages, but she's also never been more relevant and stood out this much. This made a believer out of a friend who has HATED the character from day 1, so even if you've never had any interest, there's no reason to pass this one by.


CHEW

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(W) John Layman (A) Rob Guillory

One of the biggest problems cited about comics is that, by and large, they don't have defined beginnings, middles, and ends. Often whether or not a story will continue hinges on whether or not the book is doing well, not any kind of storyline necessity. Chew is setting out to break that mold and it's beginning its wind-down with one of the most intensely satisfying storylines in the series' history. Going back and reading John Layman and Rob Guillory's ode to hilarious foodstuffs, it's hard to tell if they were always planning on winding up here, but it's also completely irrelevant: everything built to this moment and the climax of the story could not have been more satisfying. And there's STILL more to go! That's the best part! Without spoiling anything, if you've been reading Chew for a long time, but either lapsed or lost interest: do yourself a favor and get back on it.


1602 WITCH-HUNTER ANGELA

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(W) Marguerite Bennett, Kieron Gillen (A) Stephanie Hans, Marguerite Sauvage

One of the most clever and humorous books came from an unlikely source as Marguerite Bennett, Kieron Gillen and a host of wildly talented artists took us on a trip through a surreal, magical world. 1602 has become a classic in its own right, but almost none of the spin-off titles it spawned, all without Neil Gaiman, amounted to much or captured the sense of whimsy like the original. This is the first one that really belongs up there as we experience a tale of tragedy, action and redemption all framed with some of the sharpest writing I've ever read, including an actual Shakespearean pun that delights me every single time I think of it. The artistry on display here can't be undersold either with Stephanie Hans doing most the main storyline while guests filled out the side stories that accompanied each issue. Everything always tied back neatly together, though, creating a sense of cohesion and story symmetry.


SAGA

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(W) Brian K Vaughan (A) Fiona Staples

The ol' stand-by for Top Comics lists. Saga's consistent quality in the hands of Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples is nothing short of incredible and the momentum with which the book sustains itself is almost shocking. The stakes are always high, but the book isn't exhausting or poorly paced. Just...maybe don't get attached to any character ever because they are ALL on the chopping block. But that's part of what makes the book great: the knowledge that ANYTHING, short of the main character's death (as the story's being told in flashback) is possible, which makes it feel like everything that happens in this book matters. It's also not all doom, gloom and epic tales, this book has some of the FUNNIEST (and completely not safe for work) moments of any comic series this year or any years. The scene with the dragon, and those who have read it know to what I refer, must've gotten quite the reaction when the script page was sent across Staples' desk...


CIVIL WAR

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(W) Charles Soule (A) Leinil Francis Yu

It's not supposed to work like this. Tie-ins to big event books are either supposed to prop up the big event or just be a way to slap a new logo on a title and get some extra sales out of it. They're not supposed to be one of the most compact, compelling stories of the year with one of the greatest twist reveals of the year. All in a 5 issue, self-contained package that may be short on "long-term impact," but is absolutely perfect as a stand-alone story, regardless of Secret Wars. Charles Soule and Leinil Yu take one of the best story ideas and tell JUST enough to keep us hooked while introducing a world that feels genuine, real and lived-in. Again: all in five issues. I cannot stress enough the perfect pacing of this book and how well it earns its end reveal.

Mat's Picks

BLOODSHOT REBORN

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(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Mico Suayan

I've said this a lot, but I need to say it again. I love what Valiant is and has been doing, but I never once liked Bloodshot, up until Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan delivered BLOODSHOT REBORN. This wasn't a reinvention of the character by any means, but it took the character a bit more away from the "run-and-gun" vigilante and made Ray feel human, which is so much more important than a dude just shooting people up. We got to see who this character really is and the lengths he's willing to go to in order to stop the nanites from taking over other people. Suayan delivered some amazing looking art and David Baron did some stunning color work. This book wasn't a reboot or reimagining though. It's a continuation with a whole new tone, which is what makes this series work.

MANIFEST DESTINY

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(W) Chris Dingess (A) Matthew Roberts

When I was thinking about on-going series that really gripped me, month after month, this was the first one that came to mind. This has been a crazy year for the series, and there were quite a few jaw-dropping and surprising moments, especially with how the third arc closed out in issue #18. MANIFEST DESTINY has really flown under a lot of people's radars, as the series, by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts, and Owen Gieni takes the adventures of Lewis and Clark and adds a whole bunch of monsters to it. Conceptually, I'm in love with what the series is doing. The artistic team of Roberts and Gieni provides some compelling and gritty visuals, truly enhancing the tone of the story. While other Image books like BIRTHRIGHT, THE WALKING DEAD, and THE WICKED + THE DIVINE are some of my favorites, MANIFEST DESTINY is the series I look forward to the most.

MS MARVEL

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(W) G Willow Wilson (A) Adrian Alphona, Takeshi Miyazawa

MS MARVEL feels a little ahead of its time since this series debuted in the spring of 2014. It's a bit of a step away from the tradition super-hero story by adding quite a bit of fun into the mix. MS MARVEL is a spectacular look into what it's like to be a Muslim in America. It's cultural insight and it speaks to readers young and old, although it obviously has a story and characters that speak more to a younger generation of readers. Kamala Khan is a delightful character who is coming into her own as a super-hero and still "geeks out" about seeing the heroes that she idolized before getting powers of her own. The catch here is that this does include two different volumes of this book: one with Adrian Alphona on art and the other with Takeshi Miyazawa. It's a cartoonish style and Ian Herring does colors of both volumes, so there is a cohesiveness to it all. Marvel has debuted a lot of fantastic new titles in the past couple of years, but this is one of the best.

OMEGA MEN

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(W) Tom King (A) Barnaby Bagenda

One of DC's best series almost got the ax earlier this year, but luckily, the top dogs at the company got their act together and is letting OMEGA MEN run for 12 issues, which is incredibly sad because this is such a beautiful and brilliant series. OMEGA MEN is the most cinematic comic reading experience of 2015, thanks in part to the art of Barnaby Bagenda and colorwork of Romulo Fajardo Jr. Alongside the art comes a story about a fan favorite Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner, as he's kept as a prisoner. Along the way, we meet more players in this story and there's a whole lot of betrayal and enough to keep reader's on their toes as the book moves forward. While this book is seemingly only going to run 12 issues, it's easily one of the coolest series that raises the bar in monthly storytelling. Hop on this book now, so maybe we can get more than just 12 issues of the series.

VISION

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(W) Tom King (A) Gabriel Hernandez Walta

The new solo series is a gigantic leap away from what we thought a Vision solo series would be. Frankly, VISION is just moments away from being a 100% horror story. While the series is still very new, the first couple of issues really gives a great insight into what writer Tom King is trying to do with these characters and world. Vision now has a wife and two kids and is trying to have what he considers to be a normal life in suburbia. Vision's family, however, seems to be just mimicking what "normal" is, which comes off as pretty unsettling. Gabriel Walta, with Jordie Bellaire on colors, does a wonderful job at delivering the story while adding a bit more to the horrific feeling this book puts off. VISION adds a lot of suspense as well, as there's this anticipation for the reader that everything is moments away from crumbling in the worst way possible.

Tony's Picks

BATMAN

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(W) Scott Snyder (A) Greg Capullo

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have continued the fun and excitement in BATMAN. With Endgame, we saw Joker’s crazy scheme come to fruition. The epic confrontation was years in the making and it gave us a shocking ending. The conclusion of Endgame took the series in a completely different direction with Superheavy. Having someone else take on the mantle of Batman isn’t something new. The way it was handled felt fresh. For the first time, we had someone that wasn’t immediately within Batman’s inner circle take his place. Jim Gordon has always been a big supporter of Batman but this was someone that didn’t have his approval or training. Batman in a robo-suit was crazy and we’re seeing Snyder and Capullo make the idea work. The story is continuing into 2016 and the series is approaching its fiftieth issue. Both Endgame and Superheavy will definitely be stories I read again when they’re collected. Greg Capullo’s art will be missed after he leaves.


DEADLY CLASS

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(W) Rick Remender (A) Wes Craig

There’s just something about this series I really love. Part of it is the comic being set in the 80s. Rick Remender introduced us to Marcus the previous year. While he may not be the most likable character, you can’t help but get sucked into his story. After living on the streets of San Francisco, we saw him enroll at a school for assassins. With an enemy from his past showing up, we saw Marcus and his new friends wage war against him. The results were pretty insane. Wes Craig’s art gloriously captures all the action and violence contained in Remender’s stories. The results from Marcus’ actions and the involvement of his friends are still playing out. There have been some serious repercussions which were only compounded when the deadly final exams began within the halls of the school. The series will start out the new year in the midst of some brutal carnage. Despite all the killing and destruction, each issue just brings a smile to my face.


JUSTICE LEAGUE

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(W) Geoff Johns (A) Jason Fabok

2015 started with The Amazo Virus in progress. We saw the League face what seemed like a pretty deadly threat. Wonder Woman was in the thick of the action and Superman was forced to trust Lex Luthor in order to defeat their foe. Immediately after this, we were thrown into the Darkseid War. Darkseid War has taken the series to a completely different level. Geoff Johns has been building up this story and there is a deep ambitious feel to it. Many of the characters have gone through some massive changes. We’re seeing things brought to a large scale and its been so easy to just dive into the story and not worry about the rest of the DCU. Joining Johns, we’ve had amazing artwork by Jason Fabok and a couple issues by Francis Manapul. These two have kept the pace with the crazy developments and the series is living up to the fact it should be DC’s biggest book due to the fact it’s about their most powerful characters. Some may be ready for the story to end but I’m loving every moment of it.


CHRONONAUTS

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(W) Mark Millar (A) Sean Murphy

A series from Mark Millar and Sean Murphy that deals with time travel? What isn’t there to like. Mark Millar has been known for delivering big and over the top action stories. While CHRONONAUTS did contain plenty of crazy and over the top moments, we had a fascinating story with a slightly different take on the notion of time travel. There’s also a set of rules when it comes to characters being able to travel through time. Here, our main characters pretty much threw all the rules out the window. They did whatever they wanted and didn’t care about the consequences. This obviously leads to some big problems. Sean Murphy’s art is always a joy to see. The only problem with this series is it was only a four-issue miniseries. I would love these two to team up again and give us a continuation of the story.



STAR WARS

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(W) Jason Aaron (A) John Cassaday, Stuart Immonen

We had recently had a really good STAR WARS series over at Dark Horse (written by Brian Wood) but with the characters returning to Marvel, we were left wondering what would happen. The very first issue of this series, written by Jason Aaron with art by John Cassaday, showed us how glorious a Star Wars comic could be. The series has an interesting vibe to it. With the stories now canon, there is a deep feeling that these stories could have actually happened with the movie characters. Some of the moments feel like a Star Wars film with an even bigger budget. Despite being rooted in the period immediately after Episode IV, there’s still a great sense that big things can happen. It’s easy to forget that we already know where characters have to end up by the time The Empire Strikes Back should occur. Cassaday’s art was great for the series but he was then followed by Stuart Immonen. The series ended the year with the Vader Down crossover between this title and Kieron Gillen’s DARTH VADER. It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan.

In addition, there's a few Honorable Mentions as well:

  • THE SCULPTOR by Scott McCloud
  • THE ULTIMATES by Al Ewing and Kenneth Rocafort
  • ART OPS by Shaun Simon and Mike Allred
  • HUCK by Mark Miller and Rafael Albuquerque

And with that, we say goodbye to the awesomeness that was comic books in 2015 and head into the new year. Those were our favorites. What books last year did you love? Stay tuned to this week's episode of the Super Massive podcast, in our Comic Vine podcast feed, where we'll be talking about the best in movies in television this week!


55 Comments

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Posted By righteous300

Batman

Midnighter

Deathstroke

Grayson

Justice League

Prez

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Posted By Falconer

I don't think I read a single new comic last year. Was Spider-Verse last year? That was dumb fun. But most current story lines from Marvel and DC seem like garbage to me. I've been catching up on Azz's Wonder Woman. I know Hawkguy ended last year, I got the HC when it came out so I'll read that at some point this year. I heard it ended well enough.

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Posted By RoboShark

Serious lack of Stray Bullets, The Fade Out, The Tithe, Monstress, Paper Girls, and Outcast there. I realize those are all Image but come on.

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@falconer: Marvel is getting a lot of hate from old fans lately but in reality there's more and more people buying from Marvel. Whereas for DC, it stopped being good after Convergence. Some series are still awesome like Batman or new series like Black Canary but the rest is not so good.

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Posted By deactivated-5c901e667a76c

TMNT

Ninjak

Descender

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Posted By ComicsRHealthy

Geoff Johns' Justice League was the best comic series of 2015. I am so excited to see what's in store for the League in 2016. Besides that,Manifest Destiny was surprisingly stellar. Deadly Class never failed to entertain on every issue. Batman did not deliver for me personally, but that may be because I have high expectations on Scott Snyder's writing. It wasn't bad,but I just do not like Jim Gordon as Batman. Overall, there was alot of great comics to be read in 2015.

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Edited By TheExile285

Justice League (Geoff Johns run)

Saga

Robin: Son of Batman

Superman: Lois and Clark

Lazarus

Sinestro

Gotham Academy

Honorable Mentions: Grayson, Batgirl, Starfire, Bombshells, The Legend of Wonder Woman

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Edited By Cap10nate

From the books that I read, the best of 2015 were:

  1. Lazarus - Rucka and Lark have built a fantastic world and each issue has been extremely engaging and a joy to read. Can't even imagine where the book is going now after the conclusion of issue 21.
  2. Bloodshot Reborn - I enjoyed the first run of Bloodshot and thought the Harbinger Wars crossover was great. That being said, Lemire and company has made Reborn go to the top of my pile each and every month and only outshone by Lazarus.
  3. Imperium - Dysart's run on Harbinger was one of my favorites for it's 25 issue run. He may have improved upon that for Imperium following the 'bad' guy of the Valiant U, Harada, who is trying to make the world better per his vision.
  4. Black Widow - While my favorite parts of the run probably occurred in 2014 (hard to remember which issues happened in which year), the book was great with Edmonson and Noto at the helm. They had a great grasp of the character and told a thrilling and engaging story.
  5. X-O Manowar - This has been a good year for the book as Vendetti has been on the book for over 40 issues and really seems to have a great vision with where he wants the book to go.
  6. Velvet - The book would be higher but it only released 4 issues in 2015. Brubaker is second to none in noir/spy stories and Epting/Breitweiser do a tremendous job with art and colors to really tell a wonderful story. I just hope that they can accelerate their release schedule to get this story told.
  7. Secret Wars - I have enjoying the story by Hickman and Ribic. I really enjoy Hickman's writing even though the plot hammer strikes too heavy every now and then for my taste but it has been a great ride to close out his run on Avengers and the art by Ribic has been wonderful. If the final issue closes out the story in a satisfactory way, it will probably end up higher, but delays has prevented that to occur in 2014. I'm including Avengers/New Avengers as part of this entry as it is just a continuation of those series.
  8. Invincible - The book just keeps on going. It peaked with Viltrumite War a few years ago, but this year really picked things back up with the hunt for Thragg and the 'reboot.' I like having Mark in space to live as it seems to freshen the book up some and it will be nice to see what has all transpired as shown in the last issue's cliffhanger.
  9. Southern Bastards - Interesting story being told by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour about life in a southern football town.
  10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The book really peaked with issue 50 that had a big status quo change and has been consistently entertaining all year.

Books like Ninjak, Moon Knight, and Fantastic Four just missed the cut for my 2015 top 10. I have a lot of books that I have purchased but not caught up on in 2015 like Astro City (still working through the old series), Black Science, Fade Out, Hellboy/BRPD, Star Wars, Darth Vader, and East of West. Also didn't rate books that have been good but only started late in the year and haven't made it through their first arc yet such as many of the ANAD Marvel books and the James Bond series that was just released.

Worst book of the year goes to . . . BUCKY BARNES: WINTER SOLDIER! Awful book all around. Marco Rudy had some really pretty pages, but that was it. Couldn't stand Kot's story and Rudy's art could be hard to follow. The issues that had art by Foss were especially horrendous. Hopefully the failure of the book will not be taken as a lack of interest in the character, but in the creative choices.

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Posted By Jakk_Al_Ghul

Come on people. Birthright! No mention of it yet.

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I have a lot of books that I have purchased but not caught up on in 2015 like Astro City (still working through the old series), Black Science, Fade Out, Hellboy/BRPD, Star Wars, Darth Vader, and East of West.

Gotta say that BPRD was really good in 2015. Catch up on that as soon as you can, cuz big dramatic awesome things are going down!

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Posted By Cap10nate

@lagozzino: It will be a while. I bought all the BRPD and Hellboy books from the big Comixology sale a while back and still have a bunch of that to read before I jump into the new stuff.

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Posted By black_wreath

The only series I was able to keep up with ($) was Pfeifer's Teen Titans and despite a brief Lobdell reappearance (unbiased, my least favourite issue) I greatly enjoyed his run and feel it rehabilitated the title. Underrated on CV, for sure imho.

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Posted By Immolation
  • Lazarus
  • East of West
  • Saga
  • Southern Bastards

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Posted By greenlucario

TMNT then Moon Knight after that, i guess Amazing Spider-Man, but only during Spider-Verse. The rest was good but that's the stuff that i thought was great.

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Posted By Falconer

@uldogi said:

@falconer: Marvel is getting a lot of hate from old fans lately but in reality there's more and more people buying from Marvel. Whereas for DC, it stopped being good after Convergence. Some series are still awesome like Batman or new series like Black Canary but the rest is not so good.

Yeah, these recent events have completely put me off. I like the character-world events, like Court of Owls and Spider-Verse (like I mentioned), but stuff that tries to include literally everything and effects the story lines of most/all of the books is ridiculous, and not in a cool way.

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Posted By kennybaese

I wanted to like Chrononauts more than I did. The ending was rushed and completely destroyed the book's pacing. It needed another issue to let things breathe.

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  • Big Man Plans
  • Descender
  • Lazarus
  • Southern Bastards
  • The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time
  • Hellboy in Hell
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Posted By rac_shade

My Top 10 of 2015...

Airboy

Big Man Plans

Chew

Deadly Class

East of West

Harrow County

Lazarus

Manifest Destiny

Saga

The Goddamned

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Posted By GraniteSoldier

TMNT from IDW has for the past 2-3 years consistently been the best bang for your buck comic on the stands in my opinion. Every arc has great self-contained storytelling that bolsters and ushers a long term narrative and has real, far-reaching consequences for the characters. Issue 50 was fantastic in its own right and arguably the best single issue of the year. Again this is all my opinion, but I find the series doesn't get enough praise.

The Secret Wars Spider-Island tie-in was the best of the Secret Wars titles (other than the main story one) in my opinion, as it had the most 'What if' feel and had an over-the-top tale that made sense and really did a great job showing Flash Thompson as the Agent Venom Cullen Bunn had left him off as before this whole GotG/space thing. That could be bias there, since Agent Venom is my favorite hero and one I've longed to see return, but take it for what you will I guess.

Green Lantern should be listed, in my opinion, due to Godhead being a fantastic story. If Endgame (which started out great but ended as a lackluster story) can get Batman a nod, Godhead should be the Lanterns one as well.

While I feel Secret Wars should have a me tion, I'll wait to see its conclusion. Otherwise I wasn't overly compelled with much released in 2015. Plenty of good work, but nothing standout to me that I hadn't mentioned.

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Posted By MadeinBangladesh

2015 was kinda disappointing year for comics.

~MiB

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Nice to see Manifest Destiny on here.

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Posted By modsbehating

im glad spider verse isn't on here

its last issue was in 2015 and it needs to just be forgotten

FOREVER

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Posted By CaptainMarvel4Ever

Quite like Justice League, Geoff Johns conclusin to men of Tomorrow, and Chrononauts

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Posted By CaptainMarvel4Ever

Green Lantern should be listed, in my opinion, due to Godhead being a fantastic story. If Endgame (which started out great but ended as a lackluster story) can get Batman a nod, Godhead should be the Lanterns one as well.

^This right here

Not to mention that so far his new Renegade story has been quite good, better than most major DC books coming out at the moment (I actually just finished the latest issue before coming here).

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Posted By deactivated-5c901e667a76c

TMNT from IDW has for the past 2-3 years consistently been the best bang for your buck comic on the stands in my opinion. Every arc has great self-contained storytelling that bolsters and ushers a long term narrative and has real, far-reaching consequences for the characters. Issue 50 was fantastic in its own right and arguably the best single issue of the year. Again this is all my opinion, but I find the series doesn't get enough praise.

It wouldn't surprise me if one day it's the only title on my pull list.

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Posted By Mrmatchesmalone

• Batman

• Deadly Class

• Grayson

• Justice League

• Lazarus

• Nailbiter

• The Walking Dead

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Posted By FearTheLiving

Ant-Man not on anyone's list? That's disappointing, It's my favorite title(s) of the year.

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Posted By Bl00dwerK

@uldogi said:

@falconer: Marvel is getting a lot of hate from old fans lately but in reality there's more and more people buying from Marvel. Whereas for DC, it stopped being good after Convergence. Some series are still awesome like Batman or new series like Black Canary but the rest is not so good.

That's probably because they are intent on changing established heroes and killing off popular ones, only to replace them with less-popular characters in order to push them. It's aggrivating. The more popular Cyclops gets the more Marvel does to ruin him. It's like they're dead-set on running off everyone who has supported them over the past three or four decades in order to attract what they see as their new fanbase. I'm still reading X-Men, but I can't help but hope this whole thing blows up in their face...

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Posted By rac_shade

Come on people. Birthright! No mention of it yet.

I pull Birthright and I really enjoy it, it's a good book. Just because it hasn't made peoples top list doesn't mean it's a bad book it just means there are a lot of good books on the shelves right now.

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Posted By SpiderAidan

One of the things I love about image is that most of their comics are creator owned and almost anything can happen.

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Posted By XtremeGuardian

@uldogi said:

@falconer: Marvel is getting a lot of hate from old fans lately but in reality there's more and more people buying from Marvel. Whereas for DC, it stopped being good after Convergence. Some series are still awesome like Batman or new series like Black Canary but the rest is not so good.

That's probably because they are intent on changing established heroes and killing off popular ones, only to replace them with less-popular characters in order to push them. It's aggrivating. The more popular Cyclops gets the more Marvel does to ruin him. It's like they're dead-set on running off everyone who has supported them over the past three or four decades in order to attract what they see as their new fanbase. I'm still reading X-Men, but I can't help but hope this whole thing blows up in their face...

Maybe, but I think Marvel is also hitting on the fact that you can only tell so many decades of stories without evolving the characters. Cyclops's arc over the past few years from student to resistance leader to the new magneto has made the character interesting again.

Taking a break from their classic catalog to tell new stories isn't a bad thing. Introducing new characters means that we will eventually see a more diverse and interesting range of characters. I have been reading comics for 20+ years and feel a lot of this change up has helped to spark new and creative stories rather than tell and thousandth X-Men are hated by humans story or Spidey vs Green Goblin tale.

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My current Read list (stealing this) Updated

1. Volume 1
should be no surprise to any one , my queen gets top billing as always. :P
2. Volume 1
Kicking butt and making fanboys cry. She the best
3. Gods of War
The terminator... nuff said.
4.
wanted a team book that was not from the big two. Best choice I ever made.
5. Berserk
Guts= Badass....enough said.
6. Wayward
While I added JL3k because of Hexed discontinuing this is my Magic replacement for it and loving every minute of it.
7. Justice League 3001
Adding this book to the list since I lost one in Hexed. Can't wait to get my first issue in.
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Posted By Bl00dwerK

@bl00dwerk said:
@uldogi said:

@falconer: Marvel is getting a lot of hate from old fans lately but in reality there's more and more people buying from Marvel. Whereas for DC, it stopped being good after Convergence. Some series are still awesome like Batman or new series like Black Canary but the rest is not so good.

That's probably because they are intent on changing established heroes and killing off popular ones, only to replace them with less-popular characters in order to push them. It's aggrivating. The more popular Cyclops gets the more Marvel does to ruin him. It's like they're dead-set on running off everyone who has supported them over the past three or four decades in order to attract what they see as their new fanbase. I'm still reading X-Men, but I can't help but hope this whole thing blows up in their face...

Maybe, but I think Marvel is also hitting on the fact that you can only tell so many decades of stories without evolving the characters. Cyclops's arc over the past few years from student to resistance leader to the new magneto has made the character interesting again.

Taking a break from their classic catalog to tell new stories isn't a bad thing. Introducing new characters means that we will eventually see a more diverse and interesting range of characters. I have been reading comics for 20+ years and feel a lot of this change up has helped to spark new and creative stories rather than tell and thousandth X-Men are hated by humans story or Spidey vs Green Goblin tale.

I don't have a problem with some of what happened with Cyke, but BMB never finished it! It was built up to be a revolution but nothing of note happened (other than whatever he did against the Inhumans, which happened off-panel). They killed off the most popular mutant (Wolverine) only to replace him with his clone, now Cyclops is dead (we guess), Rogue is still in an Avengers book, and the rest of mutantkind is on the verge of extinction (again). I get that they might want to mix things up, but if it's because they think the characters we had, the classic characters, are stale then that's a problem with their creativity, not a problem with the characters. IMO, anyway... :)

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Posted By MadeinBangladesh

@rac_shade: It was for me. I dropped over 30 comics out of almost 50 comics that I read.

Most of them were DC titles.

~MiB

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Posted By goonage

Batman

Saga

Lazarus

Spider-Gwen

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Posted By cdw101

deadly class star wars and chrononauts I can agree with

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Posted By fastflash12

Before the all new all different fiasco, there were actually a few Marvel titles that I had on my pull. I thought it was stupid to re-number so many series that didn't even make it into double digits like Spider-Gwen and Thor. Secret Wars started out promising but has since lost so much traction, I wonder if people care anymore (I stopped reading at issue 5, also didn't help that they added an issue out of the blue). Star Wars is the only Marvel title I follow monthly right now. While DC doesn't sell as many comics as Marvel, I find them more consistent (at least with their more prominent titles). I have had Batman, Justice League, Nightwing/Grayson, Flash, and Green Lantern on my pull since the New 52 launched almost 5 years ago. Wonder Woman was awesome but has taken a nosedive since Azzarello and Chiang left. I also hate the fact that I enjoy the nonsensical stupidly brilliant Harley Quinn title.

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Posted By nappystr8

HOWARD THE DUCK!

Also loved Descender, Airboy, Midnighter, Deadpool, Tooth & Claw, Secret Wars.

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Posted By mp13

For me:

The best comics of the year: Omega Men, Darkseid War: Green Lantern, Batman, Ms. Marvel (aka the books from Mat's picks)

the most glorified comic of the year: Marvel's Star Wars

the worst comic of the year: Ultimate End

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Posted By josephnicklo

Mine:

  1. Batman - In my eyes, Capullo and Snyder are the best creative team in the business.
  2. Robin: Son of Batman - Very, very underrated book. Gleason is killing it!
  3. Amazing Spider-Man - Didn't think I'd like it but after 5 issues, I'm sold.
  4. Thor - I was late in picking it up but the controversy piqued my interest. Loved it.

    I'm sure that if I had read the Star Wars books and some of the other more popular books out there that my list would be a little different but as someone getting back into comics this year, I played "catch up" and didn't get into the newer stuff until recently.
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Posted By Lantern1210

@captainmarvel4ever: Absolutely. Godhead was really good, and Venditti has been knocking the whole renegade thing out of the park. IMO GL is the most underrated book going.

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Posted By Lantern1210

@xtremeguardian: 100% agree. Im a 20+ year vet of the comic game, and I am thoroughly enjoying most of what Marvel is doing. Only thing I hate is what they're doing with Thor. IMO ANAD has completely reinvigorated the entire Marvel Universe, and made it compelling again.

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Cool :)

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Posted By Hungry_Sharky

No, that old N52 Batgirl run was freaking amazing. It was not "just another Batman book".

And Batgirl these days is just a half assed Spider-Gwen clone.

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Posted By XImpossibruX

I ended up enjoying Ms Marvel and Batgirl much more then I expected.

Although, Batman takes it for me. So much good comics from his series.

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Posted By Omega_kai

I plan on getting more Batman comics.

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