For me, 2015 was a year in which I’ve increasingly bought more independent comics – mostly from Image – than from the big two. At the end of the year I was buying only two or three titles regularly from Marvel) and many of my DC purchases (Batman, Wonder Woman and Flash) are holding in hope they’ll get better.
Three things struck me as I compiled this Top 20: the majority of titles I’m enjoying are from Image, none of them are traditional superhero books [in fact my capes n’ cowls-fix increasingly derives from the early years Marvel comics I’m reading] and my current comics favourites seemed to be created by British writers (Morrison, Gillen and Millar particularly).
This year’s best comic was undoubtedly the epic Multiversity by Grant Morrison – and it’s really for the Americana issue drawn by Frank Quietly more than anything. Kieron Gillen’s Uber is a compelling alternative World War Two saga that is definitely flying below the radar and deserves more attention.
A few titles have only just started but I’m already enjoying them a great deal: Paper Girls, Black Magic and Huck.
Here they are:
1. Multiversity (Grant Morrison, DC)
2. Uber (Kieron Gillen & Caanan White, Avatar)
3. Vader (Kieron Gillen & Salvador Larroca, Marvel)
4. Star Wars (Jason Aaron, John Cassiday & Stuart Immonen, Marvel)
5. Jupiter’s Circle (Mark Millar & Wilfredo Torres, Image)
6. Nameless (Grant Morrison & Chris Turnham, Image)
7. Injection (Warren Ellis & Declan Shalvey, Image)
8. Chrononauts (Mark Millar & Sean Murphy, Image)
9. Paper Girls (BKV & Cliff Chiang, Image)
10. Nemo – River of Ghosts (Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill, Top Shelf)
11. Airboy (James Robinson & Greg Hinkle, Image)
12. Black Magick (Greg Rucka & Nicola Scott, Image)
13. The Twilight Children (Gilbert Hernandez & Darwyn Cooke, DC)
14. They’re Not Like Us (Eric Stephenson & Simon Gane, Image)
15. We Can Never Go Home (Matthew Rosenberg, Patrick Kindlon & Josh Hood, Black Mask)
16. Saga (BKV & Fiona Staples, Image)
17. Huck (Mark Millar & Rafael Albuquerque, Image)
18. Phonogram – The Immaterial Girl (Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, Image)
19. The Wicked and The Divine (Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, Image)
20. Sandman: Overture (Neil Gaiman & JH Williams III, DC)