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Some comics worthy of consideration for 2015

March 26th, 2016 (12:47 am)
current mood: comcial
current song: Lektro Spektral Daze, "Infinite Number of Steps"

I am hurrying to get my Hugo nominations in (deadline is March 31!) and made up this list of the f/sf comics stories that came out/wrapped up in 2015:

Bitch Planet Book One (issues 1-5), Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro
Bizzaro (issues 1-6), Heath Corson, Gustavo Duarte, et al
Book of Death: Fall of Harbinger, Joshua Dysart, Kano, et al.
Colder: The Bad Seed, Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra
Conan the Avenger: Blood Oasis (Conan the Avenger issues 16-19), Fred van Lente, Brian Ching, et al
Crossed Plus 100 vol. 1 (issues 1-6), Alan Moore, Gabriel Andrade, et al.
Empowered vol. 9, Adam Warren
Heart in a Box, Kel Thompson and Meredith McClaren
Here, Richard McGuire
Kaijumax Season One (issues 1-6), Zander Cannon
Knights of the Dinner Table: The Pwn Brian Express (through issue 222), Jolly Blackburn et al
Ms Marvel: Final Days, G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
Mind MGMT (complete series), Matt Kindt
Prez: Corndog-in-Chief, Mark Russell, Ben Caldwell, and Mark Morales
Private Eye, Bryan K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin
Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman and J. H. Williams III
Satellite Sam, Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin
Sculptor, Scott McCloud
Secret Wars: Siege, Kieron Gillen, Filipe Andrade, et al.
Silver Surfer: Last Days (issues 11-15), Dan Slott and Mike Allred
Southern Cross, Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger
The Life After vol. 2, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel You Know It's True, Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Unwritten: Apocalypse, Mike Carey and Peter Gross
Wayward: Ties that Bind (issues 6-10), Jim Zub and Steven Cummings
Wicked and the Divine: Commercial Suicide (issues 12-17), Kieron Gillen, Jaime McKelvie, and many artists

I'm disappointed in myself that so few of the comics here are written by women (just 4 out of 26). I did read a lot of other comics written by women that didn't quite make this list, but I honestly would have expected better than 15% in my long list.


Posted by: Steven desJardins (stevendj)
Posted at: March 26th, 2016 05:13 am (UTC)

Some overlap between your picks and mine: Sandman: Overture, The Wicked + The Divine vol. 2: Fandemonium (which I preferred a bit to the subsequent volume), Widdershins: Green-Eyed Lady, The Sculptor, and Astro City: Lovers Quarrel.

Posted by: Kevin J. Maroney (womzilla)
Posted at: March 26th, 2016 05:20 am (UTC)

Though I have several volumes of Widdershins in electronic format (thanks, Kickstarter!), I still haven't read them. I wasn't crazy about "Lover's Quarrel"--I thought this was a good year for Astro City, but not a great one. (Now that I think of it, the issue told in random chronological order was pretty darn good.)

Posted by: Steven desJardins (stevendj)
Posted at: March 26th, 2016 02:14 pm (UTC)

Widdershins is really, really good. The sixth arc, which fills in a lot of the backstory, just wrapped up, so it's a good time to catch up.

I was disappointed with the end of Lovers Quarrel (no apostrophe), and I certainly wouldn't say it's one of the best arcs ever, but for at least the first three issues I thought it was well above average, a nice character study of aging and how one particular "odd couple" relationship endures. Plus I have a soft spot for Crackerjack, and it was nice to have an arc which spotlighted him a bit.

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