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These Are The Best Graphic Novels & Comics From 2015


It’s been a great year for comics, quite rejuvenating. We had tons of amazing stories, While the Big Bulls Marvel and DC delivered their game-changing story revamps, the other publishers such as Image, Valiant, Dark Horse, and BOOM! left their marks by putting out original and prominent stories. There’s been some of the most compelling, challenging material in the industry we’ve seen in years. So narrowing it down to a select few, here are some of the best comic books and graphic novels of 2015, let them fire your imagination.

The Multiversity

The Multiversity

Publisher: DC Comics

Writer: Grant Morrison

Artists: Ivan Reis, Frank Quitely, Cameron Stewart, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Ben Oliver & Doug Mahnke

Ah! Grant Morrison never fails to amuse us. This time with a bigger story and heck lot of amazing characters. The deeper distinct storyline is just hard to define and the essence of connection between all of the individual issues makes it beautiful. One can say it’s a comic about comic book heroes but not in a simpler multiverse sense. It isn’t the best Grant Morrison has put out but Multiversity is infinitely better than anything else in superhero comics today and definitely deserves your attention.

Sex Criminals

Sex Criminals

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Matt Fraction

Artist: Chip Zdarsky

What if, when you had an orgasm you discover that you could stop time. Okay that may sound little weird but it may not be that weird when you read something like this in Sex Criminals, infact you will lust for it. Suzie, a librarian, and Jon, an actor, meet at a party and, after sleeping together, they discover that they share the ability to freeze time when they orgasm. It is interestingly different and that coupled with it’s solid artwork and humorous storyline is just a win.

Killing And Dying

Killing & Dying

Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly

Writer: Adrian Tomine

Killing And Dying is a collection of six beautiful short stories. If anything then Adrian Tomine showcases what Graphic Novel as a genre is possible of. I won’t go on describing every story here but I will say that they focus mostly on the hardships in life. The only complaint you will have after finishing the series that the series was quite short.

Descender

descenders

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Jeff Lemire

Artist: Dustin Nguyen

I like how Image pushes such distinct stories over it’s catalog. It’s a tale of One young robot’s struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed.I liked how the story immerses you in itself. The art here is just something else, immersive environment with lightly illustrated characters. A brilliant and promising read.

Just So Happens

Just So Happens

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

Author: Fumio Obata

How will it feel to be alienated by your very own country? It’s a story of a girl who for all her life lived in London and suddenly due to some situations moves back to her native country Japan. This story beautifully showcases the distinction between East and West. The visual metaphors and dreamlike qualities mixed in were wonderful. It is a simple story with a deeper meaning.

The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition

The Sandman

Publisher: Vertigo Comics

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Artist: J.H. Williams, III

With Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman returned to the world of the Sandman for the first time since Endless Nights. Here the inevitability of death and the inexorable nature of fate hang over every action, no matter how small. Where some past Sandman stories were lightened by humor and humanity, here the characters are all god, concepts, stars gone mad. Even if you haven’t read Sandman before you’ll are gonna love this.

Star Wars: Darth Vader

Star Wars: Darth Vader

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Writer: Kieron Gillen

Artist: Salvador Larocca

Darth Vader is one of the most iconic villains in all of pop culture, to say nothing of the Star Wars franchise itself. Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A New Hope into his own solo adventures — showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! But when a Dark Lord needs help, who can he turn to? This is something Marvel should’ve done a long time ago. It is quite a solid read.

Nimona

nimona

Publisher: Harpercollins

Author: Noelle Stevenson

The tale follows Nimona as she offers her service to the local evil genius and fan of science, Lord Ballister Blackheart, as he clashes with his arch-rival Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin. The humor of the book is a big draw, so is the art. Stevenson’s art is a bit disproportionate and she doesn’t do too much detailed background work, but for the theme of the book, it works perfectly. As for the story, even though being short it perfectly balances between humor and darkness with just the right amount of feels.

Divinity

Divinity #3 Cover

Publisher: Valiant Comics

Writer: Matt Kindt

Artist: Trevor Hairsine

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent a man farther into the cosmos than anyone has gone before, but something strange happened to him in space. For the entire world he didn’t even exist but fastforward to now he suddenly returned in Australian outbacks. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity – one who turned the scorched desert into a lush oasis. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. Of Course the world leaders have problems with such a being in existence. A unique sci-fi odyssey, pondering upon the reason of existence.

Girl In Dior

Girl In Dior

Publisher: NBM Publishing

Author: Annie Goetzinger

This is rather an odd graphic novel, A French Graphic novel set in the rarefied fashion world of Christian Dior? Seriously? It tells the true story of fashion designer Christian Dior’s rise to fame when he introduced his so-called “New Look” to an unsuspecting but welcoming public in 1947. To be honest, knowing what this comic was about I was a bit skeptical because I didn’t think it would be any good. The illustrations are just beautiful. Although the representation of the story isn’t as great as one would expect but it is quite good.

Bitch Planet

bitch planet cover

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick

Artist: Valentine De Landro

In the near future, troublesome women are marked “noncompliant” and trucked off to a space age Auxiliary Compliance Outpost – aka Bitch Planet – which is also the name of this comic series. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one. The title is off-putting, and the shelves that have been created for this one were, um, interesting. I mean, “Feminism” isn’t a description you normally see for a graphic novel. But after reading this one, it is totally appropriate and completely perfect.

Ivar, Timewalker

Ivar

Publisher: Valiant Comics

Writer: Fred Van Lente

Artists: Clayton Henry & Robert Gill

If you love Doctor Who then you surely will love this. Ivar, the man called Timewalker, has been through ancient battlefields, political assassinations, the beginning of time, the invention of time travel, the great wars, and the distant future. It’s an appropriately fun and briskly paced romp through the ages as Ivar comes to the present day to save the life of Neela Sethi, the young scientist who — ironically — invented time travel.

The Wicked + The Divine

The Wicked + The Divine

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Kieron Gillen

Artist: Jamie McKelvie

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The story focuses on a group of twelve people with superhuman powers known as “The Pantheon”. Each member of The Pantheon was at one point a normal person before being chosen to merge with the spirit of a deity. The story being a bit lacking was quite good and could’ve been great if they just had put some more efforts. Art on the flipside was astonishing. In all a decent package.

Midnighter

Midnighter

Publisher: DC Comics

Writer: Steve Orlando

Artists: Aco & Fajardo, Jr.

Some might say Midnighter is best new thing DC has come up with, seriously it is that good. For starters, The Midnighter is a fighter — not your regular conventional Superhero, some might also say Batman. Plus he is DC’s first Gay hero. It’s been a long road getting to a place where we can see a man’s sexuality and kick-ass ability intermingle on the page so vividly when the object of his affection is other men. But it’s arrived and the result is great.

March comes in like a lion

March comes in like a lion

Publisher: Hakusensha

Author: Chica Umino

Life isn’t always the way we want it to be, it can have it’s ups and downs. From the writer of Honey and Clover this is an another amazing tale based upon human relations. The protagonist is Rei, a 17-year-old shogi player. He lives by himself, not having a family, and does not go to school and has scarcely any friends. The protagonist’s mood enlightens through his new heartwarming and welcoming neighbours. Quite a joyful read to be honest. I like how this series showcases some dark concepts with heartwarming stories and focus rather on the joyous elements than darker ones.


So what are your favorite Comics or Graphic Novels from 2015? Do comment below.


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