Sunday, December 27, 2015

My Year in Review 2015 - Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels

Well, this marks a new record for me: 52 graphic novels/ comics in a year. One per week. It didn't come without a sacrifice, however. My regular novels and non-fiction reading suffered horribly to the point where I don't know if there's any point of doing a year end recap. Starting a new full job and still working on that masters, my moments for leisure reading have come in unpredictable spurts. Spurts that seemed better served by comics.

Anyway, this years mix is heavy on the superheroes and zombies. And while there were some great ones, my top 2 don't, incidentally, fit into either of those categories. That's neither here nor there. Just an observation. Lest I babble on, here's a recap of all the comics and graphic novels that I read in 2015, ranked from my least to most favourite:

52. Masaharu Takemura- The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology
51. Peter David, Paul Jenkins, Ramon Bachs, Shawn Martinbrough- World War Hulk Front Line
50. Paul Jenkins, Andres Guinaldo- Son of Hulk: Dark Son Rising
49. Geronimo Stilton- Who Stole the Mona Lisa?
48. George R. R. Martin, Daniel Abraham, Tommy Patterson- Game of Thrones Volume 1
47. Greg Rucka- Wonder Woman: Eyes of the Gorgon
46. Josh O'Neill, Andrew Carl, Chris Stevens- Little Nemo's Big New Dreams
46. Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie: Aya of Yop City
45. Jeff Lemire, Mike McKone- Justice League United, Volume 1
44. Yana Toboso- Black Butler, Vol. 1
43. Jim Davis, Dan Walsh- Garfield Minus Garfield
42. Darren Shaw, Takahiro Arai- Cirque du Freak, Volume 1 
41. Susan Hughes, Willow Dawson- No Girls Allowed
40. Various Writers- Guardians of the Galaxy: Best Story Ever  
39. Willow Dawson- Hyena in Petticoats
38. John Byrne, Mike Mignola- Hellboy: Seed of Destruction
37. Todd McFarlane- Spawn: Origin Collections Volume 1
36. Marika McCoola, Emily Carroll- Baba Yaga's Assistant
35. Konami Kanata- Chi's Sweet Home, Volume 1
34. Robert Kirkman, Sean Phillips- Marvel Zombies (#1-5)
33. Adam Glass- Suicide Squad, Volume 1: Kicked in the Teeth
32. Brian Bendis- Jessica Jones: The Pulse
31. David Alexander Robertson, Wei Tien- The Peacemaker, Thanadelthur
30. Michael Green, Mike Johnson, Mahmud Asrar- Supergirl, Volume 1: Last Daughter of Krypton
29. Jason Aaron, Daniel Acuna- Wolverine vs. The X-Men
28. David Alexander Robertson, Scott B. Henderson- Betty
27. Garth Ennis, Lewis Larosa- The Punisher: In The Beginning
26. Geoff Johns, Jim Lee- Justice League United, Origin Volume 1
25. Cullen Bunn, Ramon Rosanas- Night of the Living Deadpool
24. Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez- Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft 
23. Osamu Tazuka- Buddha, Volume 1
22. Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, Jorge Molina- Thor, The Goddess of Thunder
21. Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli-  Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
20. Weird Al- MAD Magazine, Issue #533
19. Adrian Dingle- Nelvana of the Northern Lights
18. Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore- The Walking Dead: Days Gone By
17. Matt Fraction, David Aja, Jarvier Pulido, Alan Davis- Hawkeye My Life as a Weapon 
16. Arthur de Pins- Zombillenium: 1. Gretchen
15. Roz Chast- Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
14. Kurt Busiek, Brent Eric Anderson- Astro City: Family Album
13. Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin- Doctor Strange, The Oath
12. Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman- Animal Man, Volume 1
11. Kelly Sue DeConnick, David Lopez: Captain Marvel: Higher, Faster, Further, More
The Top 10!!!
10. G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona- Ms. Marvel: No Normal
9. Ryan North, Erica Henderson- Squirrel Girl, Volume 1
8. Gene Luen Yang- American Born Chinese
7. Cece Bell- El Deafo
6. Ed Piskor- Hip Hop Family Tree, Book 1
5. Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr- Batgirl of Burnside, Vol. 1
4. Takehiko Inoue-  Vagabond, Vol. 1
3. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Francesco Francavilla- Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale
2. Alison McCreesh- Ramshackle
1. Scott McCloud- The Sculptor

Update: I just discovered that I missed one in my initial count, taking me to 53.  

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