CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2014 – The Master List

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Hey, look at that — it’s 2015! But before you get too ambitious in tackling all those resolutions — or maybe you’re still recovering from last night’s fun — let’s take one more look back at the comic book year that was, with the master list of CBR’s entire, epic-length Top 100 Comics of 2014 — here’s the complete ranking, plus links to our staff’s commentary on each individual comic that made the list.

2014 was another eventful and newsworthy year for comics, and while it can be easy to get lost in all of the talk about the industry at large or other media adaptations of our favorite stories, CBR’s annual Top 100 Comics list is a celebration of the most important part of that whole ecosystem: the comic books themselves. And there was plenty to get excited about — beyond the Top 100 that has unfolded on the site over the past week, more than 200 comics in total received votes, and even that is hardly a comprehensive list of the quality work that was done in the medium this past year, though we do think the Top 100 is a worthy cross-section of the very best.

Looking at the list as a whole, Image Comics continued its hot streak with the most spots on the list of any publisher: 27, meaning that more than one-quarter of the entries on CBR’s Top 100 were from the creator-owned powerhouse. (28 if you count “Kinski,” which was originally published digitally by MonkeyBrain Comics, and later in print by Image). Marvel was a close second with 22, not counting two from the creator-owned Icon line. DC Comics proper followed with seven, along with five more from its Vertigo imprint. Indie comics stalwarts Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly and First Second each had four books make the list, and Archie Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Oni Press notched three each. BOOM! Studios, IDW Publishing and Pantheon rounded out the publishers with multiple books on the list, with two each.

If you’re wondering how the list is made, every contributor from across CBR’s network of sites who elects to participate submits a personal list of favorite comics in 2014 — any genre, publisher or format is fair game, provided it’s new material released in 2014 — which are then ranked evenly, and through the power of mathematics (I love spreadsheets now), CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2014 is born. It’s pretty cool to see comics like “Silver Surfer,” “Stray Bullets: Killers,” “This One Summer” and “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” rubbing elbows together on the Top 100, which is a reflection of the diverse interests of the CBR staff and the site as a whole. And yes, our contributors are definitely very excited about “Ms. Marvel” and “Saga.”

After shadowing former Keeper of the Top 100 Kiel Phegley last year, this was the first time I took on year-end duties solo style — and following his repeated warnings that this would be a lot of work over the holidays, I can confirm that this was indeed a lot of work over the holidays. It was also a joy and a privilege to get to experience this staff’s passion and thoughtfulness in such a concentrated form. This year, we had the most contributors ever to a CBR Top 100, and each one of those fine folks get a shoutout below, right under the list.

Alright, let’s not delay this any further — here’s the full list of CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2014, and here’s to even more great comic books in 2015. Happy New Year!

  1. Ms. Marvel
  2. Saga
  3. The Multiversity
  4. Moon Knight
  5. Sex Criminals
  6. Lumberjanes
  7. Lazarus
  8. Afterlife with Archie
  9. The Wicked + The Divine
  10. She-Hulk
  11. Hawkeye
  12. Seconds
  13. Batman
  14. Daredevil
  15. Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
  16. This One Summer
  17. Southern Bastards
  18. The Walking Dead
  19. Chew
  20. The Wrenchies
  21. Stray Bullets: Killers
  22. Astro City
  23. Silver Surfer
  24. Wytches
  25. Amazing Spider-Man / Superior Spider-Man
  26. The Fade Out
  27. Superior Foes of Spider-Man
  28. Edge of Spider-Verse #2
  29. How to be Happy
  30. Thor: God of Thunder/Thor
  31. Flash Gordon
  32. Here
  33. The Transformers vs. G.I. Joe
  34. Batgirl
  35. Ant Colony
  36. Velvet
  37. Revival
  38. New Avengers
  39. The Wake
  40. Gotham Academy
  41. Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir
  42. Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man
  43. Zero
  44. Mind MGMT
  45. Black Widow
  46. The Mercenary Sea
  47. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  48. Over Easy
  49. Bitch Planet
  50. Through the Woods
  51. East of West
  52. Rocket Raccoon
  53. Trillium
  54. Starlight
  55. Andre the Giant: Life and Legend
  56. The Shadow Hero
  57. The Life After
  58. Alex + Ada
  59. The Auteur
  60. Death of Wolverine
  61. Aquaman
  62. The Manhattan Projects
  63. Loki: Agent of Asgard
  64. Thanos: The Infinity Revelation
  65. The Late Child and Other Animals
  66. Magneto
  67. The Fuse
  68. Strong Female Protagonist
  69. Deadly Class
  70. Beautiful Darkness
  71. Kinski
  72. Cosplayers
  73. The Midas Flesh
  74. All-New Ghost Rider
  75. Ragnarok
  76. Life with Archie
  77. Nailbiter
  78. Doctors
  79. 2000 AD
  80. The United States of Murder Inc.
  81. Adventures of Superman
  82. Sugar Skull
  83. Shutter
  84. Black Science
  85. Hellboy in Hell
  86. Supreme: Blue Rose
  87. Moose Kid Comics
  88. Kick-Ass 3
  89. Fables
  90. X-Men Legacy
  91. Wonder Woman
  92. Usagi Yojimbo: Senso
  93. Storm
  94. Fantastic Four
  95. Stumptown
  96. The Hospital Suite
  97. Trees
  98. The Sandman: Overture
  99. The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw
  100. Everstar

Thanks to the following for contributing to CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2014: CBR News reporters and commentators (in alphabetical order) Erik Amaya, Chris Brennaman, Tamara Brooks, Ryan Burton, Marc Buxton, Josie Campbell, Cardner Clark, TJ Diestch, Alex Dueben, Casey Gilly, Scott Huver, Ben Kaye, Karl Keily, Michael C Lorah, Shaun Manning, Steve Morris, Blake Northcott, Phil Pirrello, Kiel Phegley, Amy Ratcliffe, Jeffrey Renaud, Dave Richards, Paul Semel, Joe Streckert and George Tramountanas; CBR reviewers Jennifer Cheng, Meagan Damore, Marykate Jasper, Jim Johnson, Matt Little, Greg McElhatton and Doug Zawisza; CBR columnists Joseph Phillip Illidge, Ron Marz and John Mayo; Robot 6 bloggers Brigid Alverson, Tom Bondurant, Carla Hoffman, Tim O’Shea and JK Parkin; the Comics Should Be Good team headed up by Brian Cronin and including Matt Derman, Sonia Harris, Chad Nevett and Kelly Thompson; plus the bulk of CBR’s day-to-day editorial staff, including Editorial Assistant Pat O’Malley, Weekend Editor Ryan Ingram, Assistant Editor/In Your Face Jam columnist Brett White, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor Steve Sunu, Senior Editor Stephen Gerding and Executive Producer Jonah Weiland. (Oh, and myself.)