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CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2015: #50 – #26

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CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2015: #50 – #26

Each year, CBR takes a good, long look at the comic book industry’s multitude of offerings and polls our passionate, thoughtful and always-opinionated staff — including editors, reporters, reviewers, columnists and bloggers — for their picks of the top comics of the year. Every publisher putting out new comics material, regardless of genre or format, is fair game; each individual list is then factored in (all thanks to the magic of spreadsheets) to determine the overall Top 100 that will be unveiled on CBR this week.

2015 was another banner year for the Top 100, with more than 40 contributors to the list and more than 200 comics nominated. That’s resulted in a typically diverse field: superhero franchises sharing space with creator-owned works; major publishers alongside indie favorites. Of course, no list can be an exhaustive collection of every noteworthy piece of work in a year, but the end result of the CBR Top 100 is a wide selection of eclectic comics and graphic novels worthy of attention.

On Monday, we started unveiling the list with entries No. 100 to 76, continued on Tuesday with No. 75 to 51 and today we present the next quarter chunk: No. 50 to 26. Here’s the remaining schedule, mark your calendars accordingly (all times Pacific): Thursday, 12/31, 6 a.m.: Top 25-11; Thursday, 12/31, Noon: Top 10; Friday, 1/1, 6 a.m.: Master list.

Start perusing the list below, and feel free to take to Twitter and discuss your thoughts using the hashtag #CBRTop100. Check back on Wednesday for No. 50-26, and feel free to revisit our Top 100 lists from previous years:

CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2015: 100 -> 76 | 75 -> 51 | 50 -> 26 | 25 -> 11 | 10 -> 1


50. Invisible Ink

Written & Illustrated by Bill Griffith

Published by Fantagraphics

“Bill Griffith pieces together the story of his mother’s love affair with Lawrence Lariar (a prolific writer and cartoonist whose work has mostly been forgotten) from his own memories, his mother’s unpublished novel, Lariar’s papers and other bits and bobs. The mystery at the heart of the book is not whether his mother had the affair — she confessed to it at his father’s deathbed — but the why and how of it, and Griffith takes the reader along on his journey of discovery, revealing family secrets, turning up forgotten history and speculating on the impact Lariar had on his own life. Griffith redraws Lariar’s cartoons, imagines what his own comics would be like in Lariar’s style, and brings family photos and his own memories to life on the page. The result is a kind of ‘Serial’ of the heart, but told with the full power of the graphic medium.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Brigid Alverson

“Bill Griffith has been drawing ‘Zippy the Pinhead’ for decades, but in his first graphic novel, he looks at his mother’s life and his parents’ marriage. The result is a sad and moving look at unhappiness in a marriage and a glimpse at the 1950s and 60s, a time that has almost completely vanished, while also making it clear that things were never what they seemed.”

— CBR Staff Writer Alex Dueben


49. Giant Days

Written by John Allison

Art by Lissa Treiman, Max Sarin

Published by BOOM! Studios

“The world of John Allison’s webcomic ‘Scary Go Round’ got a new home at BOOM! via a new-ish version of Allison’s university serial ‘Giant Days.’ This time out, Allison is only writing, and new artists Lissa Treiman and Max Sarin aren’t just trying to replicate Allison’s style. Instead, they bring healthy doses of manic energy to Susan, Esther, and Daisy, putting a fresh spin on a feature that was already very good.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Tom Bondurant

“John Allison’s ‘Giant Days’ is a must-read for the witty dialogue and collegiate shenanigans.”

— CBR Reviewer Jennifer Cheng


48. The Walking Dead

Written by Robert Kirkman

Art by Charlie Adlard

Published by Image Comics

“A great part of this comic’s continued success is its consistency, a quality greatly helped by Charlie Adlard’s solid artwork. Life doesn’t get any easier in this post-zombie world, but writer Robert Kirkman is still keeping the corpses fresh as this title heads towards its 150th issue.”

— CBR Guest Contributor Rob Cave

“Year after year, this book continues to be on everyone’s ‘Best of’ list, and the reason for that is simple — it deserves to be. You would think there are only a limited number of tales that could be told about people trying to survive a zombie apocalypse, but Kirkman and Adlard continue to prove this wrong. The latest storylines this year involved things so unimaginably horrible, I have a hard time imagining them on TV… which is why I thank God these two are still putting out a comic book!”

— CBR Contributing Writer George A. Tramountanas


47. Prez

Written by Mark Russell

Art by Ben Caldwell, Dominike Stanton

Published by DC Comics

“In a year where DC uprooted itself both physically and creatively, ‘Prez’ was among the publisher’s biggest gambles. The original ‘Prez’ (created by Joe Simon and Jerry Grandinetti) may be remembered more as a wacky example of DC in the post-Silver Age 1970s, and to a certain extent as the subject of an affectionate ‘Sandman’ tribute. This time, though, writer Mark Russell and artist Ben Caldwell reimagined the series through the eyes of a teenaged girl voted in as POTUS largely because of her social-media status. Over the course of what I hope aren’t its only six issues, ‘Prez’ ’15 took on the usual suspects, but with a wit, bite and gusto equal to the sharpest political cartooning.  Clever, smart, and very darkly funny, ‘Prez’ deserves a second term.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Tom Bondurant

“As our real-world election season has devolved into terrifying parody, ‘Prez’ pesents a funny and clever look at the unintended consequences of political maneuvering as an online meme is elevated to our nation’s highest office via a Congressional power play gone wrong. But teenage Corndog Girl keeps a cool head as she assembles her cabinet and sets out her agenda. Can’t be worse than Trump.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Shaun Manning


46. Jughead

Written by Chip Zdarsky

Art by Erica Henderson

Published by Archie Comics

“Fans often dread reboots, and for good reason — there’s nothing worse than sacrificing what made something work in the first place in the face of misguided contemporary ‘hipness.’ Zdarsky & Henderson’s ‘Jughead’ is exactly what a reboot should be. The creators give the character — and the larger world of the Riverdale gang — a modern, fresh sensibility (complete with a ‘Game of Thrones’ riff in the first issue), but Jughead is still recognizably Jughead; lovable but lazy, as obsessed with food as ever, and most importantly, genuinely funny for a wide range of ages. The second issue receives special commendation for revisiting ‘Jughead’s Time Police,’ one of the weirdest (of many!) bizarre bits of Archie Comics ephemera.”

— CBR Managing Editor Albert Ching

“Everything good about [Mark] Waid and [Fiona] Staples on ‘Archie’ but weirder and funnier. Loving the new story up front with a classic reprint in the back.”

— Comics Should Be Good Writer Greg Hatcher


45. Hawkeye

Written by Matt Fraction

Art by David Aja

Published by Marvel

“The long-awaited finale to Matt Fraction and David Aja’s run on ‘Hawkeye’ arrived this year and, boy, did it live up to expectations. The battle for Barton’s apartment building reaches its bloody climax with an energy and pacing that’s masterful. Along the way, every character in the book gets their chance to kick Tracksuit Dracula ass, including Pizza Dog. For fans of ‘Hawkeye,’ this two-part series finale was absolute perfection.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Mike Pallotta

“‘Hawkeye’ had its two-part conclusion in 2015, and Matt Fraction & David Aja made it well worth the wait. The plot was fairly simple, as the Tracksuit Draculas lay siege to the building, while Hawkeye, Barney and the rest of the residents do their best to defend their home. It’s the telling that made both this story and the series as a whole sing, though. From a telling portrayal of deafness, to gorgeous vertical panels that bring to life moments like flaming coals falling onto the Tracksuit Draculas, nothing in the story or art is taken for granted. And even when Fraction and Aja bring ‘Hawkeye’ to a truly bleak place, there’s always a gorgeous moment of hope just lurking around the corner. If you’re going to wrap up a series, this is a textbook way in which to do so.”

— CBR Reviewer Greg McElhatton


44. Bloom County

Written & Illustrated by Berkeley Breathed

Self-published via Facebook

“It’s hard to express the joy and insanity that comes from ‘Bloom County’ to those who have never experienced it. Breathed’s return to the comic strip form is not just a nostalgia trip, but a needed dose of insanity at a time when life seems insane. It also manages to remind us that even though everyone talks as though what is happening today is brand new, all this has happened before and it will all happen again.”

— CBR Staff Writer Alex Dueben

“Newspaper comics are in a bad way. The best in the medium (‘Peanuts,’ ‘Calvin and Hobbes’) have been out of commission for decades, and the dailies have been largely irrelevant for years. 2015, though, saw the resurrection of a long-dead strip that was one of the brightest spots on the comics page. ‘Bloom County’ (now a webcomic) sat up in its coffin, dusted off the cobwebs and rigor mortis, and came back to life. And, it didn’t come back in a ‘Pet Sematary’ kind of way. No, Berkeley Breathed’s new version of ‘Bloom County’ is just as good as it ever was.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Joe Streckert


43. Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen

Written & Illustrated by Dylan Horrocks

Published by Fantagraphics

“Dylan Horrocks’ long-awaited sequel to ‘Hicksville’ was published at the start of 2015, but immediately made itself worthy of best-of-the-year lists. ‘Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen’ has a story about fighting writer’s block lurking and a need for inspiration at its core, but it ultimately contains so much more than that. It’s simultaneously a fictional review of comic book history, a series of rollicking adventures through several of comics’ different genres and a rallying cry to follow your passions. There’s even a thread of metafiction where comic creators find themselves face-to-face with their own characters. But if that’s not enough, supporting character Miki with her blast gun, rocket boots and cheerful attitude will sell the book for you. This book is ultimately a joy from start to finish.”

— CBR Reviewer Greg McElhatton

“In Dylan Horrocks’ followup to his first graphic novel, the modern classic ‘Hicksville,’ he tackles fantasy. Not the genre but the very idea of it, how it functions, what it means, the ways that they relate to our ordinary lives, and how they transcend the circumstances they were created in and the ways we use them. An important comic that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.”

— CBR Staff Writer Alex Dueben


42. The Arab of the Future

Written & Illustrated by Riad Sattouf

Published by Metropolitan Books

“Riad Sattouf brings us along for an entertainingly amusing story of how his father’s weak-minded approach to life negatively affected his family. It is shocking the candor that Sattouf manages to share and it is even more impressive the way that he is able to frame it all as an entertaining story.”

— Comics Should Be Good Editor Brian Cronin

“Funny, thoughtful and strange. Sattouf manages to convey a child’s view of the world, and in this case, Sattouf’s world ranges from France to Libya to Syria. It’s a gripping story about family, growing up, and a glimpse at life under Qaddafi and Assad in the 1980s.”

— CBR Staff Writer Alex Dueben


41. Injection

Written by Warren Ellis

Art by Declan Shalvey

Published by Image Comics

“‘Injection’ remains one of stand-out books of the year for me despite how I don’t know exactly what the title means yet in Warren Ellis’ grand design. The sharp dialogue, bizarre supernatural phenomena and Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire’s spectacular artwork are more than enough for now.”

— CBR Reviewer Jennifer Cheng

“The first arc of ‘Injection’ ended in such a way as to cast the previous issues in a new light and that was just the final surprise from this delightful comic. Declan Shavley & Jordie Bellaire seem to get better as an art team every issue — and they were already great. And Warren Ellis delves into familiar territory in a new way, pulling a wide array of elements together to great effect.”

— Comics Should Be Good Writer Chad Nevett


40. Secret Wars

Written by Jonathan Hickman

Art by Esad Ribic

Published by Marvel

“‘Secret Wars’ is a story that brought out the best in both its writer and artist. Jonathan Hickman arranges the plot’s game board with the meticulousness of a dungeon master, and Esad Ribic brings the pieces to life with characters that exhibit verve and charisma. My favorite part of the sprawling crossover is the simple Doctor Doom vs. Reed Richards conflict at its core. These are characters whose brilliance, along with the Black Panther, has long been told to Marvel readers, but Hickman’s story gives them a chance to exhibit it. Doom is a beloved character who deserved to be the centerpiece of a modern story, and a Latverian war wouldn’t have been enough. Only a multiverse-sprawling mega-apocalypse starring every character in (and out) of the Marvel canon could befit the House of Ideas’ greatest despot. I’m no genius, but the team behind ‘Secret Wars’ sure made Marvel look smart for entrusting them with the keys to their kingdom.”

— CBR Assistant Editor Brendan McGuirk

“With Marvel’s ‘Secret Wars,’ Jonathan Hickman & Esad Ribic have taken the art of the crossover event and elevated it to a new level. What could have very easily just been a ‘greatest hits of the Marvel Universe’ ended up being so much more. Seriously, this comic has no right to be as good as it is.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Mike Pallotta


39. Batgirl

Written by Brenden Fletcher & Cameron Stewart

Art by Babs Tarr, Bengal

Published by DC Comics

“Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr breathed new life into ‘Batgirl’ by sending her off to grad school and handing her an all-new supporting cast. By giving her school, friends and bad guys to juggle, Barbara Gordon attains a new level of relatable. Her supporting cast — especially Frankie and Qadir — are excellent additions to the character’s mythology. While this status quo change has been kicking around since 2014, the series continues to deliver high quality content. After all, Batgirl doesn’t need no (Bat)man; she’s got this superhero thing down, even if there are a few bumps in the road along the way.”

— CBR Assistant Editor Meagan Damore

“Not a character I thought I’d ever be interested in, but good lord, is this entertaining.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Allison Shoemaker


38. Constantine: The Hellblazer

Written by James Tynion IV & Ming Doyle

Art by Riley Rossmo, Vanesa R. Del Rey, Ming Doyle, Scott Visions, Scott Kowalchuk, Brian Level

Published by DC Comics

“This comic has been a breath of fresh air for Constantine and Hellblazer fans alike. John is back to his old, smarmy self, and it’s always gratifying to see a bisexual character actually act bisexual, without any ambiguity. He yells at ghosts, exorcizes demons, gets flustered over suave men and hooks up with lady monsters from his past. Ming Doyle & James Tynion IV are the perfect writing team for this comic, and Riley Rossmo’s art brings the supernatural element of this book to life. Funny and crude and over the top spooky fun!”

— CBR Guest Contributor Heather Knight

“Ming Doyle & James Tynion IV know how to hang words on the bones of a story to the best effect. Riley Rossomo has said that John’s one of his dream characters to work with, and I think it really shows.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Tim O’Shea


37. Loki: Agent of Asgard

Written by Al Ewing

Art by Lee Garbett

Published by Marvel

“I am almost embarrassingly in love with this series. Lee Garbett and Al Ewing have created a testament to long continuity and how perfectly years and years of story can pay off if done right. A funny, smirking magpie of a book, ‘Agent of Asgard’ plucks all the best little pieces from its ‘Thor,’ ‘Journey Into Mystery’ and ‘Young Avengers’ predecessors and uses them to tell a moving, confident story with a pitch-perfect ending. Superhero comics rarely get to transition or finish this well, but the creative team of Garbett and Ewing just ‘got’ this character in every way.”

— CBR Reviewer Marykate Jasper

“Unfortunately, Al Ewing and Lee Garbett’s fantastic ‘Loki: Agent of Asgard’ drew to a close this year, but did they ever go out in style — which is exactly what Loki would have wanted. The series ended on a high note, complementing and completing the character’s story arc that began in Kieron Gillen’s ‘Journey into Mystery.’ While juggling metatextual topics like the nature of stories and what constitutes a lie, Ewing and Garbett kept the character and his supporting cast buoyant, mischievous and slick while maintaining their humanity and poignant internal struggles. While it’s sad to see this chapter close, it’s an absolutely gleeful exit for Marvel’s resident God of Stories.”

— CBR Assistant Editor Meagan Damore


36. Sacred Heart

Written & Illustrated by Liz Suburbia

Published by Fantagraphics

“If you ever hung out with hardcore punk rockers as a teen, you know two facts about them: 1) They’re often 110 percent sure that their personal preferences in fashion, music and diet are the only truly right choices for human existence. 2) Despite that righteousness, they’re often hella depressed. That teen angst dynamic gets writ large in Liz Suburbia’s breakout graphic novel — the story of a town mysteriously left to its teen inhabitants. The ensuing tale is both an unflinching look at the ins and outs of America’s most sneering subculture and an inventive and emotional story about being young.”

— CBR Staff Writer Kiel Phegley

“I didn’t follow this one online, so I came to it totally blind when friends and other writers started dropping the name. All I knew was that it was good. Well, holy shit. What a terrific mystery, and one utterly devoid of hand-holding.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Allison Shoemaker


35. Daredevil

Written by Mark Waid

Art by Chris Samnee

Published by Marvel

“As if the Purple Man couldn’t get any creepier, Waid & Samnee had to go and introduce Killgrave’s children in to the Marvel Universe. Along with the mind-controlling kids, Daredevil went up against the Shroud, Ikari and — in a massive moment — a returning Kingpin. Mark Waid capped off his three-year run by somehow topping the highs of his already acclaimed, long-running collaboration with Chris Samnee. In their final issue, they even had Matt Murdock face his greatest enemy — himself. The Waid/Samnee era of ‘Daredevil’ may be over, but this definitive run is one that readers will return to as long as the Man Without Fear exists.”

— CBR Assistant Editor Brett White

“Mark Waid & Chris Samnee’s ‘Daredevil’ wrapped up this past year and the book went out the same way it came in, as a prime example of modern superhero storytelling. Waid & Samnee’s take on The Man Without Fear had an eye on the past while pointing to the future and always had excitement, heart and a swashbuckling sense of adventure. 2015 was a bit melancholy because it saw the end of this incredible run, but the book remains a textbook for the next generation of superhero creators.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Marc Buxton


34. Lazarus

Written by Greg Rucka

Art by Michael Lark, Tyler Boss, Owen Freeman, Eric Trautmann

Published by Image Comics

“Greg Rucka & Michael Lark’s ‘Lazarus’ has always been an epic and intimate sci-fi drama, and this year things got even more colossal and personal as the creators dealt with the war that broke out between the Carlyle family and the Hock family. The action in the war scenes crackle and the scenes of personal drama between Forever Carlyle and her family are just as fascinating, and the artwork continues to be beautiful. I love the way the book handles the snow that seems to be continually falling in the areas that the Carlyle and Hock armies are fighting to control.”

— CBR Staff Writer Dave Richards

“‘Lazarus’ continues to be consistently strong. Its plotting, characters and suspense are the main draws, but it also makes you think about how wealth and work should be divided up in a society as the main character undergoes a moral awakening.”

— CBR Reviewer Jennifer Cheng


33. Stray Bullets: Sunshine & Roses

Written & Illustrated by David Lapham

Published by Image Comics

“David and Maria Lapham’s ‘Stray Bullets’ celebrated its 20th anniversary this year with this new series. The Laphams’ own unique brand of self-contained, yet interconnected tales of crime, desperation and bad life choices continues to make for riveting reading. When it comes to comics, David Lapham is the master of suspense.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Rob Cave

“David Lapham packs everything you can want from a comic into pretty much every issue of “Stray Bullets.” It is invariably the best comic I read on whichever Wednesday it comes out.”

— Comics Should Be Good Writer Chad Nevett


32. Fight Club 2

Written by Chuck Palahniuk

Art by Cameron Stewart

Published by Dark Horse Comics

“Not all writers want to be saddled with the curse of their success. I give Chuck Palahniuk a lot of credit for finding a fresh tack on this ubiquitous story while still delivering enough familiar beats. It’s repulsive and brutal — how perfect. Welcome back to Fight Club.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Jason Strykowski

“Readers, and viewers, of ‘Fight Club’ probably thought there wasn’t much room for a sequel, or even if there was, that it could never deliver a story with the same kind of impact. Palahniuk proves them wrong on both counts, using a different medium to tell the story of his dual personality protagonist that opens up all new storytelling potential; potential that Palahniuk uses effectively to continue and build the character’s evolution. Like the novel and film, readers are made to think and question what they see, and in doing so are rewarded for it; the comic even uses elements from the original story that makes readers rethink what they thought they had already seen, skillfully applying the very same trick that the original novel and film had done so brilliantly. This comic has the distinction of being a sequel that no one thought needed to be told, until they actually read it.”

— CBR Reviewer Jim Johnson


31. The Vision

Written by Tom King

Art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Published by Marvel

“‘The Vision’ s the big surprise of the year for me. It reads like a classic tragedy where the doom is certain, but the journey is poetically reflective and suspenseful.”

— CBR Reviewer Jennifer Cheng

“Usually when Avengers get solo titles, they’re more straightforward superhero fare — except, you know, solo. Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Jordie Bellaire, however, have concocted what feels like Marvel’s first prestige drama in “Vision.” The series, which follows Vision and the family he made for himself as they move to the suburbs, filters the weirdness of the Marvel Universe through a family drama, offering startling relevant takes on modern cultural issues of prejudice and assimilation, while also injecting the story with true horror — both psychological and physical. We’re only two issues in and ‘Vision’ already feels unlike anything that a mainstream publisher has ever released.”

— CBR Assistant Editor Brett White


30. Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl

Written by Kieron Gillen

Art by Jamie McKelvie

Published by Image Comics

“The return of ‘Phonogram’ this year was a reason to celebrate, and the creators didn’t miss a beat. Gillen is telling a story about loss and denial, with his usual wicked wit and humor but also devastating truthfulness. McKelvie’s art is amazing, as it always is, as he seamlessly parodies various video styles from years past and also does his usual stellar work with the characters, and Matt Wilson’s colors are luminous as always. Even after years of working together on various titles, Phonogram might always be Gillen and McKelvie’s masterpiece, and it’s nice that it’s back and as good as ever.”

— Comics Should Be Good Writer Greg Burgas

“The series that brought Gillen & McKelvie to fame makes a very welcome return, and once again the creators find a new angle on the music-as-magic theme. This is a comic that permits — nay, encourages! — a return to teenage obsessions, while never failing to remind you that actually you’re an adult so maybe you shouldn’t, you won’t come off well.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Shaun Manning


29. The Story of My Tits

Written & Illustrated by Jennifer Hayden

Published by Top Shelf Productions

“This one’s personal for me — my community lost a lot of great people, including one dear friend, to cancer this year — but what makes Jennifer Hayden’s story work is exactly that. It’s incredibly personal. It’s about as far from melodrama as one can get when writing about cancer, and the result is all the more staggering.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Allison Shoemaker

“Jennifer Hayden’s wry memoir includes her bout with breast cancer but is not confined by it; rather, it is a wry look back at her whole life, with breasts as sort of an organizing principle. Hayden has a loose style and a conversational tone that works well whether she is laughing at her younger self or showing the most serious moments of illness and death — and her humor often flashes through even in the darkest moments. She is funny and down to earth, and while the story she tells is hers alone, there’s a lot that the rest of us can relate to as well.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Brigid Alverson


28. Southern Bastards

Written by Jason Aaron, Jason Latour

Art by Jason Latour, Chris Brunner

Published by Image Comics

“When it began, ‘Southern Bastards’ felt like an updated version of ‘Walk Tall.’ It was badass from the get-go, but at a certain point the story shifted focus away from the hero and over to the villain. The man at the center of the story was now the man with a stranglehold on the entire Alabama town. Once the creators delved into his backstory, ‘Southern Bastards’ went from a good Southern tale to a heart-breaking classic.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Mike Pallotta

“Aaron and Latour’s tale is a prime example of ‘southern noir.’ On the outset, this seemed like such a simple story — a man reluctantly goes home to the deep south to bury his father and is forced to confront his past. But the book then takes a turn into city government corruption and family legacies, all packaged together with football gift-wrap! Somewhere, Elmore Leonard is smiling.”

— CBR Contributing Writer George A. Tramountanas


27. Midnighter

Written by Steve Orlando

Art by ACO, Alec Morgan, Stephen Mooney

Published by DC Comics

“Nothing prepared me for how much I was going to love this book. I wasn’t very familiar with Steve Orlando or Midnighter… and it didn’t matter. The book is edgy and takes no prisoners, not to mention completely queer friendly and refreshingly unforgiving in that respect. The first arc is appropriately titled ‘Out’, and it’s as much a great vigilante story as it is a slice of life from the eyes of a single gay man. I know a lot of people are still on the Apollo train, and I don’t really blame them, but it is kind of nice to see a queer character for once not immediately getting domestic with someone. We can date around too! As rough as Midnighter is around the edges, the stories are surprisingly touching, the art is appealing, and can we please have more Midnighter/Grayson crossovers in the future? Those seriously made my year.”

— CBR Guest Contributor Heather Knight

“Probably the best matching of character and writer that we saw in comics in 2015. Steve Orlando came from Image with a mission, determined to take Midnighter and drag him straight to the top of DC’s most valuable, interesting and entertaining characters. And he succeeded with such strength and force that it’s hard to remember a time when Midnighter wasn’t a hugely important concept for the company. Orlando leans hard into everything that was indicated about the character in the past but with a sharper sense of insight, cutting through the syndicated nature of superhero comics with aggressive verse. This was blunt-force comics, and some of the most daring and exciting work we’ve ever seen from DC. It’s a thrill, the first comic you want to read each week.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Steve Morris


26. Descender

Written by Jeff Lemire

Art by Dustin Nguyen

Published by Image Comics

“A huge, sprawling space epic, ‘Descender’ has all the big action and explosions that readers want from science fiction, yet the heart of the story is very much grounded by a boy robot that would make his descend-ents R2-D2 and Iron Giant very, very proud. The incomparable Jeff Lemire has delivered another brilliant high concept and the artwork by Dustin Nguyen is divine.”

— CBR Staff Writer Jeffrey Renaud

“As he did with ‘Trillium,’ Jeff Lemire tells an emotional, humanistic sci-fi story with this worlds-spanning tale about a young android boy, his robot dog and the war they find themselves caught in the middle of. Artist Dustin Nguyen uses soft watercolors to give the futuristic world a sense of beauty and timelessness.”

— CBR Contributing Writer Josh Bell

CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2015: 100 -> 76 | 75 -> 51 | 50 -> 26 | 25 -> 11 | 10 -> 1