Spanning decades, publishers, genres, and themes, it’s impossible to discount Darwyn Cooke’s impact on the artistry and narrative of the medium. Cooke’s style — a simplified yet powerful homage to the artistry of the Golden Age — has been a refreshing cornerstone of DC and popular comics since the 1990’s.
Just reading The Goon felt fun and fresh and original, and it was never too hard to imagine that that was how Eric Powell must have felt when he was creating it. In return, Powell got a lifetime reader in me. And that lifetime reader woke up to some pretty awesome news this morning: Powell is pushing his independent comic publisher Albatross Funnybooks into top gear.
As Comic book fans, we believe our role in the comics industry to be obvious and undeniable. We are clearly and unarguably the very life force that allows our favorite heroes to thrive. It is through our generously provided love and slavish devotion that these characters have been allowed to endure.
Ben Templesmith has been no stranger to horror — the creator-owned veteran has become one of this generation’s best defined horror authors through books like Welcome to Hoxford, 30 Days of Night, and The Squidder. After a brief hiatus from the comics scene, Templesmith is now running full-speed, churning out quality books behind the banner of 44FLOOD. Templesmith spent some time with us to fill us in on where he’s been, what he’s doing, and how the internet is changing the face of comics.
More creators, creating more content outside the major publishers leads to more diversity in the marketplace, which means there is a little more of something for every taste.
I made a vow, in that childhood-induced lunacy of acrimony, to read every comic book ever created. Twenty-three years later, that’s been my only New Year’s resolution. I visit local comic shops twice a week and have to swim through a stack of issues to get to my armchair. I’m a long way off from reading every comic ever, but I feel like I’m making some good headway. Every comic book I’ve ever read has been out of spite.
With so many great stories beginning and continuing into and throughout 2015, it may be tough trying to narrow down the best comics of the year. To compile this list out of hundreds of comics, I used the simple condition that each series or arc had to begin in the year 2015. Below is a list of the five best comics the year had to offer, from a variety of creators, publishers, and genres.