Top 10 Ongoing Comics I Read in 2015 by Jake

A list of comics that Jake looked forward to month in and month out in 2015. Requirements: purchased monthly, as opposed to collected format, and had to come out in 2015 obv.  Also, we’re looking at the impact these had on him over the course of the year.






Honorable Mention: Silk

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Marvel Comics
Writer: Robbie Thompson
Main Artist(s): Stacey Lee, Tana Ford
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
When this book is on, it’s damn good, good enough to make up for when its not.  Sure, sometimes the dialogue and narration can be a bit too try hard and sometimes the art suffers, but Cindy Moon’s story, one of overcoming isolation and living with it, tugs at the readers heartstrings and demands empathy.  While it may have tapered off a bit from its incredible strong start, Silk continues to be one of the most anticipated titles on the Pull List.   
 


#10: Rat Queens

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Image Comics
Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artists: Stjepan Sejic, Tess Fowler
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillian
Letterer: Ed Brisson
The first return of the previous year’s Top Ongoings, 2015 saw Rat Queens bring two new artists on board and two different story arcs.  As is the the trend with so many books, gone are the halcyon days of the opening salvo as the book gets a bit more mean to its protagonists.  Friendships are tested and bonds are broken but it still makes for one hell of a story.  Also, despite the more dour plot, the laughs are still golden and one of the books selling points.  




#9: The Vision

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Marvel Comics
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
So, The Vision only had two issue in 2015, but what a two issues they were.  The Vision has created the perfect synthezoid family and moved into the suburbs.  But all is not idyllic as it seems.  With an eerie tone and haunting visuals, The Vision is a book unlike any other at Marvel and one that commands every aspect of the story.  If things continue as they are, I can guarantee you’ll see The Vision much higher on next year’s list.  




#8: Magneto

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Marvel Comics
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Paul Davidson, Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Colorist: Paul Mounts, Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
2015 saw the closing issues of last year’s silver medal, Magneto, and what a closing story it was.  Most of the entries dealt with Magneto preparing and trying to save the world from the Final Incursion.  If you’ve been paying attention at all, you know how well that went.  Still, it’s an incredible story about a tortured and flawed man trying to do something terrible for his people.  In a sense, its a quintessential Magneto story, making it more that appropriate for his last story.  




#7: Loki: Agent of Asgard

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Marvel Comics
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Lee Garbett
Color Artist: Antonio Fabela
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
From one ending to another (thanks Secret Wars), 2015 also saw the close of Loki: Agent of Asgard.  A perennial favorite, Loki: AA finally saw the confrontation between Old Loki and New Loki, as well as New Loki and Thor over the end of Kid Loki (comics!).  It’s poignant, emotional storytelling and also includes a bitchin’ version of Ragnarok in some of its closing issue (hence why it edged out Magneto).  With consistent art and lovely storytelling, Loki: Agent of Asgard, like its titular character, rose above anything it could be to become something greater.  




#6: Spider-Woman

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Marvel Comics
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Main Artists: Greg Land, Javier Rodriguez
Inkers: Jay Leisten, Alvaro Lopez
Color Artist: Frank D’Armata
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Speaking of books that are significantly better than they should be, here comes Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman.  While the Spider-Verse (wow, seems like so long ago) tie-ins with Greg Land are serviceable, when Rodriguez steps onto the title, the series feels like it’s gotten a shot in the arm.  Thanks to a swanky new costume and a new direction, Spider-Woman’s misadventures are some of the most enjoyable in comics.  Hell, not even a seemingly terrible idea of a “sudden” pregnancy can derail the sheer enjoyment that drives this title.  




#5: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin/
1602 Witch Hunter/Queen of Hel

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Marvel Comics
Writers: Marguerite Bennett, Kieron Gillen
Main Artists: Phil Jimenez, Stephanie Hans, Kim Jacinto
Main Inker: Le Beau Underwood
Colorist: Romulo Fajardo, Israel Silva
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Alright, I know these are technically three different series but allow me to bring your attention to four things: 1) The creative team is mostly consistent across all three books; 2) The story follows a similar thread across all three; 3) This is my List; 4) Fuck you, don't ever question me again.  Anyway, Angela tracks Marvel’s newest Asgardian leading lady across several stories, as she solves the problems before her, mostly with stabbing.  The art is gorgeous and the story is wonderful.  If you put a gun to my head and told me to pick just one, it’d probably be 1602 Witch Hunter, but really all of the books, seemingly disjointed though they are, are excellent.  




#4: The Wicked + The Divine

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Image Comics
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Main Artist: Jamie McKelvie
Main Colorist: Matt Wilson
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Ahhhhhhhhaaaaa, tragic. Who could have known that a series about super-powered young celebrities who only have two years to live was going to be so heart wrenching.  Oh wait, all of us.  We all should have known.  Volume 2 deals with series protagonist Laura investigating the major incident of last Volume, while Volume 3 entails single issue snapshots of individual gods all drawn by different artists.  Both arcs accomplish the work they set out to do much to the shrieking (both connotations) of the audience.  Improving its spot from last year, albeit by one, WicDiv continues to look strong going forward.  




#3: The Woods

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Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Colorist: Josan Gonzalez
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
The Woods’s 2015 saw the end of Year One and, after a timeskip, its cast in very different places in Year Three.  While the timeskip was a bit jarring at first, it ultimately made for a better story as the following events were served for the better.  With fantastically written characters, a compelling plot, and wonderful art, The Woods has markedly improved from last year’s list by sticking to its guns and excelling at every aspect.  




#2: Ms. Marvel

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Marvel Comics
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Main Artists: Adrian Alphona, Takeshi Miyazawa
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
It’s Ms. Marvel.  Same as last year.  Need I say anymore?




#1: Secret Wars

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Marvel Comics
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Esad Ribic
Colorist: Ive Svorcina
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos

Fuck, this it.  This is me selling out.  The fucking event book as best book of the year?! ‘Scuse me while I toss myself out the nearest window.  Never mind that the Hickman’s story was so excellently and tightly woven, effortlessly creating a brand-new patchwork world in short, efficient, and enjoyable order.  Never mind that all the characters involved got incredible, deserved moments that served both the title and the characters themselves.  Never mind that Ribic and Svorcina’s art, barring a few ridiculous faces, crafted some of the most awe-inspiring and gorgeous art any book, event or otherwise, has seen.  Never mind all that.  I’m embarrassed at how amazing this book was, and how goddamn much I enjoyed it.  

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