- Posted by Giaco Furino
- On December 30, 2015
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- A-Force, From Under Mountains, The Paybacks, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Two Brothers
It’s been a great year for comics in general, and it’s been a fantastic for year for new, exciting series and graphic novels. I’m taking a look at my top five of the year—from a chipper young hero to a heartbreaking tale of siblings in strife, these were the five series that took over my life this year. Sorry DC, you just couldn’t get me hooked.
5. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Marvel)
Oh Doreen Green, we love you so! This year saw the release of one of the funniest, most-fun series to hit comic shops in a long time: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Doreen Green is Squirrel Girl, a girl with the proportional speed and strength of a squirrel. A character with powers like that has to be lighthearted, right? Right, and Squirrel Girl’s creative team couldn’t have made a more wonderful, all-ages romp. From outwitting Kraven the Hunter to duking it out with Galactus (yes, for real), Squirrel Girl’s had an eventful year.
4. The Paybacks (Dark Horse)
Do you have any idea how expensive it is to be a Superhero? And where does all that money come from? We can’t all be Bruce Wayne’s. Well, most Superheroes take out loans from a shadowy organization, and when they can’t pay them back they get visited by the Superhero repo men. That’s where The Paybacks come in. This comedic series follows a group of heroes sent to collect payment or repossess loaned goods. Can’t afford to pay off your loans? You may find yourself the newest recruit of The Paybacks. A great, hilarious little series that made me laugh and groan and was full of visual nods for comic heads.
3. A-Force (Marvel)
We’ve needed a comic like A-Force for a long time. This comic takes place during the chaos of the Secret Wars storyline, and features an all-female Avengers team. Taking place in a world where the women are in charge just because they are, the team is lead by She-Hulk and features members like Dazzler, Medusa, and more! Who could say no to a premise like this? It’s amazing! Add to all this rotating cameos from some of the best-loved female heroes in Marvel history, and you’ve got a comic that won’t stop delivering.
2. From Under Mountains (Image)
The award for the most beautiful comic of the year goes to From Under Mountains, which exudes a painterly quality so rare in comics. This series follows a group of characters in a fantasy world as they journey, struggle, yearn for freedom, and fight to survive. The art style, which feels like a mesh and mingling of Eastern and Western design, really makes this comic stand out. And the creative team behind it have consistently put out amazing work all year.
1. Two Brothers (Dark Horse)
This isn’t just my #1 of the year. It may be my #1 of the past five years, and unless something seriously special comes along in the next five years, this may be my #1 of the 2010s. Seriously. Created by real-life brothers Fabio Moon and Gabriel Bá, Two Brothers is based off a 2002 novel by Milton Hatoum. The story follows twin brothers Omar and Yaqub as they grow up in Brazil in the middle of the century. After a shocking clash, Yaqub is sent to study in Yemen for a few years. Upon his return, we see how different the two brothers are, and follow them and their family through the decades. Written and illustrated by Bá and Moon, twin brothers themselves, this comic feels entirely personal. What a joyful discovery this was for me, what a painstakingly beautiful work of art this book is. I’m speechless, you have to seek this out. There are no capes, no superpowers, no magic or swords, but this comic is so full of life you’ll wonder if you ever want to go back to fantastical comics again.
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