Movies & TV / Columns

The Best Comic Books of 2015

December 30, 2015 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Savage Dragon

I’m Steve Gustafson and thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to check out 411mania’s Comic Book Review Roundtable, every Thursday! Read up on the best reviews and let us know what you’re reading as well. Click to read the latest Comic Book Review Roundtable!Robin: Son of Batman #7, Squadron Supreme #1, and more!

Now, on with the show!

 photo Christmas-1_zpsegoebycy.gif

Last week we discussed The Best Comic Book Christmas Stories! Here’s what you all had to say:

Gil: “I came here to plug the Hulk vs Santa Rhino story and was pleasantly surprised it made your list!”

Justin L P Lowans: “It isn’t Christmas without a reading of the Ultimate Warrior’s Christmas Special comic book (with Joe Quesada cover art), which includes phrases like: “Hey Mom, is this thing hanging between my legs good for anything other than just peeing?” and, “Nobody f*@#s with a Santa Savior.”
Pure Genius.”

As always, thank you for your comments and keep them coming!

This week we tackle…

 photo Star-Wars_zpsjsusex9j.jpg

Our Favorite Comic Books of 2015!

Yes, it’s one of those “year end” columns where we talk about some of our favorite comic books that came out in 2015. Before I jump in, I want to give a nod to the 4 comic book stores I frequent in Maryland and Virginia. Comics & Gaming Fairfax ( is great. Customer service is top notch and you’ll never feel more welcome. Big Planet Comics ( gets a great bunch of people frequenting the store in Vienna and their back issue section is nicely stocked. Alliance Comics ( in Silver Spring, MD has that cool feel to it. 2 floors and the staff is always there to help. Comics To Astonish ( is another one that is solid across the board. Make sure to show your comic book stores some love. They fight the good fight and are on the frontlines.

Perhaps my favorite (and oddest) comic book store to visit is called Exotic Planterium and Card & Comic Collectorama. Yes, they sell exotic plants and…comic books. It may be the most unique store I’ve been to. I think their last comic order was the mid-90s but they have some gems inside! Personally, I enjoy the unorganized nature of the store and have found comics I never knew existed. Definitely look this place up next time you come to Northern Virginia. Be warned. He writes the prices of the comic ON THE INSIDE OF THE COMIC, so leave your collector mentality at the door!

2015 was another great year for comic books. No matter where sales are, we always seem to get a great selection. The Big Two, Marvel and DC, are hit or miss but the independent market is as strong as ever. As I’ve grown with the industry, I admit that I mostly purchase graphic novels and collected storylines. I still pick up single issues every week, to get a taste of what’s coming out. Once I’m done, I usually hand it off to a friend’s kid, as long as it’s appropriate. I still find myself getting older stuff a lot. That’s what I like so much about comic books. You can always enjoy great artwork and writing. Not only that, you can enjoy a crappy book that you once thought was awesome because of the memories and feelings it stirs up.

I got to thinking about this subject after the great Jeremy Thomas asked it as the Bonus Question in the latest 411mania Comic Book Fact or Fiction. In case you missed my answer:

“I was torn between two obvious choices like The Wicked + The Divine or Saga and then leaned to a more fun selection like The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl as my selection. I thought it over and decided to go with Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman Overture thanks to it’s balanced dose of nostalgia, closure, and narrative. The story come alive thanks to art by J.H. Williams III and can be enjoyed by both longtime readers of Sandman and those who heard about the book but have never journeyed through its pages. It featured cameo appearances by fan-favorite characters such as The Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and Sandman’s siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny. I love to go back and flip through this book and let the words and art come alive. It’s a beautiful trip and stands out in a year where we saw plenty of great comic book titles.”

I also want to give Savage Dragon some more love. It’s the most solid title out there for me and encompasses what I love so much about reading comics.

I turn it over to you all. What were some of your favorite comic books in 2015? And don’t be afraid to name something from the Big 2. Even if it has something to do with their mega-events that changed everything!

 photo Harley_zpskqdrbpp7.jpg

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week! Have a safe and Happy New Year!