2015 brought about the end of the Ultimate Universe in Marvel’s “Secret Wars” and the Batman mantle was given to someone new at DC Comics. As the year continued with ongoing series coming to an end, the comic book medium managed to pull out something new and fresh, especially with an untold “Sandman” tale from Vertigo Comics. What this critic specifically noticed throughout 2015, creators married horror and sci-fi to come up with an exceptional story that basked in terrifying imagery.
Here are Jorge Solis’ favorite horror comics from 2015:
10. Descender (Image Comics)
If “Volume 1: Tin Stars” doesn’t make you obsessed with sci-fi, I don’t know what will. Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dustin Nguyen are at the top of their game with this emotional space odyssey featuring a special but lost robot boy, TIM-21.
9. The Steam Man (Dark Horse Comics)
An entertaining mishmash, there is something for readers to enjoy. With steampunk, horror, and westerns added to the mix, this could only have come from the mind of “The Drive-In” author Joe R. Lansdale. What makes this entertaining comic even more enjoyable is the witty dialogue from “Next Testament” co-writer Mark Miller.
8. Clive Barker’s Nightbreed (BOOM! Studios)
With “Volume 1” out in stores now, the second half coming up in the new year, writer Marc Andreyko and his slew of artists, including Piotr Kowalski, have cleverly come up with a prequel/sequel to Clive Barker’s popular novella, “Cabal.” Not only do we get back-stories of the side characters, such as Peloquin, we also get to see what happened after the cult classic ended.
7. High Crimes HC (Dark Horse Comics)
Writer Christopher Sebela has crafted a deeply flawed protagonist that grows and changes as the arc continues. Artist Ibrahim Moustafa does a phenomenal job creating the chilling cold and unforgiving atmosphere of the snowy mountains.
6. Headpsace (MonkeyBrain Comics)
Writer Ryan K. Lindsay and artist Eric Zawadzki developed a thought-provoking read that raises questions about human nature. What starts of as a simple cop/killer chase, the complex narrative then examines the love/hate relationship between fathers and their children.
5. E8ight (Dark Horse Comics)
Writer Mike Johnson and Rafael Albuquerque have crafted a clever and trippy time-traveling tale with a vibrant color scheme. Johnson connects the scattered timelines as one cohesive narrative. Albuquerque captures an apocalyptic wasteland that borrows elements from the past and present.
4. The Sandman: Overture (Vertigo Comics)
It’s always a delight reading Neil Gaiman’s eloquent writing. The illustrations by artist J. H. Williams III are so gorgeous to look at. Readers will automatically fall in love with every page. Though every issue seemed like it took forever to hit stores, thank goodness there’s the Deluxe Edition to get your hands on.
3. Wytches (Image Comics)
Writer Scott Snyder and artist Jock have put together a nail-biting horror comic that will mess you up in the head. Pulling off the bone-chilling scares, “Volume 1” gets deeper under your skin because of its relatable characters dealing with family drama and school bullying. I’m looking forward to reading what happens in the next chapter.
2. Mind MGMT (Dark Horse Comics)
It’s hard for me to say goodbye to one of my favorite comics, “Mind MGMT.” Writer/artist Matt Kindt put his personal touch in each page, especially in the final collections, “Volume 5: The Eraser” and “Volume 6: The Immortals.” When you put all six volumes together, you’ll notice how Kindt has crafted an epic masterpiece, which is why I’m looking forward to Kindt’s next project.
1. Southern Cross (Image Comics)
My personal favorite of this past year is hands down, “Southern Cross” by Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger. The imagery is jaw-dropping surreal and the snappy dialogue nails Alex Braith’s punkish attitude. Unbelievably prefect in style and storytelling, the first six issues of Volume 1 will be on sale in January.
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