Welcome to the 3rd post in my “Best of 2015” series. These are the graphic novels/manga that I read in 2015 and really loved. There are quite a few of them. I have really been enjoying the graphic novel genre and read a lot of really great ones this year!
I think my absolute favorites of the year were Rat Queens and Black Butler. You can read more about those below.
Click on the image to go to Goodreads to read more about the book. Or you can click on the link below the image to see my review of that book.
The Graveyard Book Graphic Novels by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
Marvel’s Oz Comic Series by Eric Shanower , L. Frank Baum, Skottie Young
I have enjoyed all of Marvel’s OZ comics. However, the third book in the series was by far my favorite. This is a beautifully drawn graphic novel that does an excellent job of retelling and staying (relatively) true to the original Oz books. This series is great for all ages.
Oz: Ozma of Oz
Fables by Bill Willingham
So hard to believe that this series is done, but it was time. This was the perfect prelude to the closure to this series. I enjoyed it a lot
Fables, Vol. 21: Happily Ever After
Black Butler by Yana Toboso
I started watching the Black Butler anime and didn’t really love it. However, I decided to read the first couple manga anyway since I already owned them. I loved this series! It is incredibly fun and entertaining to read. I love the characters and the mystery. This is just such a fun series. The drawing is incredibly intricate and just amazing as well. This is my favorite manga/graphic novel after Rat Queens.
Black Butler, Vol. 1
Black Butler, Vol. 2
Black Butler, Vol. 3
Black Butler, Vol. 4
Black Butler, Vol. 5
Black Butler, Vol. 6
Black Butler, Vol. 7
Girl Genius series by Paul and Kaja Foglio
This is an incredibly entertaining, colorful, and fun steampunk graphic novel series. These books get me laughing out loud every time.
Chi’s Sweet Home by Kanata Konami
This is an adorable manga series that is great for all ages. This final volume was spectacular; very emotional and adorable and hopeful all at once. My family and I adored it.
Chi’s Sweet Home, Volume 12
Claymore by Norihiro Yagi
It’s hard to believe the Claymore series is finally done. This book was a fantastic close to this well done fantasy manga series and I really loved it.
クレイモア 27 [Kureimoa 27]
Dark Tower Graphic Novel series by Stephen King and Peter David
This is a very well done graphic novel adaption of the Dark Tower novels by Stephen King. They are well drawn and do a fantastic job retelling that story. I really enjoyed them a lot.
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Little Sisters of Eluria
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Battle of Tull
Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch
This is my new favorite graphic novel series. Love this classic fantasy graphic novel. It’s violent and crude but oh so delightful! This is just pure fun to read and both the illustration and the story is very well done!
Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth
Ravine by Stjepan Sejic and Ron Marz
This looks like it’s going to be an amazing fantasy graphic novel series. The first volume just mainly sets things up. However, I was incredibly impressed with the world, characters, and story. Additionally the illustration and color was amazing!
Ravine Vol. 1
Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura
I am huge fan of the Vinland Saga manga. These are epic historical fantasy mangas that are not only fascinating and entertaining but also pay close attention to detail and are beautifully illustrated. I love this manga series; it is definitely one of the most well put together manga series I have ever read.
Vinland Saga Vol. 6