Presented below, is my list of the best, most memorable comic books I read this year. What this list is not, is a list of the most important or impactful comics. In a year that saw the release of new titles like Bitch Planet, Gotham Academy, the Wicked + the Divine, Ms. Marvel, Lumberjanes, the continuation of consistently awesome titles like Saga, Rat Queens, and Sex Criminals, the relaunch of a fresh new Batgirl, and the introduction of fan-favorite characters like Spider-Gwen and Silk, there were smaller moments that had a greater emotional impact on me. These are the comics that I will look back on fondly, and want to pick up and re-read as the years go on.
While a comic like the Edge of Spider-Verse #4 might not be as impactful in the long run as Edge of Spider-Verse #2 (1st appearance of Spider-Gwen), for me, it one of the funnest, most enjoyable reads of the year. Likewise, while Afterlife with Archie #6 might praised by many as the best issue of the series thus far, issue #4 resonated with me on a very personal, emotional level.
I hope as you scroll down this short list of my personal favorites of the year 2014, you’ll smile as you remember the effects these issues had on you when you read them, or you’ll be intrigued enough to keep your eye out for them at your local comic shop and give them a try. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post and let me know what you think of my Top 10 Single Issues of 2014, or holler at me on Twitter @nickbigpoppa
Nick’s Top 10 Comic Book Single Issues of 2014
(in release-date order)
[divider]January 22, 2014[/divider]
Hawkeye #16 (Marvel) “Recording Tape”
This comic is POIGNANT
Hawkeye #16 is a great “one-and-done” story featuring Kate Bishop in L.A., where she helps a brilliant 1960’s pop musician recover his lost recordings. The end of the issue is perfect, which probably why this book made such a lasting impression on me.
[divider]April 5, 2014[/divider]
Afterlife with Archie #4 (Archie) “Archibald Rex”
Story by: Roberto Aguirre Sacasa
This comic is HEARTBREAKING
Just when you though things couldn’t get much worse for Archie, one of the last remaining links to his old life is taken from him. Afterlife with Archie #4 will pull at the heartstrings of anyone who has ever had a pet. It’s a sad yet touching issue, and just look at the 2nd printing cover…beautiful!
[divider]August 13, 2014[/divider]
Skullkickers #30 (Image) “Tavern Tales Through Time”
This comic is LIGHTHEARTED FUN
Skullkickers #30 features four short fun-filled “Elseworlds” style tales. Each story shows our heroes in alternate timelines and realities, such as an old-school kung-fu world, a hilarious “grim n gritty” world, an old movie serial style world, and world plagues by zombies. This was my first issue of Skullkickers and I loved it so much I added it to my pull list.
[divider]August 27, 2014[/divider]
Outcast #3 (Image) “I Remember When She Loved Me”
This comic is TOUCHING, SAD, QUIET
Outcast #3 is a personal look at the main character’s past, which plays into his current struggles and motivations. The dialogue and panel layouts created a reading pace full of beats and pauses that helped immerse me in the story.
[divider]September 3, 2014[/divider]
Southern Bastards #4 (Image) “Here Was a Man, Conclusion”
This comic is TRAGIC
Southern Bastards #4 concludes the first arch of the series in a painfully brutal and tragic way. This issue left me sad, angry, and wondering what would possibly come next.
[divider]September 17, 2014[/divider]
Daredevil #8 (Marvel) “The Purple Children”
This comic is INTENSE
Daredevil #8 is a great place for new readers to jump on. It features a dark and scary story. Issue #8 welcome new series colorist, Matthew Wilson, whose colors give this issue the mood and tone that sets it aside from previous issues.
[divider]October 1, 2014[/divider]
Edge of Spider-Verse #4 (Marvel) “I Walked with a Spider”
This comic is SUPERHERO/HORROR FUN
Edge of Spider-Verse #4 is a horrifyingly fun romp into an alternate reality, featuring a horrific version of Peter Parker that left a devilish grin on my face. It’s a great “one and done” standalone Spider-Verse tale.
[divider]October 8, 2014[/divider]
Wytches #1 (Image)
This comic is TERRIFYING
Wytches #1 is a terrifying comic, featuring the cruelty and horror of both humans and the supernatural. This issue is one of the most effective first issues I’ve ever read (it hooked me immediately and and didn’t let go).
[divider]October 8, 2014[/divider]
Batman #35 (DC) “Endgame, Part 1”
This comic is SUPERHERO FUN
For the first time in the New 52, Batman fights the Justice League of America, one member at a time! Batman #35 is a breath of fresh air after the year long Zero Year arch. What a great start to new story arch!
[divider]November 5, 2014[/divider]
The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #1 (Image)
This comic is WORLD-BUILDING FUN
The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #1 surprised me with it’s high level of the character development, world building, and plot. All the necessary storytelling elements are in place, making this issue a great beginning to an exciting new fantasy world.
2014 was a great year for comics and comics fans. There were so many great single issues from all the publishers. I’d like to end this post by saying thanks to all the creators and professionals who help make Wednesday the best day of the week! Happy New Year!