For our first “Best Of 2014″ list this year, we have downloaded and compiled a list of our favorite digitally exclusive comics. Among them we have some science fiction, horror, suspense, and mystery titles, that were not just the best digital comics available this year, but they were also among the best comics you can find out there right now, period.
5. Edison Rex (Monkey Brain) – A story that focuses on the transformation or evolution if you will, of the world’s most notorious villain. Criminal genius Edison Rex continues his journey from bad guy to hero, with smart writing from Chris Roberson and impressive illustrations from Dennis Culver. A series that is not be missed.
4. The Remains (Monkey Brain) – One of the best digital comics of the year also happens to be one of the best horror comics of 2014. Cullen Bunn and breakout artists A.C. Zamudio and Carlos Nicolas Zamudio tell the story of two sisters and their parents whose lives are forever changed by Cole Jensen, one of the creepiest characters in comics this year. Mix in zombie mice and other unearthly occurrences, and you have yourself one hell of a miniseries.
3. D4VE (Monkey Brain) – One of the best reviewed digitals of the year and rightfully so, Ryan Ferrier has brilliantly written a science fiction story about robots that is more human than human. A personal tale of soul-searching and relationships, D4VE was able to deliver a powerful story in just five short issues.
2. High Crimes (Monkey Brain) – An unbelievably compelling story that began almost two years ago continues to take my breath away! Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa take us on a journey almost 30,000 feet above sea level, as they tell the story of grave robbing, blackmail, mystery, and suspense. Done in a manner in which it’s rarely been told, High Crimes is one of the most original titles I have read this year.
1. The Private Eye (Panel Syndicate) – For one of the best overall comics of 2014, look no further than to the Panel Syndicates Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente as they jump ahead to the year 2076, as America is celebrating its tricentennial. The Private Eye examines the reality of security and privacy in this digital age, by exploring a future world without the internet and how far some might go to bring it back. This series is everything you want in a comic. It’s multi-layered with beautiful illustrations, and writing that is truly the work of a visionary in Vaughan.