While I adore and recommend EVERY series in the 125, now we’re getting into series that I felt had many excellent individual issues.
But first: more data!
I’ve mentioned rating every comic issue and then applying a pair of algorithms to help me weight a series. I rate on a .5-to-5 out of 5 scale, and I’ve discovered that my rating distribution forms a near-perfect bell curve. Here are my ratings since I started tracking in 2017:
When rating a SERIES, I use a “Recommendation Index” that’s a modified version of Net Promoter Score (NPS). You know those “How likely would you be to recommend our company” polls that pop up? Companies weigh “PROMOTERS” against “DETRACTORS” to grade their reputation with customers.
For my purposes, “Recommendation Index” treats 4-5/5 as PROMOTER vs .5-2.5/5 as DETRACTOR. A series that never dips below 4 is 100% recommendable. One that never gets above 2.5 is -100%.
(I treat a 2.5 as “true average” but in the scope of recommendations that’s not a strong one)
Almost every book in my Top 125 has a Recommendation Index of ≥0%. That’s why I cut it off at 125 – after that, negative Recommendation Indexes started popping up. (In a few instances, series with <0% scores are on the list because the low-rated issue(s) were the end of a 2018 arc or a fill-in/one-shot.)
Yes, this is a HUGE list, but that’s because it is nearly ALL of my recommended comic reading of 2019. The higher we get, the stronger my recommendation and adoration.
Without further ado, here are series #50 through 26 of my favorite [American digital] comic titles of 2019! (Or, if you prefer a Twitter countdown, start here.)
#50 – Sparrowhawk (Boom)
SPARROWHAWK (Boom) is allegorical and heartfelt. A young woman of color tumbles out of her racist real life as a bastard child of a well-to-do family and into a faerie-land where violence rules (but also stains your soul). Delilah Dawson keeps things fantastical while offering insightful commentary; Matias Basla’s art is a dream.
#49 – West Coast Avengers (Marvel)
WEST COAST AVENGERS (Marvel) was a successor to Nextwave as much as an Avengers book. Kelly Thompson found so much heart and charm in an oddball cast. She perfectly captured the vibe of young adults crashing head first into their first serious relationships in The Real World.