Best Continuing Comic Series of 2017

Last year was a good year for comics. DC’s Rebirth relaunch settled in, allowing creators to tell some truly amazing stories with strong reimaginings of the company’s characters. The Young Animal imprint mostly stayed strong throughout, really coming into its own. Marvel took a page from DC’s book and is trying to recapture what it thinks fans miss from their universe (something I have mixed opinions on, but here’s not the place for that). And during all this you have some excellent series not from the Big Two either maintaining their excellence or just coming out of nowhere and surprising everyone. 2017 was a good year for comics.

I’ve been away from blogging for a long time, but that little sidebar ranking current ongoing series I’m reading? That is completely up to date. I’ve just fallen really behind on monthly ongoing comics, which made me question whether or not I should do this list. However, I think that this list has been determined for a while now. Nothing that I haven’t read will likely really make a difference to this list. To qualify for this list, the series had to have had at least one issue released in 2016, and one in 2017. Anyway, let’s get on with it. These are the best continuing series of 2017.

Warning: mild spoilers.

Note: Please forgive the weird formatting on some entries when it comes to art. Comixology is bad about this and is where I get my information. Continue reading “Best Continuing Comic Series of 2017”

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Recommendations for the New Comic Reader – Marvel (2017, Q1)

Recommendations for the New Comic Reader is exactly what it sounds like — the posts where I recommend current ongoing comics to new readers, mostly based on the current or most recent arc. I focus heavily on the series being new reader friendly, so if the latest masterpiece of Grant Morrison’s isn’t here, you know why. I’m mainly concerned with what I myself am reading, but will occasionally recommend something people have told me or I’ve heard is good, if I feel it bits (these recommendations will be clearly labeled).

So as a whole, I have to say I’ve been pretty disappointed in Marvel’s output this year. There are some good ongoings, but they’re few and far between, as everything seemed to be caught up in the abysmal Civil War II–or rather, dragged kicking and screaming, since every tie-in seems to have at least one rant on how the event is dumb. But there are some gems, and if you’ve seen my “Top Ten Comics of 2016” list, you probably know some of what’s going to be here. Anyway, join my after the break for my comic recommendations for new readers based on Q1 of 2017. Continue reading “Recommendations for the New Comic Reader – Marvel (2017, Q1)”

Nova (2016) #2 Review

Written by Jeff Loveness and Ramon Perez
Art by Ramon Perez
Colours by Ian Herring

So y’know how I was really, really excited for this series based on the first issue alone? And how I really liked the juxtaposition of Richard Rider and Sam Alexander’s lives? And how I thought they could have a great dynamic going? Well… this comic is now one of the highlights of my month. Nova #2 follows up on all of that in a great way and establishes a fun, but also touching relationship between the two Novas, while also giving both of them their time to shine. And of course, it’s really funny too. Continue reading “Nova (2016) #2 Review”

Top 10 Comics of 2016

Everyone loves reading top 5/10 lists, right? Well, it’s a guilty pleasure, but it’s also nice to get others’ opinions and have your own validated. And since I already do annual video game lists, I figured it’d only be right to do one for comics as well. Also, this may be because I feel bad about not praising Grayson #12 enough last year, even though it was an absolutely amazing issue and I’ve praised it to anyone who would listen. But yeah, that’s what this is going to be: ranking the top 10 series of the year, with particular focus on a specific issue if it’s a standout (the covers don’t mean that particular issue was good; I just like certain covers or don’t want to reuse covers I’ve used before). My general rule is that the series has to have released at least one issue this year. Anyway, these are my top 10 arbitrarily ranked comic books of 2016.

Oh, and just assume all these series have amazing art unless I say otherwise.

Warning: Mild Spoilers.

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Nova (2016) #1 Review

Written by Jeff Loveness and Ramon Perez
Art by Ramon Perez
Colours by Ian Herring

Nova has always been a minor league title in the grand scheme of things. Even putting Richard Rider at the centre of the Cosmic Marvel side of things and developing him into a more mature and gritty character didn’t make him a big mainstream hit. And using Sam Alexander to tell typical teen stories didn’t do that in a climate where Ms. Marvel has a more unique approach to teenage superheroes. Not only that, but the fanbase is decidedly split on Sam Alexander’s replacing of Richard Rider after his death, a death that didn’t seem like it was going to be undone any time soon. But since DC brought back a fan-favourite who was replaced in their Rebirth relaunch, I guess bringing Richard back is Marvel’s attempt to do something similar. And it works! Jeff Loveness (Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy, Groot) — a writer who really deserves more work — and Ramon Perez clearly understand both Novas and what makes them different from each other, and write both very well while setting up stories down the line. Continue reading “Nova (2016) #1 Review”

Champions (2016) #2 Review

Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Humberto Ramos
Colours by: Edgar Delgado

Champions has a lot of things going for it: its characters are among the more popular teen superheroes, it boasts Mark Waid as writer and it features the adventures of a new team, albeit one using an old name. But what makes Champions great isn’t any of that, but how it approaches adolescence. Not since New X-Men – Academy X and Young Avengers have I seen such good writing of teenagers, and if you know me, you know that’s high praise indeed. Continue reading “Champions (2016) #2 Review”