Welcome to the top 10 comics of the year, these are comics released in print in single issues. There is several comics I wanted to read that I had not got the chance to read in single issues so they won’t be included on this list. These are 10 damn fine comics I read this year and I hope if you haven’t read them you give it a look.
Squirrel Girl: A sadly declining star for me, last year Squirrel Girl was no doubt at the top of my lists but this year I feel a bit less engaged with it. This is actually pretty common around all of Marvel with Civil War 2, relaunches, universe changing event after universe changing event it makes it hard to feel attached. Still Squirrel Girl is full of laughs with some stand out stories that came out this year like dealing with Doctor Doom from the past after being sent further into the past. We also had the stand out choose your own adventure issue where subtly Koi Boi is revealed to be a trans man and that is super awesome!
Wic/Div: This comic is the serious, it is not tonely the same as the others but I adore it. We have gods walking among us on earth, mystery, betrayal, queerness, action, great designs, and a great book. If you want a story that is crafted masterfully and can invoke a wide range of emotions then The Wicked + The Divine is for you.
Space Battle Lunchtime: When Oni Press announced their new lineup this was the title that stuck out to me the most. Turns out my gut feeling was right as this book transports the reader to this new world of aliens that is fascinating to watch unfold. One creator managed with help from editors and what not to do the art, colors and storytelling for this epic cooking show in space. This is one of the most fun energetic books I have ever read. The only problem with this series is it goes by so fast but with only one issue left getting them all together is a great idea. If you want to watch a funny space cooking show and a cute lady on lady romance then come here.
Backstagers: This wasn’t a title I was expecting to even buy. I mean all boy lumberjanes sounds cute but I generally, as you’ll find on this list, don’t read stories about dudes. However, this book is fantastic, fun, queer, and all the great things that Lumberjanes is. I think Backstagers does an amazing job of dispelling the toxic masculinity present in much of male lead media. The creative world backstage is fantastic, it has such a great visual style and everyone who works on this project has everything in them in it.
Jem and the Holograms: The truly outrageous gift that just keeps giving. I love the story, Sophie is like my favorite artist and even with her leaving we have had some solid people taking over and there’s a lot of fun to be had with this series. I do worry about future placement but I am very excited for Misfits and this year is all about this year. With stand out scenes like Blaze coming out, the misfits and holograms working together, the cuties of a 3rd rival band, and more all in play this year I am at the front hoping they will let me on stage.
Princeless: Princeless is a modern classic, a series that every volume is great for all ages. This year I read a lot of Princeless, my little sister adored reading volume 1 for the first time. More then that I adored reading all the volumes and the short stories of Princeless. This is one that works for the whole family and manages to really go over a ton of great stuff. We have our hero learning new perspectives, saving people, exploring the world, she is a fantastic protagonist.
Kim and Kim: Kim and Kim the queer bffs that do that bounty hunting thing. They have amazing chemistry and are the kinds of loser badasses I love. They screw up a lot, they can be kind of an asshole but their hearts are in the right place. We follow them in one journey this year and it’s a fun journey to follow. Also like it has a trans writer and latnix gals on the art team so that is pretty badass too. This stories only problem is an ending that feels a bit rushed.
Jonesy: This was the biggest surprise for me comics wise in 2016. I saw it and was automatically charmed by the art. I decided it was worth risking wasting 4 bucks on. So i did and haven’t looked back since. The funny world, the endearing characters, the general feeling that this comic is different without trying hard to be. Jonesy is queer, she’s latnix, she’s funny, she’s a bit of a loser but in a way that makes you feel okay to be a loser too. Jonesy is a story that makes me happy whenever I read it, it’s always at the top of my stack, it’s a book that I can count on. The fact it isn’t number 1 but might be in my top 10 series of all time just says how great comics have been this year.
Raven the Pirate Princess: Raven the Pirate Princess is that book that no one really talks about but should be a staple of everyone’s pull. It’s so fun, funny, illustrated so well and it feels like a massive breath of fresh air. Amazing comedy, a bunch of queer ladies, women of all sizes, skin colors, and we even have some varying ability. It’s great to see so much diversity threaded into this epic scaling tale of a women trying to get what was stolen from her by her brothers.
Angela Queen of Hel: Angela Queen of Hel is one of my favorite stories of all time. It joins the hallowed ranks of other classics in my mind and despite a few issues moves far past them. The series being canned on issue 7 means so much potential was thrown away and we lost. This story is the most compelling romance I have ever read and it’s such a badass story too. Conquering hell to get your lesbian love back is super cool and then the follow up story is an awesome cap to show their relationship past the climax. No matter what Marvel does to the pair we will always have this story to look back on and cheer for.
heres a story from NC Comicon that i forgot to share
so i got to talk to Sanford Greene who did a variant cover for Doom Patrol #1, i stopped by his table to have him sign my copy…and somehow he ended up telling me the story about the time he met Gerard for the first time, 2 years ago at a dinner hosted by DC Comics. he had no idea who Gerard was lol Gerard came up to him and introduced himself but Sanford thought he was just ‘this kid who was trying to break into comics’ lol so when Gerard was like ‘id love to work with you one day’ Sanford was like ‘oh yeah sure’ more or less thinking *who tf is this guy?* but also *ah hes trying so hard to network bless him im gonna be nice to him* lol so they exchanged business cards and then Gerard followed him on twitter so Sanford was like *im gonna follow him back to be polite* and then Sanford went on Gerard’s twitter and was like WTF!!!!???? realizing Gerard was kind of a big deal. and then they met again at Emerald City Comic Con, where the Young Animal imprint was announced and Sanford was like HOLY SHIT THIS GUY HAS HIS OWN IMPRINT AT DC?! THIS GUY IS WRITING DOOM PATROL?! and Gerard asked him if he was interested in doing a variant cover for Doom Patrol and Sanford was kind of embarrassed by the fact that he had no idea who Gerard was when he mentioned working together the first time…
and Sanford proceeded to tell me (basically what i already knew but its always nice to hear it from someone who is actually working with Gerard) that Gerard is the most humble person hes ever met, especially considering the fact that he IS a big deal, both in the music industry and in comics (proud mom mode *on*) but he just came up to him, not expecting that Sanford knew of him, not dropping names or mentioning MCR, or mentioning The Umbrella Academy, his Eisner…nothing!
i wish i could tell you this the way Sanford told me bc i honestly just stood there with the biggest smile on my face while Sanford was telling this story all with impersonating Gerard, and calling him ‘this kid’ who ‘lets be honest, always looks kinda like he just rolled out of bed and threw on whatever he could find on the floor’ lmao and then i told him that the first time i met Gerard i was a super hardcore MCR fan and i had this ‘idea’ about Gerard being this rockstar but then when i met him he was just this normal dude and he made it so easy to talk to him and yeah…just, no attitude, no pretentiousness, nothing. just genuine kindness and appreciation for the person he is talking to, whether its a fan, a fellow professional, etc. i just told Sanford ‘dude, thank you for sharing this, i mean, i already knew he was a sweet dude but hearing these kind of stories always make me even prouder to be a fan’ and Sanford said ‘yeah you absolutely should be, hes one of the nicest people ive ever met’ and i walked away clutching my heart bc THE FEELS
just wanted to share this since today is one of those ‘Gerard stories’ days :)
LISTEN…. i love everything about this dialog but the part that absolutely blew my mind was just… tony wondering if ultron can still be good…… listen to me…. this is something i miss so much in both the mcu and most comics nowadays…. my son… the guy who would hire ex-convicts without looking at their records at all… the guy who would wax lyrical about the value of second chances with minimal prompting… the guy who was manipulated by villains multiple times exactly because he was so intense about Believing That People Can Get Better… the guy who fell in love with villains multiple times…. the guy who refused to kill based on the premise that everyone deserves a chance to turn themselves around… the guy who looked at the system that fostered a crime instead of condemning the criminal…. the guy who hasn’t given up on you even after you gave up on yourself… listen……. LISTEN….. MY SON……..
P L U S that delicious contextual layer of ULTRON HAS HIS BRAINWAVES SO REALLY TONY’S WORRIES ALSO TIE BACK TO THE HOPES HE HAS FOR HIMSELF AND HIS SELF-IMAGE and anyway this event is 739283629x better than the actual movie it’s based on lmao