The Best and the Worst of 2016 Comic Books

Yes, the time has come to say goodbye to (aka light on fire) 2016 and ring in 2017. Here’s a look back at the Best and the Worst of 2016* Comic Books.

I reviewed 265 pieces of individual media on this blog this year. Giant Days, Jem and the Holograms, and Lumberjanes had the most individual issue reviews at 12 issues each. Technically, I reviewed 16 Wonder Woman comics; but the New 52 and Rebirth comics are vastly different stories and one was close to the top 5 and the other at the bottom rating-wise.

I changed the format a bit as some stories start off or end strong, which might be my only reviews. But for series where I reviewed many issues, I can be tough even on series that I love, and I wanted this list to reflect consistency in storytelling.

The Best Series (reviewing 6+ issues)

26 different series eligible in this category.

Monstress #11. Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Average rating: 5/5

This book is gorgeous with its fantasy, art deco, and manga influences in Takeda’s pencils. It’s horrifying with plots of a post-war world and a land of broken people. Mostly women, it’s full of women and their stories. It’s a challenge read for the soul. But also for the mind, as Liu’s world building and plots build bit-by-bit. You are immersed in them. Your hand isn’t held. You figure out how to use your feet while running just like the characters.

Read all my reviews for Monstress. Continue reading “The Best and the Worst of 2016 Comic Books”

Tomboy Graphic Novel Review

tomboyErica gives this comic five starsTomboy by Liz Prince

This is the type of book that I wish I could’ve read when I was a kid. Prince tells her own story, of a young Liz, figuring out who she’s becoming. That person is a tomboy, but Prince works through a lot of cultural gendered baggage to come to terms with who she is.

I’m certainly not the tomboy Prince is. Nor even in my biggest tomboy journey when I was a kid was I as diehard as Prince. I may have hated wearing dresses as a kid, but I didn’t cry. And my mother certainly wasn’t going to let me not wear said dress. All that said, this story was one I would’ve loved then.

Tomboy is extremely centered in a certain time. Prince and I are around the same age, so everything from her Popples to her Ghostbusters were parts of my childhood too. I do wonder how the book would translate with a younger generation. But I imagine the strength of the story isn’t in the references, but the sentiment and cultural things that slowly change, no matter how small or big our smart phones get. Continue reading “Tomboy Graphic Novel Review”