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.

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Rat Queens #4, #5, and #6 Comic Book Reviews

This is one of those moments where we have to acknowledge the problematic nature of what we’re reading and continuing choose to love (if love is the choice). By now, it’s well-known that Upchurch beat his wife in October 2014, and it’s hard to say how much you love someone’s work when they aren’t someone you want to keep supporting. I will continue to read Rat Queens, mostly because both Wiebe and Image Comics responded perfectly in an awful situation. Upchurch has been removed from the comic and will be replaced by another artist going forward.

Comic book reviews for Rat Queens #4, Rat Queens #5, and Rat Queens #6 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch
Average rating: 4/5 stars

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