It’s that time of the year where lists abound, and yet do we complain? Not at all! “Best of” lists help us to remember all the good that happened this year, and a whole lot of good happened in the world of comics. Here, several of our contributors have come together to share their favorite comics and creators of 2017. So, in case your scrounging around for a belated holiday gift, or even just a treat for yourself, we hope you’ll consider these great reads!

Greg Brothers’ MUST READS:

Top 8 Books

  • Slam!  by Pamela Ribon
  • Hi-Fi Fight Club by Carly Usin
  • Curse Words by Charles Soule and Ryan Browne
  • A.D. After Death by Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire
  • Royal City by Jeff Lemire
  • God Country by Donnie Cates
  • Batman by Tom King
  • Reborn by Mark Millar

Writers to Know

  • Donnie Cates (God Country, Redneck, Baby Teeth)
  • Tom King (Batman, Mister Miracle)
  • Jeff Lemire (Royal City, Roughneck, Descender)
  • Matthew Rosenberg (4 Kids Walk into a Bank, Secret Warriors)
  • Gail Simone (Crosswind)
  • Kelly Thompson (Hawkeye)

 

Josh Rose’s MUST READS:

Top 4 Diverse Books

  • X-O Manowar

The second arc of this space opera is drawn by a black man.

  • Freelance:

This globe-trotting adventure, featuring gay and bi men, is written by a gay man and drawn by an Asian-American woman.

  • Pitiful Human-Lizard:

This comedic comic features a Chinese-Canadian superhero, his gay friend, and a strong, black, working mom who is also a superhero; it is written and drawn by a Chinese-Canadian man.

  • Mister Miracle: 

This comic is a great exploration into mental illness, and it’s the series that brought me back into DC Comics.

 

Anelise Farris’s MUST READS:

Top Horror Books

  • Winnebago Graveyard
  • Regression
  • Dead of Winter
  • DC House of Horror #1
  • Behind You: One-Shot Horror Stories
  • Glitterbomb: The Fame Game

 

 

Ryan Holt’s MUST READS:

Top Everything

  • Best Overall Comic: Black Panther
  • Best Writer: Jason Aaron
  • Best Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
  • Best Colourist: Matt Wilson
  • Best Single Issue: Overwatch #12
  • Best Story Arc: Archie: Over the Edge
  • Best New Series: America (Marvel)
  • Best Web Comic/Digital Exclusive: Iron Fists
  • Best Limited Series: Justice League/Power Rangers
  • Best Ongoing Series: The Mighty Thor
  • Best Diverse Comic: The Unstoppable Wasp
  • Best All-Ages Comic: Ms. Marvel
  • Best Cover: Green Lanterns #24 (Cover B Emanuela Lupacchino)
Anelise Farris
farranel@isu.edu
I'm a doctor that specializes in folklore and mythology, speculative fiction, and disability studies. Basically, I'm a professional geek. When not researching or teaching, I read; I write; I yoga; I travel; I play with my fur babies; and, I watch way too many (if that's a thing) horror movies.

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