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    You Choose The Best Comic Book of 2016

    Best comics of 2016

    A lot of amazing books have come out in 2016. With Marvel revitalizing their line, DC’s Rebirth, to so many independent and creator-owned books dominating the stands, 2016 has certainly been a comic book year to remember.

    With that in mind, the staff at TFAW took a look at sales numbers, fan buzz, and our personal favorites of the year to create a list of the 25 best comics of the year. Now we want you, our awesome customers, to vote on this list to decide definitively what the best books of 2016 are.

    Voting will take place from Jan 1st through Jan 31st, so head on over to our  Facebook page  and cast your vote. Let your voices be heard and recognize all these amazing creators and publishers for all their hard work.

    Superman Vol. 01 Son of Superman
    By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Gleason
    The New 52 Superman is dead, but hiding among us for years was the original Big Blue. Now, a world without a Superman is in desperate need for Clark to leave the good life on the farm with Lois raising their son. This story simultaneously brings Superman back to formula, but also takes him in a direction he’s never really been before.

    Bitch Planet Vol. 2: President Bitch
    By: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma
    Powerful and gut-wrenching, Bitch Planet continues to explore themes of patriarchy and non-compliance. A must read for SJWs, feminists, and people who truly appreciate comics as an artistic medium.

    Wonder Woman TPB Vol. 01 The Lies
    By: Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, Matthew Clark
    Wonder Woman has been interpreted in many ways over her 75 year existence. Instead of trying to hide this, Greg Rucka’s approach is to embrace this to try and get to the real heart of who Wonder Woman is. Not just a great jumping on point for new readers, but a definitive take on the character that will hold true for years to come.

    Black Hammer Vol 1: Secret Origins
    By: Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart
    Black Hammer is another in a long line of grand ideas by one of comics brightest stars, Jeff Lemire. This book has a unique take on superheroes and the art by Dean Ormston & Dave Stewart instantly ensnares the reader.

    Rough Riders Vol. 1
    By: Adam Glass, Pat Oliffe
    History in the making! Teddy Roosevelt, Jack Johnson, Annie Oakley, Harry Houdini and Thomas Edison make up an American dream team engaged in an epic shadowy war! Monsters and Mayhem folks!

    The Mighty Thor Vol 1: Thunder in Her Veins
    By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
    Marvel is changing things up by casting Dr. Jane Foster as the new Thor. The goddess of thunder shines in this series as she comes to grips with heroism and her own mortality. Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman are the perfect pairing. Also: Loki.

    Divinity II
    By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine, Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic
    After Abram came crashing home in Divinity vol 1. Spending his entire life in the depths of space, Divinity II tells the tale of Myshka. Still beliving in the Communist ideal. She intends to play a very real role in the return of Soviet glory

    Old Man Logan Vol 1: Berserker
    By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
    What happens when an older, more gruff version of Wolverine comes to the main Marvel Universe? A whole lot of fighting. He’s on a mission to to prevent a terrible future from happening. Andrea Sorrentino’s art is breathtaking.

    Detective Comics Vol. 01 Rise of the Batmen
    By: James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Al Barrionuevo
    Batman is notorious for being a lone wolf (bat?), but he’s always had his family behind him. Now it’s time to take the Bat-Family to the next level. Lead by Batwoman, Batman puts together a team of Red Robin, Orphan (Cassandra Cain), Spoiler, and Clayface to be ready for whatever threat comes Gotham’s way.

    Vision Vol 1: Little Worse Than Man
    By: Tom King, Kevin Walsh, Mike Del Mundo
    Vision has the perfect family: a wife, two kids, and a dog. Look elsewhere for over-the-top nonstop heroics; this book proves it’s the little moments that matter. Truly impeccable dialogue and top-notch art await!

    March Book 3
    By: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
    The third and final installment in civil rights activist John Lewis’ story in the battle for civil rights in the United States. 1963 was an incredibly turbulent time in America’s history, and John Lewis was not only in the middle of it, but a leader in getting us out of it, long before becoming a congressman. March will remind you there are real heroes in this world.

    Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol 1: Black Squadron
    By: Charles Soule, Phil Noto
    With crisp and clean art by Phil Noto, Poe Dameron is one of the most beautiful of Marvel’s new Star Wars comics. Charle Soule explores Dameron’s uncanny skills and matching bravado.

    Paper Girls Vol. 2
    By: Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang
    Continuing where Vol. 1 left off, the misfit group of paper girls from 1988 find themselves transported to present day. Our main characters are forced to look at who they are, and who they may…or may not become. This superstar team continues to tell one of the craziest sci-fi stories currently on the shelves, while staying focused on the heart of any good story, the characters.

    All New Wolverine Vol. 01 Four Sisters
    By: Tom Taylor, David Lopez, Bengal
    With the death of Logan, clone daughter Laura Kinney (X-23) steps up to be Wolverine and the best she is at what she does. This book is bloody, emotional, hilarious, and beautiful. This is one of those unique books that can present adult subjects in a way that people of all ages can understand. Clone or not, All-New Wolverine definitely has soul.

    Dept. H Vol. 1: Pressure
    By: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt
    Not your average murder mystery! An in depth(see what I did there) story taking place on a deep sea research station. Family, lies, secrets and creatures make for a spectacular, well-paced adventure.

    Steven Universe & Crystal Gems Vol. 01
    By: Josceline Fenton, Chrystin Garland, Kat Leyh
    They are the Crystal Gems. They always save the day! If you think they can’t. Here is proof that they always find a way!

    Monstress Vol. 1
    By: Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
    A fascinating look at an alternate 1900’s Asia where monsters of god-like power are normal. Witness the journey of one teenage girl struggling to survive while trying to tame her own MONSTER.

    Black Panther Vol. 01 Nation Under Our Feet
    By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze
    Wakanda under the microscope. On the brink of civil war, treason and terrorist attacks ensue in T’Challa’s homeland. Witness Black Panther fight to save his country from all fronts.

    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 01
    By: Kyle Higgins, Jorge Corona, Goni Montes
    “It’s Morphin Time!” This fantastic new series starts after the Green with Evil Saga. Takes us through a different path from the show, one that keeps it at the top of my reading every month. Perfect for fans new and old.

    Saga Vol. 6
    By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
    Set three years after the end of Vol. 5, our story opens with Hazel in kindergarten. For a story that’s followed a family on the run through space since issue 1, Vol 6 shows them living a domestic and stationary life for the first time…and it doesn’t go too well for them. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples continue to be a dominating power tag team.

    Sheriff Of Babylon Vol. 01 Bang Bang Bang
    By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads, John Paul Leon
    Currently known for his fantastic work on Batman, Tom King and Mitch Gerad’s The Sherriff of Babylon, is a suspenseful crime noir tale set in Bagdad circa 2003. King’s CIA experience in addition to Gerad’s life-like art style gives this series the accolades it deserves.

    Beauty Vol. 01
    By: Jason Hurley, Jeremy Haun
    The first STD that people actually WANT! In this world, The “Beauty”, transforms your body into its most beautiful version. People are literally dying to get it but the public is unaware of the side effects. Detectives Vaughn and Foster are on the case.

    Faith Vol. 01 Hollywood & Vine
    By: Jody Houser, Francis Portela, Jele Kevic-Djurdjevic
    Starting off as a side character in Harbinger back in 2014, we were given a full ongoing series of Faith Herbert this year. Written by the wonderful Jody Houser. This is a series meant for Fan-boys/girls, as Faith herself is as much of a geek as we are.

    Gotham Academy Vol. 03 Yearbook
    By: Brenden Fletcher, Moritat, Mingjue Helen Chen
    Our favorite students go back after their adventures last year, telling tales before everything went to chaos. Gotham Academy is an all-ages series perfectly suited for those wanting to move to Gotham, but are not old enough to drive there.

    Legend of Zelda Legendary Ed GN Vol. 01 Ocarina Time
    By: Akira Himekawa
    Viz does it again. While this is a reprint, if you’ve never read the Manga adaptation of the celebrated N64 game Ocarina of Time, this is a perfect time. Collecting vol 1 and 2, You get the complete tale.

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    Honorable Mentions

    2016 had so many amazing titles that it was nearly impossible for us to narrow it down to 25. With that in mind, here are some honorable mentions of books that you should definitely check out. Odds are they made your own personal top 25.

    Batman Vol. 1 I Am Gotham
    By: Tom King, David Finch
    Gotham City has two new heroes, Gotham and Gotham Girl. With these super powered saviors doing what Batman can’t, is he really what Gotham City needs anymore?

    The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 04 Kissed Squirrel Liked It
    By: Ryan North, Erica Henderson
    I an age of dark and gritty superheroes, The Unbeatable Squirrel decides to have fun with the universe it lives in instead. Be prepared to smile.

    Dark Knight: A True Batman Story
    By: Paul Dini, Eduardo Risso
    Legendary Batman writer, Paul Dini, was beaten within an inch of his life. This autobiographical tale shows just how these iconic characters like Batman can get us through the darkest of times.

    Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse
    By: Chris Roberson, Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, Wes Dzioba, Dan Dos Santos
    Set after the events of the previous series, Leaves on the Wind, No Power in the ‘Verse continues the tale of our favorite Browncoats

    I Am a Hero Omnibus Volume 1
    By: Kengo Hazawa
    A slightly crazy artist, and one of the few people in Japan that actually owns a gun, is neck deep in the zombie apocalypse.

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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Ms Marvel, Harrow County, The Flash & Jonesy

    From new series to longtime and recent favorites, this week had a strong crop of new comics. We picked a few of this week’s new releases that we thought were standouts. This is the fifth of our seven-part series of New Comic Book Day blog articles. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep as many spoilers under our hats as possible, but a nugget may sneak through to our reviews.

     	
Harrow County comics at TFAW.com Harrow County #9
    By: Cullen Bunn, Carla Speed McNeil, Tyler Crook

    This issue of Harrow County sees Eisner-winning creator Carla Speed McNeil (Finder, No Mercy) join the team for an issue that takes a pause from our story thus far to focus on one of my favorite characters, the Skinless Boy.

    You can see Bunn’s pacing himself in this issue, letting the story slowly unfold to reveal yet another piece of the puzzle. Even if you haven’t been following the series thus far, I recommend that you check out this issue–you won’t be disappointed. As far as art, I think Carla Speed McNeil was an inspired choice for this issue.

    While different from series artist Tyler Crook’s art, McNeil’s work is haunting in her own right. You can tell she’s been a fan of the series from the get-go, because it’s clear a lot of love went into each and every panel. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    The Flash #48
    By: Robert Venditti, Jesus Merino, Ivan Reis

    Barry Allen is brought in to a task force assembled by the Central City Police Department to bring in the Flash! As if that weren’t bad enough, the other members of the task force include the Rogues: Golden Glider, Mirror Master, Weather Wizard, Trickster, and of course, Captain Cold.

    It’s going to be a hard time escaping the team that includes the alter-ego of the Fastest Man Alive. Luckily he is in a position to sabotage the efforts of his would-be captors. He’s going to need to think quickly on his feet, which wouldn’t normally seem like much of an issue for the Flash, if only he could keep traction to stay one step (or thousands) ahead. They say that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but the creative team has been electrifying with this arc of The Flash. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Jonesy #1
    By: Sam Humphries, Caitlin Rose Boyle

    Jonesy seems like a typical teenage girl: She’s cute, lovable and we can all relate with her everyday struggles in high school. However, there is one little thing makes Jonesy unique from all the others . . . she’s got a wacky super power and a pet ferret!

    While dealing with the biggest event for high school, the dreaded Valentine’s Day grams, Jonesy starts to show her super-secret superpower throughout the school day. People start to catch on but she doesn’t care! She is taking charge and taking no nonsense from anybody in this issue but soon ends up finding her sole purpose is to teach her high school a lesson.

    I love how relatable and funny this issue is and it makes you wonder, what is she going to do? What’s her superpower? Well, Jumpin Jehosaphat! Better get to reading issue Jonesy #1! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

    Ms Marvel #4
    By: G. Willow Wilson, Nico Leon, Cliff Chiang

    Life can be tough for a teenager: you have school work to get done on time, friends to keep up with, family to keep happy — and then there’s always being an Avenger. That seems to cut into all of the other time. In this issue of Ms. Marvel, Kamala has to find a way to balance her home life, school life, and trying to earn confidence from Captain America and Iron Man. No problem at all, right? Especially with some help from her friend Bruno and something he’s been working on in the science lab.

    Yet again, G. Willow Wilson continues to put her amazing and unique spin on an original character, and Nico Leon’s art adds incredible depth to the world of Ms. Marvel and everyone in it. You also read more of Ms. Marvel’s adventures in All-New All-Different Avengers, on shelves now. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below! Be sure to share these posts on Facebook or Twitter if you want us to continue this series of posts. 🙂

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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Deadpool, Paper Girls, Detective Comics & Spider-Man

    There are a lot of heroics in this week’s reviews, but also a bit of mystery. We picked a few of this week’s new releases that we thought were standouts. This is the fourth of our seven-part series of New Comic Book Day blog articles.

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep as many spoilers under our hats as possible, but a nugget may sneak through to our reviews.

     	
Paper Girls comics at TFAW.com Paper Girls #5
    By: Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang

    This issue of Paper Girls is packed with a ton of story that will help to form the next issues and story arcs to come.

    So many questions are answered as we finally find out who Erin’s mysterious teenage saviors are. Are they friends or foes? Will they help Erin back to her fellow paper girls? Who is the mysterious leader behind the adults hunting the younger generation, and why would they go to all these extremes to catch these kids?

    As always, Brian K. Vaughan does it again with an amazing story out of left field that keeps us on the edge of our seats, and the amazing Cliff Chiang knocks it out of the park with his unique art and visual storytelling. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Spider-Man #1
    By: Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli

    I believe in Miles Morales!

    After facing reality bending events, Miles has to adjust to a whole new world as he joins the 616 Marvel Universe continuity after proving himself in the Ultimate Marvel Universe.

    The balance of school, social life, and superheroics proves difficult for our hero, as it did for underdog Peter Parker, but Miles has come in to the main Marvel universe swinging!

    The art is top notch, and the foundation for a long game story is being set out from the start. While not a great jumping-on point for those with no experience with the character, it is a solid introduction. Plus it gives ample reasoning for going back to check out Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and the Spider-Men crossover event to witness the great hero that is Miles Morales. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Deadpool Mercs for the Money #1
    By: Cullen Bunn, Salva Espin

    From the writer of Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe and the artist that gave us Mrs. Deadpool, comes an absolutely wacky filled first issue of Deadpool and the Mercs for Money!

    Deadpool has rounded up a group of the finest misfits to do what he loves and does best: Cracking one-liners while kicking butt and getting paid for it! He leads this misfit group on a simple mission: retain this mysterious box from a research facility and give it to the people that paid them. However, if anyone knows anything about this Merc with the Mouth, it’s that nothing ever seems to go his way exactly. The Mercs with the Money’s curiosity peaks and they just have to see what is in the crate they are transporting.

    What is it??? What makes this so important??? Well, you will be just as shocked as I was. Cullen Bunn and Salva Espin definitely are headed in the right direction with this Deadpool series. I rate it 10/10 chimichangas! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

    Detective Comics #49
    By: Peter J. Tomasi, Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan, Chris Sotomayor, Wes Abbott

    We’ve always known Bruce Wayne as Batman, but the recent events we’ve seen in Batman and Detective Comics thrust Jim Gordon into the cape and cowl. Tomasi is striking gold here in a story that puts the new Batman squarely in an existential crisis. Jim’s always worked inside the confines of the law, but when a cold-case from his past comes calling, he begins to question his beliefs and ideals in conjunction with the liberties that come along with the suit.

    Pasarin’s makes great use of space in this issue, and the city really stars as another character in what could otherwise easily turn into a “kick-punch” book full of non-stop action. I’m also really enamored by Chris Sotomayor’s colors on this issue. I think you’ll dig it. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!

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    Artists Step up to Be Counted With CBLDF Membership Art Auctions!

    Cliff Chiang Wonder Woman CBLDF SketchArtists are stepping up to Be Counted as CBLDF supporters with a round of auctions benefiting the organization on eBay this week. Frank Quitely, Jim Lee and Scott Williams, Cliff Chiang, Neal Adams, and other titans of comics have contributed prime pieces of original art that the CBLDF is auctioning off this week to individuals who support the Fund’s Be Counted membership drive. The CBLDF currently seeks to raise $100,000 by October 31 to support its urgent legal and education work, and has raised over $58,600 so far. Please sign up for membership today and Be Counted to help the Fund reach its goal!

    This week’s new incentives include:

    Neal Adams:

    Batman Head Sketch–Master cartoonist Neal Adams supports the CBLDF with this contribution of an inked head sketch of Batman in his inimitable style!

    Cliff Chiang:

    Wonder Woman Original Art Pin-Up–Cliff Chiang supports the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund with a donation of this incredible original Wonder Woman pin-up, made to support his art opening at Bergen Street Comics on the occasion of Wonder Woman #1’s release. This is the only piece of Wonder Woman original art that Chiang has released into the marketplace.

    Becky Cloonan and Brian Wood:

    Conan Letterpress Print Artist Proof–Own this artist proof edition of a rare, limited Conan print signed by Becky Cloonan and Brian Wood featuring characters from Robert E. Howard’s Conan tale “Queen of the Black Coast.” The print is based on the line art of an exclusive variant cover and is being used by CBLDF for this exclusive premium item through the gracious cooperation of the Robert E. Howard Estate and Dark Horse Comics. Signed by Wood and Cloonan, these prints were hand-letterpressed by Letterpress PDX in Portland, Oregon on heavy wet-press rag stock, and are beautifully textured in person.

    Jim Lee and Scott Williams:

    Justice League #1, Page 11–Jim Lee and Scott Williams support the CBLDF with this exquisite page from Justice League #1, the best-selling comic book that launched the new DCU! Featuring Batman and Green Lantern facing off against the heavy artillery of Gotham’s PD, this piece is an exciting work of original art for a good cause.

    Neal Adams CBLDF Batman Head SketchBecky Cloonan Brian Wood CBLDF Conan LetterpressJim Lee Scott Williams CBLDF Justice League #1 Page

    Alex Maleev:

    Spider-Woman Watercolor Painting–Alex Maleev contributes this moody watercolor painting of Spider-Woman to raise money for the important First Amendment legal work done by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!

    Charles Vess & Jeff Smith:

    Rose Page 43–This is a rare, fully painted work of original art by Charles Vess, signed by Vess and Jeff Smith from Rose, the prequel to Smith’s seminal comic book series Bone! This item benefits the First Amendment legal work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, during their Be Counted membership drive, where they are working to raise $100,000 by October 31 to pay for important legal and education work. This item includes one-year membership in the CBLDF.

    Frank Quitely:

    JLA: Earth Two, Page 27–Frank Quitely contributes this iconic page from JLA: Earth 2, featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, and Aquaman!

    Please bid in these auctions to support the CBLDF, and also Be Counted by going to CBLDF.org and becoming a member. In addition to these auctions, the CBLDF still has the opportunity available for you to go to lunch with legends like Neil Gaiman, Dave Gibbons, Jennifer and Matthew Holm, Frank Miller, Gail Simone, and more! Please help the CBLDF protect comics by joining the CBLDF today!

    Alex Maleev CBLDF Spider-Woman WatercolorCharles Vess Jeff Smith CBLDF Rose PageFrank Quitely CBLDF Justice League: Earth Two Page

    VISIT THE CBLDF BE COUNTED CAMPAIGN PAGE

    JOIN THE CBLDF TODAY AND SUPPORT THE 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF THE COMICS COMMUNITY

    Have you joined the CBLDF? Are you going to big on any of the original artwork pictured here? Post your comments below!

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