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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 International Iron Man, Monstress, Superman & More

    Once again, this week was a really good one for comics fans. With so many great comics hitting the stands, it was hard to limit ourselves to just a few titles from this week’s new releases. Check out our other New Comic Book Day blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

     	
X-Men Apocalypse Wars comics at TFAW.com Extraordinary X-Men #8
    By: Jeff Lemire, Humberto Ramos

    This issue kicks off Marvel’s X-Men Apocalypse Wars with a bang! How will Apocalypse make his presence known, and who will be his new horsemen, carrying out his bidding to free the world for his new era of mutant-kind? In this new issue of the amazing Extraordinary X-Men ongoing series, see what happens when Logan and Storm learn of a new spike in Cerebra’s readings. Is Colossus’s newly formed team of X-Men ready for what they’re about to walk into? What will it mean for the future of mutants, and even the world itself? How will Magik help out her new protégé, Sapna, in controlling and understanding her new power?

    There will be plenty of surprises and special guests to round out an exciting addition to this new story in the X-universe. Jeff Lemire brings his unique take to the long and storied history of the X-Men, turning a fresh eye to the classic story of Apocalypse, and he’s accompanied by the amazing art of Humberto Ramos. Now it’s just a matter of time to see if the X-Men are up to the task of fighting back the mutant power known as . . . Apocalypse! [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Superman #50
    By: Gene Luen Yang, John Romita Jr.

    The long awaited issue of Superman #50 has finally come out! We meet Superman as he is head to head with Vandal Savage, a long-time villain he’s tackled before. Savage takes him to an alternate reality as he grows stronger from a comet heading towards Earth. Showing Superman what could be if Vandal came into power. Superman is plopped down to an alternate universe where his parents are still alive and he’s still with them as a boy! His parents keep thanking the “High Chief” that the planet is still together.

    Can anyone take a guess on who this high chief is? As Superman fights his way to Vandal, he reminds himself that being strong is not always the most important thing — it’s the commitment to his choices that are his true power. Will Superman ever get out of this alternate Universe? Find out in Superman #50! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

     	
New Suicide Squad comics at TFAW.com Archer & Armstong #1
    By: Rafer Roberts, David LaFuente

    For the uninitiated, this will serve as an entry point to the zany, fun world of Archer and Armstrong. For those back on the ride, you will definitely want to keep your arms inside the vehicle for the duration of this. Either way you slice it, this comedic adventure title is going to be a great time for you!

    Archer was raised by the heads of a religious cult in their theme park, and honed as a deadly weapon to assassinate the immortal Armstrong (brother of the “Eternal Warrior” Gilad, and Ivar “The Timewalker”) but on his mission, he discovered that Armstrong was not the great evil that he was led to believe.

    They teamed up, became pals, and the rest is history. As for how ‘the Adventures of Archer & Armstrong’ or ‘A+A’ goes, Armstrong has a magical satchel which is essentially a portal to another dimension, where goblins catalog and keep the items he puts in it so that he can retrieve what he needs at a moment’s notice. We finally get a glimpse of what it is like inside, as Armstrong goes in to the bag to retrieve a lost item deep within. Archer goes in after him, and we are off on another zany adventure with a big bad trapped in the bag, and forgotten about for thousands of years. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Monstress #4
    By: Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda

    VISUALLY BREATHTAKING…is the first thing that must be said about this comic. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone that didn’t share that opinion. Go ahead, try.

    This story continues to display the Marjorie Liu’s extraordinary ability to transport you into another world. Maika, Ren and Kippa are still on the run from the Cumaea AND the Federation but they seem to have caught a second to breath. In addition to catching up with the trio, we are blessed with more back story; questions that are extremely important and that have been on our minds since the beginning are answered in Monstress #4!

    Marjorie Liu has created a world that terrifies me but also makes me envious. Sana Takeda’s artwork is a dreamscape of wonderful imagery that perfectly complements the story. [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW]

     	
International Iron Man comic book review at TFAW.com International Iron Man #1
    By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev

    (SPOILER ALERT) As we learned in The Secret Origin of Tony Stark, Tony’s parents are not his own. This sets up the events that make International Iron Man such a great book.

    Much of this issue is spent on backstory that will serve the rest of this arc, but we do get to see a flashback of a younger Tony Stark back in his school days, working on the timeless art of seduction.

    Bendis’ writing is always top notch — nothing new there. He has such a great grasp of the character and it almost seems like Robert Downey Jr. and the Marvel movie screenwriters are paying close attention to Bendis’ every move.

    Alex Maleev’s art is always fantastic. True to form, Maleev delivers captivating, fully fleshed-out art that just begs the reader to slow down and drink it all in. Bendis and Maleev are like Cap & Bucky, Wolverine & Collossus, Iron Man & War Machine — a perfect pairing such that every time they are working together, you’re in for one of the best times that comics have to offer.

    It’s a great jumping-on point for new readers as well as a great companion to Bendis/Marquez’s Iron Man run as well. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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

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