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The Best Comics of 2016

Everybody does a Top Ten "Best of" list at the end of the year and here's my requisite list of comics that I read that were especially memorable. Art is obviously subjective and what I read may not line up with your choices and that's okay. Hopefully, you'll discover a title you may have missed. I surely couldn't read all the great comics that came out this year. So you'll probably notice some not on the this list that made others. The comic book industry is more popular than ever and while not perfect it is still one of the greatest creative outlets to get lost in. Check out this list (in no particular order) and let me know what you think in the comments or share your favorites. Happy New Year!



Tomboy: Divine Intervention Vol. 1
by Mia Goodwin
"No Crime Goes Unpunished. No Criminal Walks Away." The death of a friend catches sixteen year-old Addison off guard, but a chance encounter with his killers on the subway forever changes her life. Crime …

REVIEW: 'Generation Zero' #5 by Fred Van Lente, Francis Portela, and Diego Bernard

★★★★☆ (4/5)
In the series' most explosive issue yet, Generation Zero has had about enough being pushed around and pushes back. Unfortunately, the push-back comes against Keisha's Sherriff father and his super-suited deputies. It's a tense, action-packed standoff with some major consequences for our heroes. 

The town of Rook won't be the same again after this showdown as Cronus decides he's going to squash the sheriff's attempt to arrest them. It's an all-out brawl as Cronus, Telic, Animalia, and Cloud square off in epic fashion with some surprising twists. Fred Van Lente mixes great cinematic fighting with genuine anxiety as Keisha pleads for the team to not hurt her dad.The stakes are high but you can't blame either side for their motivations. What emerges from the conflict is Keisha's continued growth into this group of powerful psiots. 

Revelations about her boyfriend's death begin to finally come to light and Keisha begins to find her place on …

REVIEW: 'Tomboy' #9 by Mia Goodwin and Michelle Wong

★★★★★ (5/5)
Through eight issues, 'Tomboy' has proven to be one of the comic book industry's best supernatural thrillers featuring a young girl possessed with mysterious deadly powers. The origins of which hadn't been revealed. In the midst of a bloody trail of revenge, Addison (and we) learn where these powers came from. Issue nine is a game changer providing answers to questions that have lingered since the beginning.
Mia Goodwin has held on to the full story behind Addison's otherworldly vengeful displays of grisly retribution for a long time. So smartly written and riveting, 'Tomboy' didn't suffer from lack of origin details. While some comics divulge everything within the first arc, Goodwin wasn't in any hurry to give readers the full scoop which kept things steeped in mystery. There have been hints of it being some sort of ancient curse but the truth is much more poetic and expansive than that.
Without giving too much away, the ability to "s…

PREVIEW: 'Divinity III: Komandar Bloodshot' #1 by Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Clayton Crain, and Juan Jose Ryp

Out of the pages of DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE…New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Death of X) and comics superstar Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.) present the first of four essential specials chronicling the history of the Stalinverse’s worldwide superhuman regime!
He’s put down protests, led the purge of political undesirables, and executed dozens of traitors to the Soviet super-state. His name is KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT…and his existence is a hushed whisper among the terrified populace of the 21st century’s global Soviet Union. But just who is this unrelenting enforcer of state superiority… and what is the shocking truth about his power, his allegiances, and his true identity?
Valiant’s first reality-shattering event explodes outward as Jeff Lemire & Clayton Crain lead KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT from DIVINITY III…and into a gut-wrenching tale of power, sacrifice, and authority that will take Valiant’s blood-stained icon to his most punishing depths yet!
$3.99 US | 40 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT …

REVIEW: 'Romulus' #3 by Bryan Hill and Nelson Blake II

★★★★☆ (4/5)
Ashlar is stubborn, single-minded, talented, and determined to save Nicholas from the Order of Romulus. First, she needs to learn to control her emotions under the guidance of the Illuminati. Meanwhile, a defiant Nicholas gets an interesting offer as Bryan Hill and Nelson Blake II continue to bring the exciting 'Romulus' series to new heights. 

 The distinction between the two clandestine organizations is made clearer in issue three as well as where Ashlar's headspace is at. She is unrelenting and that makes her dangerous but without training any more confrontations against the Romulus could prove dire. Reluctantly, she succumbs to the training but it's still hard to tame a feral warrior like her. Those scenes are familiar but vividly captured through Blake's pencils. Few artists can lay out a fight scene like Blake does, full of fluidity and impact. 

Equally resistant to his situation is Nicholas. Remaining defiant to his captors, middle fingers up, Nicho…

PREVIEW: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' #290 by Ian Flynn, Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, et al

The Super Sonic Warrior returns in “Genesis of a Hero” Part Three: The 25th-anniversary celebration continues with another blast to the past!  Which is also to the future, and the past, and back again!  When Sonic goes to see the annual return of Little Planet, he’s surprised to find it chained to a mountain!  Join us for the exciting adventures of Sonic CD! Featuring cover art by the legendary Patrick Spaziante plus a “Cosmic Eternity” variant by Mr. Sonic comics himself, Tracy Yardley!
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #290 Script: Ian Flynn Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata & John Workman Cover: Patrick Spaziante Variant Cover: Tracy Yardley On Sale Date: 12/28 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.






PREVIEW: 'James Bond' #12 by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters

EIDOLON, CHAPTER 6: The explosive conclusion to the second JAMES BOND 007 story - Eidolon are in the open, British Intelligence is cracked and in disarray, friends are dead and enemies seem unstoppable - can James Bond intercept the most direct strike of all, from the dead hand of SPECTRE to the heart of British Government?
James Bond #12 writer: Warren Ellis artist: Jason Masters covers: Dom Reardon Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice! FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ 






Laurel Lance Returns in Spoiler-ish First Preview for 'Arrow'

It's no surprise that Arrow's midseason winter finale had a cliffhanger but what was surprising was the return of the long departed Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). The show is no stranger to characters returning from the dead but how exactly do they explain this one? This new extended trailer for the January 25th episode "Who Are You?" might provide a spoiler of information. Proceed with caution.


It would seem Barry's meddling with the timeline has unleashed Laurel Lance of Earth-2, the Black Siren villain of that universe, last seen captured in season 2 of 'The Flash.' It's great to see Cassidy back on the show even though her Black Canary character was misused and frankly wasted. A source of strength and equal to Green Arrow in the comics was treated as an incompetent sidekick on the show. Naturally, her characterization infuriated fans online. The emphasis on the Ollie-Felicity relationship left a lot of fans exasperated. There was a conflict between …

PREVIEW: 'Tomboy' #9 by Mia Goodwin and Michelle Wong

After Henri is attacked, Detective Autry zeroes in on her prime suspects, while Dead Jessica's words send Addison looking for information at Mercy Hospital from Iris.
TOMBOY #9 Writer(s): M. Goodwin Artist Name(s): Michelle Wong Cover Artist(s): M.Goodwin, Ben Greene

32 pgs./ T+ / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)