|Cover by Shane Davis|
10. The Vision #6
|Writer: Tom King / Pencils: Gabriel Hernandez Walta / Colors: Jordie Bellaire|
9. Justice League #50
|Writer: Geoff Johns / Pencils: Jason Fabok / Colors: Brad Anderson|
8. Superman: American Alien #3
|Writer: Max Landis / Pencils: Mark Buckingham, Joelle Jones / Colors: Ricko Renzi, Jose Villarrubia|
7. Ninjak #17
|Writer: Matt Kindt / Artist: Diego Bernard, Alisson Rodriguez / Colorist: Ulises Arreola, Andrew Dalhouse|
6. Omega Men #9
|Writer: Tom King / Pencils: Barnaby Bagenda / Colors: Romulo Farjardo Jr.|
5. Moon Knight #9
|Writer: Jeff Lemire / Pencils: Greg Smallwood, Wilfredo Torres, Francesco Francavilla, James Stokoe / Colors: Jordie Bellaire, Michael Garland, Francavilla, Stokoe|
4. Green Arrow: Rebirth #1
|Writer: Benjamin Percy / Artist and Colorist: Otto Schmidt|
3. Detective Comics #940
|Writer: James Tynion IV / Artist: Eddy Barrows / Colorist: Adriano Lucas|
2. Batman #51
|Writer: Scott Snyder / Pencils: Greg Capullo / Colors: FCO Plascencia|
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's run of Batman will go down as one of the best, no doubt, in comics history in the coming years. While it did take a dip in the latter parts ("Endgame" not really included), this issue was probably one of the finest of the entire run. It's small. It's subtle. It has call-backs throughout it while also setting up potential plot-lines for Snyder, or other writers, to use. But best of all: it's quiet. It knows what it is. It's a love-letter to not just the series, but to the characters and the setting that Snyder and Capullo called home. It's a beautiful little story that shows Batman patrolling Gotham like normal, but Snyder and Capullo elevate it to near poetry. It feels literary, really. The final page is tear-jerking beyond belief. I can't really describe what it is. It's the ultimate emotional payoff and sendoff for this creative team at it's heart. And when it hits "END," you feel that it's right. It's time. And it's been a hell of a run. It's the best written issue of the year...but there was just one comic that edges it out of the top spot, for me.
1. DC Universe: Rebirth #1
|Writer: Geoff Johns / Artists: Gary Frank, Ethan Van Scriver, Ivan Reis, Phil Jimenez / Colors: Brad Anderson, Jason Wright, Joe Prado, Hi-Fi, Gabe Eltaeb|
Because this is the comic with the most IMPACT this year, and possibly for many years to come. And yes, the counterargument to that is that Flashpoint had the biggest impact of it's time, but it wasn't a very good story in general. Not only that, but it might've SAVED DC Comics from an otherwise ugly, dingy, and morose period that it was continuing to move down. This comic does have a great story, though it's not the best. It's all about bringing hope and love back to a universe that no longer has it. It's told masterfully by Geoff Johns and drawn wonderfully by a team of colorists and artists that clearly care about the characters they're devoting time to. There are so many memorable moments in this single issue. The signs of the JSA reuniting. Damian Wayne standing ominously over a birthday cake with the candle "13" on it. Two Flashes embracing and realizing their brotherhood. Oliver and Dinah longing for someone they've never met. And the freaking ENDING. Whether you like or not, your jaw dropped on that last page.
DC Universe: Rebirth #1 is the best comic of the year because it was the comic with the most amount of hope and love in a year where both of those have lacked for many people. In a year where heroes fought each other, people fought each other, and philosophical debates were raised across the board, this comic told us that we need to be united in hope for our future in the memory of our past. It had beautiful, powerful moments and reassured my faith in this industry and the heroes that I look up to.
And that's 2016. It was an interesting year for the world of comics, but overall a good one. I'm not sure what we've got coming up in 2017, but I do hope it can best this one. It's a lot to ask, but, it seems like we're on a roll. Creators are putting more effort to make their stories not only stand out, but be proud to be comics and be taken fairly seriously. I love going to the comic book store now more than ever, and I hope this energy from these books can continue on for not just next year, but years to come.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year, everyone. I hope you all stay safe, and if you get a minute, read a quick comic by the fireplace (or the pool, if you live in Florida). Just take care of yourself. See ya next year.