40 REASONS TO LOVE COMICS IN 2016: #40-21

archie-meets-ramones-tribute-cover2016 wasn’t a great year for Marvel, but it was decent. And 2016 wasn’t a terrible year for DC—it was decent. That’s a big drop for Marvel, whose Civil War event fell flat, and a big lift for DC whose Rebirth actually made a few titles better than they were before, and otherwise didn’t do damage.

Meanwhile, Image expanded its line—almost past its own limits. There were just one too many dystopian future books, and they started eating each other. None were terrible books, really, there were just too many to focus on, and they were too similar. Like Renato Jones’ The One Percent. In any other year, it might have made my list. Great art, a decent story, and a reimagining of a Batman(ish) character. It had all the elements to make me want to love it, but it got swallowed up by all the other books I tried to read each month.

This is actually the first year of comics blogging where I really felt we didn’t have a great year in general. But there was still lots worth reading.

So, today, we begin the countdown of the comics that interested me the most this year!

Let’s start with the also rans. These comics didn’t quite make it this year:

Daredevil added a sidekick but dropped in quality after Mark Waid and Chris Samnee left the book

Daredevil added a sidekick but dropped in quality after Mark Waid and Chris Samnee left the book

  • The Archie line (Archie Comics).  Top talent, good books, but in the end it’s still Archie.  Good, but not great.
  • Ms. Marvel (Marvel), Outcast and Nailbiter (Image).  Books that started strong, but seem to be running out of steam.
  • Daredevil (Marvel).  Wow.  Mark Waid leaves, and the book drops hard and fast.  It’s not terrible, but man is it nowhere near as good as it was.
  • Punisher (Marvel). Rest in peace, Steve Dillon.

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