This year, I turned my energies towards reading Marvel’s backcatalog. With a subscription to Marvel Unlimited and huge stacks of reprints, I felt I was finally ready to read every single Marvel comic ever published (with some caveats). You can track my progress here.
I know the site needs a lot of work, and I get to it whenever I can, time permitting. But anyway, this is a long way of saying that new comics in 2017 were a little less thrilling for me than most years. I still found good stuff to read, but DC and Marvel, by the year’s end, weren’t turning out the kind of reliable, big stupid fun I’d come to expect. Or maybe I’ve just gotten more picky.
Anyway, here’s the best comics I read this year.
40. WONDER WOMAN/CONAN by Gail Simone and Aaron Lopresti (DC)
Sometimes, comics are just supposed to be stupid fun. The great thing about this crossover is that it actually makes sense that a young Amazon might have been alive in the Hyborean Age.
39. DAREDEVIL by CHARLES SOULE and RON GARNEY (and others) (Marvel)
Charles Soule is an even writer, who can turn out some good stuff and some pretty drab and dull stuff. His work on Daredevil was uneven as well, but when he hit the mark, it was very good. I admit I have a predilection to love this character, but I still think my opinion is generally valid.
38. ROUGHNECK by JEFF LEMIRE (Gallery 13)
Lemire produces yet-another wonderful original graphic novel, written and drawn by himself, about regular folks living in Canada, with a dark history.
37. PORT OF EARTH by ZACK KAPLAN and ANDREA MUTTI (Image)
One of just two comics on this list that have only had one issue so far, but that single issue was so strong that it warranted inclusion here. The premise of this book is so good, you won’t be able to believe nobody’s done it before: Aliens invade Earth, not to take us over, but to establish trade routes. And when they do, their corruption and behaviors cause innumerable problems.
I’m very much looking forward to getting to know this book better!
36. SIF: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY–THE COMPLETE COLLECTION by KELLY SUE DECONNICK, KATHRYN IMMONEN, and RYAN STEGMAN
This is a reissue, but it collects a really great series that was criminally overlooked when it came out. Check it out, even if it’s not deeply relevant in terms of the “big Marvel picture.” In fact, maybe that’s exactly why you should check it out: The big Marvel picture ain’t that rosy this year.