A mix of 2016 and prior releases, here are my favorite comic book reads of this past year in no particular order…


January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Replica (vol. 1) written by Paul Jenkins, art by Andy Clarke – Aftershock Comics

Meet Trevor Churchill, an Earth-born peacekeeping agent on the intergalactic hub known as The Transfer. When Trevor’s already near impossible assignment becomes a bit too much for the errant detective, he turns to the only logical approach, REPLICATION. More of a good thing can’t hurt, right? A single clone could be helpful; unfortunately the replication process doesn’t go as planned!

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

The Fix (vol. 1) written by Nick Spencer, art by Steve Lieber – Image Comics

THE FIX is a story of the crooked cops, scheming mobsters, and corrupt politicians that run Los Angeles-and the sex toy that can bring them all down. Oh, and the hero is a drug-sniffing beagle named Pretzels.

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Jupiter’s Circle (vol. 2) written by Mark Millar, art by Bill Sienkiewicz and Alfredo Torres – Image Comics

In mid-century America, the world’s greatest superheroes triumph in their public battles, while struggling with private ones. Social and political unrest take a personal toll as suspicion and betrayal cast a shadow over the most trusted friendships.

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Teen Titans: The Judas Contract written by Marv Wolfman, art by George Perez – DC Comics

They were Earth’s teenage defenders–unbeatable and unstoppable. Riding high, they took an eighth member–a young girl–into their ranks. She was their downfall. From the retirement of Robin and Kid Flash, to the birth of Nightwing and the introduction of Jericho, to the ultimate betrayal of a Titan–“The Judas Contract” still has fans talking today!

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Wrinkles written and illustrated by Paco Roca – Fantagraphics

Retired bank manager Emilio, suffering from Alzheimer’s, is taken to an assisted living home by his son. He befriends his roommate Miguel, an overconfident ladies’ man. Together, they employ clever tricks to keep the doctors from noticing Emilio’s ongoing deterioration ― and keep him from being transferred to the dreaded confinement of the top floor of the facility. (“Better to die than to end up there.” Their determination to stay active as individuals and maintain their dignity culminates in an adventurous escape.

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Bitch Planet (vol. 1) written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, art by Valentine De Landro – Image Comics

In a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman’s failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards, and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker?

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Jupiter’s Legacy (vol. 1) written by Mark Millar, art by Frank Quitely – Image Comics

The children of the world’s greatest superheroes may never be able to fill their parents’ shoes. When the family becomes embattled by infighting, one branch stages an uprising and another goes into hiding. How long can the world survive when one family’s super-powered problems explode onto the global stage?

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Dark Knight: A True Batman Story written by Paul Dini, art by Eduardo Risso –Vertigo

This is a Batman story like no other-the harrowing and eloquent autobiographical tale of writer Paul Dini’s courageous struggle to overcome a desperate situation.

The Caped Crusader has been the all-abiding icon of justice and authority for generations. But in this surprising original graphic novel, we see Batman in a new light-as the savior who helps a discouraged man recover from a brutal attack that left him unable to face the world.

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Divinity written by Matt Kindt, art by Trevor Hairsine – Valiant Comics

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent a man farther into the cosmos than anyone has gone before or since. Lost in the stars, he encountered something unknown. Something that…changed him.

Long thought lost and erased from the history books, he has suddenly returned, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity – one who turned the scorched desert into a lush oasis. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. Now the rest of the world’s powers must decide for themselves – will the enigmatic Divinity offer his hand in friendship, or will Earth’s heroes find themselves helpless against the wrath of the divine?

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Daredevil: Born Again written by Frank Miller, art by David Mazzucchelli – Marvel Comics

“And I — I have shown him… that a man without hope is a man without fear.” The definitive Daredevil tale! Karen Page, Matt Murdock’s former lover, has traded away the Man Without Fear’s secret identity for a drug fix. Now, Daredevil must find strength as the Kingpin of Crime wastes no time taking him down as low as a human can get.

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Roche Limit (vol. 3) written by Michael Moreci, art by Kyle Charles – Image Comics

Earth is in ruins after the Black Sun’s annihilation of the planet. Now, in the last remaining human city, its inhabitants fight for survival, while a chosen few realize that their world may not be what it seems.


January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

4 Kids Walk Into A Bank written by Matthew Rosenberg, art by Tyler Boss – Black Mask Studios

A FUN(ISH) CRIME CAPER ABOUT CHILDREN! 11 year old Paige and her weirdo friends have a problem: a gang of ex-cons need her dad’s help on a heist… the problem is those ex-cons are morons. If Paige wants to keep her dad out of trouble, she’s going to have to pull off the heist herself. Like Wes Anderson remaking RESERVOIR DOGS, 4KWIAB is a very dark & moderately humorous story about friendship, growing up, d & d, puking, skinheads, grand larceny, & family.

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Tumor written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, art by Noel Tuazon – Oni Press

Private investigator Frank Armstrong barely scrapes by in the Los Angeles underbelly until “the big one” hits his desk. Locate and retrieve the daughter of a drug kingpin, and he can finally afford more than the one-dollar meatloaf. Unfortunately, the job offer arrives just as the symptoms of his fatal, late-stage brain tumor intensify. Frank must find the target and keep her safe while time collapses, family turns into foe, and the specter of his murdered wife resurfaces in the eyes of a mobster’s daughter.

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

The Omega Men written by Tom King, art by Barnaby Bagenda – DC Comics

Kyle Rayner, the White Lantern, is dead. And the Omega Men killed him. On live TV. They’re a criminal gang, a terrorist organization, a fanatical cult.

And they’re the only hope for freedom this godforsaken sector of the universe has.

No matter what the citizens of the Vega System think they saw, the White Lantern lives…as the Omega Men’s prisoner. What they really want him to be is their latest recruit in their relentless war against the all-powerful Citadel and its tyrannical Viceroy.

As Kyle gets to know this motley crew of outlaws, he’ll question everything he knows about being a hero. In this strange system where the Green Lanterns are forbidden, will he break his oath and join their revolution? Or will he discover that the Omega Men are monsters in the end?

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Afterlife With Archie written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, art by Francesco Francavilla and Jack Morelli – Archie Horror Comics

When Jughead’s beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his furry best friend — Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he’s not the same… and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie, Betty, Veronica and the gang to try to escape from Riverdale!

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, art by Robert Hack and Jack Morelli – Archie Horror Comics

On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda.

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Civil War II: Kingpin written by Matthew Rosenberg, art by Ricardo López Ortiz – Marvel Comics

When Earth’s heroes go to war, that only spells opportunity for the villains! And few have the knowhow to take advantage like the Kingpin! For while an Inhuman with the ability to predict the future has inspired a clampdown on crime before it can even happen, Wilson Fisk has managed to stay one step ahead of the good guys — and his business is booming! But what’s his secret? One thing’s for sure — his competitors are jealous and that’s bad news for Fisk’s men. Worse still, Fisk has reason to believe that one of his own is plotting against him. But enemies inside and out are nothing compared to the ultimate threat to his empire — the Punisher! As conflict rages all around him, can Wilson Fisk stay the Kingpin of a world without crime?

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Vision written by Tom King, art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta – Marvel Comics

The Vision wants to be human, and what’s more human than family? So he heads back to the beginning, to the laboratory where Ultron created him and molded him into a weapon. The place where he first rebelled against his given destiny, and imagined he could be more — that he could be a man. There, he builds them. A wife, Virginia. Two teenage twins, Viv and Vin. They look like him. They have his powers. They share his grandest ambition (or is that obsession?): the unrelenting need to be ordinary. Behold the Visions! They’re the family next door, and they have the power to kill us all. What could possibly go wrong? Artificial hearts will be broken, bodies will not stay buried, the truth will not remain hidden, and the Vision will never be the same.

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Kill or be Killed written by Ed Brubaker, art by  Elizabeth Breitweiser and Sean Phillips – Image Comics

The darkly twisted story of a young man forced to kill bad people, and how he struggles to keep his secret as it slowly begins to ruin his life and the lives of his friends and loved ones.

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Saga written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Fiona Staples – Image Comics

SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in a sexy, subversive drama for adults.

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Black Hammer written Jeff Lemire, art by Dean Ormston – Dark Horse Comics

HEROES NEVER DIE…THEY JUST GET RETCONNED! Once they were heroes, but the age of heroes has long since passed. Banished from existence by a multiversal crisis, the old champions of Spiral City…Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, Madame Dragonfly, and Barbalien…now lead simple lives in a timeless farming town. Even as they try to find their way home, trouble has a unique way of finding heroes wherever they are!

January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads Of 2016 – Series And Graphic Novels!

Turncoat written by Alex Paknadel, art by Artyom Trakhanov – BOOM! Studios

300 years since humanity was brutally subjugated by the alien race known simply as the Management. Two years since these invaders abandoned Earth to return to their home world. Following her participation in the brutal massacre of human-alien hybrids left behind by the Management, resistance fighter Marta Gonzalez declines to join the new human government and starts her own private detective agency instead. Gonzalez is forced to confront her own bloody past and acknowledge the fact that the transition from oppression to emancipation is anything but clean.

19 thoughts on “January 2, 2017: Best Comic Book Reads of 2016 – Series and Graphic Novels!

  1. Found Divinity 1 & 2 at my library. Someone has them both, not due until 1-19, so it may be awhile before I read those.

    BUT…Wrinkles was apparently made into a movie; my library doesn’t have the book but DOES have the DVD! Going to check it out!

  2. Hmmm… I started reading Roche Limit, but lost track of its release. Must catch up! I’ve really enjoyed sci fi books the last couple of years, especially Fuse (Johnston, Greenwood). I might want to check out Replica. Have you checked out Drifter, or Faster Than Light?

    Last year I mostly read the Winter Soldier and Captain America books, going back to the first Civil War event. Some of it I had already read, but it was nice reading it in order instead of bits and pieces. (During and after the Civil War event I read Iron Man books, even though I was pro-Cap.) Still reading new Cap books, and soon I’ll be reading Thunderbolts, since Bucky’s been leading that team. (Bucky is my new Wolverine. 😉 )


  3. The Teen Titans one is a bit pricey. I think my daughter is more a Teen Titans Go! type anyway.

  4. The reviews at the new year is a convenient format. I’ll be able to find those easily to get my audio book collection decent.

  5. Joe, are your ears burning? My brother is visiting from the East Coast; your name came up at dinner. 😎

  6. Blog readers, particularly in USA: I expanded my cable service in 2016 and am now looking for viewing recommendations. Any movies or series of past five–ten years that I should consider?

  7. Most of those covers have wonderful artwork. That’s my main reason to hangout in bookstores – to allow my eyes to wander across the covers, then, when one stands out, the rest of me follows through to read the preface, author, etc. Many decisions go into choosing a new book, the covers are always the first to grab me.

    I’m back at work today, sigh… first order of business is to remember my work password to my computer. Second order is taking down my cubicle festive lights and tiny glass ornaments. So sad to pack them up, but at least I don’t have a dried out tree to handle. However, my Christmas cactus seems the worse for wear, and very dry. After I left it in good hands to be cared for these past 10 days away. Hoping it doesn’t die before blooming – late. It never blooms at Christmas.

    Ah me, guess I have to start actually working now…

  8. gildermcc: It you like light mysteries, “Murdock Mysteries” on Netflix is fun. I know you like Sci-fi, so “Stranger Things” and “Travelers” are binge worthy. If you like mystery/westerns “Skin Walkers” and “Longmire” are both excellent. “Bosch” is good mystery on Amazon Prime, based on the Michael Connely’s series. “The Killing” is very intense mystery series set in Seattle on Netflix. For British mysteries, I recommend “The Fall”, “Broadchurch”, “Happy Valley”, “Luther” and “Sherlock” (Netflix). That should do for now.

    Maggiemayday: How many surgeries? Yikes! I hope that’s the last of them. Have a fun vaca!

    I don’t usually read graphic novels but some of those look good!

  9. gildermcc: Would have recommend “Dark Matter” but I thought that was obvious. 😉

    I saw Roger Cross on the “X-files” the other night. He was so young. I was thinking about what Roger said the advice he received as a young actor. “I can tell that you’re a nice kid, but when a true gangster threatens someone, he doesn’t have to yell; he just means it.” That stuck in my head because it’s so true. Some of the best scenes are so calm sounding but still chilling. Then I caught a few clips from a soap opera award show. A whole lot of screaming! Not to trash the soaps. Maybe, that’s what their audience wants?

  10. I’ll have to give Tumor, Divinity, Vision and Afterlife With Archie a go. I love Franceso Francovilla’s works. I’m gonna have to break down and buy a print someday.

    Thanks for the list.

  11. @Joe glad to see you were able to achieve your reading goals for 2016! 🙂

    Hey! When do we get to hear about/see the other gifts you got Akemi for Christmas this year?

  12. @Kathy C Don’t sell yourself so short beautiful! (((YOU ROCK!!)))
    You did so much more than achieve daily participation in our blog family.

    A. You Managed to maintain discipline enough to get back into shape.
    (never an easy task – but you did it!)

    B. You did an absolutely AMAZING job of co-hosting and being the posting coordinator for our blog anniversary celebration and tribute to Joe.
    Sending thousands of thank you hugs n kisses your way for that! XO

    C. You were determined to find a new job in 2016 and you did!

    D. You were a wonderful supportive blog sis to all here.

    I’d say – those are some pretty awesome goals to achieve and serve as an inspiration and hope to all!


  13. @Tam (((Hugs))) so very sorry to hear about your brother and so sorry to hear Dr Jo hasn’t been doing so well in her battle either.
    I guess all we can do for her now is to stay strong and show her as much love and joy as possible for whatever time she has left. Please, do let her know I send my daily dose of warmest hugs n always so much much love.
    She is more courageous than she will ever really know.
    Sometime in next few weeks maybe we can ‘surprise her’ with a nice gift of something she truly enjoys?? Will email ya over the weekend. Money is pretty tight these days but am sure if we put our heads together we can think of something.

    @Ponytail: How were the holidays? And how’s your dad doing? You’re such a good daughter for taking care of them. XO

  14. I’ve been sooo busy lately, haven’t had time for nothing. I’m reading backwards right now.

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