Hope y’all had a lovely holiday! I saw family, ate a lot of food, played a lot of games… it was great. And I kind of ignored the internet, which was nice, but now I’m ready to be back and get some work done!
So, I did not read nearly enough comics this year. Hardly any stand-alone graphic novels, I’ve been struggling to keep up with my pull list all year, and I’ve barely read any digital comics at all. FOR SHAME, SARAH. I did recently (ahem, in November) sign up for a year-long subscription to Marvel Unlimited, so I’m hoping that will boost my comics reading up a bit because I’ll be able to read them in bed again. (In 2015 I had Scribd and read a ton of comics in bed, I’m sure that’s why my numbers were like double what they are for 2016.)
Anyhoo, these are my Top 5 Comics I Read in 2016. Some are old, some are new.
I Hate Fairyland: Volume 1 by Skottie Young – I loved this, muffin-fluffers! Yes, that is the kind of cursing that spews out of Gertrude, who has been stuck in Fairyland and has been trying to find her way out for the last 30 fluffin’ years. Watching her skip along Fairyland murdering anyone who gets in her way was an absolute riot.
Jessica Jones: Alias (Volumes 1-4) by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos – My issue with Bendis aside, I did really enjoy the Alias series. Jessica is someone who’s easy to relate to because she’s no where near perfect. She’s just trying to solve the case and get on with her life. And it was a lot of fun to see some of the panels that they replicated almost perfectly in the show.
Something New by Lucy Knisley – Hey, I got married last year! So when I finally got around to reading this, I had ALL the feels for Lucy’s struggles. As always, her graphic memoirs are fantastic and I can’t wait to see more from her. (She’s a great follow on Instagram too, btw.)
Ms. Marvel (ongoing) by G. Willow Wilson and various artists – I have to give major props to Ms. Marvel. It just continues to be an absolutely awesome series. Kamala Khan for the win! Always. (And Hollywood/Marvel you can get around to making her movie ANY DAY NOW PLEASE.)
Nighthawk: Hate Makes Hate (Volume 1) by David Walker and Ramon Villalobos – The first and only volume will be out on January 10, 2017 and I highly suggest you check it out. It will be the only volume, unfortunately, because Marvel is sometimes a bunch of dicks and decided somewhere around issue 2 or 3 to cancel it after the first arc. So, there are 6 issues and they pack a big bunch. Nighthawk is facing a white supremacists, corrupt cops, arms dealers, and big questions surrounding injustice and violence. It is SO RIGHT for what our country is going through right now and I’m super bummed that the series didn’t even get a chance.
Alright, now I know my comics reading was slacking this year – did anything come out in 2016 that I absolutely have to check out in 2017?