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Friday, December 22, 2017

My Year in Review 2017 - Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels

My year in comics, manga, and graphic novels was a productive one in terms of both quantity (105, or just a little more than 2 per week on average) and quality. On the surface the list probably looks like a mixed bag, but if you consider that I consider myself a student of comics, it might make a bit more sense. I explored (slightly) lesser known superheroes, I caught up on some major superhero crossover events, comics featuring non-white/non-cisgendered/non-male characters, I ventured into webcomics (ones that went to print anyway), and I went way back for some really early comics. I also tried to stay current on titles that critics and fans were talking about. And of course, Canadian comics. With that in mind, ranked from my least favourite to favourite, are all the comics, manga, and graphic novels I read in 2017:

105. The New Ghostbusters (Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening)
104. Xena Warrior Princess: All Roads (Genevieve Valentine, Ariel Medel, and Julius Gopez)
103. Overwatch Anthology: Volume 1 (Various) 
102. The Yellow Kid Comic Strips 1895 - 1898 (Robert F. Outcault)
101. Red Sonja: Wrath of the Gods 1-5 (Luke Lieberman and Walter Geovani)
100. X-Men Gambit: The Complete Collection Volume 1 (Tom DeFalco and Fabian Nicieza)
99. Hawk and Dove Volume One: First Strikes (Sterling Gates and Rob Liefeld) 
98. Man-Thing: Those Who Know Fear (R. L. Stine and German Peralta)
97. All-Star Western Volume 1: Guns and Gotham (Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Moritat)
96. Elektra: The Complete Collection (Peter Milligan, Larry Hama, and Mike Deodato Jr.) 
95. Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider 1 Back in the Hood (Peter David)
94. The Unstoppable Wasp Volume 1: Unstoppable (Jeremy Whitley and Elsa Charretier)
93. Luke Cage: Avenger (Various)
92. Little Lulu: A Handy Kid (John Stanley and Irving Tripp) 
91. Deathstroke Volume 1: The Professional (Christopher Priest)
90. Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage (Various)
89. Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 1 (James Tynion IV, Freddie E. Williams)
88. French Milk (Lucy Knisley)
87. Josie and the Pussycats: Volume 1 (Marguerite Bennett, Cameron Deordio, and Audrey Mok)
86. Conan: The Blood Stained Crown and Other Stories (Kurt Busiek)
85. The Creeps (Fran Krause)
84. Reggie and Me (Tom DeFalco and Sandy Jarrell)
83. XO Manowar Soldier Volume 1 (Matt Kindt and Tomas Giorello) 
82. Sinfest: Viva La Resistance (Tatsuya Ishida)
81. The Shield: Daughter of the Revolution (Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig) 
80. Nova Volume 1: Origin (Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness) 
79. The Customer is Always Wrong (Mimi Pond) 
78. Cyanide and Happiness (Kris, Rob, Matt, and Dave)
77. Booster Gold Volume 1: 52 Pick-Up (Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz)
76. Namor The First Mutant Volume 1: Curse of the Mutants (Stuart Moore and Ariel Olivetti)
75. Hercules: Still Going Strong (Dan Abnett and Luke Ross) 
74. Captain Atom Volume 1: Evolution (J. T. Krul and Freddie Williams II)
73. The Man-Thing: The Complete Collection Volume 1 (Steve Gerber)
72. The Unbelieveable Gwenpool Volume 1: Believe It (Chris Hastings and Danilo Beyruth)
71. The Uncanny X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga (Chris Claremont and John Byrne)
70. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S. Thompson and Troy Little) 
69. Eyes of the Husky (Doug Urquhart)
68. The Totally Awesome Hulk Volume 1: Cho Time (Greg Pak, Frank Cho, and Mike Choi)
67. A.D. After Death (Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire)
66. Cloak and Dagger: Shadows and Light (Bill Mantlo, Al Milgrom, and Chris Claremont)
65. The Infinity War (Jim Starlin)
64. My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness (Nagata Kabi) 
63. A Girl Called Echo: Volume 1 (Katherena Vermette and Scott B. Henderson)
62. Ajin Demi-Human 1 (Tsuina Miura and Gamon Sakurai)
61. Fantastic Four: Ultimate Collection (Mark Waid, Mike Wieringo)
60. Heavy Metal (Jacques de Pierpont and Hervé Bourhis)
59. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe (Ryan North and Erica Henderson)
58. Attack on Titan Colossal Edition (Hajime Isayama)
57. Japan Ai (Aimee Major Steinberger)
56. Venom: The Complete Collection Volume 1 (Rick Remender) 
55. Justice League Dark Volume 3: The Death of Magic (Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes, and Mikel Janin)
54. Rebirth (Geoff Johns)
53. Nightwing Volume 1: Better Than Batman (Tim Seeley and Javier Fernandez) 
52. The Worrier's Guide to Life (Gemma Correll)
51. Battlepug 1 (Mike Norton)
50. Hawkman Book One (Geoff Johns and Rags Morales) 
49. Nick Cave: Have Mercy on Me (Reinhard Kleist)
48. The Smurfs Anthology (Peyo)
47. Cyborg Volume 1: The Imitation of Life (John Semper Jr. and Paul Pelletier)
46. Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat! Volume 1: Hooked on a Feline (Kate Leth and Brittney L. Williams)
45. My Favorite Thing is Monsters (Emil Harris)
44. Shazam Volume 1 (Geoff Johns and Gary Frank)
43. Batman / The Flash: The Button (Joshua Williamson, Tom King, Howard Porter)
41. Warlock: The Complete Collection (Jim Starlin) 
41. Our Cancer Year (Harvey Pekar, Joyce Brabner, and Frank Stack)
40. Oglaf (Doug Bayne and Trudy Cooper)
39. Zatanna (Paul Dini) 
38. Alpha Flight: The Complete Series (Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, and Dale Eaglesham)
37. Silver Surfer Requiem (J. Michael Straczynski and Esad Ribic)
36. Hip Hop Family Tree 4 1984-1985 (Ed Piskor)
35. Nunavik (Michel Hellman)
34. Invincible Ironman Ironheart Volume 1: Riri WIlliams (Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli) 
33. The Infinity Gauntlet (Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim)
32. X-23: The Complete Series (Various) 
31. Scooby Apocalypse: Volume 1 (Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis)
30. Vampirella: Hollywood Horror (Kate Leth and Eman Casallos) 
29. The Flintstones Volume 1 (Mark Russell and Steve Pugh)
28. Old Man Logan Volume 1: Berzerker (Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino)
27. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and the Great Lakes Avengers (Various)
26. The Arab of the Future (Riad Sattouf) 
25. Escape from Syria (Samya Kullab, Jackie Roche, and Mike Freiheit)
24. The 9/11 Report (Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón)
23. Snotgirl Volume 1: Green Hair Don't Care (Bryan Lee O'Malley and Leslie Hung)
22. Terms and Conditions (R. Sikoryak)
21. Plastic (Doug Wagner and Daniel Hillyard)
20. Uncle Scrooge "Only a Poor Old Man" (Carl Barks) 
19. Sex Criminals Volume 1: One Weird Trick (Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky)
18. Saga of the Swamp Thing: Book One (Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, and John Totleben)
17. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection (Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird) 
16. The Comic Book Story of Beer (Jonathan Hennessey, Mike Smith, and Aaron McConnell)
15. Secret Path (Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire)
14. Will I See? (Iskwé, Erin Leslie, David Alexander Robertson, GMB Chomichuk)
13. My Friend Dahmer (Derf Backderf)
12. Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness (Reinhard Kleist)
11. Vinland Saga: Book One (Makoto Yukimura)

THE TOP 10!!!
10. Tetris (Box Brown)
9. Black Widow Volume 1: The Finely Woven Thread (Nathan Edmonson and Phil Noto) 
8. Adulthood is a Myth (Sarah Anderson)
7. My Brother's Husband (Gengoroh Tagame) 
6. Secret Empire (Nick Spencer)
5. Descender Volume One: Tin Stars (Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen)
4. Paper Girls 1 (Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang) 
3. Black Hammer: Secret Origins (Jeff Lemire and Deam Ormston)
2. Bitch Planet 1: Extraordinary Machine (Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro) 
1. Hyperbole and a Half (Allie Brosh)

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