No Terry Moore book mirrors any other, but all are excellent. For readers who have followed Moore's career, this series allows him to bring his passion for cartooning, as evidenced in “Paradise Too!” to a more realistic setting. Originally intended to follow the conclusion of his landmark “Strangers in Paradise,” it instead was pushed aside for “Echo” and then “Rachel Rising” and has now preceded the return of “SiP” in its 25th Anniversary series.


Comedy, sci-fi and the appropriate amount of heartfelt drama collide in this story of aliens, apes and a mechanic named Sam, who is trying to make sense of everything that she experiences. It is a wonderful 10-issue story that allows Moore to weave a succinct tale, the most enthusiastically fan of his narratives, and one that delivers the high level of quality readers have come to expect.

15. Doctor Aphra

14. The Walking Dead

13. Seven to Eternity

12. Supergirl: Being Super

11. X-Men: Grand Design

Having staged her death to evade the wrath of Darth Vader, rogue archeologist Doctor Chelli Aphra, and the killer droids, 0-0-0 and BT-1 continue to travel though unseen corners of the Star Wars universe under the guidance of creator and writer Kieron Gillen. With recurring appearances by Wookie bounty hunter Black Krrsantan, the cast can resemble a dark version of the classic film's central cast, but the series is never limited by any aesthetic similarities. Full of capers, betrayals, and multi-layered schemes, the cast members forge their own paths as they explore the galaxy.


As good as Star Wars comics can be when utilizing established characters with, with rich libraries at both Marvel and Dark Horse, the original creations, when fleshed out and allowed to grow, are often the most rewarding narratives, and following Dr. Aphra from her roots in Darth Vader's first Marvel series through these exciting adventures, it is no wonder that this character has connected with so many readers.

Robert Kirkman has killed characters in a myriad of brutal, shocking, heartbreaking ways. This time, it was a bite on the neck. Not a hand or leg that could be removed to curtail the turn, but an unavoidable death sentence that played out slowly, dreadfully and honestly. Characters actually got to say goodbye and mourn in a way we haven't seen before in the comic. It was beautiful. The next issue, Negan gave one of his greatest monologues to talk down an angry mob of Saviors, during which he discusses fetishes and how magnificent his member is. That too was beautiful.


Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard continue to show agile skill in approaching a myriad of situations, refusing to allow the book to grow stale and consistently producing quality work that has not diminished over the lengthy run. It can be big when needed or quiet and meaningful. It can be surprising, it can be tragic, and most importantly, after over a decade of death, destruction, and darkness within, it can still be hopeful.

Science fiction meets fantasy with an occasional touch of super-heroic tropes and an array of complex characters through which to explore a complicated world. Fear runs rampant in the kingdom of Zhal, and a small band fights the paranoia, oppression, and distrust in the hopes of restoring some measure of freedom. Rick Remender drops readers into a story in an already fully-running world, forcing readers into the deep end. The art of Jerome Opena and Matt Hollingsworth is not only beautiful, but Opena is producing the best storytelling of his career

This isn't the first take on Supergirl to emphasize the girl before the heroine. It isn't the first book to make the allegory that being a superhero doesn't mean you can save everybody. It is not the first one to tweak an origin to provide greater modern relevance. What it is not is important, because that means that what is is fantastically enjoyable. That it weaves together tropes so expertly that they feel so fresh and sn new means that this is a Supergirl story that will continue to hold its own alongside her more famous cousin pantheon of beloved evergreen tales. Mariko Tamaki tackles mainstream superheroes as well as she does her more personal award-winning works. Throughout her career, Joëlle Jones has elevated every story she has drawn now matter how down-to-Earth or over-the-top the tale is, and it is fantastic that DC is recognizing her talent and gave her this spotlight to showcase her ability.

Condensing decades of X-Men into six issues can't be easy, but Ed Pskor is making it look so easy. Handling every aspect of production, he brings the same attention to detail from his highly acclaimed “Hip Hop Family Tree” to Marvel's mutants. This book is the type of artistically-challenging, boundary-pushing outside-the-box work that Marvel needs to consistently pursue, rather than merely dabbling with a project every year or so. If you like Piskor's other work, you should feel confident in picking this up; if you have never read his work, and you like the X-Men, pick this up for an innovative presentation weaving together the X-Men's wild history...and then check out some of his other work because he puts that same love and attention into everything that he does.

10. Motor Girl

9. Hawkeye

8. Batman

Most writers tell the story of BatGod, the smartest, toughest, most fearless and so forward-thinking that he cannot be surprised. Tom King writes a man who dresses like a bat, and it brave, tough and incredibly intelligent, but also intrinsically flawed. In humanizing Batman, he has made him even more impressive, because he can clearly fail, his successes are even more worthy of celebration and admiration.


Opening himself to love per his Flashpoint Earth father's advice has propelled Batman's journey that has touched down in most every genre of fiction. He proposed to Catwoman, revealed his greatest failing before allowing her to answer in a story that sees the most unexpected savior and makes audiences feel legitimate emotion towards Kite Man. Selina accepts, they cross the desert, and she fights Talia to stand up for her man, and then Bruce and Selina go on a wonderfully endearing and humorous double date with Superman and Lois Lane to close out the year. This genre-hopping exploration of Bruce Wayne would not be possible if King didn't have equally-talented artistic collaborators like David Finch, Mitch Gerads, Jason Fabok, Mikel Janin, Clay Mann and Joëlle Jones, ably abetted by skilled inkers and colorists to complement the tone of each story.

“Love and Rockets” is one of the finest American comics ever produced. For over three decades, brothers Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez have explored whatever they choose in this series, but often chronicling the lives of their respective casts that readers have followed since the beginning. Luba's extended family and Maggie, Hopey, and Ray remain at the center of the stories, but it is not merely because the readers love them—it is readily apparent in every story in which they appear that both brothers have so much left to say with these casts.


With vignettes bouncing between past and present, punk reunion shows B-movies, the pursuit of pop superstardom and some sci-fi on the side, every issue entertains.  Gilbert and Jaime were inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame this past year, and neither show any signs of slowing down to rest on their laurels, continuing to work at the standard that has earned each such acclaim over their careers.

7. Love and Rockets

6. Shaolin Cowboy

Geof Darrow's exiled Shaolin monk has returned, continuing his path of atonement as he confronts forgotten adversaries from his past. The art is as beautiful and hyper-detailed and violent and absurd as ever. The dialogue is actually a bit heavier than normal as crabs and pigs explain their respective intricately-complicated grievances with our hero. The series is strange and funny and spectacular, but no amount of description can adequately prepare you for the visual feast that awaits when you see just how much detail Darrow fits into every panel of every page of every issue.

5. Savage Dragon

Erik Larsen celebrated Image and Savage Dragon's 25th Anniversary by breaking every rule, pushing past every boundary and reinventing the book once again. Main characters died, went to Heaven, not coming back, finito. Presumed-dead characters returned to the fold. The entirety of Dragon's history, including the pre-Image work Larsen did before breaking into mainstream comics, is now part of reality. The main cast was exiled from America following an alien invasion, and the book shifted locale to Toronto. Attracting the most headlines, there was a lot of nudity and sex, which to longtime readers, signals a fresh era in a long series of changing thematic elements.


Larsen is never content just doing what has worked before and constantly challenges himself to go in new directions. He celebrates his influences, creates challenges for himself to conquer artistically, experiments with the broad spectrum of genres he loves, and continues to surprise readers who have grown up with the book. The enjoyment of crafting these stories was evident in every issue, and if somebody wanted to claim this was the book's strongest year, we wouldn't argue with them.


We talked with Erik Larsen in 2017, read that interview here

4. Doom Patrol

3. Mister Miracle

Gerard Way has out Morrisoned Grant Morrison, and it is tremendous. Continuing in the vein of the surreal that the legendary comic writer forged when Vertigo was just a glint in DC's eye, Way is knowledgeable and respectful of the past without ever being beholden to it or afraid to stretch outside of the series' already amorphous box. Stunning art, both inside and on every cover that keeps up with his hyper-imaginative storytelling is no easy task, and everybody delivers every time.  Boundaries are explored and expanded, and there is no comfort zone, just a measure of confidence that readers who are fans of the writer, the artists or the characters are in for a challenging, but rewarding read if they take the leap of faith.

There are people who loved Tom King's take on The Vision who are underwhelmed by his approach to Batman. Given the spot “Batman” occupies above, it's not an opinion we share. But for those who see the more cerebral, more surreal, more challenging exploration of identity and not being human, this is the book you seek. King re-teams with his “Sheriff of Babylon” partner Mitch Gerads, and both continue to produce phenomenal work. Mister Miracle, a character created by Jack Kirby and modeled upon the varied talents of Jim Steranko. Scott Free is the biological son of DC's premier villain, but raised by his unquestionably benevolent counterpart, making him a character study of nature vs. nurture, one of the most extraordinary New Gods, but also the most humble.


The character needs storytellers who appreciate the grandiosity of that lineage and are inspired by the tremendous potential rather than intimidated by what the character symbolizes on the page and in our world. The series explores every aspect of the universe to enthrall both longtime fans and newcomers discovering him in this excellent series.

2. My Favorite Thing is Monsters

Set in the 60s, a monster-movie-obsessed 10-year-old chronicles in her diary, her investigation into her Holocaust-survivor neighbor's death. Stories of those around her coalesce into a mix of politics, personal tales, and scars of the past blending with a healthy helping of Hollywood horror. As she researches, the book becomes the coming-of-age for two girls born decades apart. The ballpoint artwork is immediately captivating and stands out not only for the tool's rare use in comics but also for the exquisite execution.


Whatever you consider the greatest artistic debuts—be it comics, prose, film or music—Emil Ferris' beautifully-illustrated-and-written graphic novel is that level. This is out-of-the-gate great in the way that ensures it will be celebrated for years to come. Fantagraphics has worked with many of the greatest creators in comics for decades, and to help bring Ferris's debut work to the public is another prized accomplishment for the publisher.

1. Shirtless BearFighter!

The book delivers everything that the title promises, and so very much more. Bears are indeed punched, kicked and otherwise combated by our often-nude protagonist. And there's a Bear Plane. It is furry and wonderful. And a Hillbilly Warlock. He is somewhat furry and still oddly wonderful. Subversively heartfelt, it tells the story of justice, atonement, and honor from a man raised by bears and trying to avenge lost love as well as save the forest his brethren call home. By punching evil bears and the heads of toilet paper companies. This send-up of 70s and 80s over-the-top machismo and action movie tropes is so ridiculous that it probably shouldn't work, but when a creative team is this in sync,  great things can be accomplished.


Writers Jody Leheup and Sebastian Girner, artist Nil Vendrell, colorist Mike Spicer and letterer Dave Lanphear each build upon each other's considerable talents to pack as much humor as can fit into this fantastically fun adventure. Actually over-packing it because the excess defines this book, the dial is turned to 11 and then ratcheted up to 12 because Shirtless Bear Fighter doesn't know the meaning of limits. Wonderful absurdity is delivered on every page as celebration and subversion endlessly cycle back upon each other. It is not hard to imagine that the book eventually transitions to Adult Swim, as the humor strikes a similar tone and stands bare chest to chest with the quality of the sub-network's finest original programming.

Kelly Thompson is awesome. So awesome that Marvel just locked into an exclusive contract because they know that hers is a voice that makes their universe stronger. A skilled writer with a clear affection for the characters she profiles, her work has been earning her a growing fanbase over the past few years. Chronicling Kate Bishop while Clint was off helping Americans through hard times (he is back sharing ht spotlight now). Moving to L.A. to become a private eye a la Jessica Jones (who guest-stars in the second arc) Kate quips her way through as she adjusts to her surroundings, poking fun at herself and especially the low-tier villains she squares off against.


Artist Leonardo Romero and colorist Jordie Bellaire bring a ton to this book to make Thompson's dialogue pop by giving the book more of an animated feel with bright colors and simple designs that allow expression and body language to speak volumes.