Another good year for comics on the page, if not in the news. While Big 2 publishers Marvel and DC were called out for their internal rot (indie publishers were hardly spared as well), comics kept on comic’ing, and we got a number of great stories and art across a variety of mediums.
I’ve detailed some of my favorites (like the best comic book movies of 2017 or the best DC Comics of 2017) elsewhere across Comic Book Herald, but below you’ll find a series of lists detailing all my faves for 2017.
These are largely lists without commentary, but suffice it to say they are ordered in general order of preference.
2017 Comic Book TV
This list is basically Legion and friends. Runaways had the potential to rival the Noah Hawley production, but honestly the adaptation’s major changes and love of decompression isn’t for me. Nonetheless, I can see that Runaways is a very well crafted TV show, and I’m genuinely interested in the story telling choices made each week.
Important caveat that I haven’t even finished Netflix Punisher as I’ve been doing a Daredevil season two rewatch for approximately 13 years.
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- You gon’ need a space shuttle, or a ladder that’s forever
- Agents of SHIELD
- Preacher S2
- The Gifted
- The feeling you get when you lost something
- Iron Fist
- Dropping the shampoo bottle on your big toe
- Googling symptoms of a seemingly innocuous illness
2017 Indie Comics
The pull list got mighty crowded this year.
- Black Hammer
- Southern Cross
- Grass Kings
- East of West
- Black Monday Murders
- Giant Days
- Mech Cadet Yu
- God Country
- The Flintstones (not indie, but I forgot on my DC list!)
2017 Comic Book Writers
It’s Tom King’s world, we’re all just reveling in it.
- Tom King
- Saladin Ahmed
- Matt Kindt
- Jordie Bellaire
- Donny Cates
- Jeff Lemire
- Scott Snyder
- Jonathan Hickman
- Matt Fraction
- Warren Ellis
2017 Comic Book Artists
You come at Ward’s Black Bolt, you best not miss.
- Christian Ward
- Mitch Gerads
- Vanesa Del Rey
- Andy Belanger
- Steve Skroce
- David Rubin
- Michael Allred
- Gary Franks
- Joelle Jones
- Dean Ormston
2017 Favorite Music Albums
This has nothing to do with comics, other than these are the albums I most enjoyed while reading comic books!
- White Reaper – The World’s Best American Band
- Syd – Fin
- The Afghan Whigs – In Spades
- Kendrick Lamar – DAMN
- Slowdive – Slowdive
- Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
- Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
- Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
- Washer – All Aboard
Scott G. says
What about the Outcast TV show? It is amazing! Looks like it’s cancelled after season 2… but still definitely worth a watch!
Any love for Valiant comics this year or do they merit their own mini list!? I’m a Trade behind, but X-O has been an excellent War comic with top class art. And so far so great with Bloodshot. Looking forward to the crossover event in 2018.
Ha I actually had a whole separate Valiant minilist carved out, but I’m too behind on the books to publish. Valiant’s still rolling pretty strong these days.