Don’t worry—we’re going to bring you our picks for the most anticipated comics of 2017, but before we take a look at what we know is coming up, we wanted to spend some time discussing what we hope is on the horizon. As we trudge into an uncertain future, the comic industry continues to teeter on a precipice. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many direct-market shops are suffering from tight margins while major publishers continually double-down on reboots, relaunches and incentives to (temporarily) inflate sales. Companies like Marvel and DC are working out, in real time, how to balance representing new, diverse audiences with satisfying the deep strain of nostalgia that drives the bulk of the industry. The items on our wishlist range from goofy fan requests to dead-serious calls for better industry standards. If comics truly are going to be for everybody—and attract and maintain a consumer base that reflects that hopeful assertion—some things need to change. Let us know on Facebook and Twitter if there’s anything we left out, and let’s keep our fingers crossed that the industry continues to improve in 2017.