Honesty time: 2016 was fucking weird in multiple ways, and the comics realm wasn’t spared that eccentricity. Major superhero publishers hit the reset/rebirth button to varying degrees of success, digital market leaders announced forays into original comics and the entire community contemplated how the medium could both employ and engage people of all intellectual and demographic backgrounds. That said, a lot of great comics debuted and we have astronomically high hopes that the following 12 months can usher more excellence.
I don’t think we need to worry much: a metric ton of sequential art gold is scheduled to hit shelves. Curiously, our list is light on mainstream capes and cowls despite the genre’s outstanding frequency. Instead, a slew of other genre and indie work has us feverishly thrilled. A new adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods will transition to panels, helmed by the author’s Sandman collaborators Craig P. Russell and Scott Hampton. The sci-fi corner will embrace a deeper shade of nihilism via James Stokoe’s Aliens: Dead Orbit and Jonathan Hickman’s delayed Frontier—a return for the creator to design-driven illustration alongside his winding plot development. Michael DeForge, Jillian Tamaki and Eleanor Davis will debut new projects and collections that will probably make our best of ’17 list (let’s be honest) and C. Spike Trotman and Jess Fink will continue to show why comics are the new home for female-friendly sexuality. Speaking of: don’t even get us started on the untitled Fall surprise from Tula Lotay and Becky Cloonan. We’ve also included a few early-to-mid January releases that are definitely worth your time.
Check out the gallery above for a full list of our most anticipated comics of 2017, and let us know what you’re jazzed about on Twitter.