As 2017 begins to unfold, Nothing But Comics draws its coverage of 2016 to an end with my list of Best Single Issues. All entries are listed alphabetically by title.
The ten best comics of 2016. As per the usual, some old favories, some new additions and everything in between. Continue reading This Year’s Finest 2016: The Ten Best Series
For the year of 2016, these are the ten best writers selected by the Nothing But Comics team Continue reading This Years Finest 2016: The Ten Best Writers
The weather might suggest otherwise, but December has arrived and with it the inevitable year’s end lists. Luckily, at Nothing But Comics, we’re quite fond of year’s end lists. Our first group Top Ten will arrive tomorrow, but first I offer up my annual look back at some of the most memorable character from 2016.
All entries are listed alphabetically. For simplicity sake, characters without code names are listed by first name.
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Let’s not make America a dumpster fire again!!!
Details, preview pages and press release below Continue reading Preview: Ms Marvel #13 Says To Go VOTE!!!!
By G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa & Ian Herring
“We all have secret identities, but no secrets.”
Recently there has been much discussion about the merits of superhero secret identities. Once a core element of the genre, it has been increasingly falling out of favor with creators. Much of the Marvel Universe presently seems to ignore the concept; meanwhile CW series such The Flash give lip service to it in theory while pretty much discarding it in practice. In Valiant’s Faith, writer Jody Houser has been affectionately poking fun at the device (the heroine’s alter ego works as a “journalist” at a celebrity news blog and wears glasses as part of her disguise). A recent issue (#9), however, dug a little deeper exploring how Faith’s secret identity was a bridge to not only a superhero support group, but sincere friendships which keep her grounded in either identity. G. Willow Wilson plays with some similar ideas in the latest issue of Ms. Marvel, while also highlighting the importance of empathy.
Back in January Valiant launched a new solo min-series for Faith Herbert, aka Zephyr. This was great news for those of us who have been happily following her adventures ever since Joshua Dysart reintroduced her to readers in the pages of his Harbinger series. Two weeks ago, Valiant announced that demand for Faith had proven so strong that not only would her story be continuing, but it would be upgraded from a sequel mini to a new ongoing title. This is no small accomplishment, as Faith will be the first ongoing female solo title published by the current iteration of Valiant. As such, the new series, which will retain writer Jody Houser, represents another successful step forward for diversity in comics. However, it also points to another trend that has been occurring recently: a shift in the tone of storytelling. Ever since Alan Moore asked “Who Watches the Watchmen?” and Frank Miller pondered the last act of The Dark Knight’s career, the medium has been dominated by the grim and gritty archetype. At its height in the 90s, the prominence of such figures somehow achieved self-parody (cough, Az-Bats, cough) without losing their popularity. To this day, a new creative team’s pledge to “strip our hero down to nothing and see what makes him (or her) tick” is frequently cited as a fresh approach to counter lackluster storytelling. It’s not. Which does not mean that it cannot work, only that there is nothing groundbreaking about it. Instead, a new generation of heroines, including Zephyr, are helping redefine superheroes for a new generation of readers.
Two years ago Marvel published the first issue of Ms. Marvel. To say that it was a sensational success would be an understatement. The reviews were ecstatic, the fans passionately devoted and the sales reflective of both. It was a triumphal debut which went on to grow even richer in its sophomore year. Towards the end of 2015, Marvel relaunched the series as part of its All-New All-Different initiative and title just went on soaring without missing a beat. And so Kamala’s journey enters its third year with all its heart intact. This week’s instalment is an endearing, exciting reminder of why this series remains such a stand-out book. There were a lot of strong comics this week, yet, this one stands above the rest.