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.
By Nick Kocher, Michael Walsh & Michael Garland
Say what you will about Brian Michael Bendis’ main Civil War II series (which for me will not be much as I gave up on it after an uninvolving zero issue), but the tie-ins have actually been pretty solid. In the past, readers would complain about how Events would hijack their favorite titles, demolishing any sense of narrative momentum. More jarring, though, would be how editorial decisions would force characters into situations which did not match the usual tone of their adventures. This time around feels different, as if editorial learned something from the success of last year’s Secret Wars tie-ins. In the case of Secret Wars, Marvel gave creators the freedom to fashion (literally) new lands out of a patchwork of past stories. The resulting tales covered a wide range of territory from heartbreaking to whimsical. While Civil War II does not offer creators as large a scope, it has allowed for individual personalities to remain intact. Titles such as Ms. Marvel and Scarlet Witch have been able to interact with the larger narrative without losing any of the distinctive traits which make them such great reads. That trend continues this week with a delightful new installment of Rocket Raccoon & Groot.
By Nick Kocher, Michael Walsh & Cris Peter
Two years ago Marvel launched a new on-going series starring Rocket Raccoon. The title got off to a strong start with an arc written and illustrated by Skottie Young. Even after Young stepped back to let others pencil the book, the series remained delightfully inventive. Last month, Young turned in his final issue for the tittle, so that he could focus on his creator owned I Hate Fairyland. Stepping into his shoes for #7 is new writer Nick Kocher joined by artist Michael Walsh. Together they have added an entertaining chapter to Rocket’s cosmic misadventures.