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.
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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.Cosmo’s Recommendations … A&A The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #5
“How do you make Faith Herbert any more endearing? Send her out on a date with Obadiah Archer. It’s a charming evening full of awkward romance, geek-culture references and super-villain shenanigans. Fun times.”
By Fred Van Lente, Pere Perez, Andrew Dalhouse, Dave Sharpe, Carolina Bonita Soler
Once again The Week’s Finest stumped me. I thought for sure an Image debut or a retro Superhero story would engage me and earn the crown as the best comic (in my humble opinion). Yet, only the increasingly awesome time-travel antics of Ivar, Timewalker surpassed all my previous expectations.
By Jody Houser, Pere Perez, Marguerite Sauvage and Andrew Dalhouse
From her debut in the relaunched Valiant, one of the most appealing aspects of Faith Herbert’s personality has been her love of geek culture. How could readers not be charmed by a woman whose initial reaction to gaining superpowers is gleefully declaring “Joss Whedon’s gonna make a freakin’ movie about me starring Christina Hendricks!”? However, the strength of her character goes deeper than quipy pop cultural references. Writer Joshua Dysart gave Faith, aka Zephyr, a tragic backstory which could have come out of many of the superhero comics she readily devoured. Faith, like her fictional idols, learned to rise to the occasion. Her love of being a superhero is more than simply a whim, it is, yes, a sense of great responsibility. Comics gave her a purpose in life, an explanation for why she lived when her parents did not. Comics taught her how to dedicate her life to others.