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… Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #15
“If you’re still not reading this book, what can I possibly say to you? How about this issue teases the epic clash of titans which fans have been clamoring for? Yep, it’s Taskmaster vs Mew the Cat. And yep again, it’s told from the feline’s perspective. Ah Mew . . . “
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.
British comic book artist Steve Dillon has passed away at the age of 54. The news was confirmed on Twitter by Dillon’s brother Glyn. According to Garth Ennis, Dillon died from a ruptured appendix, which the artist mistook for food poisoning. He died in New York City, which he had been visiting for this year’s Comic Con.
Born in 1962, Dillon entered comics as a teenager working on British properties such as Judge Dredd and Doctor Who. The early 90s brought him to DC where he worked Hellblazer and Animal Man. In 1995 Ennis and Dillon built on their experience together on Hellblazer by co-creating Preacher for Vertigo. Ennis and Dillon would later reteam for Ennis’ acclaimed Punisher MAX series. In recent years, Dillon continued to work for Marvel; in the past year he has contributed art for James Robinson’s Scarlet Witch series and the current Becky Cloonan Punisher title.
Rest in Peace, Steve Dillon.
Writer John Ridley who won an Oscar for screen writing with the seminal 12 Years A Slave will be releasing a sequel to his American Way comics series with artist Georges Jeanty titled, The American Way: Those Above and Those Below” More details at CBR
During the recent Awesome Con in Washington DC, I had the opportunity to talk with rising comics writer Tom King as well as hear him speak at a Q&A. King as the author of series such as Grayson, Omega Men, Sheriff of Babylon and The Vision, King has made a name for himself among readers. In the matter of only a couple years he has gone from “one to watch” to being entrusted with rewriting Batman, arguably DC’s highest profile series.
Others might have let such rapid success go to their head, yet one of the most appealing aspects of King is how casual, even self-deprecating he is. At the Q&A he interjected that “meteoric” was not an apt description of his career as it would describe the worst, slow-moving meteor ever. Later when asked why Omega Men did not sell better, he replied “the crappy writing.” (His more serious answer cited the non-conventional cover art and his mistaken assumption that everyone would have read the 8 page preview before picking up the first issue). In addition, though, he explained how overconfidence is detrimental. Having an assignment which scares you is a good thing, as it pushes you outside your comfort zone. At the end of the day, King stated that he loves superheroes as much as any fan and simply wants to see them done right.