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 Kieron Gillen, Leigh Alexander, Dorian Lynskey, Laurie Penny, May HK Choi, Ezekiel Kweku, Kevin Wada, Jamie McKelvie & Matthew Wilson
From the beginning, The Wicked + The Divine has demonstrated a willingness to continually alter its shape. The scope of the series is large, not only in terms of character and plot, but thematically as well. At the outset, writer Kieron Gillen established a narrative which would tackle issues of fame, creativity, popular culture, identity, legacy, youth and mortality. Such rich material naturally allows Gillen the freedom to spin his story off in different directions adjusting the tone along the way. Recently #22 brought to close the Rising Action arc with dynamic action set pieces and wrenching character moments. What followed was an interlude of a more reflective sort, the 1831 Special. Set amongst the 19th Century Romantic Pantheon, it cultivated a more atmospheric, quieter vibe. Tonally quite different, yet, each outstanding in their own way. On Wednesday, Wicked + Divine took another experimental left turn. The result is a fascinating, stunning comic.