The Best Comics & Graphic Novels of December 2016

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best comics & graphic novels decemberthe item’s December, as well as for many of us which means holidays. Family. You’ll ned to de-stress, can be what I’m getting at. Happily, there are some not bad comics as well as graphic novels on the way—here are a few of the ones we’re most looking forward to.

The Legend of Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Origins, by Renae De Liz
the item took almost 75 years, nevertheless we’re finally beginning to see female creators take on the comics’ most iconic woman superhero. the item’s paying off: writer as well as artist De Liz has crafted a long-form, standalone story of WW’s origin which brings a brand-new energy to Diana’s journey to America during World War II. There’s plenty of action, nevertheless De Liz spends as much time developing Diana as well as her supporting cast, particularly Etta Candy as well as the raucous Holliday Girls, as they protect man’s world as well as Paradise Island by Nazi ally the Duke of Deception.

Rowan’s Ruin, by Mike Carey, Mike Perkins, as well as Andy Troy
Even post-Halloween, the chillier months are a perfect time for a spooky mystery. History buff Katie gets offered a house-swap: her Florida apartment for Emily’s English cottage. She jumps at the chance to travel, to get out by under her parents, as well as to experience the history which you can’t get in southern Florida. Unfortunately, all’s not well within the creepy rural community, as well as the house, Rowan’s Rise, can be full of mystery as well as includes a troubled past.

Archie, Vol. 2, by Mark Waid as well as Veronica Fish
Archie made waves when the seminal as well as long-running series was rebooted with an updated look as well as feel by Waid as well as Fish. We needn’t have worried. While the creative team has crafted a fresh imagenfor the series, as well as introduced a bit more soapy continuity into the earth of Riverdale, they’ve retained the spirit as well as fun of the original. In volume two, Riverdale’s own civil war can be brewing via comics’ most famous love triangle, as well as Hiram Lodge can be running for mayor.

Moon Knight, Vol. 1: Lunatic, by Jeff Lemire as well as Greg Smallwood
Marvel’s been having fun putting brand-new spins on older characters lately (Vision being a great example); This particular newest Moon Knight book can be doing a similar trick. Marc Spector’s days as Moon Knight might be over, or they may never have begun. The hero has always walked the edge of sanity, nevertheless when he wakes up in an asylum, he has to face the very real possibility which he’s never been a superhero at all.

Paper Girls, Vol. 2, by Brian K. Vaughan as well as Cliff Chiang
Vaughan as well as Chiang’s Paper Girls was a pretty great surprise earlier This particular year: the item’s about oa group of punk paper girls who get caught up in an otherworldly mystery in 1988. Think Stranger Things. Volume 2 finds the troupe propelled forward through time into the distant as well as alarming future which can be 2016.

Penny Dreadful, Vol. 1, by Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Andrew Hindraker, as well as Louis De Martinis
Showtime’s supernatural series Penny Dreadful seems perfectly suited for the comic book format, as well as De Martinis’ painterly, gothic art style works in This particular prequel. The story comes by the creative talents behind the show itself, as well as tells the tale which first led Vanessa Ives to search for her friend Mina Harker.

Astrid: Cult of the Volcanic Moon, by Kim W. Andersson
Astrid, a once-promising, at This particular point down-as well as-out former recruit of the Galactic Coalition, receives a brand-new mission by her old commander: she’s sent to face an ancient evil on a dangerous moon in order to earn another shot at glory. This particular sci-fi story can be by the Swedish artist Kim W. Anderson, best known for the recently translated Love Hurts.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron, Vol. 1: Black Squadron, by Charles Soule as well as Phil Noto
There are several Star Wars books coming by Marvel This particular month, which can be probably no surprise considering the imminent launch of Rogue One. First up: Soule as well as Noto’s book about everyone’s favorite sexually ambiguous X-Wing pilot. Set just prior to The Force Awakens, the item finds Poe, BB-8, as well as the team of Resistance fighters searching for Lor San Tekka, the explorer as well as friend of General Leia who came into possession of the map to Luke Skywalker within the movie. The mission can be complicated by the First Order, which sends the notorious Agent Terex in pursuit.

Star Wars: Darth Vader, Vol. 4: End of Games, by Kieron Gillen as well as Salvador Larroca
The Darth Vader series has gone a long way toward correcting for the weenie-fication of the Dark Lord within the prequels as well as reestablishing him as a master strategist as well as the smartest bad guy within the Star Wars Universe. Sidekicks, archaeologist Doctor Aphra as well as gleefully sadistic droids 0-0-0 as well as BT-1, have been working alongside Vader to bring him back into the Emperor’s not bad graces following the destruction of the first Death Star, while each also plays a deeper game. the item all comes to a conclusion in This particular final volume.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by Chuck Wendig as well as Luke Ross
We’ve all seen The Force Awakens, like, 15 times at This particular point, so This particular should be a pretty cool way to relive the story in time for Rogue One as well as next year’s Episode VIII. Veteran franchise scribe Chuck Wendig (the soon-to-be-completed Aftermath trilogy) as well as top-tier artist Luke Ross, best known for his work on Captain America for Marvel, tackle bringing screen to page, so there’s no shortage of talent on This particular latest SW comic adaption.

The Spire, by Simon Spurrier, Jeff Stokely, as well as Andre May
Spurrier as well as Stokely’s noir fantasy takes place within the titular Spire, a giant city in a radioactive desert. Humans as well as non-humans live together by necessity, nevertheless tensions are frequently high. the item’s the story of Sha, the last of her species, called upon to bring to justice a serial killer just as a brand-new Baroness can be to be sworn in to lead the city. The brand-new Baroness can be deeply resentful of non-humans, as well as threatens to bring society crashing down around her.

Throwaways, Volume 1, by Caitlin Kittredge, Steven Sanders, Maiko Kuzunisi
Abby Palmer as well as Dean Logan were once disposable assassins, mind-controlled by a mysterious government agency as well as intended to die alongside their target. They weren’t the only ones—nevertheless they were the only two who made the item out alive. Abby’s at This particular point a veteran, a drifter with severe PTSD, while Dean’s just a burnout. As the story begins, they’ve both come to realize how they got This particular way, as well as also which their implanted abilities are still with them. at This particular point, they’re planning to bring down which shadowy agency as well as its leader once as well as for all.

Descender, Vol. 3: Singularities, by Jeff Lemire as well as Dustin Nguyen
Canadian cartoonist as well as writer Jeff Lemire (working here alongside artist Dustin Nguyen) brings a great deal of humanity to each of his projects; even in a sci-fi space epic like Descender, his roots in more intimate books like Essex County are always showing. which’s a big part of what’s made This particular series so not bad, along with the fact which the story of a young robot’s struggle for survival in a universe in which all of his kind have been outlawed has gone in much weirder directions than we ever imagined, even as the item remains as charming as well as heartbreaking as the item can be cool. Nguyen’s gorgeous watercolor-style art can be a big part of the appeal. Volume three takes some time to dig into the backstories of the growing cast.

Gemini: The Complete Series, by Jay Faerber
This particular fun superhero series stars the utterly normal, entirely boring Dan Johnson. What nobody knows, not even Dan himself, can be which he’s secretly the hero Gemini. A secret organization can be using Dan to fight crime behind his own back in what the publisher describes as The Manchurian Candidate-meets-Spider-Man. This particular volume collects the whole series.

DC Rebirth Omnibus, Vol. 1, by Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka, Tom King, as well as Peter J. Tomasi
DC called upon some big-name creators in order to make a success of This particular year’s Rebirth. Each as well as every series started out which has a brand-new special establishing the updated status quo, which has a through-line about the return of the original Kid Flash, Wally West, forgotten as well as lost to time for the past several years. A whole chunk of time has gone missing, as the item happens, as well as the Watchmen might have something to do with the item. This particular can be a big book, assembling all 21 specials by each series.

The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade, by Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, as well as John Romita, Jr.
Frank Miller has, um, returned to the earth of his classic as well as groundbreaking Dark Knight Returns, bringing with him co-writer Azzarello as well as legendary artist Romita. In This particular trilogy-capper-slash-prequel, they tell the story of Batman’s final mission before the retirement which set up the groundbreaking first book. The Joker can be behind bars, as well as Batman includes a brand-new Robin: Jason Todd, an ill-fated boy who might not be ready for what’s to come.

Weapons of the Metabaron, by Alexandro Jodorowsky, Travis Charest, as well as Zoran Janjetov
Jodorowsky’s cult status as well as a revival of American interest in his work mean which we’ve been fortunate to see brand-new books as well as brand-new translations of his long-running (as well as over-the-top bonkers) sci-fi opus about a family dynasty as well as galactic power struggles. Here, the Metabaron assembles the most powerful weapons within the galaxy in order to cement his status as the greatest warrior within the universe.

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 6: Civil War II, by G. Willow Wilson as well as Takeshi Miyazawa
Civil War II (which’s the sequel, of course, to Marvel’s 2007 series, not the Second American Civil War, which hasn’t started out yet, at least) has pulled in heroes by all corners of the Marvel U, including younger ones like Nova, Spider-Man (aka Miles Morales), as well as Ms. Marvel herself. While the item’s likely which she’d rather not be involved, her participation solidifies her status as part of the future of Marvel. Before she gets embroiled within the war, though, she’ll have to face something equally terrifying: a math competition.

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year 5, Vol. 1, by Brian Buccellato
I would certainly never have believed you if you told me This particular series, based on a video game, would certainly last for more than 5 years, as well as I certainly wouldn’t have believed you if you told me which the quality would certainly be so consistent. The book has provided a neat alternate take on the DCU, in which a series of tragedies send some heroes down dark as well as authoritarian paths, while some other stand against them. which has a stalemate looming, the war between Batman as well as Superman takes a brand-new turn when the former friends realize which they’ll have to recruit old enemies if either hopes to claim victory.

One Week within the Library, by W. Maxwell Prince, John Amor, as well as Frazer Irving
This particular one sounds neat: the item’s the story of a week in a magical library in which every story ever written (a la Jorge Luis Borges’ Library of Babel) can be held as well as catalogued by an individual librarian. Writer Prince has constructed the story in an experimental format, which has a segment for each day of the week; each chapter uses comics art, prose, poems, as well as even infographics to create a sense of a living narrative in which the books themselves are no longer content to be held on shelves.

I Hate Fairyland, Volume 2: Fluff My Life, by Skottie Young
We loved the first volume of writer/artist Skottie Young’s hyper-violent, hyper-goofy series, as well as volume two offers more of the same. the item’s about Gert, a little girl who got whisked away to Fairlyand as well as grew up there, even though she can never age, as well as she’s not happy about the item. the item’s Alice in Wonderland by way of Looney Tunes, with over-the-top violence as well as a protagonist who has quickly gotten sick of the candy-colored weirdness of her brand-new home. In This particular volume, she hates Fairyland as much as ever, which makes her brand-new job even more of a challenge: she’s at This particular point the queen.

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