10 of the Best New(ish) Comics of 2017

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on June 13, 2017.

It’s hard to believe we are already halfway through the year of 2017, but it’s true. In such a hectic year, it’s easy to miss out on great new series and exciting comics releases, but that’s why we’re here. Just like we did with our Best New(ish) Comics of 2016 list, ComicBook.Com is back to catch you up on what new comics you should pick up in 2017.

There are a lot of truly great series and original graphic novels available right now, and we at ComicBook.Com want to highlight some of the absolute best. In order to narrow our scope, we’re focusing on relatively new things that either debuted this year or started at the end of last year (too late to be considered for our Best Comics of 2016 lists). If you’re looking for some recommendations to expand your comics reading or simply get away, we guarantee this list has some excellent starting points.

And don’t forget to share your own favorite new series of 2017 in the comments below!

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters

Created by Emil Ferris

Published by Fantagraphics

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters had to start this list. There has been no greater discovery in the world of comics this year than cartoonist Emil Ferris. The first volume of her two-part story is a revelation in mood, structure, style, and history. It tells the story of a young woman in 1960s Chicago whose upstairs neighbor is murdered. The story is crafted through her notebook where she discusses the investigation, her fascination with monster movies, and her adolescent awakenings. It’s a stunning collection that pushes the comics medium forward while telling a very entertaining and engaging story.

Bug!: The Adventures of Forager

Written by Lee Allred

Art by Mike Allred

Colors by Laura Allred

Published by DC Comics / Young Animal

All of the Young Animal series to date have been successes and Bug! doesn’t break that record. In a year that DC Comics has packed with Jack Kirby tributes, none is better than Bug!. It tackles a wide variety of Kirby’s favored cult characters and stories, but tells them in a fashion that is entirely Allred. By also pulling from other beloved DC tales like Cosmic Odyssey, the Allreds are touching on the importance of legacy and how artists build on what comes before. So Bug! manages to be both a delightful superhero romp and a compelling meta-story about why we love the genre and its best artists.

Nothing Lasts Forever

Created by Sina Grace

Published by Image Comics

Sina Grace’s autobiographical comics have long been revered for their directness and simple impact. They detail life in a matter-of-fact manner that allows readers to discover romance and sympathy within mundane struggles. Nothing Lasts Forever is his best work to date as it details a single year and how success and failure often come in odd combinations. It’s a thoughtful work that encourages readers to pick up their own pencils to explore life.

Black Bolt

Written by Saladin Ahmed

Art by Christian Ward

Published by Marvel Comics

Artist Christian Ward is one of the best artists working in comics today and everything he touches at Marvel Comics turns to gold. First it was The Ultimates, and now it’s Black Bolt. Ward is teamed with novelist Saladin Ahmed to tell the story of the once (and future?) king of the Inhumans as he faces an unjust imprisonment. It’s a story rife with cosmic settings and characters, plenty of action, and even more unexpected humor. This is what we want from superhero comics and it’s a gorgeous read.

Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero

Created by Michael DeForge

Published by Drawn & Quarterly

Every new comic from Michael DeForge is noteworthy, but Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero feels particularly notable. The fictional biography of a multitalented woman (who is interviewed by DeForge in the comic) grows the artist’s interest in maturation and his unique aesthetic. The woods and its many creatures that surround Angelic make for a poignant backdrop to this fascinating tale.

Aliens: Dead Orbit

Created by James Stokoe

Published by Dark Horse Comics

James Stokoe has managed to transform a licensed property that seemed best suited for film and transform it into one of the best horror comics of the past decade. Rather than simply imitate what works best in Alien or Aliens, Stokoe has utilized his immense cartoonist’s toolbox to tell an enthralling story. Aliens: Dead Orbit playfully twists timelines and images into an experience readers will not soon forget.

Slasher

Created by Charles Forsman

Published by Floating World Comics

Forsman’s Revenger is a twisted take on revenge comics like none other, but Slasher is taking his work to a new level altogether. It blends familiar elements of violence with new tones of comedy and drama that defy any easy genre description. The comic is twisted beyond belief in ways that will horrify some readers and leave others in stitches. Slasher pushes boundaries in ways that ought to be read and discussed.

Transformers vs G.I. Joe: The Movie Adaptation

Created by Tom Scioli

Published by IDW Publishing

In a one-shot follow up to Scioli’s work on Transformers vs G.I. Joe, the cartoonist adapts his original series twice over. The hook of Transformers vs G.I. Joe: The Movie Adaptation is that it is the comic book adaptation of Scioli’s series. By itself it is an enjoyable, ADD-riddled ride, but taken within the context of the original comics it becomes a commentary on Hollywood and the nature of compromise. Never has a comic so deeply immature had so much to say about its own and other mediums of mass entertainment.

Soupy Leaves Home

Written by Cecil Castellucci

Art by Jose Pimienta

Published by Dark Horse Comics

Soupy Leaves Home is a comic that is all about mood. It tells the story of a young woman who flees her home in order to ride the rails as a hobo. From there she goes on a sentimental journey filled with art and lighthearted adventure. Soupy Leaves Home is a beautiful comic that evokes emotion without restraint. Whether you’re reading it alone or with young ones, this comic is highly recommended.

Roughneck

Created by Jeff Lemire

Published by Simon & Schuster

Despite a large catalog at both Marvel Comics and Image Comics, Jeff Lemire’s best work in comics has always arisen from smaller tales told in rural Canada. Roughneck is a return to form that juxtaposes the small and mundane with the epic and universal. It takes readers on a journey through Ontario they won’t soon forget, and that will remind longtime fans why Lemire is renowned.

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About chasemagnett

Chase is a mild-mannered finance guy by day and a raving comics fan by night. He has been reading comics for more than half of his life (all 23 years of it). After graduating from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with degrees in Economics and English, he has continued to research comics while writing articles and reviews online. His favorite superhero is Superman and he'll accept no other answers. Don't ask about his favorite comic unless you're ready to spend a day discussing dozens of different titles.
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