Favorite Comics of 2016

I had to do it yall. Here are my favorite comics of 2016. There were a ton of great comics made in 2016, so obviously this isn't comprehensive in any way. But if you need a good read, these 5 deliver.

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What?
Superhero android(synthezoid) the Vision decides to start a family. Could a robot understand something as complex and human as family? Tom King answers that question with relish.

Why?
"The Vision" shines brilliant and tragic. The way King reveals information to his readers will leave you blown away. He shows you how his chapters end and then shows you how things got there, which is an old technique but one that King uses with precision.

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What?
An alien travels across the galaxy to inhabit a teenage girls body. The alien thinks it will be an adventure. What could go wrong becoming a teenager?

Why?
"Shade the Changing Girl" is both a sci-fi acid trip and teenage drama. Two disparate things have been woven into an creative tale of longing and disappointment. It's the weirdest coming of age story you'll ever read.

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What?
Magic and dread run through every page of this comic. "Monstress" is about a post war society in which the losing side is being eaten alive. Arcanics are magical creatures and when certain humans eat Arcanics they gain powers too. The main character Maika, an Arcanic, must navigate this horrible world carrying dangerous and dark mysteries with her.

Why?
"Monstress" is gorgeously drawn, and the story is compelling. The violence and despair isn't for everyone, but you may find yourself reading onward despite the brutality. In a word "Monstress" is stunning.

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What?
A police trainer investigates the murder or one of his trainees in post-war Baghdad.

Why?
Intrigue and action. Those of us who have never been in the military will be struck fresh by this comic. It's a joy to discover something new, and the world of "Sheriff of Bablyon" is fresh but beyond fresh it's captivating.
(Yes, this is written by Tom King. Yes, he made this list twice. Yes, he's that good.)

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"Black Panther" is the head of state in the African country Wakanda. Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates' makes "Black Panther" use his super powers to challenge the enemy within. Instead of fighting super villains he must try and defeat civil war and reunite his country.

Why?
There are layers of meaning in this comic. There are moments when it seems that characters are echoing Malcolm X and Dr. King. At times we hear their voices discussing the the hatred in mankind's heart, and the dream of hope. This comic is both entertaining and deeply intelligent.