We live in a great time to be a comics fan. The industry is taking slow but welcome steps to embrace diversity; accessibility to comics has never been better; the range of comics on offer is as exciting as it's ever been; and a new generation of creators is stepping up to share their voices.

While 2016 was a tough year in many regards, it's produced some amazing comics, from Victorian erotic horror to queer teen detectives to weird new spins on nostalgic favorites. But what were the very best comics of 2016?

That's a question that we want you, the readers, to answer. We've put together a series of polls to determine the best comics in some of the industry's most popular genres, including science fiction, horror, crime, comedy, and superheroes, as well as the best comics aimed at kids and teens.

The writers and editors at ComicsAlliance have compiled their shortlists from all the year's most exciting releases, across all publishers and platforms. Now it's up to you to pick out the best of the best.

These polls close midnight EST on Friday 16 December, and we'll share the results next week. Be sure to check back in with us on Wednesday for the second round of polls, covering the best talent in the industry, including "outstanding writer", "outstanding artist", and "outstanding cartoonist".

 

 

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