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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases for January 11 2017

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The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, “Which comic books should I be reading?” or, “I’m new to comics, what’s a good place to start?” The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

It’s with these challenges in mind that we’ve created Best Comic Books Ever (This Week), an ongoing guide curated by the ComicsAlliance staff. This is where new comics readers and seasoned Wednesday shoppers alike can find our picks of the best books the medium has to offer.

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ComicsAlliance’s Best Of 2016: Best New Series Of 2016

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Check out the final award of the year; best new series' of 2016. The list including our critics’ picks in alphabetical order, and the titles you voted the runner up and winner in this category! This is the very best of 2016!

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases for November 16 2016

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The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, “Which comic books should I be reading?” or, “I’m new to comics, what’s a good place to start?” The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

It’s with these challenges in mind that we’ve created Best Comic Books Ever (This Week), an ongoing guide curated by the ComicsAlliance staff. This is where new comics readers and seasoned Wednesday shoppers alike can find our picks of the best books the medium has to offer.

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If You Love ‘Luke Cage’ On Netflix, Try These Comics Next

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Odds are, you're one of the millions worldwide who binged all of Luke Cage when it premiered on Netflix last weekend. With its sterling cast, gripping story & standout score, Marvel's newest original TV series for the streaming giant is the best one they've made yet.

If you loved the NYC authenticity & hip-hop/R&B-infused aesthetic of the series --- and you've read all the Luke Cage comics you can get your hands on --- we've got five of the best creator-owned comics that capture that same feeling. Love that? Try this!

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‘Voracious’ Creators Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr on Dinosaur Sandwiches [Interview]

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In February, Action Lab Entertainment's Voracious debuted under the tagline, "Top Chef meets Jurassic Park." Needless to say, we were intrigued.

The series tells the story of chef Nate Willner revitalizing his career by using time travel technology he inherited from his uncle to cook and serve dinosaur meat in the present day, and it's been a success both for Action Lab and for indigenous representation in comics. ComicsAlliance talked with writer Markisan Naso and artist Jason Muhr about the book's influences, the research involved, and handling another culture's representation with care.

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‘Voracious’ Is The Dinosaur Cooking Comic You’ve Been Missing [Preview]

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Every now and then, a comic comes along with a premise that is so fantastic, so pure, that you just have to stop and appreciate it for its simple beauty; so simple and perfect that you can't believe it has never happened before. And friends, Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr's Voracious is one of those books, because Voracious is a book about a chef who uses a time machine to cook dinosaurs.

The series is set to start in February from Action Lab with an oversized first issue, but if you would like to weep at the majesty of a perfect idea, then check out a preview below!

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Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt on their Swashbuckling Artistic Process for ‘Princeless’ [Interview]

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With the release of Princeless: The Pirate Princess, creator Jeremy Whitley really started to take his all-ages princess-power series and boost it deep into the consciousness of the comics community. Following Raven, the aforementioned Princess of the High Seas, as she gangs up forces with two other princesses, the third volume of the story was drawn by the team of Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt in their first ever published work.

That's a hugely impressive feat, especially given that they had to jump straight in on a continuing series after two volumes, and keep pace with a world of dragons, swashbuckling and piracy. They don't have a simple artist-colorist sort of arrangement, either --- both of them alternate back and forth throughout the creative process. With Princeless proving to be one of the breakout books from Action Lab of the last few years (as well as one of our most-recommended comics for kids on this very site), ComicsAlliance spoke to Higgins and Brandt about their artistic process.

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‘Awake’ Is The Surprisingly Beautiful Story Of A Planetary Alarm Clock [Preview]

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I'm not what you'd call a "morning person" and have very little trust for those who are, so at first glance, I thought that the main character of Susan Beneville and Brian Hess's Awake might be the most diabolical supervillain of all time. I mean, someone with the ability to "wake up" entire planets? C'mon, what if that planet was trying to ease into its day? What if it had a late night? Let it stay asleep a little while longer!

But then I read the preview pages provided by Action Lab and saw that it's more of a metaphorical thing, and that Regn doesn't just wake planets up, she also speaks to them and heals them --- and that it's a pretty interesting premise with some absolutely beautiful, downright Disneyesque art.

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