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ComicsAlliance’s Best Of 2016: The Best Fantasy Comic of 2016

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Check out the best fantasy comics in 2016, including our critics' picks, and the comics you voted the runner up and winner in this category!

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If You Loved ‘Doctor Strange’, Try These Comics Next

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Photo credit: Marvel Studios

The weekend numbers are in, and Marvel Studio's latest, Doctor Strange, is a hit! It takes the now classic Marvel origin formula and gives it a fresh coat of mystical paint while expanding what we know about the shared universe and offering innovative solutions to world-ending problems. Comic books outside of the Big Two superhero universes are full of stories about magic, demons and alternate dimensions and we've put together a list of five of the best independent titles for you to try next.

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X-23 Gon’ Give It To Ya: Five Essential Laura Kinney Stories

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The recently released trailer for Logan — Hugh Jackman's final outing as Wolverine — has fans hopeful it could be the best in what can generously be referred to as a patchy trilogy of solo films for the character. The central focus for the new trailer is the young girl left in Logan's care by Professor X, who it was revealed will be called "Laura" confirming her as at least analogous to Laura Kinney, the X-Man formerly known as X-23 and currently starring as the new Wolverine in All-New Wolverine.

Laura first appeared in the animated series X-Men Evolution before making the leap to the comics as Wolverine discovered the existence of his teenage female clone. Laura has been a huge part of Marvel Comics for over twelve years now, and there's a lot of continuity packed in there, but we've picked out the five best comics to help familiarize yourself with the character.

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Everything We Can’t Wait To See At San Diego Comic Con, Part One: Thursday & Friday [SDCC 2016]

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San Diego Comic Con is without a doubt the biggest event on the industry's calendar, and people will be flying from around the world to attend panels, watch trailers, meet creators, and make friends. This year's event is bigger than ever, with so much going on every single day that it can be difficult to sift through all that information and decide how to spend your time.

With the event only days away, we've looked through the schedules and hand-selected some of the best events happening on Thursday and Friday for fans of comics, collectibles, TV and film, so you can be sure you don't miss that must-see panel or signing.

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The Galaxy’s Most Notorious Smuggler Goes Undercover In Liu And Brooks’ ‘Han Solo’ #1

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Marvel's Star Wars comics have been going from strength to strength, and the rotating series of miniseries starring the likes of Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, and Obi-Wan and Anakin have provided creators room to tell a rich variety of stories spotlighting fan-favorite characters.

This trend is set to continue next month as everyone's favorite galactic scoundrel and his trusty Wookiee co-pilot star in a brand new miniseries from Marjorie Liu, Mark Brooks and Sonia Oback. Star Wars: Han Solo looks to be packed with all the swashbuckling derring-do and high-octane space races you've come to expect from Han Solo, and Marvel has provided us with an unlettered preview of the first issue.

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Bring on the Spam Musubi: The State of Asian Representation in Comics [Roundtable]

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Journalist and editor Jennifer de Guzman convened some up-and-coming Asian-American writers for a roundtable discussion about the state of Asian representation in comics. Amy Chu is the current writer on Poison Ivy, a former writer on Sensation Comics, and the co-creator of her own self-publishing imprint Alpha Girl Comics. Sarah Kuhn’s novel trilogy about Asian-American superheroes, Heroine Complex will be released by DAW Books in July. She’s also written for Rosy Press’s Fresh Romance and is currently writing a series of Barbie comics. Jonathan Tsuei is the co-creator with Eric Canete of RunLoveKill, published by Image Comics.

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Buy This Book: Liu and Takeda’s ‘Monstress’ #1 Is Beautifully Horrifying

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Over the past few months, Image has had a string of amazing launches for new titles, from Black Magick to Citizen Jack to Codename Baboushka, and on down the line. It's a deck that's stacked with great comics, and specifically with great debuts, but for all the good stuff that's coming up in this crop of new launches, I don't know if anyone brought their A-game harder than Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda did in Monstress #1.

On one level, that's a function of pure mathematics. The first issue of Monstress weighs in at a massive 66 pages of story, and with that much space to work with, the authors can cover a whole lot of ground, setting up the complex, terrifying world that they're creating in a way that raises a dozen question for each harrowing answer. Really, though, it's not the quantity that makes a great comic, it's the quality, and on that front, Monstress is easily one of the best first issues of the year.

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‘Amazing X-Men’ & The Marvel Universe Panel Reveals Romances And More [NYCC 2013]

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X-Men Senior Editor Nick Lowe hosted this year's X-Men panel at New York Comic-Con, which featured a number of big announcements for the "X" family of books. Panellists included writers Peter David, Gerry Duggan, Dennis Hopeless, Marjorie Liu, Brian Wood, Charles Soule, Simon Spurrier, and editors Jeanine Schaefer, Jordan White and Daniel Ketchum.

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The ‘Women Of Marvel’ Panel: The Antidote To Corporate Comic Con Buzz [NYCC 2012]

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I've been to a lot of Marvel Comics conventions panels this year. Only three major conventions -- San Diego's Comic-Con Internation, Toronto's Fan Expo, and the New York Comic Con -- but a lot of Marvel panels...

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Marvel’s ‘Next Big Thing’ Panel: Jeff Parker’s Red She-Hulk, the Future of the Runaways, X-Factor’s ‘Breaking Points’, Polaris’s Dad and Neal Adams’s ‘First X-Men’ [SDCC]

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Marvel's Director of Communications - Publishing & Digital Media Arune Singh introduced the members of the publisher's "Next Big Thing" panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday: Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, editor Sana Amanat, talent scout C.B. ...

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