We all love comics (at least those of here at ComicsAlliance), but as a medium/industry comic books can't hold a candle to Young Adult Literature, which has become a juggernaut in the two decades since Harry Potter came on the scene. Young adult books are beloved not just by the young readers they're aimed at, but by a great many adults. Marvel has been putting out young adult novels like Margaret Stohl's Black Widow books for a couple years now. But The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World is something special. It brings Doreen Green, aka Squirrel Girl, aka the breakout young-reader-friendly star of Marvel Comics of the past few years, to prose for the first time, under the shared pen of Shannon Hale and Dean Hale.
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
Did you know that we here at ComicsAlliance absolutely adore Squirrel Girl? Honestly, what's not to love about a character that's infectiously adorable, charmingly heroic, and always wants to save the day without anyone getting hurt, even the villains? Squirrel Girl isn't just a big hit here though; she's also popular enough with the rest of the comic world to have earned a new novel just like Black Widow and Iron Man.
We couldn't let that slip by unnoticed, so we've teamed up with Marvel Press for a giveaway centered around the new novel from Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World.
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North, Erica Henderson and Rico Renzi is a vibrant, self-reflexive, upbeat and funny female-led comic --- and those happen to be all the qualities I enjoy in my pop music as well! So stick on your headphones, grab some nuts, and let me kick your ears' butts in this playlist inspired by Doreen Green.
2016 has been quite a year, and we can only imagine what 2017 will bring. As I look back at what superhero comics have been in the past year, I can't help but think about what the future holds. DC Rebirth, I admit as someone who was skeptical going in, has overall led to some great comics. Civil War II has been less encouraging, although there have still been some very good Marvel comics this year.
DC and Marvel comics seem simultaneously to always be relaunching and never changing. But there are changes creeping in around the edges if you pay attention. With that in mind, I've put together five hopes --- five suggested resolutions if you will --- for what I'd like to see from mainstream superhero comics in 2017.
We asked you to vote for the best comics, creators, and more in 2016, and over the last few weeks we’ve been sharing the results. Now you can check out all the winners in one place!
Our writers and editors have made their picks of the best comics and creators of the past year, and you, the readers of ComicsAlliance, have voted for your favorites.
Check out the best writer/artist teams of 2016, including our critics’ picks and the teams you voted the runner up and winner in this category! This is the very best of 2016!
Check out the best superhero comics in 2016, including our critics' picks, and the comics you voted the runners up and winner in this category! This is the very best of 2016!
Check out the best comedy comics in 2016, including our critics' picks and the comics you voted the runners up and winner in this category!
The inevitable happens in Venom #5, by Mike Costa and Gerardo Sandoval, when the symbiote and its host get into a knock-down drag-out fight with the guy the symbiote has never forgiven for rejecting it, the Spider-Man known as Peter Parker. And Marvel is observing the event throughout the month of March with Venomized Variant covers that depict the heroes of the Marvel Universe overtaken by the Venom symbiote.
To mark Trans Week of Visibility, ComicsAlliance has put together a list of great comics for younger readers featuring transgender or nonbinary characters. These are comics that are suitable for a wide range of ages, and come from a wide array of genres, from fantasy to electro-pop to superheroes to slice-of-life --- so there should be something for everyone.
If you're a young trans or nonbinary comics reader, or if you know someone who is, or if you just want to read some amazing comics, these are our recommendations!