ComicsAlliance’s Best Of 2016: The Best Comics For Kids
While 2016 was a tough year in many regards, it produced some amazing comics, including a lot of great comics aimed at kids. Our writers and editors have made their picks of the best comics of the past year, and you, the readers of ComicsAlliance, have voted for your favorites.
Now check out the best comics for kids in 2016, including our critics' picks, listed in alphabetical order, and the comics you voted the runner up and winner in this category! This is the very best of 2016!
Critics' Pick: Donald DuckVarious Artists / IDW
Under editor Sarah Gaydos, who oversees the Disney print comics line with longtime Disney historian David Gerstein, the monthly Donald Duck title reprints both classic work and newly translated stories from Italy, Scandinavia and the Netherlands, bringing back classic characters like Huey, Dewey and Louie, and introducing Americans to new old favorites like Fethry Duck. Every month is a new delight, and well worth sharing with any kids you know. [Tom Speelman]
Critics' Pick: Goldie VanceHope Larson and Brittney Williams / Boom Studios
The "girl detective" genre is hardly new, but Goldie Vance is a wonderfully fresh take on it. It’s set about fifty years ago, but in a world that seems to be much more fun than our own, in a sprawling Florida resort where the guests who check in often bring mysteries with them. The title character is a young queer woman of color, but the story's not about her identity; it's about her amazing adventures in pursuit of truth and justice. In short, this is exactly the kind of kids' comic we need more of in 2017. [Elle Collins]
Critics' Pick: Space Battle LunchtimeNatalie Riess / Oni Press
On Chopped, you can see a contestant’s face blanch when they look at mystery ingredient and realize they have no idea what it is. Space Battle Lunchtime, Natalie Riess’ comic about an Earth chef tapped for a space alien cooking show, takes that even further. Riess' outrageously inventive art turns a cook’s worst nightmare into the readers’ delight as Chef Peony rises to the challenge and makes new friends. [James Leask]
Runner-Up: Moon Girl and Devil DinosaurAmy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos / Marvel
For all of the faults you can lay at Marvel’s door, the publisher has recognized the potential of titles aimed at under-served audiences, and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is one of the most successful new titles of the year in that regard. The way Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos manage to implement Lunella Lafayette (and Devil) into the heart of the Marvel Universe without it being alienating or confusing is commendable, and the series is a great mix of science, superheroes, and adventure for kids of all ages. [Kieran Shiach]
Winner: Gotham Academy: Second SemesterKarl Kerschl, Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan, Sandra Hope and More / DC Comics
If I could bottle and sell the feeling I felt when I found out Gotham Academy was coming back post-Rebirth, I could retire a very wealthy man. What's amazing, though, is that its return in the hands of Karl Kerschl, Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan, Sandra Hope and pals, was every bit as amazing as I wanted it to be, living up to both the high standard of the original series and taking it to an incredible new level with the debut of Witch Club, which is arguably the most sinister after-school activity of all time. In its second semester, Gotham Academy remains as great as it's always been. [Chris Sims]