ComicsAlliance’s Best Of 2016: The Best Sci-Fi Comic of 2016
While 2016 was a tough year in many regards, it produced some amazing comics, including a lot of great sci-fi comics. 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 sci-fi comics in 2016, including our critics' picks, listed in alphabetical order, and the comics you voted the runners up and winner in this category! This is the very best of 2016!
"Animosity" could handily describe how many feel about post-apocalyptic stories, with their genre ubiquity and penchant towards formula and gritty monotone. Marguerite Bennett and Rafael de Latorre’s Animosity, however, is a new beast altogether. One day, every animal on Earth gains human-level intelligence and speaking ability, turning a Disney dream into a fascinating nightmare. De Latorre renders human-esque (pardon) animal expression quite naturally, and Bennett bolsters the premise’s natural horror with disarming humor (a humpback whale references Pokemon) and exploration of socio-political intrigue. [Jon Erik Christianson]
The fact that this series made our critics' list with just two issues out shows what a great job Gerard Way, Jon Rivera, Michael Avon Oeming and Nick Filardi are doing with this comic. The creative team is balancing deep emotional midlife crisis and grief-related concepts with the most bizarre sci-fi corners of the DC Universe, and both Oeming and Filardi are doing the work of their careers making it one of the best looking books on the stands. [Kieran Shiach]
DC's Hanna-Barbera imprint has been a mixed bag, but the undisputed champ of the line is this all-ages action romp that brings together just about every superhero and adventurer that the legendary animation house ever made, from Space Ghost to Jonny Quest. Jeff Parker and Doc Shaner, with occasional assists from the legendary Steve Rude, have emerged as one of the best teams in comics. How awesome is this book? I don't actually know who most of these characters are, and yet I love reading about them! [Tom Speelman]
When you make something that is an unexpected and unqualified success, the only question that remains is, "How do you follow it up?" Zander Cannon’s Kaijumax takes the amazing/absurd premise of "giant monsters in prison" and tells an incredibly rich story full of the kind of tension and heartbreak you don't expect from rubber suit monsters, and the kind of fun ridiculousness you'd never expect to find in a story set in a brutal prison. With the second season, Cannon brings back everything readers loved about the first, and expands the Kaijumax world beyond the prison's walls to glorious effect. [Chris Haley]
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro's near-future sci-fi dystopia feels all too real these days. The non-compliant women sent to the prison colony not-so-affectionately known as Bitch Planet are astonishing, amazing women struggling to survive in a misogynistic patriarchy. De Landro's art does not shy away from showing the truth of women’s bodies, featuring the most racially and physically diverse cast in comics since, well, maybe ever. It’s a crushing look into a future that comics like this can hopefully keep from coming true. [Emma Lawson]
Cliff Chiang and Brian K. Vaughan's Paper Girls initially seemed to be a stylish look at tough '80s teenage newspaper delivery girls, but quickly spun into a larger sci-fi invasion story. This year saw that escalation continue, as the girls found themselves in an even worse situation than they imagined: 2016. Now, they’re not only faced with an invasion, but their own futures. Chiang and Vaughan make crummy teens fun. [James Leask]
As Saga settles into its 40s, it's worth noting that the comic is still as great as it ever was. Fiona Staples' art is as gorgeous as ever, except when the story calls for it to be horrific. Brian K. Vaughan's story is still as brutal, letting characters worm their way into your heart over the course of issues before he does terrible things to them. And the book's cast might be horned, winged, furry and robotic, but you'll struggle to find a more human book. [Alex Spencer]
It's monumentally difficult for a story to shift between cosmic space opera, alternate universes, sitcom comedy, heartbreaking romance, 4,000,000 years of wartime anxiety, and the kind of action that makes you afraid to turn the page and risk your favorite characters, without also being a mess of tonal whiplash, but James Roberts, Alex Milne, Joana Lafuente and crew did it every single issue with every single character — and I remind you, many of these characters are talking pickup trucks. [Chris Sims]