Top 5: Comics of 2017

I’ve read a lot of good comics this year, and picking my top 5 comics of 2017 was no easy task. But it’s worth it, because comics are amazing–right? Nod along if you love comics.

It’s an eclectic mix this year of superheroes, sci-fi, and fantasy. The one thing they have in common, though, is that they’re all incredibly fun reads! So here are five of my favorite comics that came out in 2017.

 

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Top 5: Standalone Fantasy Novels

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Nobody knows when it will arrive, or where. Le Cirque des Rêves moves around the world, arriving in new cities without warning, where the mysterious and magical circus awes locals with its seemingly impossible shows and exhibits.

But behind the black and white tents of this amazing circus, a decades-long competition between two young magicians is underway, imbuing the circus with its magic. The magicians are little more than pawns in the game of their mentors who have been training them for this competition their whole lives– a competition where only one magician can be left standing. Cecilia and Marco don’t know the rules to the game, and they don’t know each other, but when the two meet and fall in love they start a chain of events that will change the circus forever and will affect everyone who is touched by the magic of Le Cirque des Rêves

This is a really beautiful fantasy novel that is focused on the use of magic as more of a performative act than as a weapon or tool (as it is often presented in fantasy novels).

Great quote:

“I prefer to remain unenlightened, to better appreciate the dark.”

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Top 5: Comics

1.Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona.

Kamala Khan was an entirely normal Pakistani American teen with a deep love of all things Avengers, until one night she stumbled into a fog of Terrigen Mist and was transformed. With new and powerful abilities, Kamala suddenly finds herself pretending to be one of the superheroes she so admires: Ms. Marvel (who now goes by Captain Marvel). But is she just pretending? Kamala will never be Carol Danvers, but she has her own powers and her own strong sense of justice. As she struggles to make sense of her new abilities and to balance her life as a regular teen with her life as a superhero, Kamala realizes that being a superhero is more difficult than she ever realized– but also more rewarding. And best of all? She’s a pretty awesome hero in her own right, and she doesn’t have to pretend to be Carol Danvers, or anyone else, to prove it.

This comic has won several awards, and deserves every single one of them. Kamala is a breath of fresh air! She brings perspectives and points of view that many readers will find compelling and relatable, especially young people struggling to find their place in the world and fight for what’s right without compromising their beliefs. Kamala teaches tolerance and love both through words and action, and those are things we very much need more of in our society today.

Great panel(s): 

 

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