It was a great year for comic books.

Not only has the industry bounced back from historic lows in the last ten years, but the level of creativity and uniqueness from each and every publisher shows that the industry is willing to evolve. From barrier-breaking heroes like Iceman and Riri Williams, to indies that shake us to our core like The Sheriff of Babylon and Saga, to cape comics that push the status quo like Steve Rogers: Captain America and Superman, there has never been a better time to be a comic book fan.

Let's count down the ten best comic book series that finished, released or started this year. Ready?

10. Ms. Marvel

Writer: G. Willow Wilson / Art: Takeshi Miyazawa

How can we not keep Ms. Marvel on this list? Every year since her induction into the Marvel Universe, Kamala Khan has proven herself worthy of being one of the best superheroes around. As a Muslim girl living in Jersey City, Ms. Marvel shows us that strong female-led comic books can continue to kick butt and make a statement at the same time.

This year, Kamala saw her best friend (and secret crush) Bruno meet someone new and adjusted to life without him around as much. She also dealt with the fallout from Civil War II, as her hero Captain Marvel made calls against her own best judgment. Not to mention she quit the Avengers (along with Spider-Man and Nova) and formed her own super-team, Champions (also with Spider-Man and Nova).

9. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Writer: Kyle Higgins / Art: Hendry Prasetya

Wait, you're telling me that there's a good Power Rangers comic, in 2016? Yes, the rumors are true. Between the increasingly elegant illustration, the masterful scripting and the depth added to each of its characters, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is one of the best comics on the shelf right now.

With its first arc dealing with the recruitment of the Green Ranger and his rocky relationship with Rangers baddie Rita Repulsa, the series takes a wide-eyed look at how the original Rangers would function in modern day. The series is a different take on the license compared to the upcoming live-action film, opting instead for a ramp-up of the classic design, but it miraculously still holds up. 

8. Black Panther

Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates / Art: Brian Stelfreeze

If there's one series out there that can tackle all of the world's humanitarian issues while still being a wild and heartfelt cape comic, it's Black Panther. From acclaimed author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, Black Panther examines the state of the nation of Wakanda in the midst of a political uprising.

Coates and illustrator Brian Stelfreeze weave the techno world of Wakanda gracefully through the ins and outs of the Marvel Universe. While this series takes place on a smaller scale, the universe these two creatives have built on Black Panther's shoulders is captivating, and you can follow more of those adventures in Black Panther: The World of Wakanda, Black Panther's companion series.

7. Shade: The Changing Girl

Writer: Cecil Castellucci / Art: Marley Zarcone

Before we acknowledge the wacky wonderland of Shade: The Changing Girl, we first have to address the amazing work My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has done with his new DC imprint, Young Animal. Along with Shade, Way has brought in Cave Carson, Doom Patrol and Mother Panic to build the weirdest, grittiest, darkest nest in the DC Universe. 

But among those titles, Shade stands out the most. Its main character, Loma Shade, is a bird-alien-creature who uses a psychadelic coat to take a galactic trip to Earth, all to inhabit the body of Megan Boyer, a teen girl currently in a coma. As Loma adjusts to her new body, she also adjusts to human emotion, and this series illustrates the struggles of teen life all while remaining the weirdest, freakiest tale currently being told. Yup, sounds like teen life.

6. The Legend of Wonder Woman

Writer: Renae De Liz / Art: Ray Dillon, Renae De Liz

While the current ongoing Wonder Woman series by writer Greg Rucka is surely something special, no tale about Diana hit us quite as hard as the fantastically-told Legend of Wonder Woman, a 9-issue series released earlier this year. 

Though it retells the origin of Wonder Woman, it does so with a human touch rarely seen in the world of comics. While the story itself is flooded by the Gods of Themyscira, its lessons and promises ring true of modern day, giving us a story that could be read to children as a bedtime story or adapted into a saga on the big screen, each with its own moral payoff. Renae, here's hoping we get to see your vision continued one day.

5. The Omega Men

Writer: Tom King / Art: Barnaby Bagenda

Tom King is one of the best writers in comics right now, but we'll get to that. In his grim reinvention of The Omega Men, King takes us across the galaxy with White Lantern Kyle Rayner as he attempts to work with a group of ragtag rebels looking to take down a space dictator hellbent on genocide.

That's what The Omega Men is on the surface. Underneath, this twelve issue series is a humanist look at what the world is like behind closed doors. Every rebellion holds a secret, every government makes shady calls for the "greater good" and every hero, even one whose been through as much as Kyle Rayner, has to come to terms with death. Don't worry, that wasn't a spoiler.

4. Superman

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi / Art: Doug Mahnke & Jorge Jimenez

While many of the DC Universe Rebirth titles have made good on things long promised by DC Comics, none of have shined as bright as the latest incarnation of the Man of Steel. Bringing back the pre-Crisis Superman was a risky move, not to mention killing off the New 52 Supes, but the landing has been nothing short of graceful.

With the return of the real Superman comes his charming personality, his passion for doing the right thing, and his family. Having Lois and his son, Jon, in the mix has elevated Superman from mere cape comic to an emotional roller coaster. The adventures, the action and the character development are all up front here as Clark trains his son to be the next Superboy, all the while attempting to keep the world safe from the bleak future he escaped from. Welcome back, Superman.

3. The Fix

Writer: Nick Spencer / Art: Steve Lieber

The Fix is like The Wolf of Wall Street in tone, if The Wolf of Wall Street had a stronger punch and a drug-sniffing Beagle. The dynamic duo from The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber, brought the house down this year with their crooked cop comedy drama and its wild lineup of characters. It's graphic, violent and absolutely hilarious.

And if you know anything about comics and Nick Spencer, you know he's never afraid to try something new. Yes, he's the one that made Captain America say "Hail Hydra!" But guess what? The big publishers need a guy like this who can shake up the game with just a few words. The best part? He just happens to be one of the best writers in comics, and The Fix is no exception to his work. (He also happened to write the best Ant-Man comic since Irredeemable).

2. Superman: American Alien

Writer: Max Landis / Art: Nick Dragotta

Yes, that Max Landis. The screenwriter of Chronicle and American Ultra wrote a Superman series this year, and as it stands, its one of the best depiction of The Man of Steel ever. Rivaling the feelgood, realist nature of All-Star Superman, American Alien takes a look at a young Clark Kent in an alternate reality where the heroes you know aren't quite the same. 

Clark Kent experiences things like getting poisoned, sneaking onto a party boat and much, much more as he makes himself known to the world. The twists and turns in this series are wholly unpredictable, and the snappy dialogue leaps off of every page. It's no wonder why this series has captured our hearts and minds, and we can't wait to see where Landis goes next with it.

1. Vision

Writer: Tom King / Art: Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Remember when I said we'd talk about how Tom King is one of the best writers in comics?

Between his work on Batman, Grayson, The Omega Men, The Sheriff of Babylon and Vision, King has cemented himself as a figurehead of the modern age of comics. In Vision, King takes the typecast trope of its main character and turns it completely upside down, giving us a look at the Vision never really seen before.

In this nuclear family style series, Vision gets a wife and kids and attempts to adjust to "normal" American life. That is, until has family get wrapped up in bullying, drama and murder. Vision illustrates blissful ignorance, police brutality, xenophobia and so, so much more in its twelve issue run that it'd be anything but a crime to not call it what it is: the best comic series of the year.

Honorable Mentions: Reborn, Paper Girls, Saga, Invincible, Spider-Man, All-New Wolverine, Green Arrow, Batman, Suicide Squad, The Sheriff of Babylon

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