2016 SUCKED, let's be honest. Outside of some great comics and a few good movies, this year was a total bust. Plus, Bowie died. Eff you 2016, we're moving on. This is part one in a four part series looking ahead to our four pillars of nerdery in 2017.
COMIC THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN 2017
I gotta be honest, BOOM! Studios is big on the come up. The publisher is poised for a massive 2017 after a great 2016. Teaming up with DC Comics for 2 more big crossovers (Gotham Academy/Lumberjanes hit this year) will really help launch your 2017 with a bang, and BOOM! is going to do just that.
In January, they'll give us a Justice League/Mighty Morphin Power Rangers crossover for six glorious issues. Tom Taylor and Stephen Byrne will handle that one. Then in February, we get Green Lantern/Planet Of The Apes. We're especially excited for this one because alongside writer Robbie Thompson and artist Barnaby Bagenda, this book will see our friend Justin Jordan return to the GL Universe! BOOM! is a studio to watch in 2017 kids.
- WWE Comic
We've made no secret of being wrestling fans here at Court of Nerds, so it was of great delight when we found out BOOM! Studios had picked up WWE as a full-run comic. The companies combined for a one-shot earlier this year but WWE #1 hits your local comic shop in January. Featuring Dennis Hopeless (yes, that Dennis Hopeless) on writing along with Ross Thibodeaux plus Eduard Petrovich and Rob Guillory on art, this book LOOKS awesome. Plus the variants all look great. Especially this bossy New Day one. Another reason BOOM! could be the breakout studio of 2017.
- DC Comics Rebirth year two
DC kicked Marvel's ass this year. Let's just flop that big obvious dong on the table right now.
When DC launched its Rebirth with an INCREDIBLE first issue, they changed the game. They essentially acknowledged that while new and different can be good, it has to be done with respect to the characters and the fans.
The Rebirth launch titles have been, for the most part, incredible. Supergirl is restored to greatness, Green Arrow has his goatee and his pretty bird, The Flash is such speed force and Batman managed to change hands without any dip in quality. All the while, DC has continued to lock up incredible talent like Sam Humphries, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley and close personal friend of the Court, Tom King.
While its cinematic universe flopped, DC's comic universe flipped the tables on Marvel and heads into 2017 with a strong lead. Can Rebirth year two continue the quality output and avoid the lure of "new and different"? We'll see.
- Marvel gets her groove back?
2017 HAS to be a big year for Marvel comics, because there's no way it can be as rough as 2016 was for the other half of the Big Two. Marvel had a hot hand coming into the year, with the surprise hit Secret Wars ending in January of 2016. While initially panned by most critics, Secret Wars ended up a great story with incredibly art ... and then Marvel went and shit the bed.
Ending successful series for no reason just to reboot them with different creators, too many legacy characters and the terrible Civil War 2: Shit Book Boogaloo. The House of M has to get it's house in order and looks to do so in Spring of 2017 with a full on re-launch of the X-Men titles and the return of the much beloved Blue and Gold teams. This will also include solo books for Cable, Iceman, Jean and more.
Many had been down on Marvel in recent years for their perceived slighting of the mutant gene, due to it's movie rights being controlled by FOX. But this shows a dedication to making the X line great again in 2017, and that is exciting.
What are YOU looking forward to from the comic book industry in 2017? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments below!