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– by Emmanuel Gomez

Rounding up 2016 took a bit of a break due to holidays. Our next categories cover our contributor’s favorite writers and artists in the comic book industry.

FAVORITE Comic Book Writer:

G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel (Marvel Comics)

Picked by:

Tim Jousma- There’s a simple beauty in her work on Ms. Marvel that I absolutely love. Each issue is a joy to read.

 

 

John & Carole Barrowman

Torchwood

Picked By:

Michael Connally – Got to meet these two at Heroes Con and sit down and talk with them for a while.  This comic is fun for everyone to read.

 

Ben Percy

Green Arrow Rebirth (DC Comics)

Picked By:

Jeremy Scully

 

Sam Humphries

Green Lanterns Rebirth (DC Comics), Star Lord (Mavel), Weirdworld (Marvel)

Picked By:

Kat Calamia – Sam Humphries wrote some great character driven series this year including Weirdworld, Star Lord, and his current ongoing series Green Lanterns.   

 

Tom King

Batman Rebirth (DC Comics), Vision (Marvel), The Sheriff of Babylon (Vertigo)

Picked By:

Jace Milam – It’s been an incredible year for writer Tom King. From his critically acclaimed Vision title at Marvel to Omega Men, Sheriff of Babylon and replacing Scott Snyder on Batman. The writer’s profile has never been higher and that’s a good thing. His desire to constantly experiment with visual storytelling ensures he will keep striving to push the envelope and find new and unique ways to relate stories to the readers.

 

Greg Rucka

Wonder Woman Rebirth (DC Comics), Black Magick (Image)

Picked By:

Emmanuel Gomez – Greg Rucka has taken Wonder Woman to another level, sure it helps when you have Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp doing your artwork. But his ability to tell two stories at once at different times in Wonder Woman’s life has been great, not to mention letting some panels blank and letting the artwork speak for itself.

FAVORITE Comic Artist:

Jason Fabok

Justice League (DC Comics), Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad (DC Comics)

Picked by:

Emmanuel Gomez- Since his work a few years back on Detective, Fabok has been one of my favorite artists. This past year he had the opportunity to work with Geoff Johns on Darkseid War which of course led to Rebirth. His attention to detail is nothing short of amazing, open some of those books and check out the splash pages, they are incredible! I had the opportunity to meet him and even had the rare opportunity to get a commission piece from him at WonderCon this past year.

 

Juan E. Ferreyra

Green Arrow (DC Comics)

Picked By:

Jeremy Scully

Jace Milam – Not only is Ferreyra’s rendering stunning, he inks and colors his own work. The result is very slick, with smooth, soft textures and flows across the page seamlessly. He combines the lush feel of fully painted art with the dynamic movement associated with an animation style. The end result is some of the most beautiful comic art produced today.

 

Babs Tarr

Batgirl (DC Comics), Motor Crush (Image)

Picked By:

Michael Connally – Best known for her iconic work on Batgirl, she is a hurricane force taking over the comic world.

 

Dave Marquez

Civil War II (Marvel)

Picked By:

Tim Jousma – I really enjoyed his work on the expansive Civil War 2 from Marvel.

 

Daniele Di Nicola

Power Rangers Pink (Boom Studios)

Picked By:

Kat Calamia – Daniele Di Nicola was also a creator who worked on the Power Rangers Pink mini-series. I really liked the modern take he took on Kimberly’s story. I was most impressed with the action scenes in the book because Di Nicola interrogated Kimberly’s gymnastic background into the action very well.

FAVORITE Cover Art:

Lee Bermejo

Suicide Squad (DC Comics), All-Star Batman (DC Comics)

Picked by:

Jace Milam- Bermejo’s gritty, visceral style is in a class unto itself. No one working in comics today provides the same combination of detail, texture and raw emotion as Bermejo. The style naturally lends itself to dramatic and impactful covers. He is currently doing the variant covers for Suicide Squad and his style is perfect for depicting the villainous protagonist of the title.

 

Civil War II #6 (Marvel)

Marko Djurdjevic

Picked By:

Tim Jousma – The image of Miles Morales holding Captain America’s Shield over him in a menacing manner was one hell of an image and a great tease for that issue.

 

Darth Vader #16 (Marvel)

Kaare Andrews

Picked By:

Michael Connally – Hands down best cover of 2016!

 

Alex Ross

All-New All-Different Avengers (Marvel)

Picked By:

Jeremy Scully

 

Betty & Veronica #2

Rachel Stott

Picked By:

Kat Calamia – I love how Stott shows Betty and Veronica’s different personalities through their room design and their posture.

 

Poison Ivy: The Cycle of Life & Death #2

Clay Mann

Picked By:

Emmanuel Gomez – The amount of detail in Clay Mann’s artwork is ridiculous. If you have a moment take a look at some of his work on Ninjak from Valiant. Currently he is doing covers for DC’s Trinity book.

 

These are some of our favorite creators and artists from the comic book industry. Although there are a ton more out there, we had to narrow it down. If you would like to add your favorites, feel free to do so in the comment section! Shouting out your favorites could help your books continue their runs!