Rounding up 2016 took a bit of a break due to holidays. Our next categories cover our contributorâ€™s favorite writers and artists in the comic book industry.
FAVORITE Comic Book Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Ms. Marvel (Marvel Comics)
Tim Jousma- Thereâ€™s a simple beauty in her work on Ms. Marvel that I absolutely love. Each issue is a joy to read.
John & Carole Barrowman
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.
Green Arrow Rebirth (DC Comics)
Green Lanterns Rebirth (DC Comics), Star Lord (Mavel), Weirdworld (Marvel)
Kat Calamia – Sam Humphries wrote some great character driven series this year including Weirdworld, Star Lord, and his current ongoing series Green Lanterns.
Batman Rebirth (DC Comics), Vision (Marvel), The Sheriff of Babylon (Vertigo)
Jace Milam – Itâ€™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 writerâ€™s profile has never been higher and thatâ€™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.
Wonder Woman Rebirth (DC Comics), Black Magick (Image)
Emmanuel Gomez â€“ 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 Womanâ€™s life has been great, not to mention letting some panels blank and letting the artwork speak for itself.
FAVORITE Comic Artist:
Justice League (DC Comics), Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad (DC Comics)
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)
Jace Milam – Not only is Ferreyraâ€™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.
Batgirl (DC Comics), Motor Crush (Image)
Michael Connally – Best known for her iconic work on Batgirl, she is a hurricane force taking over the comic world.
Civil War II (Marvel)
Tim Jousma – I really enjoyed his work on the expansive Civil War 2 from Marvel.
Daniele Di Nicola
Power Rangers Pink (Boom Studios)
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 Kimberlyâ€™s story. I was most impressed with the action scenes in the book because Di Nicola interrogated Kimberlyâ€™s gymnastic background into the action very well.
FAVORITE Cover Art:
Suicide Squad (DC Comics), All-Star Batman (DC Comics)
Jace Milam- Bermejoâ€™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)
Tim Jousma – The image of Miles Morales holding Captain Americaâ€™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)
Michael Connally – Hands down best cover of 2016!
All-New All-Different Avengers (Marvel)
Betty & Veronica #2
Kat Calamia – I love how Stott shows Betty and Veronicaâ€™s different personalities through their room design and their posture.
Poison Ivy: The Cycle of Life & Death #2
Emmanuel Gomez â€“ The amount of detail in Clay Mannâ€™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 DCâ€™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!