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CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2016: The Master List

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CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2016: The Master List

Looks like we made it. Another CBR Top 100 is in the books, and to celebrate, let’s take one last look back at our massive, staff-compiled list of CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2016 — here’s the full ranking of No. 1 to 100, plus links to our commentary on each pick.

The past year marked something of a new era at CBR — you may have noticed — and appropriately so, there were many first-time contributors to the CBR Top 100. There were also a lot of returnees, many going back from the first time CBR put a Top 100 together. One thing was clear — whether you were a rookie or a veteran, the CBR staff had plenty of intelligent things to say about their favorite comic books of 2016.

Three years into putting this list together, I always have some cognitive dissonance about the whole thing — asking the typical questions like, “is ranking art even constructive?” — any doubts quickly diminished by seeing the enthusiasm from the CBR staff in sharing why they love this medium so much. While even a Top 100 can’t recognize all the worthwhile comic books and graphic novels that come out in a year, it’s at the very least a good place to start, especially if you’re a lapsed fan or a reader with some holiday cash looking to expand your comics library.

This year was notable due to having the most clear-cut No. 1 that I’ve seen: Marvel’s “The Vision,” from Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta. More than half of list participants had it on their ballots, many in very high spots. The third volume of Top Shelf’s acclaimed “March” trilogy, the autobiographical account of Rep. John Lewis’ life, was a strong No. 2. Last year’s winner and a perennial countdown favorite, “Saga,” once again fared well at No. 5. While Image Comics (25 spots on the list, including two from Top Cow), Marvel (22 spots, including 1 from the creator-owned Icon imprint) and DC Comics (18, including Vertigo, Young Animal and Hanna-Barbera) all had a typically impressive impact on the countdown, there was healthy diversity among publishers, with BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Black Mask Studios, Fantagraphics Books and Drawn & Quarterly all holding multiple spots.

If you’re wondering how the list is made, regular contributor from various areas of CBR’s coverage who elect to participate (all noted individually below, many thanks to them) — more than 40 this year, slightly up from last year — submits a personal list of favorite comics in 2016 — any genre, publisher or format is fair game, provided it’s new material released in English in 2016 — and each choice on an individual list gets a point value based on its placement. It’s all averaged together and through the undeniable power of math (bless you, Google Sheets), CBR’s Top 100 Comics is born.

Alright, enough blabbing — here’s the full list of CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2016, and we’re already looking forward to another great year of comic books. Happy reading!


1) The Vision

2) March: Book Three

3) Paper Girls

4) The Wicked + The Divine

5) Saga

6) The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

7) Dark Night: A True Batman Story

8) DC Universe: Rebirth

9) Monstress

10) Bitch Planet

11) Patience

12) The Mighty Thor

13) The Flintstones

14) Batman

15) Descender

16) Black Panther

17) Huck

18) Mockingbird

19) The Legend of Wonder Woman

20) Faith

21) Omega Men

22) The Fix

23) The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

24) Spider-Woman

25) Rosalie Lightning

26) Black Widow

27) Future Quest

28) Sheriff of Babylon

29) Sunstone

30) Southern Bastards

31) Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash

32) Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!

33) The Walking Dead

34) Ms. Marvel

35) Power Man and Iron Fist

36) DC Comics: Bombshells

37) Superman

38) Howard the Duck

39) 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank

40) Black Hammer

41) Captain America: Steve Rogers / Captain America: Sam Wilson

42) Wonder Woman

43) Action Comics

44) Wonder Woman: Earth One

45) Southern Cross

46) Doctor Strange

47) Star Trek / Star Trek: Boldly Go

48) Paracuellos

49) I Hate Fairyland

50) Darth Vader

51) Star Wars

52) Archie

53) Goldie Vance

54) Doom Patrol

55) A City Inside

56) Animosity

57) Midnigher and Apollo

58) Nod Away

59) Equinoxes

60) Wonder Woman: The True Amazon

61) Daredevil

62) Angel City

63) Criminal: 10th Anniversary Special

64) Red Team: Double Tap, Center Mass

65) Chew

66) Giant Days

67) Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq

68) Tomboy

69) Moon Knight

70) Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

71) Legend

72) Living Level 3: Iraq

73) Nailbiter

74) A.D.: After Death

75) The Goddamned

76) Lumberjanes

77) Secret Wars #9

78) Romulus

79) Han Solo

80) Snotgirl

81) Karnak

82) Big Kids

83) Copra

84) East of West

85) Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

86) No Mercy

87) Plutona

88) Hellboy in Hell

89) Jonesy

90) Detective Comics

91) The Fade Out

92) Ghosts

93) Spell on Wheels

94) Lucifer

95) Paul Up North

96) Black

97) Tetris

98) The Ukranian and Russian Notebooks

99) Prophet: Earth War

100) Empress

Major thanks to the following insightful and passionate list-making, blurb-writing CBR editors, writers and contributors for being a part of CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2016: Tim Adams, Brigid Alverson, Erik Amaya, Tom Baker, Adam Barnhardt, Beth Bartlett, Tom Bondurant, Leia Calderon, Rob Cave, Jordan Commandeur, Sarah Cooke, Brian Cronin, Alex Dueben, Sean Fischer, Lauren Gallaway, Stephen Gerding, Jacob Hill, Charles Paul Hoffman, Scott Huver, Marykate Jasper, Jim Johnson, Heather Knight, Michael C Lorah, Shaun Manning, Renaldo Matadeen, John Mayo, Greg McElhatton, Brendan McGuirk, Kevin Melrose, Brian Patry, Steve Paugh, Kiel Phegley, Jeffrey Renaud, Dave Richards, Paul Semel, Allison Shoemaker, Joe Streckert, Jason Strykowski, Hannibal Tabu, Andrea Towers, George A. Tramountanas, Christos Tsirbas, Tim Webber, Brett White and Jason Wilkins.

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