Lets continue with our list of what (could be) the 70 best and most anticipated comics of 2017. If you missed part 1 you can read it here. Remember these are comic collections and are sorted by their release date.
26. All Star Batman Vol. 1 – 25 April: Scott Snyder follows up his acclaimed Batman run with All-Star Batman where he teams up with John Romita Jr. In this first volume, Batman finds himself trying to help old friend Harvey Dent…now known as the villainous Two-Face! The Dark Knight accompanies his foe on a cross-country trip to fix his scarred face and hopefully end the Two-Face identity forever. Pre-order on Amazon now.
27. Hostage – 2 May (Guy Delisle): In the middle of the night in 1997, Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe André was kidnapped by armed men and taken away to an unknown destination in the Caucasus region. For three months, André was kept handcuffed in solitary confinement, with little to survive on and almost no contact with the outside world. Close to twenty years later, award-winning cartoonist Guy Delisle (Pyongyang, Jerusalem, Shenzhen, Burma Chronicles) recounts André’s harrowing experience in Hostage, a book that attests to the power of one man’s determination in the face of a hopeless situation. Pre-order on Amazon now.
28. Soupy Leaves Home – 2 May: Set in 1932, this is the story of two misfits with no place to call home, who build a relationship during a train hopping journey from the cold heartbreak of their eastern homes toward the sunny promise of California. Pre-order on Amazon now.
29. Surgeon X: The Path of Most Resistance – 2 May: This comic received lots of media attention as it was the return of famous VERTIGO founding editor. In a world on the brink of medical collapse, healing just got sicker… What do you get if you cross a far right British government with an antibiotic apocalypse riot and a gruesome murder? The birth of Surgeon X and her renegade practice. Extreme times call for extreme medicine. Pre-order on Amazon now.
30. Saga Book Two – 2 May: After much demand the second hardcover collection of Saga, the New York Times bestselling series praised by everyone from Alan Moore to Lin-Manuel Miranda! Book Two continues the action-packed education of Hazel, a child born to star-crossed parents from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war. Collecting 18 issues of the smash-hit comic, this massive edition features a striking original cover from Fiona Staples, as well as a brand-new gallery of exclusive, never-before-seen SAGA artwork from legendary creators including Cliff Chiang, Pia Guerra, Faith Erin Hicks, Karl Kerschl, Jason Latour, Sean Gordon Murphy, Steve Skroce and more. Pre-order on Amazon now.
31. AD. After Death – 9 May: Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire join forces to create a book which is a unique combination of comics, prose, and illustration. Years after the discovery of a cure for death, one man starts to question everything, leading him on a mind-bending journey that will bring him face-to-face with his past and his own mortality. Pre-order on Amazon now.
32. Fante Bukowski Two – 9 May: Noah Van Sciver’s sequel continues to gleefully skewer literary pretension. This graphic novella catches up with aspiring young writer Fante Bukowski one year later; he’s attempting to establish himself in a new city’s literary scene, self-publishing his first zine, and coming to terms with his feelings for an old friend. Fante Bukowski yearns for success as the great American novelist, and to get respect from his father once and for all. But, there’s just one problem: he still has no talent for writing. Pre-order on Amazon now.
33. Like A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron – 9 May: This is a redesigned reprint of Daniel Clowes’s early, unsettling graphic novel. Clay Loudermilk stumbles into a screening of a bizarre snuff film that wraps him up in a mystery surrounding a series of cult-inspired killings, dubbed “The Harum Scarum Murders.” The subsequent path Loudermilk’s life takes is both a terrifying journey into madness and jaw-dropping tour-de-force of visual imagination fraught with psychosexual and conspiratorial tension. Pre-order on Amazon now.
34. Teen Titans by Geoff Johns Book One – 9 May: A collection of award-winning fan-favourite writer Geoff Johns’ celebrated Teen Titans run is now re-collected in this new re-cut series. Superboy, Kid Flash, Robin, Wonder Girl, Cyborg and many more join together to fight iconic super-villains like Deathstroke and Ravager! With inner demons arising, can the team save one of their own or will they succumb to darkness? Pre-order on Amazon now.
35. Lennon: The New York Years – 16 May: In 1975 John Lennon moved to New York City, stopped being a Beatle, and started being a father. Now, experience life with Lennon inside The Dakota as the world’s most famous frontman awakens to the beauty and wonder of his new family while confronting the pains of his past in this graphic novel. Author Cobeyran and illustrator Horne create a story in which we experience Lennon’s therapy sessions as they unfold, full of the allure and mystery befitting the unknown life of a creative giant. Pre-order on Amazon now.
36. Lucas Stand – 16 May (Boom): A recent U.S. military vet returns home and is recruited by an agent of Hell to travel through time, capturing rogue demons that are escaping the Underworld and upsetting the balance of good & evil. Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter brings his first original comic book series, Lucas Stand, featuring an anti-hero for the ages. Pre-order on Amazon now.
37. Moonshine Vol. 1 – 16 May: From writer, Brian Azzarello and artist, Eduardo Risso – the Eisner award-winning creative team behind the crime classic, 100 Bullets – comes a brutal new series that puts a horror-twist on a classic gangster tale! Pre-order on Amazon now.
38. Brian Michael Bendis: Crime Noir Omnibus – 23 May: A compendium of classic, character-driven drama written and drawn by the king of crime, Brian Michael Bendis! What brings David Goldfish, an enigmatic grifter with a heart of gold, back to his old haunts – where his old flame practically runs the city’s underbelly, and his ex-partner-in-crime is now a police detective? Who is the bounty hunter Jinx Alameda, and what treasure is she hunting? How will she get drawn into Eliot Ness’s real-life pursuit of one of America’s most notorious serial killers? Collects: AKA GOLDFISH: ACE, JACK, QUEEN, KING, JOKER; JINX; FIRE; JINX: TORSO. Pre-order on Amazon now.
39. James Bond: Hammerhead – 23 May: Bond is assigned to hunt down and eliminate Kraken, a radical anti-capitalist who has targeted Britain’s newly-upgraded nuclear arsenal. But all is not as it seems. Hidden forces are plotting to rebuild the faded glory of the once-mighty British Empire, and retake by force what was consigned to history. 007 is a cog in their deadly machine – but is he an agent of change, or an agent of the status quo? Loyalties will be broken, allegiances challenged. But in an ever-changing world, there’s one man you can rely on: Bond. James Bond. Pre-order on Amazon now.
40. Jessica Jones Vol. 1 – 23 May: If you loved the Netflix series then check out this series where Bendis and Gaydos return to the character they created. A lot has changed in the Marvel Universe and there are many secrets hiding in the shadows – secrets only a special woman like Jessica Jones can hope to uncover. Alias Investigations is open for business, and of all the many mysteries to discover, her new case may be the most dangerous one! This blistering new series is filled with haunting revelations from Jessica’s past, and answers to some of the biggest questions about the new Marvel NOW! universe! Pre-order on Amazon now.
41. Free Country: The Children’s Crusade – 23 May: A reprinting of a 90s Vertigo event, children are mysteriously disappearing all over England. It’s up a group of young heroes to find out how they ended up in the mystical land called The Free Country–and to figure out how to bring them home again. This epic adventure features bookend chapters written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, and stars the young heroes from Vertigo titles, including Timothy Hunter (THE BOOKS OF MAGIC), The Dead Boy Detectives (THE SANDMAN), Maxine Baker (ANIMAL MAN), Tefé (SWAMP THING) and Dorothy Spinner (DOOM PATROL). Pre-order on Amazon now.
42. Reborn – 23 May: Superstar creators Mark Millar and Greg Capullo join forces to create the a new sci-fi story. Where do you go when you die? Not heaven or hell; somewhere else. Somewhere you have to fight to survive. Somewhere the people from the past are waiting for you—the good and the bad. Pre-order on Amazon now.
43. Mayday – 23 May: April 1971. The CIA is handed the espionage coup of the decade when a KGB general defects with a list of all Soviet intelligence assets in Asia. Including spies within the US Army in Vietnam. All Jack Hudson has to do is get the defector and his microfilm from Hong Kong to California… and keep Palm Springs’ overzealous FBI office from turning everything into a freakshow. All Codename: Felix has to do is kill the defector and get the microfilm back to the USSR, by any means possible. Easy, right? Now throw in a beautiful woman, a fast car, and a whole lot of drugs. The bloody new thriller from writer Alex De Campi. Pre-order on Amazon now.
44. William Gibson’s Archangel – 23 May: Science Fiction Superstar William Gibson’s first graphic novel! The U.S. political leaders of 2016 abandon the radioactive planet they’ve destroyed and harness the power of humanity’s last hope: The Splitter, a colossal machine designed to manufacture a bright new reality for them to infiltrate and corrupt. Art by Butch Guice. Pre-order on Amazon now.
45. User – 23 May: Originally published as a groundbreaking three-part Vertigo miniseries, User explores sexual identity and online role-playing in the text-based MUDs of the nineties. Featuring art by Sean Phillips and John Bolton, User–which was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for its authentic portrayal of gender fluidity—is as relevant and powerful today as it was when first created. Reprinted in a new hardcover edition. Pre-order on Amazon now.
46. Boundless – 6 June (Jillian Tamaki): The cartoonist of This One Summer and SuperMutant Magic Academy explores the virtual and IRL world of contemporary women via a lens both surreal and wry. Jenny, post-breakup, becomes obsessed with the “mirror Facebook” of herself―seeing a life that could be hers. An anonymous music file surfaces on the internet and a cult springs up in its wake. A group of city animals briefly open their minds to us. Helen finds her clothes growing baggy, her shoes looser, and as she shrinks, the world around her recedes. A lifetime of romantic relationships are charted against the rise and fall of the celebrity cast of a classic film. Pre-order on Amazon now.
47. Doom Patrol Vol. 1 – 6 June: The spirit of Grant Morrison’s groundbreaking Doom Patrol is captured in this debut series starring the cult-favorite misfits as a part of Gerard Way’s new Young Animal imprint. Flex Mentallo, Robotman, Rebis, Crazy Jane, and more are back to twist minds and take control. This new take on a classic embraces and reimagines the Morrison run’s signature surrealism and irreverence. Incorporating bold, experimental art and a brash tone to match a new generation of readers, Gerard Way’s DOOM PATROL establishes radical new beginnings, breaks new ground, and honors the warped team dynamic of the world’s strangest heroes. Pre-order on Amazon now.
48. The Last Contract – 6 June (Boom studios): This is one hitman who understands – no violent life ends peacefully. Written by Ed Brisson (Batman and Robin Eternal, Cluster) and illustrated by Lisandro Estherren, The Last Contract is an uncompromising look at what it takes to move on from a life of violence. Pre-order on Amazon now.
49. Nate Powell’s Omnibox – 13 June: Featuring Swallow Me Whole, Any Empire, & You Don’t Say – 13 June: Nate Powell has been called “a writer-artist of genius” and “the most prodigiously talented graphic novelist” of his generation. This box contains the reasons why. Swallow Me Whole won the Eisner Award for its portrayal of teen mental illness, Any Empire explores the trickle-down effects of war on young minds, and You Don’t Say collects Powell’s short comics from 2004 up to the debut of the landmark March trilogy. Together, these three volumes represent the first decade of mature work from one of the new giants of cartooning: a creator renowned for his sensitivity, intimacy, and visual courage. Pre-order on Amazon now.
50. The Coldest Winter – 13 June: With the movie adaptation of the The Coldest City coming out on 28 July 2017 Oni Press is releasing the prequel in a trade paperback. After a string of botched assignments for MI6 in Berlin, David Perceval is being sent home. Even his final mission before leaving — the defection of a Soviet scientist – goes badly wrong, as the coldest winter for 30 years descends on Europe. With transport out of Berlin impossible, and the KGB searching everywhere for their lost scientist, Perceval must improvise a deadly game of cat and mouse through the frozen city to keep the Russians at bay, and deliver his own unique brand of revenge! Pre-order on Amazon now.
If you missed part 1 read it here, part 3 will be up tomorrow.