Diamond's Top "Best of 2017" Lists

With the end of the year comes the waves of "Best of Year" lists flooding the Internet, and in the midst of the holiday season, keeping up to date with every relevant list can seem daunting. Diamond makes staying informed during the holiday season easy with this consolidated list of the top five "Best of 2017" lists so you can keep up to date without missing a beat.

This year, of all the Best of Year lists we compiled, several titles were mentioned on multiple lists. Black Volume 1 from Black Mask Studios garnered the most recognition among the Best of Year lists. For the full collection of Best of Year lists, see below.

Bold titles denote a Diamond publisher.

Forbes Magazine Best Graphc Novels of 2017

Rob Salkowitz, author and pop culture consultant for Forbes Magazine, lists the top 7 Graphic Novels of 2017. One of the titles belong to Diamond publishers with one title featured on the honorable mentions list. To view last year's list, click here.

  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui (Abrams)
  • The Sound of the World By Heart by Giacomo Bevilacqua (Lion Forge)
  • Black Hammer: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston (Dark Horse)
  • The Flintstones Volume 2: Bedrock Bedlam by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh (DC Comics)
  • I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina and Stacey Robinson (Tu Books)
  • Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke (Pantheon)
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
  • Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly, Lewis Trondheim, and Trondheim (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Stone Heart: The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (First Second)
  • Wonder Woman: The Lies, Wonder Woman: Year One by Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, and Liam Sharp (DC Comics) 
  • Wonder Woman: The Truth by Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, and Liam Sharp (DC Comics)

Honorable Mentions

  • The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne and Veronica Fish (SuperGenius/Papercutz)
  • Black by Kwanza Osajyfeo, Tim Smith 3, and Jamal Igle (Black Mask)
  • Hellboy in Hell by Mike Mignola (Dark Horse)
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: The Smartest There Is by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclaire, and Natascha Bustos (Marvel)

NPR Best Graphic Novels of 2017

NPR announced their staff picks for the best graphic novels of 2017. Four of the titles belong to Diamond publishers including Image Comics. To view last year's list, click here.

  • A.D.: After Death by Scott Snyder, illustrated by Jeff Lemire (Image Comics)
  • The Backstagers Volume 1 by James Tynion IV, illustrated by Rian Sygh (BOOM! Studios)
  • Baking With Kafka by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quaterly)
  • Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection Of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated by Shea Serrano, illustrated by Arturo Torres (Abrams)
  • The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui (Abrams)
  • Black Bolt Vol. 1: Hard Time by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward (Marvel)
  • Boundless by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn and Quarterly)
  • Eartha by Cathy Malkasian (Fantagraphics)
  • Everything Is Flammable by Gabrielle Bell (Uncivilized Books)
  • Fire!!: The Zora Neale Hurston Story by Peter Bagge (Drawn and Quarterly)
  • Hostage by Guy Delisle (Drawn and Quarterly)
  • House Of Women by Sophie Goldstein (Fantagraphics)
  • My Brother's Husband by Gengoroh Tagame, translated by Anne Ishii (Pantheon)
  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
  • My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness by Nagata Kabi (Seven Seas)
  • Pretending Is Lying by Dominique Goblet, translated by Sophie Yanow (New York Review Comics)
  • Royal City Volume 1: Next Of Kin by Jeff Lemire (Image Comics)
  • Run For It: Stories Of Slaves Who Fought For Their Freedom by Marcelo D'Salete (Fantagraphics)
  • Shutter Volume 5: So Far Beyond by Joe Keatinge, illustrated by Leila del Duca (Image Comics)
  • Solid State by Matt Fraction and Jonathan Coulton, illustrated by Albert Monteys (Image Comics)
  • Tenements, Towers and Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History Of New York City by Julia Wertz (Black Dog & Leventhal)
  • A Thousand Coloured Castles by Gareth Brookes (Penn State University Press)
  • Trust No Aunty by Maria Qamar (Touchstone)
  • You & A Bike & A Road by Eleanor Davis (Koyama Press)

School Library Journal Best Graphic Novels of 2017

School Library Journal partnered announced their picks for the Best of 2017, including The Tea Dragon Society from Oni Press. To view last year's list, click here.

  • Brave | Yen Press
  • Mega Princess | BOOM! Studios
  • The Time Museum | 
  • Real Friends | First Second
  • Louis Undercover | Groundwood
  • The Wendy Project | Papercutz
  • Spill Zone | First Second
  • The Tea Dragon Society | Oni Press
  • Dogs: From Predator to Protector | First Second
  • Where's Halmoni | Little Bigfoot

WIRED's 6 Best Comics of 2017

Typically annoucing the top 5, WIRED has expanded their list to add one more title due to the strong year comics had in content production. For the full list, see below.

  • The Wicked + The Divine (Image Comics)
  • Mister Miracle (DC Entertainment)
  • Extremity (Image Comics)
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters (Fantagraphics)
  • Spinning (First Second)
  • Hawkeye (Marvel)

The AV Club Best Graphic Novels of 2017

The AV Club weighs in on the best graphic novels of 2017. Five of the titles on their belong to a Diamond publisher including Image Comics and AfterShock Comics. To view last year's list, click here.

  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters (Fantagraphics)
  • Spinning (First Second)
  • Shade The Changing Girl (Young Animal/DC Comics)
  • Crawl Space (Koyama Press)
  • Tenements, Towers & Trash (Black Dog & Leventhal)
  • Giant Days (BOOM! Studios)
  • Mrs. Marvel (Marvel)
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Marvel)
  • Deathstroke (DC Comics)
  • Extremity (Image Comics)
  • The Old Guard Book One: Opening Fire (Image Comics)
  • Beowulf (Image Comics)
  • All-Star Batman (DC Comics)
  • Batman/The Shadow (DC Comics/Dark Horse)
  • Mister Miracle (DC Comics)
  • Shipwreck (Aftershock Comics)
  • Redlands (Image Comics)
  • Not Drunk Enough (Oni Press)
  • Wilde Life (Oni Press)
  • Letters for Lucardo (Iron Circus Comics)
  • Dinosaur Empire: Earth Before Us (Amulet Books)
  • Pretending is Lying (New York Review Comics)
  • The Best We Could Do (Abrams)
  • Iceland (Retrofit)
  • Zonzo (Fantagraphics)
  • Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Mirror, Mirror II (2nd Cloud)
  • Anti-Gone (Koyama Press)
  • Language Barrier (Koyama Press)


Entertainment Weekly's Best Comics of 2017

Entertainment Weekly's Christian Holub and Chancellor Agard announce the Best of Year awards for the comic industry, including David Rubín named Best Artist, artist for Beowulf from Image Comics.

  • Best Series: Mister Miracle (DC)
  • Best Graphic Novel: My Favorite Thing is Monsters (Fantagraphics)
  • Best Writer: Tom King (Batman, DC Comics)
  • Best Artist: David Rubín (Beowulf, Image Comics)
  • Best Debut: Saladin Ahmed (Black Bolt, Marvel)
  • Best All-Ages ComicThe Legend of Korra: Turf Wars (Dark Horse)
  • Best Finale: Silver Surfer (Marvel)
  • Best Political Commentary: The Shaolin Cowboy (Dark Horse)

SYFY's Best Ongoing Genre Comics of 2017 

SYFY ranks regularly published comics starting from 2016 to present day in their Best Ongoing Genre Comics list. Four of the titles listed belong to Diamond publishers including Image Comics. 

  • X-O Manowar (Valiant)
  • Kill or Be Killed (Image)
  • Faith (Valiant)
  • Infamous Iron Man (Marvel)
  • Black Hammer (Dark Horse)
  • Eclipse (Image)
  • Silver Surfer (Marvel)
  • Goldie Vance (Boom! Box - Boom! Studios)
  • The Mighty Thor (Marvel)
  • Batman (DC Comics)
  • Shade the Changing Girl (DC Comics)

IGN's Best of Comics

IGN announces several comics awards at the end of the year including Best Original Graphic Novel and Best New Comic Series. To see all the awards, click here.

  • Best Original Graphic NovelMy Favorite Thing is Monsters (Fantagraphics)
  • 2017 People's Choice, Best Original Graphic Novel: Beowulf (Image Comics)
  • Best New Comic Book Series: The Old Guard (Image Comics)
  • 2017 People's Choice, Best New Comic Book SeriesMister Miracle (DC Comics)

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