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Best Comics of 2021 – Comics Bookcase Staff Picks

December 22, 2021

Phew. We made it, 2021 is coming to a close, and as per usual, we here at Comics Bookcase are celebrating by polling everyone who wrote for the site over the past 12 months about what they most enjoyed. The result is the Best Comics of 2021 – Comics Bookcase Staff Picks list, which you can find below. In the coming weeks, we’ll be rolling out more lists of 2021’s highlights, so make sure to check back for those.

This, I should also note, is our biggest year-end list yet, featuring a massive 50 titles. So onward…you can find our full list of staff picks below in alphabetical order — enjoy!

Barbaric
Writer:
Michael Moreci
Artist: Nathan Gooden
Colorist: Addison Duke
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Publisher: Vault Comics
Buy It Here: Barbaric
Read our Barbaric interview with writer Michael Moreci!
I gave out a total of four perfect 10 scores to new comics this year, and this book was one of them. And trust me folks, I read a lot of new comics. This book is probably best described as a deconstruction of sword and sorcery comics tropes, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a creative project that operates with a gleeful abandon, and you can feel how much fun everyone involved is having on basically every page. This is also a timely serious, at least to me, wherein the protagonist is doing what he has to do, doing it well, and grumbling the whole way. I for one definitely relate. (Zack Quaintance)

The Blue Flame
Writer:
Christopher Cantwell
Artist: Adam Gorham
Colorist: Kurt Michael Russell
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Publisher: Vault Comics
Buy It Here: The Blue Flame
Read our interview with the Blue Flame creative team!
The Blue Flame was another comic that netted a perfect 10 score from me in 2021 with its debut issue, and the book has somehow gotten even better throughout its run. This story takes a pair of not-quite-distinct plotlines — one in deep space, the other in Wisconsin — and melds them together in a blurry way that raises questions about our relationships with reality, trauma, fiction, and the intersections of all three. It’s a truly special comic, and it’s one I think about constantly, even between issues. (Zack Quaintance)

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