Okay . . . did you see it?  Star Wars: The Last Jedi—did you love it?!

As 2017 comes to a close, I normally like to reflect back on some of my favorite comics I read throughout the year.  IDW Publishing has pretty much been my go-to publisher these past few months, and I have to admit that one of my favorite series of theirs is the ongoing Back to the Future comic books that started just a little over 2 years ago in late 2015.  We’ve read about all sorts of interesting “alternate” adventures of Marty and Doc, as well as learned more about secondary characters like Marty’s Uncle “Jailbird” Joey.  We even got glimpses into sideline stories that helped to explain certain plot holes from the original trilogy.  

Whereas James Tynion IV and Erik Donovan’s previous collaborations, Cognetic and Memetic, have been structured around a three-issue story arc that was confined to a specific time and place, their new three-issue story, Eugenic, reads more like Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles. It sets up a specific event and then hops to different points in time with different characters to further the world and themes. I want to see more stories set in this world even though I feel this third issue didn’t quite capture my imagination and emotional involvement like the first two issues. Its heart is in the same place as we jump into the future again with some big ideas. It’s depressing and sad, but not in a way that struck chords. If anything, this third issue seems more like a pitch for a much larger story – one I’d like to see.

A lonely, brooding detective takes on the case of an ex-girlfriend, only to have two things confirmed: He won’t get the girl, but is he a great detective.

2017 really was a difficult year between the politics, scandals, violence ,and forces of nature.  Sometimes, it’s difficult to find the good, but it’s in there.

Wonder Woman is one example of the good. It’s so exciting to see Diana back in the limelight. Front and center. I expect this trend to keep going. Her film proved to be a huge success and made her a true heavy hitter in the DCEU due mostly to the dedication of director Patty Jenkins and actress Gal Gadot - two amazing women, with major talent and passion for the character.

What can be said bout Gal as Wonder Woman? She’s perfect. This has turned her into a global super star, and she’s sweet and wonderful and everything . And how great was she on SNL? As with BVS, Wonder Woman was the breakout superstar of Justice League and arguably the best thing about the movie. Although, I really liked all of the performances by the rest of the actors. I wouldn’t mind a sequel. They poised Wonder Woman front and center, and she seemed so obvious in the position.  Can’t wait for more WW on the silver screen.

You could definitely see the cultural impact Wonder Woman has had on the world. While always popular, it was amazing to see the mass of Wonder Woman cosplayers and Halloween costumes. And hey, sometimes people just dress like her for the hell of it!

Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, and Liam Sharp wrapped up their critically popular and fan-lauded run on the Wonder Woman comic book series. Don’t be too sad; it was announced artist Liam Sharp would be doing a Brave and the Bold mini-series featuring Batman and Wonder Woman. Sharp will also be handling writing duties! Can’t wait!

Speaking of future Wonder Woman, artist Yannick Paquette is hard at work on drawing writer Grant Morrison’s script for the much anticipated Wonder Woman: Earth One 2.

Jill Thompson won an Eisner Award for her work on the original graphic novel, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon - the first for Wonder Woman, I believe.

The new Justice League action cartoon was a success. Wonder Woman was everywhere and just couldn’t be caught. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for our amazing Amazon. Whatever the journey, we’ll be there for the ride.

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The first volume of Black Hammer was great. This one is even better. The more I read, the more I want to read, and the more engrossed I become in the world that writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dean Ormston have created. It’s a mystery that unfolds page by page, issue by issue, full of incredible characters and brilliant twists. I can’t recommend this comic enough.

The Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions comics run has made some great progress in terms of LGBTQ2* representation and race and body type diversity while still centering music and taking its aesthetics from the '80s pop-punk scene, and this installment furthers that work. Comics in the Dimensions series include two short stories each, with the ultimate intention of showing Jem, the Holograms, the Misfits, and even a pretty well-developed set of groupies in a multi-dimensional way through extended world building and character development. Each story is written and drawn by a rotating crew, meaning that each comic contains two distinct story and art styles. This installment includes Sarah Kuhn and Siobhan Keenan’s “Face Off” and Sarah Winifrid Searle’s “Star Girl.”

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Christopher Columbus was a despotic, homicidal a**hole. 

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