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Comic Book Vault's Best New Books of 2017

We are here to wrap up 2017 with a list of our favorite creations in the comic book industry this year. This list is 100% opinion, we did not reference any sales totals nor were any accountants harmed in creating this article.



Redneck, Image Comics

Donny Cates, Lisandro Estherren and Dee Cunniffe



Recommended by my loyal minions at Bedrock City Comics in Houston Texas

"This is a book about blood" - Donny Cates

Yep, that is God Country's Donny Cates. This book looks incredible. The line work and panel composition really stand out. The story gives enough to satisfy and yet is still enigmatic enough to have you come back for more. Having grown up not to far from the books setting, I can really appreciate the accuracy of the faint nuances of the people and location. It definatly has a place in the buy pile.



Redneck #4, Image Comics

Donny Cates and Lisandro Estherren


"In an attempt to stop the chaos engulfing their family, Perry and Bartlett revisit Bartlett’s past…but digging up old wounds sometimes opens new ones. What exactly is Bartlett’s big secret? - Image Comics


Well well, if this ain’t the origin story we’ve been waiting for. Cates and team really crammed it into this issue. We begin to see the layers peeled back on the history of the family and a centuries old feud with the Landrys. Not to mention one of my favorite camp sites, Enchanted Rock gets a starring role in the book.

As always, the writing and the art work merge into a cunning story telling sledge hammer. This issue answered a lot of questions, as well as uncovering a few new ones. I’ll head back to Sulphur Springs next month and I’ll expect some answers.

Preview Redneck #4 at ImageComics.com


Redneck #5, Image Comics

Donny Cates and Lisandro Estherren

The centuries old feud between the Landrys and the Bowmans scales the generations in Redneck #5 on this week’s CBV Buy Pile!

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"What started as an innocent night on the town has led to this moment. With Sulphur Springs in flames, will the Bowman family withstand its destruction?" - Image Comics



PREVIEW REDNECK #5 HERE


Redneck #7, Image Comics

Donny Cates, Lisandro Estherren and Nick Pitarra


"'THE EYES UPON YOU' kicks off with the Bowmans lying low from the law with a new member of the family in tow. But there are rules to being a vampire...and when the rules are broken, the family will surely suffer…" - Image Comics


DAMN Donny, thanks for the punch in the gut. Its been some time since the heinous events of Sulphur Springs and the Bowmans have moved on to where one of Texas's deadliest nightmares unfolded. Well it looks like the locals are in for another hellacious shit storm. A Horror on a scale they have yet to endure.

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PREVIEW REDNECK #7 HERE


Mister Miracle, DC Comics

Tom King and Mitch Gerads


“From the team behind THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON and the Hugo Award-nominated writer of Vision comes a unique new take on one of Jack Kirby’s most beloved New Gods.

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“Scott Free is the greatest escape artist that ever lived. So great that he escaped Granny Goodness’ gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a new life on Earth with his wife, the former female fury known as Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, which counted him among its ranks.

“You might say Scott Free has everything...so why isn’t it enough? Mister Miracle has mastered every illusion, achieved every stunt, pulled off every trick—except one. He has never escaped death. Is it even possible? Our hero is going to have to kill himself if he wants to find out.

“Written by Tom King (BATMAN) and illustrated by Mitch Gerads (The Punisher), this is a MISTER MIRACLE unlike any you’ve read before.” – DC Comics


The celebration of Jack Kirby continues with DC’s Mister Miracle #1. This is Rebirth’s first appearance of Scott Free and Kirby’s New Gods. King’s and Gerads' vision for this character is surprisingly colossal. The book’s depth of story and visual composition both represent and reflect a darkness from our own world. A darkness yet to be seen within Mister Miracle's world.

I was really looking forward to this title and it completely blew my expectation’s expectations away. Gerads' use of color and composition are inventive, stunning and offer a wink and a nod to King Kirby. Tom King and Mitch Gerads have gone and done something real special here, go buy this book. Damn it, GO BUY THIS BOOK!


Mister Miracle #4, DC Comics

Tom King and Mitch Gerads


What King and Gerads have done with these characters is insanely impressive. The intertwining of the narrative and visuals in very rhythmic panel layout has me reading these books over and over again. Mister Miracle puts my brain muscles on just the warped roller coaster ride they needed.

"It's the trial of Mister Miracle! Orion and Lightray are convinced that Scott has become infected with Anti-Life and is working against them to bring down New Genesis.


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"Scott must succumb to their interrogation and physical challenges to prove he's not what they say he is...but how do you speak truth to people who don't want to believe?" - DC Comics


PREVIEW MISTER MIRACLE #4 HERE


Mister Miracle #5

Tom King, Mitch Gerads and Nick Derington


"How do you spend your last night on Earth? Why, with the one you love, of course! Having been condemned to death by the new Highmaster, Mister Miracle is going to have to return to New Genesis for his execution.

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"Before he does, he and Big Barda go on one last date. But if Scott Free truly is infected by Darkseid, as Orion says, you can bet some dark force will intervene-only to what end? " - DC Comics


PREVIEW MISTER MIRACLE #5 HERE


Bettie Page, Dynamite Entertainment

Although it's not her first appearance comicdom, it has been over twenty years since we've last seen Mrs. Page in the four color panels. The creative team of writer David Avallone and artist Colton Worely have welcomed Mrs. Page back.

"Now the world can know the truth: her classified adventures back in 1951 Hollywood have officially been declassified." - Dynamite Entertainment.


David Avallone had this to say, "Like a lot of people my age, I 'discovered' Bettie Page through comics, when Dave Stevens used her to inspire the ingénue starlet of The Rocketeer. She's such a compelling, iconic figure, with such a fascinating life story, that I was thrilled when Dynamite Senior Editor Joe Rybandt asked me if I could build a comic book mini-series around her. After a lot of research into the life and times of Bettie, I chose to put her in Hollywood at the start of the fifties and the beginning of her modeling career. It's all fictional, of course, but it's built on some corners of her real biography, and the real history of the time. I hope I've made my fictional Bettie as funny, as sweet, as sharp, as tough, and as delightful as the real one."

Worely adds, "It's just a fun, kooky story. Fun characters, a crazy story, and oh, hey, it stars Bettie Page. What's not to like?"


Betty Page #1, Dynamite Entertainment

David Avallone and Colton Worley


"She's more modest than Ms. Blaise, but peels more than Ms. Emma. She out-vamps Vampirella, but she's sweeter than Honey West. She put the mod in model, and the bangs in bang-bang. Now the world can know the truth: her classified adventures back in 1951 Hollywood have been declassified. Dynamite, David Avallone and Colton Worley are proud to present The Secret Diary of Bettie Page, in handy comic book form." - Dynamite Entertainment


Bettie Page #1 is classy, sexy, and is loaded with intrigue and action. The artwork boasts beautiful figure work, retro cityscapes and some boss architecture. Both the delicate line work and the subtle brush strokes of the coloring introduce a warm life into the panels.

The story is swiftly paced and takes no time bringing the weird. Bettie is well written as a tough witty woman and is beautifully brought to life in these pages. The visual style and composition are stunning. With a promise of Space Commies on the horizon, this series will be staying on the CBV Buy Pile.


Bettie Page #2, Dynamite Entertainment

David Avallone, Colton Worley and Scott Chantler



Well well well comrades, you were promised Space Commies and now you’re getting some Space Commies. But wait, there’s more! The ever boss Bettie Page happens to be the Queen of those psycho Space Commies!

The mid-century aesthetic infused into the writing and artwork of this series is simply captivating. Colton Worley’s injection of ben-day dots into the panels is quite crafty, and it is a very good thing. I see this series as having a lot to add to the spectacular legend of the remarkable Bettie Page. If you like to learn a little more about Bettie check out the official website below.

BettiePage.com


"Bettie takes on Hollywood as the B-Movie Queen of the Space Commies! Bettie gets in over her head with the shadowy Sky Science cult! Bettie unleashes chaos at the Griffith Park Observatory! Writer David Avallone and artist Colton Worley are your tour guides through the thrilling second issue of The Secret Diary of Bettie Page!" - Dynamite



PREVIEW BETTIE PAGE #2 HERE


Bettie Page #3, Dynamite Entertainment

David Avallone, Colton Worley and Scott Chantler

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"Between cultists, creeps, spies, mind-control rays, flying saucers and the LAPD, Bettie has had just about enough of everyone's crap. Watch out, Hollywood. Now you've made her mad. David Avallone and Colton Worley continue to help Bettie work through her issues, in The Secret Diary of BETTIE PAGE, Chapter Three." - Dynamite Entertainment



PREVIEW BETTIE PAGE #3 HERE


Bettie Page #4, Dynamite Entertainment

David Avallone and Esau Figueroa


"Someone wants to enslave American minds... but who's behind it all? The Sky Science Cult? Pacific AeroSpace Technologies? Ol' Joe Stalin himself? None of them is a match for Bettie Page, as our high-heeled heroine goes toe-to-toe with the worst 1951 has to offer in the fourth and final Hollywood chapter of The Secret Diary of Bettie Page, as revealed by David Avallone and Colton Worley." - Dynamite Entertainment

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This series may be over, but Bettie has turned into quite the Peggy Carter. Dynamite, the ball is in your court whether or not you utilize this well developed character. To sum up, the story is engaging and fun, the art work is beautiful, and we want more! Make it so...

UPDATE: Well Looks like it was made so. After posting the article David Avallone passed along some GREAT news to ComicBookVault.net...

Gaze upon the most excellent cover.


Don't miss the 6 page tie in story in the November/December issue of Playboy!


PREVIEW BETTIE PAGE #4 HERE


Bettie Page #5, Dynamite Entertainment

David Avallone, Bane Wade and Joseph Michael Linsner

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"You know that thing where your flight back to NYC is interrupted so you can be debriefed at a secret government base, only to find that base under attack by giant radioactive monsters? And you can't get another flight back home until you defeat the giant radioactive monsters? Sucks, right? But our Bettie can handle it." - Dynamite Entertainment


We spoke and Dynamite Listened. The original 4 issue run has been extended with 4 (possibly 8) more issues! Looks like our favorite space commie ass kicking bombshell isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.


PREVIEW BETTIE PAGE #5 HERE


Bettie Page #6, Dynamite Entertainment

David Avallone and Esau Figueroa


"Bettie goes to the Cannes Film Festival! Invasion of the Space Commies isn't up for the Grand Prix, but that won't keep our plucky heroine from chasing spies on the French Riveria! David Avallone and Esau Figueroa take you back to 1952, in the next installment of the Secret Diary of Bettie Page." - Dynamite Entertainment



PREVIEW BETTIE PAGE #6 HERE


The Button, DC Comics

This four issue mini series is some of the best writing and art to spew from the DC Comics manufacturing complex in all of 2017. On it's own it was incredible, plus it was a hell of a lead into the current book everybody is talking about, Doomsday Clock. Below is a collection of my ramblings regarding "The Button".

In anticipation of this story, I pulled my copy of Watchmen out and dug into it. I must say the story is still relevant, now more than ever. Alan Moore nailed it.

It’s been decades since I picked up this book and I’ll admit the brilliance of the story telling had faded for me. After a few pages I was hooked again. The depth of Moore’s genius is bottomless. It is perplexing that everything between the front and back cover came from one man’s brain. It’s well known that Moore flirts with the dark arts, perhaps that’s how he pulled it off. Regardless Moore is a master wordsmith for the modern era. I fell in love / hate with characters all over again. I even felt sympathy were I did not before. I had rediscovered everything I loved about that book, and perhaps time has allowed me to experience it from a new perspective.


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Batman #21, "The Button" Part One

Tom King and Jason Fabok


It started quick, it was over quick, but with all kinds of crazy happening in between the two action-packed lenticular covers.

The cover is beautiful front and back. They wasted no time with this book. It is actually lightning fast, like speedster quick. King, Fabok and the team have been impressive so far, and they really stepped it up on this one.


I have been looking forward to "The Button" and I have not been disappointed. For those of you out there aligned with the Watchmen Fundamentalism movement, take a chance on this one. You may be surprised, perhaps even entertained.


The Flash #21, The Button Part Two

Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter and Jason Fabok

Strange things are a foot in the DC Rebirth Universe. The suspense continues to build in "The Button" Part Two. So far this story has more questions than answers, and that is a good thing


In this issue we are introduced to a ton of allusions and easter eggs referring to long forgotten characters. As the DC universe is still gaining its bearing after Convergence, it is difficult to determine which instance of the character is being invoked. A prime illustration of this is the "Hall of Lost and Found". Within only a few frames, heaps and mounds of eggs our thrown at the reader. The team at comicbook.com has done a great job of inventorying the "Hall" here

I am really digging this series so far and eager to see how the overall DC Universe walks/limps away from this damn little yellow button.


Batman#22 "The Button" Part Three

Tom King and Jason Fabok


Batman and The Flash continue on the treadmill along the trail leading to the Comedian's button.

In this installment we learn that Waynes never stay down, they rise.

The Flash 22 "The Button" Part Four

Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter


As a whole, this series was executed brilliantly. This series has used the nine panel format in a most creative fashion, but the writing is some of the most compelling story telling in recent years. I really enjoyed the series and it's intriguing to wonder what all this craziness is going to bring to the rest of the DC-Rebirth line up.




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CBV Editor, Posted: Dec 28, 2017

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