CBR’s 100 Best Comics of 2021: 100-76


After a short five year hiatus, we are back with a long CBR tradition. At the end of the year, we polled the many CBR staff who make this site so awesome and asked them for their ranking of the best comics of the year. Every publisher releasing new comics in English, regardless of genre or format, was fair game; each individual list is then taken into account to determine the overall Top 100 that will be unveiled on CBR during that week.

Today we begin to unveil the list with entries # 100 through 76, with the countdown continuing each day this week. Here is the schedule (all Eastern hours): Tuesday, 12/28, 3 p.m .: Top 75-51; Wednesday 12/29/3 p.m .: Top 50-26; Thursday 12/30, 3 p.m .: Top 25-11; Friday 12/31/3 p.m .: Top 10; Saturday 1/1, 9 a.m .: Master list.


Start going through the list below, and if you are feeling so moved, take Twitter and (politely) discuss your thoughts using the hashtag # CBRTop100.

100. Checkmate



Written by: Brian Michael Bendis

Illustrations by: Alex Maleev, David Stewart and Lee Loughridge

Publisher: DC

This thrilling spy series continued the story of The Event: Leviathan by starring a motley team of DC heroes trying to save the world from the evil clutches of the massive criminal organization, Leviathan.

99. Red room



Written by: Ed Piskor

Art by: Ed Piskor

Publisher: Fantagraphics

A twisted look at a possible evolution of the Internet where the dark web is filled with “red rooms” where torture and murder are committed to the delight of a sick public. Is it too far to be stopped?


98. The honor of the scout



Written by: David Pepose

Art by: Luca Casalanguida and Matt Milla

Publisher: Aftershock Comics

In this post-apocalyptic world lives a group that still lives by a code … the Ranger Scout code. But as the story goes, if you build on a faulty foundation everything will fall apart, and when one of the greatest scouts uncovers the rot at the heart of the movement, what will she do to make things right?

97. Dead Dog Bite



Written by: Tyler Boss

Creation: Tyler Boss

This mysterious and dense comic rewards multiple readings with the level of detail that Boss puts into both the characters and the world they inhabit, a world tinged with a bit of nostalgia, a lot of weird humor and a lot slightly disturbing.


Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

96. Sonic the Hedgehog



Written by: Ian Flynn, Evan Stanley

Creation: Tracy Yardley, Evan Stanley, Matt Froese and Matt Herms

Publisher: IDW

Evan Stanley has joined Ian Flynn to give the regular Sonic series two compelling storytelling writers set in the SEGAverse as the book prepares to hit the 50th issue mark.

95. MODOK head games



Written by: Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt

Art by: Scott Hepburn and Carlos Lopez

Publisher: Marvel

This gripping miniseries manages to force you to truly feel MODOK as we travel to the nastiest recesses of its mind… or Butterville, Ohio. It’s hard to say which one is the worst.


94. Stargirl: Spring Break Special



Written by: Geoff Johns

Art by: Todd Nauck and Hi-Fi

Publisher: DC

The Stargirl creator has returned to the now TV star to tell a delightful new story embracing the best aspects of the DC Universe.

93. High school family



Written by: Ryo Nakama

Illustration by: Ryo Nakama

Publisher: Viz

High School Family begins when a young man learns that his father, mother, younger sister, and cat will all go to high school with him. Although this is primarily a comic manga, the story often ends up in heartfelt, thoughtful places where the characters grow up between each joke. – Christian Garnett, anime list writer

92. Gamma flight



Written by: Al Ewing and Crystal Frasier


Art by: Lan Medina and Antonio Fabela

Publisher: Marvel

This deliciously fun spinoff of Immortal Hulk has embraced the best aspects of the Marvel Universe with its fun and engaging spotlight on excellent but underused characters.

91. Mighty Morphin ‘



Written by: Ryan Parrott

Art by: Marco Renna, Dan Mora, Walter Baiamonte, Katia Ranalli, Sara Antonellini, Raul Angulo and Jose Enrique Fernandez

Publisher: BOUM!

BOOM! really gave readers the best of both worlds when he split the two Power Rangers books under the same author, as the strong sense of continuity makes it seem like while the two books tell very different stories, they share still a basic sense of the general Power Ranger universe.


90. Way of X



Written by: Si Spurrier

Art by: Bob Quinn and Java Tartaglia

Publisher: Marvel

What started as Nightcrawler’s attempt to reconcile the kind of religion that was building around the X-Men slowly turned into a corruption investigation that had a massive reveal that could change the world of the X-Men from significantly.

89. Mouth-sized Archie



Written by: Ron Cacace

Creation: Vincent Lovallo

Publisher: Archie Comics

This charming new take on Archie’s classic gag strip concept brings jokes into the modern era, but retains the classic joke styles, which never went out of fashion.

88. Ninjak



Written by: Jeff Parker

Art by: Javier Pulido (then Beni Lobel and Andrew Dalhouse)


Publisher: Vaillant

This series took an exciting and artistically fascinating new take on the proven spy concept with a quirky adventure series that made better use of the comic book format than 99% of the comics on the market today.

87. Dinos and comics



Written by: Jacques

Art by: K

Publisher: Dinosandcomics.com

These candid mental health life reviews have captured the hearts and minds of millions of people on the Internet.

86. Excalibur



Written by: Tini Howard

Art by: Marcus To and Erick Arciniega

Publisher: Marvel

Excalibur continues to spin a dozen different plates at once, balancing the interpersonal conflicts of the team itself (as Psylocke and Betsy Braddock are always going to have problems) with the highly political maneuvers of England and the ‘Other world.


85. Batman: Urban Legends



Written By: Far too many to list them all, but the DC website has them all here.

Art by: Far too many to list them all, but the DC website has them all here.

Publisher: DC

This anthology spotlighting various members of the Batman Family is perhaps best known in 2021 for the story arc where Tim Drake realized he was bisexual.

84. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina



Written by: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Creation: Robert Hack

Publisher: Archie Comics

Horror fans got a special treat (no tricks) this year with the return of this delightfully twisted riff on the classic Sabrina the Teenage Witch character that had a major influence on the recent hit Netflix series.


83. Aquaman: Becoming



Written by: Brandon Thomas

Creation: Diego Olortegui, Skylar Patridge, Scott Koblish, Wade von Grawbadger and Adriano Lucas

Publisher: DC

Jackson Hyde embarks on a journey of redemption after his life has collapsed around him and hopefully he will eventually clear his name and earn the name Aquaman using everything he has learned during his life. life so far.

82. Dr Pierre



Written by: Riichir Inagaki

Art by: Boichi

Publisher: Viz

Things keep getting crazier and crazier in the wild world of Dr. Stone, as the scientific realms of Senku and Dr. Xenu are at odds and it will likely take all the “power of science” that Senku and his friends can muster. to keep Senku from being killed, not to mention defeating Dr. Xenu in this quirky adventure set in the distant future.


81. Power Rangers



Written by: Ryan Parrott and Rachel Wagner

Art by: Francesco Mortarino, Simone Ragazzoni, Moises Hildalgo, Simona Di Gianfelice, Gilbey Ibarra, Raul Angulo, Jose Enrique Fernandez, Igor Monti and Sabrina Del Grosso.

Publisher: BOUM!

Have the two main BOOM! The Power Rangers series shares a writer who particularly paid off at the end of the year, as the two series came together in an exciting crossover adventure.

80. Detective Comics



Written by: Mariko Tamaki

Illustrations by: Dan Mora, Viktor Bogdanovic, Daniel Henriques and Jordie Bellaire

Publisher: DC

The introduction of a big new villain in Mr. Worth and a fresh take on Gotham City made this Police comics run really does stand out in 2021, especially with the series of compelling save stories.


79. one piece



Written by: Eiichiro Oda

Art by: Eiichiro Oda and Gege Akutami

Publisher: Viz

Most English versions of A piece in 2021 followed a flashback to Kozuki Oden’s early days on the seas, twenty years before the series’ main storyline, but these adventures gave us new perspectives on the character of Oden while also introducing a number information on the overall history of the series.

78. Katie the catsitter



Written By: Colleen AF Venable

Art by: Stéphanie Yue

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

This delightful intro to Katie the Catsitter sees a preteen sit in a woman’s apartment who may or may not be a supervillain, and her cats may or may not have various superpowers. When things are going well, can Katie be trusted to work with the cats to save their owner? Yes, yes she can, but it’s always interesting how she gets to this point and HOW they do it!


77. We have demons



Written by: Scott Snyder

Illustrations by: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion and Dave McCaig

Publisher: ComiXology Originals

Reuniting the classic Batman and Death Metal creative team delivered a delightfully fun new adventure of demons and demon hunters while spending a lot of time building the vast lore of this new world they’ve created. However, it never gets boring because the information you learn is exciting because you want to know more about it.

76. UltraMega



Written by: James Harren

Art by: James Harren and David Stewart

Publisher: Image Comics

This series is both a loving tribute to kaiju stories and a bit of a satire on the concept while upping it up by around 1000% in each issue. You never know what’s going to happen next, in the best possible way.


Check back with CBR on Tuesday to learn more about the Top 100!


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