Avid comic collector & fan for nearly twenty years, Vic started collecting comics around eight years old. Comic investing since the 2000s.
Comic book & superhero movies and TV shows have begun to saturate the box office and prime time as of late. When you think it's about to slow down, it seems like it ramps up even more every passing year.
With that said and with superhero movies and TV shows proving to be a powerhouse genre in Hollywood, let's not forget that these characters were already entertaining many a folk before they ever became blockbusters or the latest TV fodder.
Devoted comic fans hit the newsstands and then later comic shops in order to devour and discover what happened next to their favorite heroes. It isn't a wonder why many of these characters have become so iconic and why so many are fanatic about them.
In today's day and age, there's no doubt that media has a large part in determining which comic book characters heat up or are thrust in the general public's eyes. Movies are definitely spreading more awareness of these characters and making them become even more of household names to those who don't know much about comics.
Also, it's apparent that many of the youth watching these characters live-action are starting to become fans as well and just may be crossing over into the world of comics to find out more about them. With regards to that, here are the hottest comic book characters of 2017.
Wonder Woman is an iconic comic character and highly well-known no doubt. However, with DC's shared cinematic world a hot mess with many critics and even many comic fans voicing disdain for the quality of DCeU outings prior to the release of Wonder Woman, this film had a lot of weight to carry.
Needless to say there was a lot of skepticism about Warner Bros. capability of producing a comic book movie anywhere on par with what Disney and Marvel have been putting out, and there's always the past failed performances of female led super hero movies like Elektra, Catwoman, and stretching as far back as the 80s with Supergirl. Away with that sexist attitude that no one wants to see female led super hero flicks and the perception finally got a smack down.
Wonder Woman was a surprise success, and instead of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, garnered quite a bit of critical success. Finally, and I'm glad this movie rocked!
High-five to director Patty Jenkins! Yes, Wonder Woman is one of the hottest comic book characters of 2017 no doubt.
I heard that the opening weekend audience had a whopping 50% or over of females in attendance. No one wants to see female-led super-hero movies?
Apparently not the case! Please support other female super-hero led movies as well that are coming out. Brie Larson as Captain Marvel is expected to be another game changer, and I truly hope it is!
Yes, the insane cuteness of Baby Groot was all over the place even before Gaurdians of the Galaxy Vol 2 hit the theaters. One commercial after another did this little guy appear more than any of the other Guardians characters until I could not take anymore.
Regular Groot is an actual comic character that most Marvel Comic fans know of or heard about, but that cannot be said the same for Baby Groot. Yes, Baby Groot did appear in comics before he assaulted movie-goers with the cute.
So Baby Groot's first brief appearance in comics is supposedly Groot #4 from the 2015 series. Baby Groot then has a 1st full appearance in the very next issue of #5 of the same comic book series.
Not sure whether these comics were hot during the year, but Baby Groot definitely appeared a lot this year and was one of the hottest comic book characters this year. I'm not sure if a lot of attention was given towards this character initially or if he was more like stuffed down our throats from the onset.
X-23 Laura Kinney
X-23 is a pretty well-known comic character and her popularity was increasing in prior to the film or even when rumors leaked that she may be in Logan. Created by Craig Kyle and first appearing in the X-Men Evolution animated TV series before debuting in comics in NYX #3, this female version of Wolverine was initially created as a Wolverine-like character that could "connect more to the younger kids".
Whether that happened or not, the character steadily started to get recognized and now quite a lot of females cosplay X-23 at local comic conventions prior to any movie or movie buzz. Why? Because she's an awesome character!
However, this character got a lot of hype in the past two years. In the actual comics in 2015, X-23 took the mantle of Wolverine in the All-New Wolverine comic series.
Then rumors of her being in the new Logan movie surfaced, and finally the movie hit and everyone was ranting and raving about Dafne Keen's portrayal of Wolverine's DNA spawned female version. I must admit, it was fantastic.
Not only her performance but all the performances in that film were emotionally rich. X-23 or Laura Kinney hit the stratosphere. Now people are cosplaying the movie version of Laura and hoping that FOX continues to have the character in their future X-Movies. Note: Her solo spin-off was recently confirmed.
I'm hoping Dafne Keen as X-23 will be used in more films as well. Make it happen, Lauren Donner! Laura Kinney is definitely and without a doubt one of the hottest comic book characters of 2017 and we hope to see her again soon.
Jamie Maddrox The Multiple Man
This character recently heated up due to comic movie speculation.
With that said, comic book movies are starting to evolve. With Deadpool being the 1st mega successful R comic book flick and then followed by the successful Logan, it is absolutely no surprise that the genre will want to stretch the limits and play around, right?
Jamie Maddrox The Multiple Man, though? This seemed to come out of left field, but if you think about it, the concept is interesting.
A mutant who can duplicate himself and each duplication can duplicate itself is not where the crazy ends there. Each duplicate of himself can also think, feel, and act independently.
Say what? Yeah, can you imagine the crazy drama that would ensue?
Fox has a real chance to write a really smart and engaging flick if done right. If done wrong, this could be a complete mess. However, the 1st appearance of this character in Giant-Size Fantastic Four #4 went bonkers recently when it was rumored and then confirmed that pretty boy James Franco was in talks with FOX about developing an X-Men spin-off movie.
Franco then later confirmed that he is involved in another yet R rated X-Men movie, but still has not said whether it is Jamie Maddrox as Multiple Man. Speculators say differently and his debut comic continues to feel the heat of demand, at least for the meantime.
Hulu's adaptation show of Marvel's The Runaways has been a surprise hit and received a lot great reviews. This is definitely a teen drama and gives us a completely different look at the superhero genre.
Actually, and ironically, those who have criticized the show for its teen angst, don't know the early history of Marvel Comics and how Stan Lee wanted to appeal to teens by having characters like Peter Parker as Spider-Man share his teenage problems with those who would become devoted fans. The characters of Nico Minoru, Alex Wilder, Chase Stein, Molly Hayes (Hernandez in the show), Gert and Karolina Dean do speak to this very audience that originally made Marvel Comics extremely successful.
So far the show has been building on story. New twists continue to slowly be added to reveal something new yet totally thrown in another mystery.
Fans of the actual comic will notice quite a difference from the actual Hulu drama and it's source material. I, for one, am satisfied to an extent.
I am wondering what will happen next and am intrigued to where the show will take me. The debut of these characters in Runaways #1 has heated up again, and hopefully the show will continue to introduce these characters to a mainstream audience outside of comic geekdom.
Conclusion? This is just the beginning. There were quite a few hot comic characters of 2017 like Hela in Thor Ragnarok played by the wonderful Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompsons Valkyrie.
So, there will be a Part 2 to this series, and, yes, the Punisher will be in Part 2 for sure. I did not forget about the Defenders either.
Stay tuned folks, but before we sign off for a little bit, here's a question and for ya. Who do you think were some of the hot comic characters of 2017?
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