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You couldn't swing a dead cat this year and not end up hitting a fantastic new comic. This is a good thing! (Unless you're a dead cat.) At the same time, though, 2017 wasn't without its moments of comics chicanery and utter wackness. Now's as good a time as any to look back and reflect on what sort of year comics had in 2017.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China has become a cult favourite for many reasons -- its goofy mix of humour, action and quotable lines; Kurt Russell's Kurt Russell-ness -- but the film's visual style is also quite distinctive. The new book The Official Art of Big Trouble in Little China is devoted to collecting and celebrating it, and we're thrilled to debut some pages here today.

It has been a frankly amazing year for comics -- filled with big events, controversial moments, and an incredible variety of comics, with diversity in genre, characters, and stories giving us shelf upon shelf of amazing books to dig into week after week. It was hard to narrow them down to 20, but without further ado, here are our absolute favourite comics from this year.