The 5 Most Popular Narratively Stories of 2021

From happy-ending masseurs to incompetent bank robbers, these are the stories that most enthralled our readers this year.

The 5 Most Popular Narratively Stories of 2021

5. The Bank Robbers Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight (Or Do Anything Right, Really) 

Story by Paul Brown

Illustrations by Vaughn Parish

When the Duffy Brothers were deported from the U.S, they hatched a plan to bring Bonnie-and-Clyde-style armed robbery across the pond. Their plan had more holes than a bullet-riddled safe.

4. The Shot-in-the-Eye Squad
Story by Wil Sands

Photos by Wil Sands

As Black Lives Matter protests swept the nation, the rubber bullets and tear gas canisters started to fly. This epidemic of “blinding by police” inspired our unlikely network of survivors.

3. The One-Eyed African Queen Who Defeated the Roman Empire
Story by Adhiambo Edith Magak

Illustrations by Claire Wyman

Cocky male monarchs underestimated Queen Amanirenas for her gender, her race, and her disability. Each time, they did so at their own peril.

2. I Woke Up From a Coma and Couldn’t Escape the Guy Pretending to Be My Boyfriend
Story by Brooke Knisley

Illustrations by Jackie Ferrentino

I fell 20 feet out of a redwood tree and when I came to, my memory was shattered and a man I’d broken things off with was telling everyone we were together. Then I found out why.

1. The Secret Life of a Happy-Ending Masseur and the Women Who Swear By Him
Story by Hallie Lieberman

Illustrations by Jasjyot Singh Hans

Everyone from bawdy bachelorettes to married lesbians pay Ray the masseur to get them off. And he gloats that when it comes to female pleasure, he’s the G.O.A.T.


Thanks for reading! See you next year.