Best Comics of 2020

December 30th, 2020

Continuing my theme of naming the greatest things of the year (as opposed to the most depressing or most defeating), I have to put my stamp on the medium closest to my heart: comic books.

I’ve said it a million times, and I’ll say it a million more: comic books have saved my life. On countless occasions. This year was no different, and there was a book for everyone.

With no further ado, here’s my list of the work that touched my heart, tickled my funny bone, got me hot and/or bothered (hello, Faithless!), expanded my mind and gave me hope, in the way only comics can. I’ve expanded my thoughts on select books.

*Adventureman

*Amazing Spider-Man: This does not earn a place simply by having one of the best characters in existence; Nick Spencer clearly knows Peter Parker, and this book does an excellent job of juggling the facets of his life.

*Bang!

*Black Hammer/Justice League: This is your reminder to read Black Hammer.

*Daredevil: Chip’s run has been an instant classic, issue after issue.

*Death Metal

*Decorum: After a “wtf?” start, Hickman pulls out the stops and ties the threads together in the last pair of issues of the volume. Worth the build.

*The Devil’s Red Bride: I bought the first issue because I’m a big fan of John Bivens. I’m still on this ride because this is masterful storytelling and I am hooked by her bloody blade.

*Empyre: Crossover events are tricky. You get sucked (or suckered) into them without knowing their overall quality, and we’ve been blessed with both Empyre and Death Metal this year.

*Faithless II: The artsiest, oddest, horniest book on the shelves. Always a dark pleasure.

*Far Sector

*Fire Power

*The Immortal Hulk

*King of Nowhere: So unbelievably trippy and believably real.

*All Marvels-Related Series (Marvel, Marvels: X, Marvels: Snapshots): These are just a delight, every time. It’s always something different and unexpected and, due to the talent involved, consistently great or better.

*Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The most fun I had reading anything this year; far better than it had any right to be. I will recommend this to any and every fan of a certain age.

*TMNT: The Last Ronin

*Monstress: One of my favorite books just keeps getting deeper and darker — and better and richer for it.

*Olympia: A love letter to comics and one of the freshest breaths of air I took this year.

*The Other History of the DC Universe: I continue my education in a medium too few suspect of genuine things to teach.

*Post Americana

*The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage

*Second Coming: What do Jesus and Superman have to teach one another? The brilliant Mark Russell is one of the best writers in any universe.

*Seven Secrets

*Stillwater: The best TV show not on TV.

*Strange Adventures: I will follow Tom King anywhere.

*True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: Anthem

*Vampire: The Masquerade

*The Weirdos Volume I: A masterpiece. All kidding aside, I am very proud of this book and the years-long journey it’s taken me on.

*All X-Titles: I have read every. single. issue. since Dawn of X and enjoyed every. single. one. No joke. They are all good. This is my list. I don’t have to explain myself to you.

*The Returns of American Vampire & Sweet Tooth: Welcome back.

You can read one of these, but really, just go read any book. Right now. Put down your phone.

Published by dennisvogen

I'm me, of course. Or am I?

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