With the year coming to a close (Well, I hope it is ending because I don’t hear any boss music and no option for a “2020 NG+”.) With websites such as IGN revealing their picks for Best Comic Book Series of 2020, I thought it would be a fun time to include my Top 20 Best Comic Book Series for 2020.
The Immortal Hulk
The Immortal Hulk smashes his way onto the Top Twenty List, with an amazing creative team consisting of Writer Al Ewing, Artists Joe Bennet, Ruy José, and Paul Mounts, Immortal Hulk is one of the Best Comic Series on the market, balancing Horror and Superhero action in a unique sense of harmony. I had a chance to review the first Thirteen Issues in August 2019, Marvel has been doing a phenomenal job with their Horror line.
“HORROR HAS A NAME.
You’d never notice the man. He doesn’t like to be noticed. He’s quiet. Calm. Never complains. If someone were to walk up and shoot him in the head… all he’d do is die.
Until night falls. And someone else gets up again.
The man’s name is Banner.
The horror is THE IMMORTAL HULK.“
Number Nineteen is Image Comics’ Killadephia, written by Rodney Barnes and art by Jason Shawn Alexander (known for his work on SPAWN!) This Supernatural series is another horror series that has been doing well in 2020, Writers such as Brian K. Vaughn described the horror having an atmospheric sense of place, terrifing too.
“When small-town beat cop Jimmy Sangster returns to his Philadelphia roots to bury his murdered father, he stumbles into a mystery that will lead him down a path of horrors and shake his beliefs to their core. The city that was once the symbol of liberty and freedom has fallen prey to corruption, poverty, unemployment, brutality…and vampires.There’s a reason they say you can’t go home again. Welcome to Killadelphia.”
Slashing her way onto the Eighteenth spot is Dynamite’s, Red Sonja, written by Mark Russell and art by Bob Quinn, Katie O’Meara, Mirko Colak, and Robert Carey. This series caught my eye when Gail Simone was the writer back in 2014, since that relaunch Mark Russell took over as the writer and has helped make it one of the best Fantasy Comic Book series of 2020.
“No man knows the place of her birth, nor where she learned to wield a sword to shame many a male. They know only that she is called The She-Devil of The Hyrkanian Steppes. That, and RED SONJA. MARK RUSSELL (The Flintstones) and MIRKO COLAK (Conan) bring a savage tale of metal and blood. A world conqueror possesses a massive army and a fatal prophecy. A bastard sorceress craves revenge. And a fearsome red-haired warrior is made wartime ruler of a homeland set for decimation.”
Number Eighteen is another story from Image Comics, Bitter Root, a tale of Supernatural/Occult taking place in the 1920s and during the Harlem Renaissance, from the team that brought you Power Man and Iron Fist, David F. Walker and Sanford Greene with Indie Veteran Chuck Brown. This was a story recommended by a reader from Twitter, after reading the first issue I was immediately hooked. This series was nominated (Also was the winner) for an Eisner for Best Continuing Series.
“In the 1920s, the Harlem Renaissance is in full swing, and only the Sangerye Family can save New York—and the world—from the supernatural forces threatening to destroy humanity. But the once-great family of monster hunters has been torn apart by tragedies and conflicting moral codes. The Sangerye Family must heal the wounds of the past and move beyond their differences… or sit back and watch a force of unimaginable evil ravage the human race.
DAVID F. WALKER and SANFORD GREENE, the creative team of Power Man and Iron Fist, along with indie veteran CHUCK BROWN (Trench Coats, Cigarettes and Shotguns) bring you 24 action-packed pages of monsters, mayhem, and family dysfunction in a brand-new ongoing series.”
Something is Killing the Children
Slashing its way to Number Seventeen is Boom! Studios Something is Killing the Children, has two things that have been working so well for the series so far: Monster-Fueled Horror and a Kick-Ass Female Protagonist. Her name is Erica Slaughter, and she is burdened by the weight of her responsibilities; written by James Tynion IV and Art by Werther Dell’edera and Miquel Muerto. While it is another horror story, it has been creating a lot of buzz and been one series that has been flying off the shelves at Comic Book Shops.
“When the children of Archer’s Peak begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. The few children that return alive have terrible stories — impossible details of terrifying creatures that live in the shadows. Their only hope is the arrival of a mysterious stranger, one who believes the children and claims to be the only adult who sees what they can see. Her name is Erica Slaughter. She kills monsters. That is all she does, and she bears the cost because it must be done.
GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (The Woods, Batman: Detective Comics) teams with artist Werther Dell’Edera (Briggs Land) for a haunting series about staring into the abyss… and what happens when the abyss stares back.”