The Nerd Den’s Top Twenty of 2020: Comic Book Series

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THOR

Number 16 is the Asgardian God of Thunder, THOR. Written by Donny Cates and illustrated by Nic Klein, Matt Wilson, and Olivier Coipel, Thor has been one of the best selling Comics in November according to ICv2. Cates took the God of Thunder on an incredible adventure, bringing back fan-favorite characters and a twist on a character not seen since the 60s.

A new legend begins! The prince is now a king. All of Asgard lies before Thor, the God of Thunder, and the Ten Realms are finally at peace. But the skies above the Realm Eternal are never clear for long. The Black Winter is coming — and to triumph over this new threat, Thor must be transformed in a most unexpected way! Bursting with new power and set on a dangerous path, Thor will battle friend and foe alike. But can he convince Beta Ray Bill to let him continue his bloody mission to save all that is? The Black Winter has the power to reveal the means of any person’s demise. Thor will glimpse his future — and if the vision is true, Asgard will soon need a new Odinson to take the throne!”

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The Amazing Spider-Man

With Great Power, comes Great Responsibility.the Amazing Spider-Man thwips in at Number 15, things have been pretty rough for everyone’s favorite Wall-Crawler but with a Creative team like Writer Nick Spencer, and Artists such as Ryan Ottley, Mark Bagley, and Patrick Gleason. Be sure to check out my review for the Story Arc “Hunted!”

It’s a new beginning for the Amazing Spider-Man! Peter Parker’s life is turned upside down when a revelation from the past puts his job, relationships, and whole life in jeopardy! And as if that’s not enough, Spidey must deal with an alien invasion (with a mysterious twist), a new roommate (who’s secretly the villainous Boomerang), new wrinkles in his love life — and a dangerous new enemy! But are you ready for…Peter Parker vs. Spider-Man? Someone out there is impersonating Peter…but why? Be here as Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley kick off a brand new era in Spider-Man’s life!”

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DCEASED: Dead Planet

Coming in at Number 14 is DC Comics’ DCEASED: Dead Planet. Following the immediate success of the hit series DCEASED, writer Tom Taylor and the artistic team of Trevor Hairsine, Gigi Baldassini, Rain Beredo, and David Finch have come back and brought us another memorable tale of horror, suspense and thrills!

After a corrupted Anti-Life Equation turned billions into monsters-including Earth’s Greatest Heroes-our planet was as good as dead. Years later, a distress call brings Damian Wayne, Jon Kent, and Cassie Sandsmark-the Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman of Earth 2-back to a dead planet…but what will this new Justice League find waiting for them? If life still exists on Earth, who-or what-is lying in wait for these heroes? The original creative team of Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine reunite for the sequel to the 2019 blockbuster series DCeased!”

DC Gallery DCeased Batman StatueHot off the Truck at Entertainment Earth! He’s dead, Jim Gordon! Batman joins the ranks of the walking dead in this super-creepy DC Gallery diorama! Based on the DCeased crossover event, an anti-living Batman lurches towards Alfred in a repurposed Mr. Freeze suit in this approximately 8-inch tall statue. Cast in high-quality plastic, this 1:8 scale statue comes packaged in a full-color window box.

The Flash

Speeding in at Number 13 is DC Comics’ The Flash! It has been a monumental year for the Scarlet Speedster, and it looks like it won’t let up; If you recall writer Joshua Williamson was racing towards the finish line with an incredible story involving The Flash’s Rogues, the Flash Family, and of course, the sinister Reverse-Flash. The artistic team consisting of artists such as Christian Duce, Howard Porter, Carmine Di Giandomenico, and Scott Kolins.

A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the adage about lightning never, well…you know. Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, new speedster debuts—but just where did this amazing new friend come from? FLASH FACT: “2016 is the 60th anniversary of Barry Allen becoming The Flash, and it’s a privilege to be a part of it,” says writer Joshua Williamson. “‘The Return of Barry Allen’ in FLASH #79 [1993] is one of my favorite comics of all time. It’s where I became a Flash fan for life.

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X-Men

To Me, My X-Men!” Marvel’s X-Men prepare for battle as they march in at Number 12 of the Top Twenty, Jonathan Hickman has brought plenty of action and change for everyone’s favorite mutants, including a lot of Buzz and plenty of X-titles; joining Hickman in making this possible was artists such as Leinil Francis Yu, Matteo Buffagni, and R. B. Silva.

The X-Men face a whole new world of possibility! Mastermind Jonathan Hickman and superstar artist Leinil Francis Yu kick off this uncanny new era with a celebration of family as Cyclops, Marvel Girl and their extended clan make a Summer House for themselves — on the moon! But when an island full of unspeakable horrors appears on the horizon, the X-Men have their work cut out for them keeping their new homeland of Krakoa safe! As Earth comes to terms with the X-Men’s new world order, the mutant nation’s leaders attend an economic forum to show the humans what real power looks like. Plus: A trip to the Savage Land, an old nemesis returns and Mystique goes to extraordinary lengths to get what she wants!”

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