Stuff I Read, Stuff I Liked in 2020

It’s the end of the calendar year. You know what that means. (RIP Brodie Lee!) It’s time for what was once my “Comics Best of, complete with pictures and write-ups,” which became my “Comics Favorites, sans write-ups,” which morphed into “Comics Notables, no images or words,” which then quietly phased into “General Comics & Non-Comics Inventory,” which has thus since transmogrified into a mere “list of things I read, some of which I didn’t even remotely enjoy.” In any case, here ya go!


My Favorite New Comics of 2020 (in alphabetical order)

–A Gift for a Ghost by Borja González (Abrams)
–Cuisine Chinoise: Five Tales of Food and Life by Zao Dao, Diana Schutz, & Brandon Kandor (Dark Horse Comics)
–The Green Lantern Season Two by Grant Morrison, Liam Sharp, & Steve Oliff (DC Comics)
–Grid Observer by Pat Aulisio (self-published)
–Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio by Derf Beckderf (Abrams)
–Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics by Tom Scioli (Ten Speed Press)
–John Constantine: Hellblazer by Simon Spurrier, Aaron Campbell, Matias Bergara, Jordie Bellaire, & Aditya Bidikar (DC Comics)
–Little Russia by Francis Desharnais (POW POW Press)
–Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds & Danica Novgorodoff (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)
–My Grandma was My Bounty by Connor Willumson (Peow Studios)
–Suicide Squad Vol. 6 by Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, & Adriano Lucas (DC Comics)
–Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen by Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber, Nathan Fairbairn, & Clayton Cowles (DC Comics)

Honorable mention to anything Mark Russell wrote for DC Comics this year. He’s great! And I didn’t read Hickman’s X-Men or X of Swords or NK Jemisin’s Far Sector, but I hear they are amazing, so maybe I’ll check ’em out. I also re-read all of Mike Baron and Steve Rude’s Nexus omnibuses (highly recommended), Brian Bolland’s complete Bolland Strips (mildly recommended), and DC Comics’ entire collected New 52 (steer as far away from as possible). And I broke down, ending my yearlong Marvel boycott in order to read Al Ewing’s Immortal Hulk, but it wasn’t for me. Sorry, even as a big Ewing fanboy, I just don’t get the hype!


Non-comic literature I read in 2020 (in order of how much I liked them, with my faves at the top)

A Long Petal of the Sea

  1. A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende (2020)
  2. The Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende (1989)
  3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)
  4. Nitro: The Incredible Rise and Inevitable Collapse of Ted Turner’s WCW by Guy Davis (2019)
  5. The Conspiracy Theory Handbook by Stephan Lewandoswky & John Cook (2020)
  6. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben (2016)
  7. The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells (2019)
  8. Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code by Ruha Benjamin (2019)
  9. The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay by Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman (2019)
  10. The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C Clarke (1979)
  11. Paracelsus and Other Plays by Alfred Schnitzler (1898, re-published 1995)
  12. Three Body Problem Book 2: The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin (2008)
  13. End of the Game by Julio Cortázar (1956)
  14. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West (1932)
  15. The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holliday (2016)
  16. Riverworld Book 1: To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Phillip José Farmer (1971)
  17. Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman (2007)
  18. Pussy, King of the Pirates by Kathy Acker (1996)
  19. Willful Creatures by Aimee Bender (2005)
  20. The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster (2005)
  21. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (1962)

About Collin Colsher

Collin Colsher, the creator of The Real Batman Chronology Project and disCONTINUITY, is a writer, filmmaker, teacher, and comic book historian that currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has lectured at various universities, libraries, and book fairs. Collin has also served on the jury for the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize, which is sponsored by the US Library of Congress.
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