I’m often asked for comic book recommendations, but I’ve always found it tricky to provide them. First, I am usually woefully behind on comics. There will be the occasional series I might be temporarily caught up on, but I’m usually months behind. Second, tastes differ. My preferences might not match up with the person I’m recommending a book to. Finally, breadth of choices. There are so many good books out there right now that it’s difficult to narrow it down.
Nevertheless, with all of the foregoing caveats out there, I’m going to post some of the books I enjoyed this year. Additional caveats, just because I read them this year does not mean they were necessarily released this year. Also, this year has been long—really long—and I am having a really hard time remembering what I read pre-pandemic. Finally, I’m primarily going to focus on trades/graphic novels that are creator-owned.
(Links to Amazon are affiliate links. Even so, if you’re intrigued by these books, try to buy them from your local comic shop or book store.)
Come Home, Indio
Jim Terry’s autobiographical comic about growing up and dealing with addiction is raw, difficult to read, and wonderfully executed.
The Plot vol. 1
An intriguing start to a story that reminds of a hybrid between Swamp Thing and The Haunting of Hill House.
Something is Killing the Children, vols. 1 & 2
Creepy, briskly-paced. The story follows Erica Slaughter as she tries to stop monsters in a small Wisconsin town. It feels like Tynion and Dell’Edera are making something special.
Grumble, vols. 1 & 2
Quirky and enjoyable story about a petty crook turned into a pug.
Outpost Zero, vols. 1-3
This series has already been cancelled, but it shouldn’t stop you from checking it out. Interesting premise that builds slowly. Story focuses on descendants of humans who fled Earth and are tryig to survive on a remote planet. Reminds me of the TV show Ascension.
My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies
A stand alone entry in the Criminal world that is an engrossing read. If you’re a fan of noir, definitely worth reading.
Clean Room, vols. 1-3.
A little sci-fi, a little horror. Clean Room focuses on a woman investigating her fiance’s suicide and the cult that may have something to do with it.