Achievements of 2020

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A popular thing to do at the end of the year, is to create a best-of list. While I think all comics are the best and worth reading, I still like lists too much to not get in on this. So with that here are ExpatNerd’s achievements of 2020.


I think we can all agree that one of the biggest achievements of 2020 is surviving this thing. Physically or mentally. Because 2020 took a toll on all of us. I was fortunate that I didn’t (as of this writing) know anyone that died of Covid-19. But not everyone can say that. 2020 taught us what it means to be alive and I hope it showed us what we need to do in order to improve the world we live in. I truly hope that is the case.

Finishing Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider – Marvel Comics

Cover of Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider, as chosen as one of my achievements of 2020.

This was a close call. The last issue of Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider by Dennis Hallum was almost not printed. When Marvel got it together and started releasing titles that were delayed, this one went to digital. I guess a lot of us had this one on our subscription list because Marvel changed tune and printed it. 

So thankfully I can say that I finished this one and it was a blast. Most of these series were. But Hallum kept the fun and the craziness ratched up on the last incarnation. It’s one of my highlights of 2020.

Three Jokers – DC Comics

I suppose one could argue that it’s an achievement for Geoff Johns alone that he released this one on time. And on time these were. These three books were absolutely gorgeous. I’m not sure if Jason Fabok is a real person. If someone would force me to make an educated guess I would say he’s more machine. How else could you explain the level of detail and gorgeous layouts found in these books?

Anything stand alone Joker makes me nervous. But Johns knows that and managed to be super meta about it. There’s a rumor about a sequel and I would be up for that. Take me back there please.

John Constantine Hellblazer – DC Comics

We had endings that I already wrote about. But one could probably surmise that John Constantine Hellblazer’s cancellation was unexpected. For Simon Spurrier too. I bet he had about three years worth of plans for this book. So when DC abruptly ended it, for whatever reason, Spurrier had to land that plane. And Spurrier landed it.

I loved this series and I still can’t believe it ended. But it did. And I still can’t get that image of a bunch of people fucking a large giant out of my mind. That’s right. 

The Amazing Spider-Man – Last Remains – Marvel Comics

When you’re on a bi-weekly book, you feel that a lot happens but a lot doesn’t at the same time. Well it finally happened with Amazing Spider-Man with the Last Remains storyline from Nick Spencer. This complete story was worth following. You had all the best ofs, stars, and everything that the Spider-verse created and more. And there were stakes too. Last Remains reminded me why I was on this book in the first place. It’s a lot to beat next year but if anyone can do it, it’s Nick Spencer. 

And yes I know it’s not finished yet. But I’m calling it. And I can do that because I own this blog. If you don’t like it start your own.

Billionaire Island – Ahoy Comics

Cover of Billionaire Island as chosen as one of my achievements of 2020

This was a crazy book. For a lot of reasons but it was crazy eerie. The first issue or two dropped right before Covid, and then Ahoy released a bunch of them after the delay. Mark Russell has stated that all this stuff was already in the can, so when we talk about rich exploitation of natural disasters, and you’re in the middle of one, it makes you slap yourself out of wishful thinking that you’re dreaming. Damn that was a long sentence.

One of Russell’s many strengths is his political commentary. He’s witty, smart, and he doesn’t beat you over the head with it. I think whatever your political persuasion is you will have a lot to enjoy out of this book. 

Biggest disappointment – Valiant

With all our achievements of 2020 we also have disappointments. And mine is with Valiant. Not because they made anything bad, but because they weren’t able to release what they had planned for 2020. All that stuff’s been delayed to 2021 (hopefully). I’m sure they’re disappointed too but damn I wish I could be talking about Shadowman, the ending to Visitor, or be deep into XO-Manowar (wait, what?). But patience my friend. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s patience.

And to wash our hands.

And to wear masks when there’s a pandemic on.

And all the counties in Pennsylvania.

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