Holiday Reading List 2020

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Wow what a year. I wonder how many times we’ve read that sentence already? There’s been many ups and downs as well as a lot of going sideways. But we got to the end of the year. We made it! And what’s more, there seems to be some really cool stuff that’s happening in 2021. That is if we can get this whole COVID thing under control. But let’s not think too far ahead at the moment because for most of us, we are almost on our holiday break! It’s time to kick off those shoes, turn off our minds, and get lost into some comics. So with that here’s my Holiday Reading List for 2020. 

Preacher Books Four – Six

Cover of Preacher Book 04 to display as my selection for the Holiday Reading List for 2020

And so it ends. When I finished Preacher Book One, I was enlightened. I remember putting the book down and staring off into the distance. Finally realizing what comic books were. And really why we’re so passionate about these things. You cant replicate these books into any other medium. Yes, I’m aware there’s a show but I couldn’t get past the second episode.

Because what Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon did here was made me think about human society and all the things we’re capable of. But I was also disturbed. How can these guys think some of this stuff up? The things in these books are very disturbing and awful indeed. But they were also so much fun, which gives you a sense of guilt. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon just blew me away.

It’s a great series of books and it’s probably my number one if I was so pressed. Everything just melds together and there’s also a completionist aspect to it. It’s all Ennis and Dillon’s work, from start to finish. It’s probably the example of what a perfect thing is in comic books. 

Saga of Swamp Thing Books Four – Six

I love this series and I love Alan Moore. I always knew of Swamp Thing but I never dove into its world. So when I found out that Alan Moore made a contribution to this character, I ran straight to my computer to figure out what it was and how I could buy it.

It’s incredibly interesting how one writer can make an established book completely his/her own by jumping in the middle of it. I’m fresh on almost completing Morrison’s run on Doom Patrol and his contribution reminds me a lot of what this is. 

Moore is a master and there’s not much more you can write that hasn’t already been written on this subject. The best thing to do at this point is just to give people his books and make them read them. I think a lot of people make the mistake in trying to read Watchmen first in order to get their first taste of Alan Moore. I think that is a mistake. Watchmen is advanced level. Even for the advanced.

So really what you need to do is buy these books. The Saga of Swamp Thing series is what Moore is all about. It’s classic literature brought to life through interesting visual elements. And then when you see the word classic, you throw it out and simply replace it with the word human.

Moore plays around in a world that seems to be made for him, and he’s allowed to touch other DC characters. I still state unequivocally that Swamp Thing Annual #2 is probably the perfect DC book ever made. And it’s a concluding chapter nonetheless. 

Again, I can keep writing but it won’t be anything new. Pick up these books. You won’t regret it. 

The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire – Volume One

The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire, as an example of one of my selections for my Holiday Reading List for 2020.

I mentioned in my previous post on Dutch comics how I ‘discovered’ Don Lawrence from a podcast I listened to. And what better way to further that interest than to simply pick up the volume that the podcast was about. So I did.

Luckily I already had my taste of Don Lawrence from reading the first four chapters of Storm. So I’m insanely curious on how this one will read. Storm is in Dutch so I’m really looking forward to comparing the two. 

Rebellion seems to have done a great job with this publication. I have the paperback version and it’s heavy. And after flipping through it, all the art pops. I really can’t wait to dive into this one. 

The Mandalorian

Yes it’s not a comic but I’m still putting it on here. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to watch the Mandalorian. But it has. And I’m on Twitter so I’ve been playing with fire when it comes to spoilers. Apparently something big happens in the last episode of season two. And I want to find out what that is.

By the time of this writing I’ve already finished season one.

And I have to say, I hope this sets the standard for a lot of these series moving forward. There’s just so much to watch these days. So it is very satisfying when each episode runs anywhere between thirty-five to forty-seven minutes. I think that’s the sweet spot. It’s not too short but not too long. It’s just the right amount of time to get what you need to get from it. 

Jon Favreau is an incredible writer and creator. I’m shocked that he hasn’t written a comic book series yet. Or maybe he has and I just don’t know about it.

And there’s my Holiday Reading List for 2020. I think it’s enough to keep me occupied for a week. What do you think?

2020 is a crazy year. I think we all know this. I have great hope for 2021 and really believe that we all will put into practice what we’ve learned from this experience. 

Let’s take better care of our environment. And most importantly, let’s take better care of ourselves. We deserve to be happy, and we deserve a nice place to live.

Happy New Year.

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