I was thinking about the trash heap that was 2020, and started thinking about the hot books of the year. The ones that got us all worked up and frantic. I was going to make this a main site topic with Anthony’s help, but thought this location would be better to keep the conversation going
This list is 25 deep, but this isn’t necessarily the best spec of 2020 list. Some of these were hot and faded. Some started slow and ramped up. Basically, it’s the books that got us talking.
Here are a few rules to keep this in list from exploding.
- The books had to be released in 2020.
- The books had to be an open order book. No limited run exclusive covers, no secret variants, no one-per-store variants, and no incentives.
- These are in alpha order, not a ranked order.
Here we go!
Batgirl 50 - First appearance new Batgirl
Batman 89 - First cameo of Punchline
Batman 90 - First app the Designer
Captain Marvel 18 - First app Lauri-Ell, half sister of Carol Danvers
Champions 1 2nd print - very low print
Daredevil 25 - First appearance of Elektra as Daredevil
Dark Nights Death Metal: Legends of the Dark Knights #1 - First full Robin King
Fantastic Four: Antithesis 2 - First full appearance of Antithesis
Legion of Superheroes 6 - First Gold Lantern, Monster Boy
Shang-Chi 1 Ruan variant - first cover of the Five Weapons Society
Something is killing 5 A - low print
Something is killing 5 B - low print
Something is killing 6 B - low print
Spawn 309 - C cover - McFarlane Gunslinger cover
Star Wars Darth Vader 6 - First app Ochi
Strange Academy 1 A - Bunch of firsts
Strange Academy 1 B - Bunch of firsts
Strange Academy 2 B - Bunch of firsts
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Last Ronin 1 - allocation madness
Thor 2 - First reference of Black Winter
Thor 5 - First appearance of Black Winter
Venom 25 - First cameo of Codex and Virus
X-Men 2 - First app. High Summoner
X-Men 12 - First cover High Summoner
Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 - First full punchline
OK. That’s my list. What did I miss? A handful of smaller books got briefly hot, then faded fast. Some had a lot of chatter, but never materialized as spec (We Only Find Them When They’re Dead). A couple rare titles went nuclear and basically stayed there (Strange Academy, SIKTC) and could fill this list on their own. But, variety is the spice of life.
And, how many of the 25 do you have?