2020 is coming to an end, so it’s time to do a round up of the top 5 Marvel comics of 2020!
Mutants are the future, and the future begins now! Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (INFINITY, SECRET WARS) takes the reigns of the X-Men universe with artists Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva to change the way you look at every X-Men story. HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X intertwine to reveal the secret past, present, future, and far future of Mutantkind! It all starts when Charles Xavier reveals his new masterplan for Mutantkind, one that will bring mutants out of the shadow of humanity and into the light.
I adored House Of X/Powers Of X at the beginning of the year! It took me a while to figure out just what was going on, and I’ll definitely need a reread soon, but it was a fantastic set up to the latest X-Men run. Hickman is, frankly, a genius and is fast becoming one of my favourite comic authors.
Also, look out for my Dawn of X reading guide next week!
Riri Williams steps boldly out of Tony Stark’s shadow to forge her own future! When one of Spider-Man’s old foes holds a group of world leaders hostage, Ironheart must step up her game. Luckily, Riri has a will of steel, a heart of iron and a new A.I. on her side! Unluckily, the search for a kidnapped friend will send her stumbling into an ancient power – and it’s deadly! Plus, when Miles Morales goes missing, who better to search for him than his fellow Champion Riri? And more amazing friends join the fun – including Nadia Van Dyne, the unstoppable Wasp! The Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange! And Princess Shuri of Wakanda! But can Riri and her allies stop the sinister Ten Rings and their plans for destruction?
I have a confession – I’ve never read Brian Michael Bendis’ version of RiRi, and actually started her story here, with this bind up – and I don’t regret it. This is a brilliant introduction to RiRi and the Ironheart. Yes, there is missing context without the Bendis run, but it stands perfectly by itself at the same time. I absolutely fell in love with RiRi as I read this, and Eve Ewing became an insta-buy author for me! I’d highly recommend this to anyone who’s an Iron Man fan, or a fan of Shuri, or just tech genius characters!
FEARLESS is a celebration of all the Women of Marvel – the ones who appear on the page and the ones who make the pages happen! Straight off her silver-screen debut, Captain Marvel takes the world by storm! And speaking of the weather, Storm of the X-Men faces a problem only a goddess could solve. Add the Invisible Woman, and you’ve got an unstoppable trio! Comics’ top female creators take on their favorite ladies of the Marvel Universe! Plus: Get your dose of herstory with profiles on classic and contemporary creators!
If you’re looking to find more female authors/artists, then look no further than Fearless! This bind up is filled with stories from various female creators, and each one shot focuses on a different female character. I adored reading this – it was truly a fantastic experience. Also, what’s fantastic about this book, is that none of the stories tie into any main events, so you can pick it up as a newbie, or as a seasoned comic reader!
The first four heroes of the Marvel Age of Comics are reunited! Nothing is impossible anymore. Anything can happen. It’s time. Jump in and be part of the grand return of the greatest family in the Marvel Universe!
This comes with some required prior reading, in the form of Secret Wars, but other than that, you can pick this up and go without issue – and I loved it. Admittedly, this series is cheesy, and slightly ridiculous, but it’s a pleasure to read at the same time! I adore the family dynamics between the Fantastic Four, and reading this made me feel like a child again – watching the original Chris Evans Fantastic Four films. If you’re a fan of the Fantastic Four, or just want to get into their comics, this is a fantastic (pun intended) place to start!
It’s time-travel aplenty when a WWII -era Captain America meets Cable, and Red Hulk and Wolverine face a future menace! Black Widow and Rogue fight Sentinels, while Iron Man, Kitty Pryde and Lockheed battle the Brood! Storm and Black Panther have their first post-AvX encounter, Gambit and Hawkeye team up to save lives, and Spider-Man and Beast take on zombies! Plus, Cap, Quentin Quire, Iron Man, Beast, Iron Fist and Doop!
Genuinely one of the funniest, most brilliant comics I have ever read. This bind up is essentially a bunch of one shots, where the X-Men, The Avengers and the Fantastic Four end up in paired off and in ridiculous situations. You can pick this up at any time in my opinion, as you only need the post-House Of M AvX context for T’Challa and Storm’s one shot. The rest, you can read with ease, and have a brilliant time doing it! I cannot recommend this bind up enough – if you’re looking for a bit of a ‘palate cleanser’ comic in between big events, this is definitely for you!
And that’s my top 5! What were your favourite Marvel comics this year? Let me know down below!