Best of 2020: Ash Ave Comics Staff Picks


And here we are, 2020 is finally coming to a close. It was as strange a year for comics as it was for the rest of the world, but the industry showed its resiliency and managed to survive nine months of a pandemic. Our little shop survived too. I read a lot of comics this year, many from years past, but there was plenty read this year as well, and a lot of what I read were some really good comics. A few of the titles in my best of list really deserve a second (or first) look if you didn’t see them in the shop. One of my favorites was Garth Ennis and PJ Holden’s The Stringbags, a World War II graphic novel that is as good of a comics war story as I have ever read, and really stands up as testament to Ennis’ place as comics’ greatest living war writer. I also want to shout out Alan Moore and Richard Corben for providing me with so many amazing comics from the past that I have either dived into for the first time, or am rediscovering.

While we can’t read everything, here’s what we read and loved that was published in 2020. Happy New Year, see you in 2021!

Drew’s best comics of 2020


Department of Truth (Image)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Cartoonist (Drawn & Quarterly)
The Stringbags (Dead Reckoning)
Strange Adventures (DC)
DCeased (DC)
Pulp (Image)
Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics (Ten Speed Press)
One Million Tiny Fires (Silver Sprocket)
Reckless (Image)
What We Mean by Yesterday (Instagram)
Rorschach (DC)
Sports is Hell (Koyama)
Paying the Land (Metropolitan Books)

Best reprints of the year
Biologic Show (Hollow Press)
Complete Noir: Manchette and Tardi (Fantagraphics)
Yoshiharu Tsuge: The Swamp (Drawn & Quarterly)

Angela’s picks







Aggretsuko (Oni Press)
Eat and Love Yourself (Boom)
Something is Killing the Children (Boom)
Lois Lane (DC)
BL Metamorphosis (Seven Seas Entertainment)
Heartstopper (Scholastic)
Venus in the Blind Spot (Viz)


Sierra’s selections~







Tartarus (Image)
Dying is Easy (IDW)
Crossover (Image)
Scumbag (Image)
TMNT The Last Ronin (IDW)
Mercy (Image)
Locke and Key/Sandman (IDW)
Die!namite (Dynamite)

Best of 2019: Ash Ave Comics Staff Picks

The year has come to a close, and while we can’t read everything, here’s what we read and loved that was published in 2019. Happy New Year, see you in 2020!

Drew’s best comics of 2019

Criminal (Image)
Dark Knight Golden Child (DC)
House of X/Powers of X (Marvel)
Sara (TKO)
Hard Tomorrow (Drawn & Quarterly)
BTTM FDRS (Fantagraphics)
PTSD (:01 First Second)
Sobek (Shortbox)
Grunt: The Art and Unpublished Comics of James Stokoe (Dark Horse)
Spider-Man Life Story (Marvel)
DCeased (DC)


Angela’s picks

Ghosted in LA (Boom)
Faithless (Boom)
Die (Image)
Smashed (Viz)
SFSX (Image)
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (:01 First Second)
Pumpkinheads (:01 First Second)
Skull Face Bookseller Honda-san (Yen)
Let’s Make Ramen! (Ten Speed)
This Was Our Pact (:01 First Second)
Way of the Househusband (Viz)
Far Sector (DC)
Stargazing (:01 First Second)


Sierra’s selections~

Eve Stranger (IDW)
Female Furies (DC)
Fairlady (Image)
Harleen (DC)
DCeased (DC)
Murder Falcon (Image)
Crowded (Image)
Come into Me (Black Mask)
Batman Last Knight on Earth (DC)
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Archie)
Space Bandits (Image)
Joker by John Carpenter (DC)
Pretty Violent (Image)
Silver Surfer Black (Marvel)
Once and Future (Boom)
Strayed (Dark Horse)
The Plot (Vault)
Moutainhead (IDW)