At the beginning of 2021, I did a Google search for the best comics of 2020. Several websites had similar titles ranked, and Immortal Hulk, Gideon Falls, Ice Cream Man were three choices. There's plenty more I will be showcasing on this blog, these being the first three titles.
These were all thankfully available in some form on Comixology Unlimited. For $6 per month, the various titles I can read across several publishers are fantastic. I also enjoy when a comic property has an upcoming movie or TV show, Comixology makes those original stories available on Unlimited.
The only graphic novel on this list currently available through Comixology was Immortal Hulk. Gideon Falls and Ice Cream Man were their single, first issues.
Here are my impressions of these three titles; there will be spoilers.
Marvel Comics Immortal Hulk Volume One. I've never read the Hulk comic through this lens. Bruce Banner is killed multiple times throughout this book, but the Hulk doesn't allow him to die. A story thread that haunts Banner in this collection. Once he turns into the Hulk(which during this current evolution happens only at night) and he reverts, Bruce is alive and healthy again. Artists Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, and Paul Mounts illustrate the Hulk's face close up, with the green giant having an evil sneer as he dispenses his form of justice. There's more in this graphic novel to dig into. It didn't make me feel that I had to go back and read previous Hulk comics. If anything, after reading this book, I was curious to discover how many versions of the Hulk there have been, and there have been many.
Image Comics Ice Cream Man. Seeing the cover, I didn't know what to expect. I didn't read the descriptions for these titles before plowing through them. I wanted to be surprised. This title is the standout. The artwork and characters reminded me of another off-beat Image title, Chew. Martin Morazzo's artwork reminds me of Frank Quitely's'. A spider, a werewolf, an old lady with a skeleton of her dead cat inside her bag. Reading Ice Cream Man was like finding a small restaurant that you enjoyed and will be re-visiting when the opportunity presents it.
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