Our Favorite Comics & Graphic Novels of 2018

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Honestly, this list of our favorite comics and graphic novels of 2018 could easily have been twice as long. Surely we’re living in a golden age of comics, to the point that there aren’t enough hours in the day to read all the good stuff coming out on a monthly basis—though we’re trying our best. (It’s a good problem.)

This year, we’ve looked at old heroes in entirely new ways (Batman as a villain; Superman as a milkman) and encountered deeply personal narratives from creators with stories to tell. Some of the books on this list are charming and fun, some are riddled with drama and angst, and some are literally world-shattering. Long-running favorites upped their games with jaw-dropping twists, while newer ones took their first steps toward becoming classics. If there’s a common thread between all of these very different books, it’s that they are the products of bold, distinct, and individual voices—not a one of whom is afraid to toss out the rulebook when necessary.

Infidel, by Pornsak Pichetshote, Aaron Campbell, Jose Villarrubia, and Jeff Powell
This modern haunted house story follows Aisha, a Muslim woman who meets with hostility from the new neighbors in her apartment building. An act of violence years before set the stage for their xenophobia, but there’s also a more tangible hateful presence in the building, fueled by bigotry, possessing Aisha and tormenting them all. Could Infidel have said what it has to say (and it has a lot to say) if it weren’t also a nerve-jangling work of horror? Maybe, but the two halves of the story have been made inseparable, bringing home the terrifying isolation felt by someone feared only for her skin tone and head scarf. It’s a stunning accomplishment, all the more so for being so painfully timely.

Batman: White Knight, by Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth
Gotham City has a new hero: Jack Napier, the reformed Joker, who is determined to bring healing to the city he once terrorized with the help of the long-suffering Harley Quinn. This new Joker becomes a civic hero by exposing corruption in Gotham City, part of a crusade which sees him discrediting the man he sees as Gotham’s true villain: Batman. The past soon closes in on both Jack and Bruce, threatening to destroy them both in a clever exploration of the fine line between the two men. This cinematic and stylish standalone work marked the debut of DC’s Black Label imprint, which gives A-list creators the chance to offer their own takes on DC’s iconic characters. If this is any indication of what the line has in store for us, we’ll be mad for it.

Marvelocity: The Marvel Comics Art of Alex Ross (B&N Exclusive Edition), by Alex Ross, Chip Kidd, and J. J. Abrams
There’s no one in comics quite like Alex Ross, whose style is somehow both hyper-realistic and painterly, creating the feeling that his superheroes are going to step off the page and bust up your living room. His stunning work for DC was previously collected in the bestselling Mythology, and this year, his work for Marvel comics got the same treatment. Marvelocity spotlights his work on iconic characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther, the Avengers, the X-Men, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Fantastic Four. Drawing from both published and previously unseen material, as well as sketches and preparatory art, the collection is rounded out with a new 10-page Spider-Man story (the exclusive B&N edition includes a Spidery poster). It’s a retrospective, sure, but also a drool-worthy work of art in and of itself.

Bingo Love, by Tee Franklin, Jenn St-Onge, Joy San, Cardinal Rae, Erica Schultz, and Genevieve FT
One of the year’s most exciting graphic novels doesn’t involve superheroes or explosions, instead telling a charming queer love story spanning half of a century. It’s a solid reminder that comics is a medium well-suited to all kinds of stories, and that a more intimate and personal book can have big emotional stakes. Hazel and Mari meet at church bingo in 1963, but their families push them apart, and each goes on to marry other people and carve out very different lives for themselves. Another heated bingo game 50 years later brings them back together, forcing them to reconsider their lives and what their love for one another means. The queer black love story is challenging and sweet, with gorgeous artwork.

The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins (B&N Exclusive Edition), by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, and Carey Pietsch
What began as a one-off audio experiment from veteran podcasting trio the McElroy brothers (Justin. Travis, and Griffin as Dungeon Master) and their dad (D&D neophyte Clint) became a cult sensation, attracting a loyal following and a million pieces of Tumblr fanart over the course of a three-year run. The show is essentially a Dungeons and Dragons campaign crossed with a comedy improv routine, plus a fair bit of heart. Here There Be Gerblins! is a graphic adaption of the first campaign, and it makes the transition surprisingly seamlessly, preserving the in-jokes and references fans will eat up, while remaining perfectly accessible to new readers (perhaps the book’s neatest trick). Worthy of particular praise is co-writer/artist Carey Pietsch, who accomplished with aplomb the seemingly thankless task of creating a visual style for a story that has taken on a life of its own in the fan community and in the imaginations of tens of thousands of listeners.

Saga, Vol. 9, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
This past summer, we learned Saga is taking an extended break (for at least a year), but not before co-creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples dropped this game-changing volume, which races to a brutal conclusion made even more devastating by the indefinite hiatus. Volume 9 begins by exploring the fallout from Prince Robot IV’s idea to sell his life story to the press, a decision that comes to have truly horrific ramifications for himself, his family, and for Marko, Alana, and Hazel—and, well, just about every other character. Every volume of Saga is brilliant, but this (temporary) finale reminds us just how daring it still is, even nine volumes in. Only a book this good can traumatize us this much.

Paper Girls, Vol. 5, by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, and Matt Wilson
Things keep getting weirder and more time-twistingly complicated in the fifth trade collection of Brian K. Vaughan’s other blockbuster sci-fi series. He and and co-creator Cliff Chiang take things to the next level with this eventful chapter in the award-winning story about a group of paper delivery girls from the mid-1980s who find themselves bopping through time in the wake of the various forces waging a temporal war. Finally, a few questions about the whos and hows of the conflict are answered (even as yet more questions are introduced): we learn the origins of the “old timers” who have been hounding our girls, even as the plot hops from the year 2000 and the Y2K crisis into the far future. Like Vaughan’s Saga, this is a book that started great and only gets better with… time.

Dark Nights: Metal: Deluxe Edition, by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
The best event comics are the ones that truly cut loose, and it doesn’t hurt that DC’s 2018 mega-event was crafted under the watchful eyes of two of its most reliable creators: the long-time Batman dynamic duo of Snyder and Capullo. Batman spent years researching metals with mysterious properties before discovering that the materials are linked to a grim multiverse: a nightmare realm of multiple worlds observed by an evil force determined to drag all of the other universes into the darkness. When our Batman becomes trapped on the dark side, multiple twisted and nightmarish Dark Knights invade, with only the Justice League to stand in their way. It’s all way over the top (Batman riding a dragon, oh my), and so much the better for it.

DC/Young Animal: Milk Wars, by Steve Orlando, Gerard Way, Jody Houser, Cecil Castelucci, Jon Rivera, ACO, Ty Templeton, Mirka Andolpho, Langdon Foss, Dale Eaglesham, and Nick Derington
Another of this year’s biggest, weirdest events also came from DC: this one a universe-jumping, milk-themed mega-crossover. In its brief lifetime, DC’s Young Animal  imprint (currently on hiatus) has produced some of the best new superhero comics on the stands of late: books that are smart, weird, and irreverent in the best ways. In this series, characters from the DCU proper meet up with the Young Animal teams and characters to battle a reality-bending corporation called “Retconn,” with dramatic, bizarre, and retro results. Superman becomes Milkman Man, monstrous paragon of wholesomeness taken to extremes. Wonder Wife fights dirt with a golden vacuum cleaner. And Funko Pop-esque toys are made of meat. It’s wonderfully oddball, while also taking a few sharp jabs at readers who cling too hard to empty nostalgia. It’s the perfect antidote to Big Event fatigue.

Monstress, Vol. 3 (B&N Exclusive Edition), by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
In the shadow of war, teenager Maika Halfwolf shares a psychic connection with a powerful monster. The latest chapter in the multi-Eisner-winning epic fantasy series sees Maika forced to find allies as invasion looms (no easy feat for a woman so accustomed to standing on her own). Confronting trauma and racism with a cast of powerful and nuanced women, the series remains among the most visually stunning books on the stands, and continues to evolve its story and its world, inspired by East Asian history and aesthetics. The B&N edition features a variant cover and a two-sided poster, all of them filled with more of Takeda’s beautiful, detailed, character-rich work.

The Pervert, by Remy Boydell and Michelle Perez
Perez and Boydell share a series of vignettes drawn in a deceptively simple watercolor style that nonetheless perfectly matches the book’s washed-out look at life. It’s the story of a young trans woman doing sex work in Seattle, struggling to survive in a dangerous and stressful environment. At first refusing to work as anything other than a woman, she eventually gives in and passes as a rent boy when money gets tight. It’s a new type of coming-of-age story, with hope and inspiration to be found, even as a happy ending remains elusive.

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, by Mark Russell and Mike Feehan
A conversation had several times this year: here’s a book that has no business whatsoever being as good, nor as interesting, as it is. A second banana Hanna-Barbera character is reimagined as a queer southern playwright in the late 1950s who draws the attention of the House UnAmerican Activities Committee. Seen as a threat and a subversive, Snagglepuss loses almost everything he has before playing his last card. It’s a portrait of a specific era, but also resonates in any era in which its demanded that someone hide who they are to get by in the world. Snagglepuss works particularly well as a stand-in for any number of public figures who’ve paid a price for being true to themselves. It’s an unexpected and impossibly bold spin on a cartoon classic.

Maestros, Vol. 1, by Steve Skroce, Dave Stewart, and Fonografiks
Once banished from an alternate realm to Earth, Orlando-based millennial and magician-for-hire Will is surprised to inherit a magic kingdom after his entire otherworldly family is murdered by monsters. Now next in line to be Wizard King,  Will suddenly finds he has enemies on all sides—but he also has access to a spell that grants him god-like powers. This is punk rock fantasy with a dark sense of humor that will appeal to fans of Curse Words, with trippy, hyper-detailed, and gleefully gory art. It’s easy to see why it garnered that Best New Series Eisner nod.

Runaways by Rainbow Rowell, Vol. 1: Find Your Way Home (B&N Exclusive Edition), by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka
This year saw two volumes of Rainbow Rowell’s relaunch of Runaways, and they’re totally worth a binge read. Created by Brian K. Vaughan, it was once one of Marvel’s buzziest series, but in the wake of the first run’s cancellation, the various characters (Alex, Nico, Chase, Karolina, Molly, telepathic dinosaur Old Lace, and others) were dispersed into the larger Marvel U. Novelist Rowell made it her mission to get the old gang back together, reassembling almost the entire original team—even if it meant literally resurrecting its (deceased) heart and soul, Gert. The book welcomes new readers but feels absolutely of a piece with Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s run, and the fashion-forward art from Kris Anka (with popping colors from Eisner-winner Matt Wilson) is pure candy. Like Rowell’s novels, perfect gems of pop culture fizz and real heart, this is killer stuff: angsty, romantic, and consistently surprising.

Isola, Vol. 1 (B&N Exclusive Edition), by Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl, and Msassyk
Inspired by the work of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, but nevertheless its own animal, Isola is a visually stunning story about the Queen of Maar, who has fallen under the influence of an evil spell that has transformed her into a tiger, and the captain of her guard who will stop at nothing to save her—though the only hope lies half a world away on the mythical island of Isola. There’s a strong emphasis on the visuals, with the minimal dialogue reflecting the difficulty these two very formidable women find in mere communication—ostensibly because one’s a tiger and the other isn’t, but also because of their wide gaps in class and experience The story is compelling, but truly, Isola is is an absolute feast for the eyes. Aside from some preliminary sketches and a variant cover, thee B&N edition includes an exclusive 10-page prologue available nowhere else.

Von Spatz, by Anna Haifisch
The Von Spatz Rehabilitation Center for Artists caters to some of the 20th century’s finest: names like Tomi Ungerer, Saul Steinberg, and even Walt Disney himself. An exploration of drive and insecurity among artists, Haifisch imagines the trio as animal-headed patients at an art therapy retreat where the they develop a slow-earned friendship—sort of a Toon Town for cartoonists. It’s absurdist and experimental book, but also funny and heartwarming, with an impressively realized exploration of the creative process at its core.

Truth, Justice, and the American Way: The Joe Shuster Story, by Julian Voloj and Thomas Campi
A comics industry history that’s itself an impressive piece of (gorgeously painted) graphic storytelling, this book presents the deeply researched life story of Shuster, the shy and visually impaired co-creator of one of the 20th century’s most enduring cultural icons (we’re speaking, of course, about Superman, who celebrated his 80th birthday this year). It’s an essential slice of history that’s both inspiring and poignant: an exploration of the creative process as well as the tale of an artist who resorted to a job  delivering packages before finally seeing some measure of recompense for his world-changing work.

Sabrina, by Nick Drnaso
One of the year’s most trenchant graphic novels isn’t necessarily an easy read, only because of how well it encapsulates our present moment. Three individuals connected by tragedy are drawn into the world of online conspiracy theories, each having their experiences co-opted and dismissed as theatre by people looking to use the web to weaponize opinion. It’s the first graphic novel ever to be nominated for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and with good reason.

Fence, Vol. 1, by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad, Rebecca Nalty, and Joana LaFuente
Troubled fencing prodigy Nicholas Cox gets accepted into the prestigious Kings Row only to find himself facing down his half-brother as well an an unbeatable rival. Inspired by the best sports manga, it’s an old-school coming-of-age story full of athletic competition and queer characters from the author of the Captive Prince novels. The art is bright and crisp, capturing the fluidity of the fencing scenes and the delicate character work with finesse. It’s a sports-centric book full of angst and romance, with dramatic action that just happens to take place during fencing bouts.

Moonstruck, Vol. 1, by Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, Kate Leth, Caitlin Clark, Laurenn McCubbin, and Clayton Cowles
This book comes from Lumberjanes‘ creator Grace Ellis (working with co-creator Shae Beagle), and shares a similarly quirky, cute fantasy vibe: Julie wants nothing but to be a normal girl with normal girlfriend and a normal barista gig. Unfortunately, she turns into a werewolf when she gets upset. Whoops. Luckily, the world of Moonstruck is full of fantasy creatures living unremarkable lives, so Julie and her centaur best friend Chet don’t draw too much attention when they lock up the coffee shop in order to save their friends from a magical conspiracy. You know… just your typical werewolf-QPOC romcom-fantasy/magic book. At its heart, though, it’s about self-acceptance: loving yourself whether your hang-up is gender, body type, or occasional lycanthropy.

My Boyfriend is a Bear, by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris
Nora has had many awful boyfriends, but things turn around when she meets a charming, romantic bear. (Join the club.) But this is, like, a literal bear: a 500-pound American black bear, to be precise. The two meet in the Los Angeles hills, and it’s love at first sight. Of course, there are challenges: getting friends and family to accept her slightly unconventional romance isn’t easy; also, he hibernates all winter long. It’s an impressively heartfelt and funny book about the trials and triumphs of any relationship. Writer Pamela Ribon (who we’ve loved since her days as a prolific, early-internet blogger) also created roller girl saga Slam! and wrote Disney’s Moana and Ralph Breaks the Internet.

What’s your favorite comic of 2018?

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The Best Comics & Graphic Novels of November 2018

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Wakanda Forever, by Nnedi Okorafor, Alberto Albuquerque, Ray-Anthony Height, and Oleg Okunev
Best known for her award-winning sci-fi and YA prose books (among them Binti and Akata Witch), Okorafor is lately jumping into comics in a big way. Here she takes on Wakanda’s fiercest warriors, the Dora Milaje, who have put their service to the throne of Wakanda behind them. That doesn’t mean they’re not still heroes, and here they’re teaming up with Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the X-Men in order to battle a threat to their homeland that comes from outside of its borders.

Justice League, Vol. 1: The Totality, by Scott Snyder, James Tynion, Jim Cheung, and Jorge Jimenez
Lead by all-stars Snyder and Cheung, this is the book that promises to place the JL back at the center of action in the DC universe, with the new team facing big, cosmic threats. As the series opens, a crack is discovered in the Source Wall that’s bleeding into the universe, inspiring the long-absent Martian Manhunter to reform the team with all of its biggest names. It has not escaped Lex Luthor’s notice that the Source Wall might be vulnerable, and before long the Legion of Doom is just one of several interconnected threats mobilizing against them newly regrouped heroes.

The Man of Steel, by Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis, Jason Fabok, Adam Hughes, and Ryan Sook
Brian Michael Bendis makes the jump to DC with this new series, kicking off his run on the various Superman books. While Clark is adjusting to life without Lois and Jon, who’ve left Earth under mysterious circumstances, a new foe with ties to Superman’s past appears: Rogol Zaar claims that he’s the one who destroyed Krypton, and won’t stop until all of the Kryptonians are gone. He’s not nice.

Moonstruck, Vol. 2: Some Enchanted Evening, by Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, and Kat Fajardo
The first volume of this upstart Image series, set in a world where monsters and magical creatures are part of everyday life, is a whole lot of fun—a light mystery caper that builds out an immensely cozy world. With the winter solstice just around the corner, the second volume in the (relatively) all-ages, queer-positive series finds Julie, insecure werewolf barista, caught up in the antics of some fairy frat bros.

Girl Town, by Carolyn Nowak
This new graphic novel anthology from Lumberjanes‘ Nowack puts a surreal sci-fi twist on love, coming-of-age, and just managing to get by. Diana has been hurt in relationships before, so purchasing a full-sized robot boyfriend sees like a decent way to keep herself from harm.  Two pals host a podcast about a movie no one has seen (proving there really is a podcast for everything). These and more short stories and mini-comics round out a collection that speaks all too clearly the painful truths of growing up and figuring out who you are.


Crude, Vol. 1, by Steve Orlando, Garry Brown, and Lee Loughridge
Big Two regulars Orlando, Brown, and Lee team up for a darkly violent, all-too-relevant revenge thriller. Being queer in modern Russia can be a death sentence, as Piotr Petrovich learns when his estranged son is returned to him in a body bag. A former assassin, Petrovich was once widely feared. His reign of terror will be again as he sets out on a quest to discover who his son really was, and in the process, avenge his death.

Thanos: The Infinity Conflict, by Jim Starlin, Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, and Jim Campbell
Writer/Infinity Gauntlet mastermind Jim Starlin returns with another high impact Thanos story. Adam Warlock is beginning to regret having given the Reality Gem to Thanos, even if he didn’t have much choice at the time. An unlikely crew gathers to prevent Thanos from becoming lord of all reality, but an internal conflict might be the biggest threat to the big guy’s plans. Starlin returns to his creation for the latest chapter in the cosmic journey of the mad Titan, continuing on from Infinity Siblings.

Star Wars: Lando—Double or Nothing, by Rodney Barnes, Paolo Villanelli, Andres Mossa, and Joe Caramagna
There’s no question Lando stole the spotlight from Han in Solo: A Star Wars Story. If we can’t get a Lando movie, maybe this will suffice: In a new adventure set just prior to Solo, Lando Calrissian and his pal L3-37 are looking for action and credits when they meets Kristiss, a Petrusian freedom fighter who wants their help with a rebellion on her home world. Is the price right? If so, they’re interested.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Adaptation, by Gary Whitta, Michael Walsh, and Mike Spicer
You know the story: at the behest of General Leia, Rey tries to bring Luke Skywalker back into the Resistance fold just as the First Order brings the hammer down on our heroes. The comic adaption, penned by screenwriter/author Gary Whitta, not only recreates the film with vivid artwork, it includes expanded and extra scenes that didn’t make it to the big screen.

Wet Hot American Summer, by Christopher Hastings, Noah Hayes, and Rebecca Nalty, created by Michael Showalter and David Wain
The wet world of the cult classic film and Netflix series continues in this original graphic novel. It’s a new story starring some old favorites, set in the summer of 1981: Camp director Beth is thrilled to have survived week one at Camp Firewood, until she learns that the health department is on its way for a surprise inspection. If the whole gang can’t clean up the camp in under 24 hours, Firewood will be closing its doors forever. Adventure Time scribe Christopher Hastings keeps up the manic energy of the films, and artist Noah Hayes captures the likenesses of the star-studded cast in perfect cartoon-y fashion.

Mother Panic: Gotham A.D., by Jody Houser, Shawn Crystal, Ibrahim Moustafa, and Jordan Boyd
Ten years in the future, Gotham is run by the Collective and vigilantes and masked heroes are strictly forbidden. That means there’s no room for Violet’s alter-ego, Mother Panic, but she’s still vowed revenge. She’s also on the hunt for her mother, Rebecca Paige, who’s gone missing. With the shuttering of DC’s Young Animals imprint, this is the last we’ll see of MP for now, and we’re going to miss her nutty vigilante ways.

Hope: For The Future, by Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton
Dark magic is a fact of life in Hollywood of the 1940s. Private detective Mallory Hope is involved in the case of a missing boy with parallels to the loss of his own child, and he’s determined that this story will end better, even as he’s haunted by his own past and by forces of the occult.

Dodge City, by Josh Trujillo, Cara McGee, Brittany Peer, and Aubrey Aiese
Teenage misfit Tomás is struggling until he joins up with the Jazz Pandas, a dodgeball team full of fellow weirdos and outcasts. They’re also extremely competitive, and determined to win the summer regional championships. This fun YA sports comedy is also a neat coming-of-age story.

Mirenda, Vol. 1, by Grim Wilkins
Originally serialized in ISLAND magazine, this near-wordless story is wild, avant-garde, and very visual experimental fantasy. A jungle woman gets a mysterious demon trapped in her leg (like ya’ do) and goes on a wild adventure. It’s a weird, gorgeous book.

I Am Young, by M. Dean
Miriam, a second-generation Iranian immigrant in Edinburgh, met George, a visitor from Wales, at a Beatles concert in Scotland in 1964. The book follows their life stories in parallel with the evolution of the Beatles through a series of interconnected and experimental short stories. It’s a powerful, personal story and a sweeping portrait of an era in one.

Form of a Question, by Andrew J. Rostan and Kate Kasenow
Rostan’s memoir puts Jeopardy! front and center, as some of the cartoonist’s happiest memories were spent watching the Alex Trebek-hosted quiz show with his grandfather. A chance to go on the show himself in his early 20s forced Rostan to face his own past and reconcile a life lived a step removed from humanity.

Maestros, Vol. 1, by Steve Skroce, Dave Stewart, and Fonografiks
Once banished from an alternate realm to Earth, an Orlando millennial and magician-for-hire Will is surprised to inherits a magic kingdom after his entire otherworldly family is murdered by monsters. Now next in line to be Wizard King,  Will suddenly finds he has enemies on all sides, but he also has access to a spell that gives its user god-like powers. This is punk rock fantasy with a dark sense of humor that will appeal to fans of Curse Words, with trippy, hyper-detailed, and gleefully gory art that will put a smile on your face. It’s easy to see why it garnered that Best New Series Eisner nod.

Bingo Love, Vol. 1: Jackpot Edition, by Tee Franklin, Marguerite Bennett, Gail Simone, Shawn Pryor, Gabby Rivera, Jenn St-Onge, Joy San, Cardinal Rae, Erica Schultz, and Genevieve FT
No superheroes, nor explosions, but still one of our faves of the year. Bingo Love tells a charming love story spanning half of a century: Hazel and Mari meet at church bingo in 1963, but their families push them apart before each goes on to marry other people and carve out very different lives for themselves. A heated bingo game 50 years later brings them back together, forcing them to consider what their love for each other means. This queer, black love story is challenging and sweet, with gorgeous artwork, and this  fancy new edition includes a whopping 60 pages of new material from A-list creators, originally available only to Kickstarter backers.

Men of Wrath, by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney
A family of the American south with a long legacy of violence has a chance to walk a new path, if only weathered hitman Ira Rath will take the chance. A century ago, Isam Rath killed a man over some sheep, and the Alabama family has been caught in a generational cycle of violence ever since. Ira’s new job could change their fates, but habits do die hard. Southern Bastards creator Jason Aaron knows from these sorts of hardboiled south of the Mason-Dixon tales, and Ron Garney’s art drips with atmosphere in this remastered Image Comics edition.

The Fade Out: The Complete Collection, by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser
Ed Brubaker has brought noir sensibilities to just about every project he’s worked on, including superhero books like Daredevil and Captain America. The Fade-Out, created with his regular collaborator Sean Phillips (working with colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser), is an old-school potboiler, a sordid tale of murder in old Hollywood—and it might be Brubaker’s best work yet. It’s the story of Charlie Parish, a Hollywood screenwriter with PTSD, and his friend Gil, a blacklisted writer. Charlie wakes up in the room of a murdered starlet one day, and has to work out her story while bringing her killer to justice. This new paperback edition collects the entire series.

What’s on your pull list?

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