THE BEST COMICS OF 2018
The Comics Journal is an essential source for reporting on and discussing the comics scene. I am honored to be included in its annual Best of The Year in Comics feature. You can see my list highlighted below. And you will be amazed at the vast selection of suggested reading from various notable critics, creators and publishers. Take a look at this year’s Comics Journal feature right here.
Amongst the Liberal Elite by Elly Lonon and Joan Reilly
1. AMONGST THE LIBERAL ELITE by Elly Lonon and Joan Reilly (Powerhouse Books)
To be able to take a popular column made up of clever repartee and turn it into a graphic novel is quite remarkable.
Prism Stalker by Sloane Leong
2. PRISM STALKER by Sloane Leong (Image)
For a comics critic who also both writes and draws comics, I am confident in sharing with you what sets Ms. Leong apart. If the cartoonist is particularly driven, the transition can be made from bohemian poet to career path. In this ideal case, the work retains that same idiosyncratic vibe and integrity.
Berlin by Jason Lutes
3. BERLIN by Jason Lutes (D&Q)
This is the omnibus we’ve been waiting for, the complete Berlin! It has been twenty years in the making and looks wonderful all in one place.
Art Comic by Matthew Thurber
4. ART COMIC by Matthew Thurber (D&Q)
Mr. Thurber actually works out his satirical narrative to such a precise degree that it reaches a peak of whimsical perfection.
Windowpane by Joe Kessler
5. WINDOWPANE by Joe Kessler (Breakdown)
In a fit of petulant bravado, Mr. Kessler will take a gob of primary colors and fling them like a bolt of lightning. A blast of these harsh basic colors will blow up some characters to bits. Others will be saved for a proper decapitation. All in a day’s work.
The Furnace by Prentis Rollins
6. THE FURNACE by Prentis Rollins (Tor Books)
This work does indeed compare favorably with the best of the original Twilight Zone. That’s a tall order but this is an exceptionally unique work. I don’t take such comparisons lightly and I have no problem striking down false claims that occur quite often. So, yes, this is the real deal with its finely modulated pace and attention to detail.
M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder
7. M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder (Insight Comics)
This is one of the most unusual and mysterious comics I’ve ever read.
Alpha: Abidjan to Paris by Bessora and Barroux
8. ALPHA: ABIDJAN TO PARIS by Bessora and Barroux (Bellevue Literary Press)
Alpha, our main character, while symbolic of all immigrants struggling against the odds, readily engages the reader with his own set of specifics. In this way, the creative team truly gives a face to a problem demanding our attention.
The Dead Eye and The Deep Blue Sea by Vannak Anan Prum
9. THE DEAD EYE AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Vannak Anan Prum (Seven Stories)
There are more slaves today, well over 40 million, than at any time in human history. A new book, a graphic memoir, by Vannak Anan Prum provides a most vivid and compelling testimony.
The Winner by Karl Stevens
10. THE WINNER by Karl Stevens (Retrofit)
Mr. Stevens is engaging in the fine old tradition of presenting a portrait of the artist and having the reader take of it what they will. In this case, there is much to take and much to celebrate.