Renée

Top Shelf

Feb 24, 2016 Comic Books Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

Renée is a prime example of how powerful a graphic novel can be. When it barely registers with a reader that they left words behind pages ago and a paragraph may not adequately describe what they have just absorbed, they're holding something special. More

Nod Away

Fantagraphics

Feb 22, 2016 Comic Books Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

Nod Away is a near-future sci-fi epic entirely unto itself. Written and illustrated by Joshua W. Cotter, the new Fantagraphics release chronicles Dr. Melody McCabe as she begins her off-Earth term at a company that pioneers an evolution of the Internet called the "innernet," a technological innovation that allows people to stream knowledge directly from other users' brains.  More

Sweaterweather

First Second

Feb 19, 2016 Comic Books Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

Sara Varon's Sweaterweather is an endearing collection of 18 of the cartoonist's short stories, some dating back to 2003. Her characters inhabit a magical world where animals grow and shrink at will, a cat can fly just by planting pigeon wings, and rabbits are landlords.  More

Feb 16, 2016 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Author/illustrator George O'Connor's ongoing series of Greek mythology graphic novels continues with Apollo: The Brilliant One. Since the first volume of the collection hit shelves in 2010, Olympians has proven a consistent and admirable retelling of some of the most recognizable lore in human history.  More

Feb 12, 2016 Comic Books Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

The Wimmen's Comix Collective came together in the early 1970s when the best-known underground comics were by male artists. Initially called It Ain't Me Babe ComixWimmen's Comix was one of the first produced by all females, and Complete gives a clear view of their sense of creative freedom. More

Sacred Heart

Fantagraphics

Written and Illustrated by Liz Suburbia

Jan 05, 2016 Comic Books Web Exclusive

There are no adults in Alexandria. In the wake of their mysterious collective departure, Ben Schiller, her sister, best friend, and the rest of the town's high schoolers try to live as normal a life as possible.  More

Class Photo

Fantagraphics

Written and Illustrated by Robert Triptow

Dec 18, 2015 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Cartoonist Robert Triptow's Class Photo is an inventive, humorous, and decidedly raunchy chronicle of the fabricated lives of five-dozen actual 1937 graduates of P.S. 49 in New York City. While in college, Triptow stumbled across a forgotten class photo.  More

Dec 02, 2015 Comic Books Issue #55 - November/December 2015 - EL VY

Another phone book from Alex Robinson, though slightly smaller than his '90s-era magnum opus Box Office Poison. In Our Expanding Universe, Robinson focuses on characters-mostly couples-closer to their 40s, and the challenges life brings at that stage.  More

Nov 25, 2015 Comic Books Issue #55 - November/December 2015 - EL VY

Frank Miller's seminal 1986 comic book, The Dark Knight Returns, redefined and reignited interest in Batman, setting the precedent for caped crusader storylines for the next 30 years (and presumably beyond). A decade and a half later, Miller followed up the four-issue series with The Dark Knight Strikes AgainMore