Are you looking to take a deep dive; to be immersed completely and thoroughly in a fictional world? Look no further than Monstress, written by Marjorie Liu with artwork by Sana Takeda. Set in a realm ruled by magics and science, this epic tale begins a few years after a disastrous war between humans and their bitter enemies, the Arcanics. Caught in between is Maika Halfwolf, an Arcanic with a shadowy past and power, who is on a quest to understand who she is and where she comes from. The answers may determine the fate of this realm. Beautifully written by Liu, this is a story that explores the boundaries of fear and discrimination while also giving you a sense that there is much left to be uncovered.
This is a mind bending, time traveling, hallucinatory science fiction graphic novel by the comics master, Dan Clowes, creator of Ghost World, David Boring, Wilson, Mister Wonderful, to name only a few. What more must I say? Clowes has assembled a richly plotted gem here, thick with workings of a well-wrought mystery, Patience is a book that reveals itself slowly. This is a tragic love story and while Clowes is a realist writer, his adoption of surrealism, and sometimes absurdism, have achieved their zenith here. Patience is at the high point of comics craft, layered and deep. Truly one of the best of the year by one of the best cartoonist alive. Adam Waterreus
Finally published as a complete whole, Last Look, is the completed opus by Charles Burns (originally published as the trilogy, X'd Out, The Hive, and Sugar Skull) and well worth picking up in this final bound volume. Follow Doug as he navigates the complexities of his past in dreams and in fragments of memories. His drug filled, art obsessed self, finds love only to have it slowly fall apart. But why? That's what this fantastical, nightmarish, pseudo-Freudian dream landscape is all about. Heartbreaking, expertly crafted, brilliantly paced, Last Look earns its place among some of the finest in comics craftsmanship of the last few years.