Staff Pick

There have been plenty of stories at this point about the promise and peril of musical genius. What sets Blue in Green ahead of the pack is the way that its art works in synergy with its writing, transforming what could have been a fun throwback to Vertigo horror comics into an experience with genuine flow and texture. It's a comic that captures how it feels to both hear and play music, one of the hardest things to do in a non-musical artform. For that alone it has my recommendation.

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By Ram V, Anand Rk (Artist)
ISBN: 9781534317130
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Published: Image Comics - November 3rd, 2020

Staff Pick

One of Japan's most famous cultural institutions is the Takarazuka Revue, a female-led theater company that puts on productions where women play every role (including the male characters!). Kageki Shojo!! lightly fictionalizes the Revue, giving us the story of two teenage girls applying to an all-female theater troupe and their respective experiences working their way through the ranks. It grapples with tough topics (eating disorders, bullying, stalkers) but grants its characters the space to navigate them on their own terms, rather than leaning on melodramatic twists. A refreshingly down-to-earth series, with further volumes on the way!

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ISBN: 9781645058359
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Published: Seven Seas - November 24th, 2020

Staff Pick

A human and an alien on opposing sides of a galactic conflict while away their days selling alien liquor at a pub in a technophobic British enclave--but that's only the beginning of Skyward Inn, a book that over the course of its 200-some pages finds room for meditations on Brexit, colonialism, difficult parent-child relationships, fraught male adolescence, freakish body horror, and an endgame scenario that rivals Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End in scope, while having it beat for prose style and characterization. If you're a fan of Le Guin, Butler, or Vandermeer, or even have a soft spot for Du Maurier's Jamaica Inn, this is the best recent SF novel you likely haven't read.

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ISBN: 9781781088821
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Published: Solaris - March 16th, 2021