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.
Le Nguyen’s debut graphic novel is full of tenderness and love. The Magic Fish follows Tiâãen as he navigates young adulthood--his interactions with the world, his parents, and his friends made complicated by his uncertainty about whether to reveal his secrets. An immigration narrative, coming-out story, and the retelling of a fairy tale all in one, Le Nguyen's work reminds us how powerful story telling can be against the pernicious dangers of self-doubt, bigotry, and identity crises.
Ice Cream Man is a terrific work of contemporary absurdism that gives form and intent to the forces that undermine and erase all that we love, trading the universe’s devastating ambivalence for something garish and malevolent. Morazzo’s abstracted figures and O’Halloran’s simplified color palette give perfect form to Prince’s tales of existential horror. The creators often toy with surprising formal devices, experimenting with the possibilities of their medium in a way that dodges the overly cerebral and instead brings an extra bit of fun to this delightfully horrifying series.