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April 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Graphic Novels
This year’s top 10 graphic novels, reviewed in Booklist between March 1, 2014, and February 15, 2015, cover a broad array of genres, styles, and formats, from the ingeniously simple to the weird and woolly.
Ant Colony. By Michael DeForge. Illus. by the author. Drawn & Quarterly, $21.95 (9781770461376).
A colony of black ants serves as a vehicle to examine the human condition in this masterfully realized work, which, along with his disturbingly bizarre drawing style, marks DeForge as a leading figure in the alt-comics scene.
Arsène Schrauwen. By Olivier Schrauwen. Illus by the author. Fantagraphics, $34.99 (9781606997307).
In delicate, two-color line drawings resembling risograph prints, Schrauwen fancifully imagines the 1947 voyage of his grandfather Arsène to “the colony” to construct a modernist “city of the future” in the dense jungle.
C.O.W.L: Principles of Power. By Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel. Illus. by Rod Reis. Image Comics, paper, $9.99 (9781632151117).
As the unionized superhero group Chicago Organized Workers League (C.O.W.L.) fights for relevance in a peaceful world, internal clashes threaten to bring down the whole outfit. Sketch-heavy, dreamlike artwork elevates this rollicking read.
Here. By Richard McGuire. Illus by the author. Pantheon, $35 (9780375406508).
History echoes across millennia in one New Jersey living room in a stunningly simple and beautifully executed concept that lays bare the universality of existence in all its beauty, ugliness, and mundanity.
Kill My Mother. By Jules Feiffer. Illus. by the author. Norton/Liveright, $27.95 (9780871403148).
The real engines behind this shades-of-charcoal noir are five fascinating dames. Feiffer fixes his material with a fresh and youthful eye, transforming familiar tropes into a crazy kaleidoscope that makes The Big Sleep look like forty winks.
The Love Bunglers. By Jaime Hernandez. Illus by the author. Fantagraphics, $19.99 (9781606997291).
The years have not been particularly kind to Maggie, but Ray Dominguez, an on-again, off-again boyfriend, still carries a torch for her. Hernandez brings the pair’s intertwining stories to a satisfying, if hard-won, culmination.
Nijigahara Holograph. By Inio Asano. Illus. by the author. Tr. by Matt Thorn. Fantagraphics, $29.99 (9781606995839).
Arié tells one too many stories about the neighborhood monster, so her classmates push her into a well. Anger, hopelessness, and betrayal run rampant, echoed by the ominous clouds of butterflies.
The Sculptor. By Scott McCloud. Illus by the author. First Second, $29.99 (9781596435735).
Humbled artist David Smith makes a deal with death in order to achieve immortality through his sculpture, but just as he’s about to deliver his end of the bargain, he inconveniently finds himself falling in love.
The Undertaking of Lily Chen. By Danica Novgorodoff. Illus. by the author. First Second, paper, $29.99 (9781596435865).
After Deshi accidentally kills his older brother, his parents order him to find a corpse bride, a recently deceased woman to accompany his brother in the afterlife. But the only candidate he can find is the very alive, and very alluring, Lily.
Weapons of Mass Diplomacy. By Abel Lanzac. Illus. by Christophe Blain. Tr. by Edward Gauvin. SelfMadeHero, $24.95 (9781906838782).
The French foreign-affairs ministry is a place of relentless furor stirred up by “the Minister,” a towering, domineering, blustery politico. Excerpts from real speeches by the foreign minister give the tang of reality to this impressive satire.
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