The first volume in a new collected series, The World of Edena, collects several short stories by the comic legend Moebius. When Stel and Atan stumble upon a strange ship in a remote part of the galaxy they begin a journey across time and space to the legendary paradise planet Edena. Once they arrive they start to transform, losing their high-tech, future-designed, bodies, Stel and Atan become their true selves only to lose each other. Through dreams and nightmares, strange cultures and adventure, Moebius unpacks this new world in gorgeous pages. Stel and Atan must be reunited, and their journey takes them across this fully realized world of beauty, death, and fear. Moebius's artwork and self-exploratory narrative will draw you in and, if you're lucky, never let you out. Moebius is one of the most important comics artists, and this is a perfect introduction to his work.
The Art of Charlie Hock Chan Chye by Sonny Liew (a frequent collaborator with the MacArthur Grant winning comics artist Gene Luen Yang) paints a picture of Singapore in transition. It does so with a dizzying array of art: photographs, doodles, portraits, and comics drawn from each era of its recent history. All this is juxtaposed with the graphic memoir of Chye himself, the country’s greatest—and unjustly forgotten—cartoonist. But there’s a catch: Charlie Hock Chan Chye never existed! Sonny Liew draws from manga, superhero comics and newspaper strips to create Chye’s body of work. The results are fictional, yes. But it is a dazzling creative high wire act, inextricable from politics, writing in the lives and times of thinkers, artists and revolutionaries who were very much real. The Art of Charlie Hock Chan Chye proves that art is political, and politics a form of personal expression.
If you like kickass girls, weird sci-fi and seventies retro vibes, you can't go wrong with Paper Girls. Brain Vaughan brings us a new graphic novel that's part classic coming-of-age, part alien-time travel adventure. The illustrations are beautifully eerie and almost dystopian, and fit perfectly with the unlikely group of newspaper delivery girls who come together in a story of friendship, adolescence and creepy monsters from the future.