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.
Political drama, fantasy adventure and a noir-ish mystery all at once, The Spire is an exciting new genre-blending comic that isn't afraid to be a little weird. The Spire is a giant tower city, a self-contained world within itself where humans and 'skews', supernatural creatures, live side by side but not in harmony. The city is rife with socio-economic, racial and political tensions that are only intensified by a brutal serial killer terrorizing humans and skews alike. If you're looking for a fun, fantastical world that's a little off-beat, this is perfect.
A Noir-esque mystery set in Baghdad, Sheriff of Babylon is a dark and intense look at the American occupation in Iraq and what humanity means in a world where it feels like there is very little left. Our protagonist, an American policeman training military recruits in Iraq, is drawn into a world of political manipulation by an American-Iraqi politician and Iraqi detective he becomes involved with. Beautiful moments of human intimacy intersperse within the bleakness of military and extremist violence. At once a detective story and a suspenseful thriller, Sheriff of Babylon is a deeply thoughtful story that gets inside your head and keeps you on the edge.