Blue in Green, V. Ram

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.

Blue In Green By Ram V, Anand RK (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Ram V, Anand RK (By (artist))
ISBN: 9781534317130
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Published: Image Comics - November 3rd, 2020

The Magic Fish, by Trung Le Nguyen

Staff Pick

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.  

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ISBN: 9781984851598
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Published: Random House Graphic - October 13th, 2020

Ice Cream Man Vol 2; Strange Neapolitan, by W. Maxwell Prince

Staff Pick

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.

Ice Cream Man Volume 2: Strange Neapolitan By W.  Maxwell Prince, Martin Marazzo (By (artist)), Chris O'Halloran (By (artist)) Cover Image
By W. Maxwell Prince, Martin Marazzo (By (artist)), Chris O'Halloran (By (artist))
ISBN: 9781534308763
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Image Comics - December 18th, 2018