Another year is almost over, and once again, I’m going to provide a list of some of the creator-owned books I enjoyed this year. They may have been released in 2021; they may not have. As I stated in my 2020 list, I’m often woefully behind in reading. (Check out the 2020 list for some more great books.)
I’ve provided links where I can. Links to Amazon will be affiliate links. Anywhere else is not. Even so, if you’re intrigued by these books, try to buy them from your local comic shop or book store.
I was a big fan of Chew, and I’m glad to have a return to its world. This time, it follows a sister of Tony Chu, the lead from Chew. While there are nice nods to the original series, this book stands alone and is easy to dive into for new readers.
The Good Asian, vol. 1 by Pornsak Pichetshote and Alexandre Tefenkgi
I’m a sucker for good film noir, and Pichetshote and Tefenkgi are nailing the vibe in this book. It’s an engaging read that explores some heavy topics around immigration and fitting in.
The initial attraction for me was the trippy Allred art, but Horton and Allred also craft an interesting and informative book charting the beginning of Bowie’s career.
The Department of Truth, vol. 1, but James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds
A fascinating book exploring what would happen if false narratives became real.
Y: The Last Man, Book 5, by Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra
I was incredibly late to reading this book, but it is excellent. The story follows the lone male survivor after a virus wipes out the male population on Earth.
A surprisingly fun and emotional book with an interesting story and great art.
Black Magick: The First Book of Shadows by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott
A solid detective/murder story following a police detective who is also secretly a witch.