It’s the end of another year, and it’s time to recommend some of the comic books I read this year. As I mentioned in 2020 and 2021, I tend to focus on creator-owned titles, these will mostly be graphic novels/trade paperbacks, and they may not all have been released this year.
As always, 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.
Touching Evil, vol. 3, by Dan Dougherty
I’ve been a fan of this series for years, and I believe it to be one of the more unique ideas in horror comics in a while. A satisfying end to the series, but here’s to hoping for more in the future.
You can buy it here.
You can buy it here.
Wasted Space, vols. 4 & 5, by Michael Moreci and Hayden Sherman
This series wrapped up its run this year, and you should be able to find a collected edition. Moreci seemed to have a lot on his mind during the course of the series, and he used it to explore topics of politics, religion, creation, and destiny. Sherman’s gritty and dynamic artwork helped bring this world to life.
Maggie the Mechanic: A Love and Rockets Book, Jamie Hernandez
Remember when I said I am sometimes woefully behind on comics? This is a prime example. These books have been around for 40 years, and this is the first time I’ve read a Love and Rockets book. Great art, interesting and entertaining story. Even though comics have been diversifying for some time, there’s still not much on the stands that looks and reads like this.
The Many Deaths of Laila Starr, by Ram V and Filipe Andrade
This is a book that will stay with you. It’s a fascinating exploration of life and death and destiny, and the art from Andrade is perfect for the story being told.
Money Shot , vol. 2, by Tim Seeley, Sarah Beattie, and Rebekah Issacs
Volumes one and two of this very-much NSFW comic are incredibly entertaining if you don’t mind your entertainment being more risqué. If that’s you, definitely consider checking out.
Previous volumes of the books below have appeared on other years’ lists, but I felt like they deserved a follow up.
Something is Killing the Children, vol. 4
This volume starts a new arc for the series, and it continues to be superb. This series was definitely one of my favorites of the past few years, and I look forward to wear it goes.
The Good Asian, vol. 2
There were only two volumes to this book, and both are fantastic noir. You’re missing out if you don’t read the whole story set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the early 1900s.