From hilarious comic strips and fierce fantasy landscapes to thrilling space operas and poignant explorations of the simple things, here are some of the best new comics and graphic novels.
Nancy: A Comic Collection by Olivia Jaimes
In the heyday of newspaper comic strips, there was Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy (and then, after Bushmiller’s death in 1982, there was Guy and Brad Gilchrist’s Nancy). The strip had a dedicated readership and featured a boisterous eight-year-old girl and her cadre of family and friends. In April 2018 something surprising happened: a twenty-something named Oliva Jaimes (a pseudonym) reimagined Nancy for the internet era. Overnight, Nancy become not just relevant again but beloved by a new generation of readers, even spawning an internet meme featuring the phrase “Sluggo is lit.” This hardcover edition of Nancy collects Olivia Jaimes’ strips in all of their glory. They are minimalist, whip smart, and delightfully wry. From the very first strip Jaimes makes it obvious that there’s a new Nancy in town and she is lit.
Little Bird by Darcy Van Poelgeest and Ian Bertram
In a world a little like our own, the Canadian Resistance battles the militantly theocratic United Nations of America and the New Vatican. In the middle of this cinematic beginning, Little Bird and her village prepare to fight the Bishop’s soldiers. As the story continues, Little Bird navigates through a world of crazed nationalists and bloody battles, all while searching for mystical answers. Through thoughtful storytelling and vivid art, Van Poelgeest and Bertram have created an epic world that is nuanced and unique. Little Bird excels in world building but, at its heart, the comic is about the personal struggles amidst the giant ones and how a small-but-fierce resistance can make a lasting difference. (November 20 in Kindle and comiXology; November 26 in hardcover)
Hundred: What You Learn in a Lifetime by Heike Faller and Valerio Vidali
Collected in this volume are 100 lessons, learned each year, from age one to 100. From taking first steps and falling in love to exploring new places and realizing that time moves much too quickly, Hundred perfectly captures life’s moments, big and small. As the book progresses and the lessons move from childhood onward, it’s hard not to nod along as certain vignettes resonate and hit home. This is one of those rare books where the text and images share a deep affinity with each other and come together to create an emotive reading experience. A giftable book with a simple and true message for anyone in need of a smile.
Invisible Kingdom Volume 1 by G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward
From the very first panels, it’s clear that Invisible Kingdom is going to be a wild ride. In a distant solar system, two women uncover a vast conspiracy. Vess is a newly initiated nun who yearns for the religious teachings of the Renunciation; Grix is a cynical freighter pilot who works for the mega-corporation Lux. When they each discover that the Renunciation and Lux have a shared secret, the unlikely duo are forced to work together to save the universe. This comic is fast-paced and cosmic in scope, but also an intensely personal exploration of how belief systems are broken and reformed into something new. The very best space operas encourage readers to think while they’re among the stars—and Invisible Kingdom can count itself among them.