Thomas L. Batten

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Aquatlantic

Carpinteri’s imaginative worldbuilding and astonishing illustration more than compensate for a relatively slight plot. Recommended for larger graphic novels collections.
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The Sky Is Blue with a Single Cloud

A long overdue and revelatory collection of masterfully crafted and deeply affecting stories.

Slaughter House-Five

Wih this work, North and Monteys have created the best, and most effective, graphic novel adaptation of a literary novel in recent memory.
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Spellbound: A Graphic Memoir

Som’s experimental approach to autofiction is intriguing, and her illustration and composition bring a sense of dynamism to short, diary-style chapters that coalesce into a fascinatingly complex portrait.

Maids

Skelly (The Agency) reveals the horror of the Papin sisters’ crimes on the very first page of this tense gem, but her perceptive examination of the complex bond between Catherine and Lea evokes incredible sympathy for the two nonetheless.
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Sweet Time

Pixin’s compassion and artistic ambition are evident on every page of this memorable debut.

I Want You

A brilliant collection from an audacious and boldly inventive cartoonist with a distinct and necessary perspective.

Vision

Gfrörer’s deliberate pacing creates a sense of creeping dread and impending tragedy in this memorably disturbing, sexually charged ghost story.
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The Sacrifice of Darkness

Based on Gay’s (The Banks) short story “We Are the Sacrifice of Darkness,” and adapted into the graphic form by Gay and writer Oliver, this deeply romantic sf/fairy tale hybrid exploring class issues, identity, and survivor’s guilt is brought to life through Kirby’s (Now: The New Anthology of Comics) graceful illustrations.

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