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Public Domain, Vol. 1: Past Mistakes

For readers who love comics and want to see the behind-the-scenes struggles that happen when creators take on the corporations that have monopolized the industry.
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Marry Me a Little: A Graphic Memoir

Recommended for mature teens and adults looking for personal accounts of recent history.
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Goes Like This

These emotionally resonant, innovatively illustrated stories assure Crane’s standing as one of the finest storytellers of his generation.
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Starhenge, Bk. 1: The Dragon and the Boar Deluxe Edition

Sharp weaves together Celtic mythology, Christian theology, Arthurian legend, linguistics, theoretical physics, and astronomy in an immensely ambitious and tremendously trippy epic adventure. (This edition collects the first six issues of an ongoing series.) Think The Terminator meets Excalibur with more arcane philosophy, or The Green Knight meets 12 Monkeys with terrifying cyborgs.
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The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country, Vol. 1

Tynion and Estherren have crafted an intriguingly mysterious thriller that evokes the distinct gothic sensibility of Gaiman’s original “Sandman” series.
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Survival Street

Absurd humor and hyper-violence collide in this blisteringly satirical mash-up of Sesame Street and Robocop from Asmus (Rick and Morty) and Festante (Field Tripping).
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Harvey Knight’s Odyssey

Maandag’s combination of surrealism and deadpan humor makes these stories unpredictable, unforgettably weird, and thoroughly entertaining.
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Brooklyn’s Last Secret

An immersive odyssey featuring a cast of truly lovable characters.
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The Amazing Spider-Man: Web-Slinger, Hero, Icon

A necessary addition to library pop culture collections.

Nejishiki

A disturbing, thoroughly captivating depiction of masculinity in postwar Japan.
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Ashes

An adventure paced like a madcap movie plot, with underlying minor chords of identity and relationship echoing throughout, this is a satisfying introduction to Ortiz’s narrative and artistic talents for an English-language audience.

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Sins of the Black Flamingo

Part crime thriller, part supernatural romance, with a remarkably charismatic queer protagonist. Tremendously fun from start to finish.
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My Life Among Humans

Recommended for all who have felt like an outsider looking in.
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Golden Rage, Vol. 1

This clever, sometimes tongue-in-cheek adventure will draw in fans of dystopian mysteries and tough heroines.
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The Phantom Scientist

A puzzle, a panopticon, and an invitation to seek answers even as obstructions abound, this is an engaging, dryly funny read for armchair philosophers, disillusioned academics, and the unceasingly curious.
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Esther’s Notebooks

Readers seeking to experience a strange, yet at its core, familiar slice of life in a country steeped in multiple cultures will enjoy the perspective provided in this collection.

Last on His Feet: Jack Johnson and the Battle of the Century

Lyrical narration and powerfully evocative black-and-white illustration combine for an uncommonly propulsive, completely immersive biography.
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The Extraordinary Part, Book One: Orsay’s Hands

A fast-paced, unpredictable, and utterly original story rendered in delicate linework and vibrant color.
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Too Dead To Die: A Simon Cross Thriller

A thoroughly entertaining, loving riff on familiar pulp characters that raises compelling questions about their viability in a rapidly changing world.
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The Lonely War of Capt. Willy Schultz

Creators Franz and Glanzman (A Sailor’s Story) provide enough explosive action to satisfy the genre conventions of the time in which the story was created, but with a distinct, stunningly powerful, anti-war perspective. This volume collects the entire series for the first time.
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The Exile

Kriek’s luscious brushwork, attention to detail, and refusal to impose modern notions of morality or justice on his characters result in an immersive, provocative saga.
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Super Spy

A tightly plotted, high-stakes masterwork about the terrible cost of life in the shadows.

Artist

Ma skewers his cast’s overblown sense of entitlement and lack of self-awareness with terrific deadpan wit. While subplots concerning the misuse of royalty payments owed to artists whose music is popular in karaoke bars and the inner workings of public arts foundations prove a bit dry, Ma’s perspective on the value of originality, the power of celebrity, and the debt one generation of artists owes to those that follow are truly thought-provoking.

Blood of the Virgin

A stunningly ambitious, emotionally complex work from an artist with a distinct perspective on the pursuit of artistic fulfillment.

The Many Deaths of Laila Starr

A passionate and refreshingly unsentimental fable that suggests every aspect of the human experience is vital and worthy of celebration.

The Nice House on the Lake, Vol. 1

A deeply unsettling, breathlessly thrilling, uncommonly engrossing horror story, rendered in exquisitely atmospheric illustration, and a provocative meditation on what it takes to stay alive, and to stay human, in a collapsing world. This volume collects the first six issues of a 12-issue story.

Step by Bloody Step

An emotionally nuanced, action-packed, absolutely astonishing feat of graphic narrative.

What Is Home, Mum?: A Memoir

An essential purchase for all collections. Add it to the top of your book club suggestion list, and offer it to readers of literary fiction exploring similar themes of identity and belonging.
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Queen of Snails: A Graphic Memoir

In a triumph of recovery and reinvention, Burdock has reworked her chaotic past to build a memory-rich present through research, reflection, and compelling artistry.

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Below Ambition

Hanselmann remains a singular talent with a distinctive, necessary voice.
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Who Will Make the Pancakes? Five Stories

A treasury of impactful stories from a virtuosic artist with a distinctively empathetic point of view.

Love Everlasting, Vol. 1

King (Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow) and Charretier’s (Department of Truth, Vol. 3) gripping mystery subverts the romance-comic genre but still delivers genuine romantic melodrama. An uncommonly compelling first volume.
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Organisms from an Ancient Cosmos

Working in black and white, Zahler (Forbidden Surgeries of the Hideous Dr. Divinus) creates a peculiar but engrossing blend of hard sci-fi and prison drama that transforms into a tense, high-stakes space opera tinged with a dose of cosmic horror in the last act.

Bungleton Green and the Mystic Commandos

Featuring page after page of non-stop action and pulpy melodrama imbued with Jackson’s perspective as a Black American in the 1940s, this is a work of immense historical value that’s also very fun to read.

Black Paradox

Ito (The Liminal Zone) combines macabre horror and absurd humor in his most successfully disturbing long-form work in recent years.

Salamandre

An incredibly moving, uplifting coming-of-age story from a creator working at the top of his ability. Not to be missed.

Creepy

A delightfully disquieting and thoroughly enjoyable nightmare.

Issunboshi

Lang’s graphic novel debut is a fantastic riff on a simple Japanese folktale, clearly told and lovingly rendered with cinematic aplomb. Will delight brave young readers and fantasy-loving adult readers alike.
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Mission: Yozakura Family, Vol. 1

Serialized on Shonen Jump, Gondaira’s English-language print debut is a wacky and exciting shonen adventure that will appeal to young adults looking for found-family plotlines. Fans of Tatsuya Endo’s Spy x Family and manga with a wild variety of ragtag characters will feel right at home.

A Pros and Cons List for Strong Feelings

The art style is a little unconventional, but readers will likely be drawn in by the poignant, yet humorous tale.
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A Fade of Light

A capable slice-of-life memoir, this captures the denial, frustration, and despair of observing a loved one’s fading away.
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Look Again

Intense, articulate, and self-reflective, this makes one look hard at the shifting nature of memory. An involving graphic memoir for enthusiasts of the genre.
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Look Back

A beautiful, dream-like story about art-making, friendship, and growing up, best appreciated by manga fans with a basic sense of the visual and cultural cues of the genre.

Talli, Daughter of the Moon, Vol. 1

Laced with humor and hard-hitting action, the story unfolds fast from the very first page. Teens and up will clamor for more of this epic fantasy.

Living & Dying in America: A Daily Chronicle, 2020–2022

A wrenching moral call to awareness and action that belongs in social sciences, history, and medicine collections and on curricula for high schoolers and up.
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The Keeper: Soccer, Me, and the Law That Changed Women’s Lives

Rich with informational content and flashes of brilliance, Ervick’s graphic novel is thoughtful and personal, best suited for an audience interested in the topics of athletics and feminism that it delves so deeply into.
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The Night Eaters: She Eats the Night

An intriguing first entry in a promised trilogy, sure to leave fans anticipating the second installment.
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Upside Dawn

Jason’s virtuosic storytelling and idiosyncratic perspective remain as compelling as ever in this essential new collection.
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Phenomena: The Golden City of Eyes

Bendis and Araújo have created a fascinating world of adventure, with intriguing mysteries and likable characters galore. A wildly entertaining first installment.

Birds of Maine

DeForge’s often hilarious, sometimes cutting satire is made more impactful by the sense he’s driven less by anger than compassion for those trapped in absurd, faltering systems. Not to be missed.

Fantastic Four: Full Circle

Ross’s style combines tight linework and painted illustration in a color palette heavy on fluorescent shades of purple and green, warm shades of orange, and eerie blue, resulting in a distinctive pop art masterpiece that must be seen to be believed.

Slash Them All

Maillard’s debut arrives in English having already won the 2022 Best Crime Graphic Novel award at the prestigious Angouleme International Comics Festival. A skillfully crafted, uncommonly insightful, and genuinely disturbing horror story.
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The Liminal Zone

While this latest collection never quite manages to evoke the berserk emotional intensity of his best work, Ito’s knack for crafting psychologically complex tales that veer between creeping dread and surrealistic body horror remains unparalleled.

Talk to My Back

In this seminal feminist alt-manga, Yamada (who passed away in 2009) revealed her protagonist’s complex inner life through poetic prose and fluid, expressive linework reminiscent of fashion illustration but keyed to depict complex emotion. A brilliantly realized, keenly insightful, resonant character study.
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A Concise Dictionary of Comics

This reference is useful and recommended for most libraries so that they can support the growing interest in comic books within many user groups.
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Revenge of the Librarians

Gauld’s (Department of Mind-Blowing Theories) literary comic strips, originally published in The Guardian, are sharp and range in their humor.
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Bone Orchard: The Passageway

Sorrentino exhibits a mastery of illustrative technique, conveying creeping dread through oddly angular or looping layouts of overlapping panels, depicting unexpected details in the first half of this volume and later expressing cosmic terror with starkly realistic double-page depictions of inexplicable landscapes.
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Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands

An unflinchingly honest coming-of-age memoir and unforgettable depiction of capitalism’s dehumanizing effect on the individual.
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Animal Castle, Vol. 1

Dorison’s briskly paced script skillfully balances a large cast of memorable characters, all brought to life by Delep’s vibrantly painted illustrations. This edition collects the first five issues of the ongoing series.
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The Con Artists

Healy’s (Americana [and the Act of Getting Over It]) broad cartooning reveals his characters’ inner lives through gesture. His keen insight into the tension between what people want and what they actually need from one another, plus his clever dialogue, results in scenes of genuine humor and real pathos. A playfully structured, frequently hilarious character study.

Dog Biscuits

Graham (Cosmic Be-Ing; This Never Happened) has created an occasionally scathing yet perceptive portrait of an especially fraught period in American history.

The Third Person

A masterfully crafted, fearlessly vulnerable memoir stressing the importance of coming to terms with trauma in order to better know oneself.

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Flip It Like This!

Some conservative churchgoers might protest that they are being misrepresented by Hayward’s comics. However, pastors, readers sympathetic to a broader Christianity, and many people who have been hurt or excluded by conservative Christianity will recognize the ring of truth and find a hilarious, brutally honest ally in Hayward and his work.
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The Amazing Screw-On Head

Nothing that will disappoint Mignola fans, but nothing to overly excite them either. Not recommended, except for serious Mignola completists.
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Crema

While Christmas’s (Tartarus) narrative and character development could have used more page-space to breathe, this paranormal lesbian romance (a digital graphic novel that’s collected here in print for the first time) is nevertheless a promising choice for libraries with a strong graphic novel readership.

Parasomnia

This volume, which collects issues 1 through 4 of the “Parasomnia” series, is highly recommended for fans of Bunn, Mutti, stories of parents seeking their missing children, or parallel worlds.
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Vampire Hunter D: Omnibus Book One

Fantasy, science fiction, and western elements seamlessly come together in a compelling and rich world filled with vivid characters. It recalls the blending of western and science fiction tropes in the Firefly/Serenity universe, creating a fresh experience for readers.

Run on Your New Legs, Vol. 1

Midori (Kuchikake Ryu no Keiyakusha) has created a sports-themed manga that will really entice fans of similar titles like Haikyu!!, where naturally talented protagonists learn a sport from the bottom up. This manga will especially appeal to readers looking for a sports manga with realist emotions (with downs as well as ups), whose protagonist recovers from a major trauma and navigates life with disability.
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Fear Case

Kindt (Mind MGMT) amps up the cursed object concept, taking a police procedural approach to horror and centering the relationship between Winters and Mitchum. Tyler and Hilary Jenkins’s art is unsettling, presenting both eerie, dreamlike imagery and macabre depictions of death. Overall, this is a satisfying one-shot evoking a nihilistic worldview.
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Delver

This enjoyable adventure pulls readers in with quirky fantasy details underlain by universal issues: gentrification, coming of age, fear of change, and family legacies. Teens through adults will enjoy Temerity’s exploits.
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Snow Angels, Vol. 1

Lemire (Sweet Tooth) and Jock (The Losers) create a harsh, frozen world that generates more questions than answers. This first volume sets the stage for deeper mysteries that might be resolved in later issues. The story will appeal to mature tweens and older readers as they follow the young female protagonists surviving in a violent, alien landscape.
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The Worst Dudes

Not recommended for public libraries, unless they have a large audience for niche science fiction graphic novels.
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The Ghost in You

A cleverly plotted, thoroughly entertaining thriller with a keen focus on characterization and exceptionally realized illustration.

One Beautiful Spring Day

Woodring’s animation-influenced cartooning creates a powerful sense of fluid motion across panels bursting with fantastic imagery. This hallucinatory adventure resonates with the intensity of raw self-disclosure.

Keeping Two

Crane’s magnum opus is a stylistically adventurous evocation of how fear and grief create barriers to genuine intimacy. Not to be missed.

Acting Class

Drnaso’s mastery of pacing and tone, plus his knack for developing characters through specific detail and natural dialogue, results in an incisive exploration of alienation that is increasingly unsettling as it builds to a shocking conclusion.
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Putin’s Russia: The Rise of a Dictator

Cunningham’s simplistic, unobtrusive cartooning and keen ability to communicate a clear narrative (even with the multitude of characters and historical events detailed here) create an insightful, often-chilling account of both Putin and Russian history since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Clementine, Book 1

Walden’s knack for character development and unique perspective result in a tale perfect for diehard fans of The Walking Dead, as well as newcomers.
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Alice in Borderland, Vol. 1

Aso proves a master of suspense and visual storytelling, especially over the course of a sequence depicting a game of tag through a sprawling apartment complex, complicated by the presence of a hulking, gun-toting serial killer wearing a terrifying horse mask. This first volume, which is the inspiration for a hit Netflix series, should have readers clamoring for future installments.
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Deadpool: Samurai, Vol. 1

A unique, thoroughly enjoyable blend of action-adventure and cutting satire.
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Meteor Men: Expanded Edition

Jarrell’s (Teen Titans Go! Roll With It!) realistic, occasionally moody illustration creates a sense of gritty realism that’s perfectly matched to Parker’s (Warlord of Mars Attacks) cleverly subversive script in this surprising, emotionally resonant science-fiction coming-of-age story.

Everyday Hero Machine Boy

Creators Kniivila (Year of the Dog) and Vuong (The Strange Tales of Oscar Zahn) present a funny, uncommonly charming mash-up of martial arts, superhero, and sci-fi comics. The rare all-ages title that will entertain, and perhaps even enthrall, adolescents and adults alike.
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Doctor Who: Missy

Unabashedly geared toward fans who will no doubt love this volume.
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Love of Kill, Vol. 1

The artwork is very nice, though the violent action scenes are reminiscent of a Quentin Tarantino film. This is a love story with guns and dead bodies. Despite their more futuristic settings, Cowboy Bebop and Gunslinger Girl have similar vibes.
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Deep Beyond, Vol. 1

This title has beautiful artwork that is very similar to “Ultimate X-Men” and other superhero comics from the early 2000s. The plot of the book is fast paced and entertaining in a manner reminiscent of the plot in Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven.

Policing the City: An Ethno-graphic

Highly recommended, as it adds to discussions on equity.
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Middlewest: The Complete Tale

Highly recommended for library purchase.
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Nocterra: Full Throttle Dark, Vol. 1

This new series will take readers on the ride of their lives and leave them eager for the next volume.

Ultramega, Vol. 1

Highly recommended for all fans of Harren’s and Stewart’s works, as both put their best efforts into this story.
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Old Head

Against this campy backdrop, Eisner-nominated Starks (Sex Castle) weaves an endearing multigenerational tale about family bonds and standing up for what’s right. A charming pastiche of humor, classic horror, and modern family drama, this title has something to appeal to just about any reader.
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Unnatural Omnibus

With an action-packed plot and vibrant, likable characters, this title perfectly balances humor, thrills, and eroticism and will make a great fantasy addition to adult collections.

The Low, Low Woods

This smart, scary mystery from sci-fi/fantasist Machado (Her Body and Other Parties) will suck in readers intrigued by haunting body horror wrapped in a women-centered plot.
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Noir Is the New Black: Noir Stories from Black Creators

The expert plotting that packs so much into each vignette can be breathtaking, while the skillful incorporation of historical injustices adds moral depth. This title will easily draw in mystery/crime readers looking to feed their fix.

Murder Book: A Graphic Memoir of a True Crime Obsession

Early in this hefty tome, Campbell’s seemingly haphazard willingness to follow various tangents quickly proves a brilliant structural design that allows intuitive and enlightening connections between cases, texts, and the author’s own life. True crime fans are sure to embrace this funny, fascinating volume.

Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books

Abounding in lavish color reproductions from historical comic books, Quattro’s exhaustive research allows glimpses into the challenges, roadblocks, and successes that Black comics illustrators experienced. A compelling eye-opener about boundary-breaking stories behind the stories, and winner of a 2021 Eisner Award.

Geiger, Vol. 1

The sublime coloring makes this graphic novel a sparkling gem in this genre. Although the story does not feel original, fans of high-quality graphic artwork, reluctant super-antiheroes, and bombastic fight scenes will truly love this ambitious and wonderfully composed book.
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Black Star

Despite the sometimes-unclear narrative flow, the story is gripping thanks to the inventiveness of the pair’s planetary struggles, plus the psychological twists. A good choice for readers attracted to survivalist thrillers and women protagonists.
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Fine Print, Vol. 1

Sejic’s dialogue is quick and clever; the line work, staging, and color are perfect. Adult readers who enjoy some titillation, bordering on lascivious spice (including explicit nudity and sex acts), will find this a uniquely seductive visual fling filled with beautiful people from cover to cover, including the covers.
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Haha: Sad Clown Stories

Fans of jarring and ironic sequential art books will enjoy this aggregation of carnival melancholy.
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Other Lives

Some of the aughts-era technology references here may feel dated, but Bagge’s exceptional insight into self-delusional characters, who are struggling to retain carefully crafted identities, proves timeless. A compelling, fierce satire.
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