Oliver Sava at the A.V. Club posted list of the best comics of 2018 so far. According to Sava, “2018 has been a remarkable year for titles with unique, confident perspectives. From invigorating takes on decades-old properties to new works about interspecies romance, ‘alt-right’ conspiracy theories, and gender-fluid space explorers, the best books released in the first half of 2018 highlight the massive potential of the medium with a multitude of styles and themes.”
With the exception of Olivia Jaimes’ Nancy, Sloane Leong’s Prism Stalker, and Marvel’s X-Men Red which haven’t yet been published in collected editions, all the A.V. Club picks are available to borrow.
Green Lantern: Earth One by Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko, and Jordan Boyd
The newest Earth One original graphic novel presents an all-new origin for the Emerald Warrior! Hal Jordan yearns for the thrill of discovery, but the days when astronaut and adventure were synonymous are long gone. His gig prospecting asteroids for Ferris Galactic is less than fulfilling-but at least he’s not on Earth, where technology and culture have stagnated. When Jordan finds a powerful ring, he also finds a destiny to live up to. There are worlds beyond his own, unlike anything he ever imagined. But revelation comes with a price
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Mech Cadet Yu by Greg Pak
A young boy gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he bonds with a giant sentient robot and joins the ranks of the illustrious Sky Corps Academy to protect the world from alien threats.
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My Boyfriend Is A Bear by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris
Nora has bad luck with men. When she meets an (actual) bear on a hike in the Los Angeles hills, he turns out to be the best romantic partner she’s ever had! He’s considerate, he’s sweet, he takes care of her. But he’s a bear, and winning over her friends and family is difficult. Not to mention he has to hibernate all winter. Can true love conquer all?
Sabrina by Nick Drnaso
When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies.
Why Art? by Eleanor Davis
What is “Art”? It’s widely accepted that art serves an important function in society. But the concept falls under such an absurdly large umbrella and can manifest in so many different ways. Art can be self indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil, or expressive, or any number of other things. But how can it truly make lasting, positive change? In Why Art?, acclaimed graphic novelist Eleanor Davis (How To Be Happy) unpacks some of these concepts in ways both critical and positive, in an attempt to illuminate the highest possible potential an artwork might hope to achieve.
XTC69 by Jessica Campbell
Commander Jessica Campbell of the planet L8DZ N1T3 and her crew are searching for men to breed with when they discover the last human on Earth, another Jessica Campbell, cryogenically frozen in the 21st century. With a new, but familiar crewmember, the search for men continues, but will it be worth it?
Yellow Negroes And Other Imaginary Creatures by Yvan Alagbé
In the stories gathered in Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures – drawn between 1994 and 2011, and never before available in English – Yvan Alagbé uses stark, endlessly inventive black-and-white brushwork to explore love and race, oppression and escape. It is both an extraordinary experiment in visual storytelling and an essential, deeply personal political statement.