I didn’t read graphic novels for a long time. I finally started again with The Walking Dead, but it was reading the Hugo Award nominees last year that really got me back into it. I continued two series nominated last year—Rat Queens and Ms. Marvel, plan on continuing a third—Saga, started another I talk about below—The Autumnlands, and picked up a few I’m not going to talk about—Star Wars: Darth Vader, The Divine, and Hawkeye.
Rat Queens vol. 2 by Kurtis Wiebe
Wiebe’s follow-up to Hugo-nominated Volume 1 of Rat Queens is even better. It’s like a gross-out comedy, if it was set in an all-girl D&D party. Review here.
The Walking Dead compendium 3 by Robert Kirkman
Per the Hugo Award rules it would seem this compendium isn’t eligible. But then again, per the Hugo Award rules it would seem no bound volume of comics is eligible. So I’m including it anyway. Review here.
Ms. Marvel vol. 3 by G. Willow Wilson
Volume 1 got my vote last year. Three volumes were released this year. Volume 2 was a small hiccup. Of the other two, Volume 3 has the better story. Review here.
Ms. Marvel vol. 4 by G. Willow Wilson
But Volume 4 has better arc and benefits from an increased focus on Kamala’s family life. I don’t relish choosing between the two if it comes to that. Review here.
The Autumnlands vol. 1 by Kurt Busiek
The Autumnlands is weird, pulpy awesomeness. Review here.
Saga vol. 5 by Brian Vaughn
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud