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2008 Critics' Picks
The books in this category were selected by critics, fellow artists, readers and other comics professionals as the Best of 2008. Click "Product Details" to see lists and rankings for each title; view the complete tally of all lists and rankings here. See also the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 lists.
Tim Lane America depicted as a subdued and haunted Coney Island, made up of lost characters—boozing, brawling, haplessly shooting themselves in the face, and hopping freight trains in search of Elvis. An impressive debut of a major new talent. Product Details...
Dash Shaw In this atmospheric, nuanced 700+ page comedy-drama, the announcement of a planned divorce by Maggie & David Loony sparks a week-long family reunion at the dysfunctional family's creepy (and possibly haunted) beach house. Product Details...
Kim, Simon, & Seth Deitch A unique, all-new "picto-fiction" pocket book that alternates between heavily illustrated near-comics stories and outright prose pieces; a testament to the Deitch family's amazing yarn-spinning abilities! Product Details...
Jaime Hernandez In these "Locas" stories, Ray pursues the train-wreck bombshell "Frogmouth"; an eventful week in the life of Hopey; and Maggie, off stage but visible as Ray's resentful ex and (forever and still) Hopey's best friend. Product Details...
Jaime Hernandez In these classic "Locas" stories, Jaime drops a narrative bomb on Hopey (and us) in "Wigwam Bam"; Maggie contends with her inner demons, a murderous hooker, and an amorous lady wrestler; and Maggie, getting married? Product Details...
Gilbert Hernandez Collects two groundbreaking works: "Poison River" traces the backstory of Luba, from child to teenage mob bride to her escape to Palomar; "Love and Rockets X" is a wide-ranging, Altman-esque story set in early-1990s L.A. Product Details...
Los Bros. Hernandez All of the non-"Locas," non-"Palomar" stories from Love and Rockets Vol. 1, collected in one convenient package. Beto's "BEM," "Frida" and "My Love Book"; Jaime's "Rocky and Fumble"; and much more. Product Details...
The Hernandez Brothers This new series reboots the beloved ongoing comic into a fat, all-new annual graphic novel length package. 100 pages of Jaime, Gilbert and Mario Hernandez at the peak of their powers: this is a major graphic novel event! Product Details...