1. Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoet (Drawn & Quarterly) – Translated from Belgian comics, writer Vehlmann’s deep discussion of the human pecking order and what happens in a quasi-Lord of the Flies society is complemented with amazing artwork from the duo of Kerascoet. The watercolors and Disney-esque, old-school animated artwork infuses an eerie tone into the story, raising it into rarified air. A must read.
5. Ant Colony by Michael DeForge (Drawn & Quarterly) – Weird. Crazy. Imaginative. All these words can be used to describe this book, one where a group of ants live in an impossibly dark yet funny world. Told in a bunch of vignettes and various layouts (with homage to cartoon strips), DeForge uses incredible colors and hilarious character models to create his world. His work on Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time shines through in a much more adult manner.