Sabrina by Nick Drnaso (Drawn and Quarterly). If and when we ever leave this fraught moment of American politics and culture behind, Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina will stand as one of its literary monuments. Drnaso perfectly captures the sense of paranoia and the disconcerting mix of isolation, violence and vulnerability of living in a world saturated by social media. The story is simple: a guy comes to stay with an old high-school friend to get over his wife Sabrina’s disappearance. Along the way, he gets dragged into a shadowy online conspiracy world, while his friend deals with his own issues of loneliness, estrangement from his wife, and his alienating job at a military base. Drnaso’s simple art style uses line, flat color, white space and panel design to convey emptiness. Imagine Dilbert drawn by Chris Ware and you’re in the ballpark. Expect to hear this title mentioned often at awards banquets in 2019.