This new book from SelfMadeHero is another fantastic example of how comics can be used to chronicle extraordinary lives. Following the true story of one of the youngest inmates at the notorious Guantamo Bay prison camp Guantanamo Kid is a harrowing and thought-provoking look inside this brutal prison camp and the abuses that occurred post 9/11.

This years award for ‘graphic novel we really should have read sooner so that it was eligible for our best of 2018 list’ goes to Benjamin Dickson’s A New Jerusalem. A powerful and thought provoking story of a young boys relationship with his father in post-war Britain, that is very different to your average heroic war comic book story.

The latest book to come out of the Unbound publishing platform (joining Ram V’s Grafity’s Wall and Rachael Smith’s Isobel and Blodwen) sees Beast Wagon’s Owen Michael Johnson bring us Reel Love: The Complete Collection, a 3 volume semi-autobiographical tale about growing up as a film fan, collected into a glorious hardcover boxset. But will it be a blockbuster or an arthouse flop?

After reading recent anthology I Feel Machine, which was co-compiled by Krent Able, you’d think we would know what to expect from this collection of work from the cult artist. But nothing could adequately prepare us for the dark and twisted, anarchically hilarious strips in this new collection from Knockabout Comics.

Terrible Means is the follow up to Ismyre, one of our favourite Avery Hill books of 2017 from B. Mure. While it is more of a prequel/parallel tale than a direct sequel it does a fantastic job of build more depth and layers into the curious and quirky mythology of this wonderfully weird watercolour world.

The Lady Doctor is our first foray into the world of books from Myriad Editions and we are hoping it won’t be our last. Ian Williams’ latest is the follow up to his previous The Bad Doctor and continues to mix outlandishly funny tales about life in the NHS with an undercurrent of real emotional pathos, that reminds us how human these doctors who treat us, really are.

Scottish indie publisher BHP Comics, have evolved from a ‘little-company-who-could’, into a real player in the UK comics scene. With a roster featuring big name titles like John Wagner’s Rok of The Reds or the Frank Quitely Sketchbook.  We take a look at one of it’s exciting new titles in Plagued volume 2: The Miranda Chronicles.

An evil skull face villain attempting to take over the universe may sound like a familiar tale from Saturday morning cartoons of our youth, but Steve Gregson and Matt Simmons’ Bastard Galaxia takes some of the more ludicrous ideas from those cartoons and milks them for everything they’re worth in this hilarious webcomic, which is now collected into an epic trade.

Wolf is our first time reading the work of the incredible Rachael Ball, who is best known for creating The Inflatable Woman. Despite the overtly lupin name, it is actually a nostalgic look back at a childhood summer from a non-specific time in the 1970s and mixes what feels like very personal reflection on grief and loss with the tale of a bunch of kids creating a go kart and hiding from a creepy neighbour.

As we found out in our recent review, Tumult is a super stylish, tense and taught psychological thriller that poses more questions than it answers. So we contacted it’s writer, John Harris Dunning to find out more about the significance of video directors going through mid-life crises, femme fatales with multiple personalities and what is it with all those tarot cards and Russian dolls?!