Lost at Sea

By Bryan Lee O’Malley
160 pages, black and white
Published by Oni Press

If you went strictly by the title, you’d probably think Lost at Sea was about people riding the ocean waves, wondering if and when they’d ever find land again. That, needless to say, is not strictly what Lost at Sea is about. But if you strip away the boats and the salt air and the crashing sound and focus on the sensation of helplessly drifting away from the rest of the world, with no return in sight… well, you’re getting much, much warmer.

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Union Station

Written by Ande Parks
Art by Eduardo Barreto
120 pages, black and white
Published by Oni Press

The phrase “graphic novel” is one that’s thrown around comics a lot these days. Anyone and everyone is trying to produce graphic novels—but so often the end result feels like little more than a padded-out 32-page comic that the creators or publishers merely wanted to have a spine and ISBN number. I think that’s why I instantly appreciated Ande Parks’s and Eduardo Barreto’s Union Station so much, because it never lost sight of its goal to be an actual novel.

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Queen & Country #18

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Carla Speed McNeil
32 pages, black and white
Published by Oni Press

“You ain’t seen nothing, yet.” There are times where that feels like the catchphrase of Queen & Country from Oni Press. You can almost see creator Greg Rucka sitting at his keyboard with a big grin on his face as he writes each new storyline, raising the stakes and increasing the intensity. And just when the reader thinks they can stop and catch their breath… Rucka proves them wrong. This is the way a spy thriller should be, after all.

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Last Exit Before Toll

Written by Neal Shaffer
Penciled by Christopher Mitten
Inked by Dawn Pietrusko
96 pages, black and white
Published by Oni Press

When Neal Shaffer and Daniel Krall’s One Plus One debuted last year, readers might remember how excited I was about their first project, with its sense of unease and mystery about it. Now Shaffer’s back with a new graphic novel, Last Exit Before Toll, drawn by Christopher Mitten and Dawn Pietrusko. The immediate question I found myself having was, “Will this just be One Plus Two or something different?” I had no idea just how different that would be.

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Maria’s Wedding

Written by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir
Drawn by Jose Garibaldi
88 pages, black and white
Published by Oni Press

While the last name may fool you, I grew up as part of a large Italian family. With my mother being the oldest of seven, it’s also fair to say that I’ve seen my share of Italian-American weddings. And, over the course of this year, my older sister has been planning her wedding for this October; the first of the eleven children of our generation to get married. So trust me when I say that Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir know exactly what they’re talking about in Maria’s Wedding.

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Too Much Hopeless Savages #1

Written by Jennifer Van Meter
Art by Christine Norrie and Sophie Campbell
32 pages, black and white
Published by Oni Press

Does anyone else remember when every other ’80s sitcom would have a special television movie involving another country and a thief hiding stolen goods in a main character’s bag? I mean, who else didn’t love The Facts of Life Down Under when the stolen opal was hidden in Natalie’s backpack, but she was lost in the Australian Outback? Or in the Family Ties Vacation where Alex was attending Oxford for the summer (and the rest of the family inexplicably comes along) but spies had hidden secret information in Mallory’s brush? Well, I think Jennifer Van Meter remembers these perhaps a bit too well… although this could actually be to our advantage.

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Scooter Girl #1

By Chynna Clugston-Major
32 pages, black and white
Published by Oni Press

There’s no doubt about it—scooters are cool. They’re little, sporty, and people in Italy are probably laughing their heads off at America for just recently rediscovering the allure at their everyday vehicles. In a nutshell, though, that’s Chynna Clugston-Major’s Scooter Girl; a book with a main character who at a glance seems to be the coolest thing since sliced bread, but once you find out the truth, is worth a couple of snickers.

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Three Strikes #1

Written by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir
Drawn by Brian Hurtt
32 pages, black and white
Published by Oni Press

Ok, first the bad news: Three Strikes is not an English-language adaptation of the hit Japanese comic Touch, which was all about baseball. In fact, Three Strikes has nothing at all to do with baseball, so you’ll need to get past your disappointment there. Now for the good news: Three Strikes is the brand-new project by the Skinwalker team of Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, and Brian Hurtt. Trust me, if the first issue of Three Strikes is any indication, these creators were just getting warmed up, because with this book they’re hitting a home run.

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