1 Saga: Probably Image’s most acclaimed book right now – and with good reason. Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ science fantasy epic lives up to its name. A sprawling tale about a family fleeing a galactic war, it’s moving, exciting and weird. Highly recommended. 2 Chew: Tony Chu is an FDA agent with a very unique ability: eating food gives him psychic visions of crimes. This bizarre detective story by John Layman and Rob Guillory has won two Eisner and two Harvey awards and is as bizarre as it is hilariously funny. 3 rat queens: This ode to Dungeons & Dragons by Kurtis J Wiebe and a cast of artists (currently Tess Fowler) may look like traditional fantasy fare, but it’s anything but. The Rat Queens of the title are a gang of adventurers who’d much rather be having fun than fighting. 4 sex criminals: Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s gloriously filthy and gloriously humane exploration of love, lust, mental health and boners is one of the best books around. It’s certainly got the most devoted fans, who flood its letters page with tales of their own love lives.
5 southern bastards: Think you know it all about the American South? Think again. This crime epic by Jasons Aaron and Latour (both Southerners themselves) embraces and deconstructs the clichés of the region, telling a powerful tale of violence and small town cruelty.