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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.

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