The Rap Year Book - Shea Serrano

It’s really hard to describe a book as a “must read.” No matter how good a book is, chances are you can get by without reading. Not this book. If you are a rap fan of any level, a green newcomer or a seasoned vet, you need to read this book. While you won’t get a complete education in rap history per se (only one Outkast song included here, come on) there is more than enough to hang your hat on. To cap it all off is Serrano’s sense of humor and writing style, which is perfectly suited for Twitter but also, as it turns out, translates just fine to the physical page. This is one of my favorite books of 2015…as Shea himself would say, “FOH all other rap books.”

The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed By Shea Serrano, Ice-T (Foreword by), Arturo Torres (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shea Serrano, Ice-T (Foreword by), Arturo Torres (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419718182
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Published: Abrams Image - October 13th, 2015

The Wicked + The Divine - Kieron Gillen

I have to admit I was skeptical when I picked up this series. While a somewhat compelling premise, I found the “celebrities as gods” conceit to be a bit trite and overplayed…a article about “9 Gods and Goddesses Who Are Totally Just Like These Celebrities” stretched to its limits. But I was pleasantly surprised at The Wicked + The Devine’s take on its concept. A lesser writer would have treated his content with less tact and nuance. It helps that we’re latched with an identifiable protagonist to hold our hand as we navigate a murder mystery through the lives of living deities, and all the millennial traits that they embody. The Wicked + The Devine is not only a fun and compelling read, it might actually be culturally significant.

Wicked + The Divine Volume 1: The Faust Act By Kieron Gillen, Jamie Mckelvie (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Kieron Gillen, Jamie Mckelvie (By (artist))
ISBN: 9781632150196
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Published: Image Comics - November 25th, 2014

Wytches - Scott Snyder

Witches are where it’s at in 2015. Keep your Twilight’s and your Walking Dead’s. I’ll opt for The Craft and this beautiful piece of graphic novel horror, Scott Snyder’s Wytches. The collection of Wytches 1-6 follows the Rook family after they move to a small New Hampshire town. Soon, the daughter is missing, and the parents have to confront the fact that she may have been abducted by the titular beings. Snyder’s depiction of the monsters is better left experienced than spoiled, but rest assured, it’s sufficiently creepy. Synder’s well-paced story and three-dimensional protagonists are aided by Jock’s surrealist artwork, which owes much to Dave McKean’s expressionistic paints on Batman: Arkham Asylum. Matt Hollingsworth’s colors are similarly effective, splotches of paint contributing to a gnawing sense of disorientation. If you’re looking for something to keep you up a bit at night listening to whistling October winds, look no further—Wytches has you.

Wytches Volume 1 By Scott Snyder, Jock (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Scott Snyder, Jock (By (artist))
ISBN: 9781632153807
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Published: Image Comics - July 7th, 2015