Orbital’s Favourite Books of 2018

Karl’s Favourites

Best series: Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads
Best Collection: X Men: Grand Design by Ed Piskor (w/a)
Best Exhibition in the Gallery: Arthur Ranson Retrospective
Best Orbital Event: Winston Smith Pop Up Exhibition and Signings
Best figure: Star Wars Jedi Jesus! It’s not real.
Best Small Press:Goro by Sarah Horrocks

Ryan’s Favourites

Coolest Ongoing Series: Amazing Spider-Man, 2018 by Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley and Humberto Ramos (Marvel Comics)
Best Looking Graphic Novel: Klaus: The New Adventures of Santa Claus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora (Boom! Studios)
Best Tongue-in-Cheek Read: Murder Falcon #1 by Daniel Warren Johnson and Mike Spicer (Image Comics)
Most Impressive Art Book: The Art of Marvel’s Infinity War (Marvel Comics)
Best Written Character Arc: Batman: Cold Days, Batman #51-53 by Tom King and Lee Weeks (DC Comics)
Most Awesome Adventure: The Adventure Zone by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy and Carey Pietsch (First Second)
Best in Sci-Fi: Oblivion Song Volume 1 by Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici (Image Comics)
Favourite Exhibition: The Art of Comic Book Lettering (an exhibition featuring works by Richard Starkings, John Roshell, Rian Hughes, Tom Muller and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou)

Liz’s Favourites

Best Single Issue: It’s a tie! Thor #7 (Marvel Comics) and Batman #54
Best Ongoing: Venom by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, Doctor Strange (Marvel Comics)
Creative Team: Tom King and Mitch Gerards, Mister Miracle (DC Comics)
Limited Series (so far): Heroes in Crisis by Tom King and Clay Mann (DC Comics)
Story arc: Doctor Strange: God of Magic by Donny Cates and Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Marvel Comics)
Back In Print: Batman: The Caped Crusader Volume 1 (DC Comics)
End of an (Amazing) Era: Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man
Manga: My Brother’s Husband
Most excited for in 2019: The Green Lantern by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp (DC Comics)

Mattia’s Favourites

Best Graphic Novel: Sabrina by Nick Drnaso
Best Comics Magazine: Now by various artists (Fantagraphics)
Sad That it’s Finished: Royal City by Jeff Lemire (Image)
Best “Piskerade”: X-Men Grand Design by Ed Piskor (Marvel)
Best “Aaronade”: Southern Bastards (Image)
Best Ongoing Series: Gideon Falls by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Image)
Another Best Ongoing Series: Seven to Eternity by Rick Remender and Jerome Opena (Image)
3rd Best Ongoing Series: Just kidding.
Surprise: Homunculus by Joe Sparrow (Shortbox)
Outside of the Borders: Land of the Sons by Gipi (Fantagraphics)
Upcoming Coolest Thing: The Real Folk Blues: A Cowboy Bebop Fanbook (Shortbox)

Will’s Favourites

Underwater Magic: Aquicorn Love by Katie O’Neill (Oni Press)
Favourite Siblings: Sister BFFs by Philippa Rice (Andrews McMeel)
Most Tears of Laughter Collected: Be Everything at Once by Dami Lee (Chronicle Books)
Yummy Pages: Japan According to Awesome & Possum by Takayo Akiyama
For the End of the World: Homunculus by Joe Sparrow (Short Box)
Warmest Heart: Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk (Scholastic)
Ray of Sunshine: All Summer Long by Hope Larson (Farrar Straus Giroux)
First Degree Honours: Space Academy 123 by Mickey Zacchilli (Koyama)
Substance Abuse: Addiction by Knifeson Yu
Flushed Cheeks: The Agency by Katie Skelly (Fantagraphics)
Critical Hit: Modern Fantasy by Rafer Roberts and Kristen Gudsnuk (Dark Horse)
Rapidest Eye Movements: Nobrow 10 – Studio Dreams by Various (Nobrow)
Best Spell Slot: Sim Sim Magica by Chu Nap (Peow)
Colourful Worlds: Retrograde Orbit by Kristyna Baczynsk (Avery Hill)
Can’t Contain My Excitement: P.E.O.W. by Jane Mai (Peow)

Camila’s Favourites

New Book by Old Time Favourite: Poochytown by Jim Woodring (Fantagraphics)
Favourite Favourite: Retrograde Orbit by Kristyna Baczynski (Avery Hill)
Really Spoke to My Heart: Thoreau at Walden by John Porcellino (Hyperion)
Science Geekery for Readers of All Ages: Science Comics: Trees by Andy Hirsch (First Second)
Happy to See It Translated: Madame Cat by Nancy Peña (Humanoids)
Can’t Have Enough of: Archie vs Orbital by Joe Jinks and Will Humberstone (Self-published)

Joe’s Favourites

Best Ongoing: Giant Days
Best New Series: Gideon Falls
Best Anthology: Arya
Best Adaptation to Another Media: Happy!
Best Event: Small Press Day 2018
Best Cameo: Heynongman
Longest Wait: Batman by Doug Moench and Kelley Jones vol. 2
Because I Have To: Southern Bastards

Julia’s Favourites

Favourite “This is so sweet I’m giving it to everyone”: About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau
The Most “This is So Adorable, My Soul is Crying”: Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Pop Classics) by Kim Smith.
Favourite “I’m still Okay With Brawny-Blood-Thirsty Demons”: Devilman: The Classic Collection by GoNagai.
Favourite ”I said I wasn’t going to cry 2.0”: My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame.
My long time new favourite depressing book: Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads.
“ALLMIGHT-IS-THE-BEST-SUPERHERO-EVER, fight me”: My Hero Academia by Kōhei Horikoshi.
Also “This is THE-BEST-THING-EVER, shut up”: Lobo By Keith Giffen & Alan Grant Vol. 1
Most “This is just gorgeous and majestic”: Michael Moorcock’s Elric Vol. 1: The Ruby Throne by Julie Blondel, Didier Poli, Robin Recht.
“Best short story”: The Wicked + The Divine: The Funnies #1 (one-shot), VA
And last, “I listened to Enya too much while drawing this”: Giant days #38, #39 by John Allison, Julia Madrigal

Adam’s Favourites

Best Accessible New Series: Black Panther: The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda by Ta-Nehisi Coates & Daniel Acuña (Marvel Comics)
Best Autobio: Dumb: Living Without A Voice by Georgia Webber (Fantagraphics)
Best Crossover: Archie vs. Orbital by Joe Jinks and Will Humberstone (self-published)
Best Domestic Drama: Mister Miracle by Tom King & Mitch Gerads (DC Comics)
Best Political Thriller: Days of Hate by Aleš Kot & Daniel Žeželj (Image Comics)
Best Production Values and Design: X-Men: Grand Design by Ed Piskor (Marvel Comics)
Best Sociological Thriller: The Seeds by Annie Nocenti & David Aja (Dark Horse)
Best Small Press: Steve Ditko & Robin Snyder (SD Publishing Co.)
Best Webcomics: Bianca Xunise (The Nib)
Best Work in Translation: Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures by Yvan Alagbé (New York Review Comics)

Scott’s Favourites

Best Ongoing: Thor (Marvel)
Writer of the Year: Ed Brisson
Artist of the Year: Dan Mora
Publisher of the Year: Boom! Studios
Best Trade: 24 Panels (Image)
Best Cover: Quantum and Woody #3 (Valiant)
Biggest Surprise: Archie #700 (Archie Comics)
Strongest FOMO: My Hero Academia (Shonen Jump)
The ‘Kill Me Now’ Award: Return of Wolverine (Marvel)

Paul’s Favourites

Crisis Management: Tom King / Heroes In Crisis
It’s Personal: Grafity’s Wall by Ram V & Anand R.K
Hanging Tough: Arthur Ranson exhibition & signing
You Will Not be Taking Our Pod Today, Sir!: Avengers Infinity War with ‘Bonus’ Paul & Liz argument.
It’s All in Your Head: Mazeworld Collector’s Edition
‘What’s on Teevee, Hulk?’: Cloak & Dagger, Amazon Prime.
They Call Me Mister Free: Mister Miracle by Tom King & Mitch Gerads
We’ve Been Injected With a Poison: Venom by Donny Cates & Cryin’ Ryan Stegman
Tasty!: Flavor by Joseph Keatinge & Wook Jin Clark
Ooh, Pretty!: Batgirl Covers by Josh Middleton
Con-fidence is a Preference: Portsmouth Comic-Con