(Welcome to Comics Rewind, a weekly column devoted to discovering – or re-discovering – great comics published some time in the past. Here you will find looks back at comics published in every era, from the Golden Age to the Modern Age, as well as retrospectives on the work of important comics writers, lists of “essential” comics, and evaluations of important works, as well as works worthy of a second look or a wider audience. Enjoy!)
So far in this little corner of the site, I’ve devoted most of my time to series books, looking back to examine a noteworthy run on a long-running comic series or highlighting a creator-owned property that’s real worth digging into. I like serialized stories. I can’t help it. I like small things that connect up to form big things. It’s something a lot of comics lovers have in common. But there’s another side to this art form that I’ve almost never explored: the single, self-contained graphic story. Yeah, I’ve looked at one or two since I started doing this column, but it hit me this week that the ones I have done were all superhero centric, and it’d be a damn shame if I didn’t take some time to pick out a genuinely good graphic novel that’s not about superheroes, not pumped out by the big two comics companies and not catered to the fanboy in me. So this week, we turn over a new leaf with Britten and Brülightly.