Chosen for The @washingtonpost by our graphic novel reviewer, Michael Cavna. See all our 2015 picks: http://wapo.st/best-books-2015
  1. MARCH: Book Two By John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Illustrated by Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions) http://wpo.st/J35q0
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    As racial unrest and controversial killings by police seem to flare almost weekly, there is perhaps no more important modern book to be stocked in American school libraries than the second volume of “March,” the autobiographical graphic novel series by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).
  2. KILLING AND DYING By Adrian Tomine (Drawn and Quarterly)
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    “Killing and Dying” is a collection of six short stories, and in each, Tomine quietly accumulates emotional depth, panel by panel, till the reader achieves a beguiling intimacy with these characters.
  3. PABLO By Julie Birmant. Illustrated by Clement Oubrerie Translated from the French by Edward Gauvin (SelfMadeHero)
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    At nearly 350 lush and visually liquid pages, “Pablo” is a tome worth your time. This biography of Picasso focuses on the master’s early life, his days in Montmartre and his creative dueling with Matisse.
  4. STEP ASIDE, POPS: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection By Kate Beaton (Drawn and Quarterly) http://wpo.st/t45q0
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    Beaton’s second collection from her popular Web comic “Hark! A Vagrant” is even sharper than her first outing. The Nova Scotia-born cartoonist, who is a former museum worker, manages to do in three panels what some professors can’t always do over entire semesters.
  5. SANDMAN: Overture By Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by J.H. Williams III (DC/Vertigo) http://wpo.st/y55q0
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    This revisiting of Gaiman’s epic “Sandman” — more than a quarter-century after the Dream was born — could easily have failed. But these otherworldly adventures, painted with a deft sense of the surreal, are in the surest hands with Gaiman.