Flavorwire lists HARK!, ONWARDS TOWARDS OUR NOBLE DEATHS among most “buzzed-about” of 2011

10 of the Year’s Most Buzzed-About Comic Releases

Flavorwire    |    Emily Temple    |    December 30, 2011

Originally published in 1973, Noble Deaths is the first comic by Japanese cartoonist Shigeru Mizuki to see an English translation. It’s a brutal introduction. Following a doomed platoon of Japanese soldiers in World War II and using moments from his own wartime experience, Mizuki mixes terror and gallows humor so well that a single panel can operate as a delivery device for both. This is a painful comic, an upsetting one, but it’s also very, very funny. It shouldn’t be ignored.

Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton

Kate Beaton’s gotten exponentially more popular over the last few years, and there’s no easier explanation than just pointing at her comics and saying “that’s why.” In a lot of ways, she’s almost impossible to pin down. Her influences range all over the place; it’s not a surprise to see her shift from a belligerent, chain-smoking Wonder Woman over to a hyper-literate takedown of the Brontë sisters. She’s a master of emotion, with the most expressive faces you’ll find outside of a Jaime Hernandez comic. In terms of humor, Beaton is setting the bar for everybody else right now. She’s amazing.

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