Dress Rehearsal by Sean Christensen, $8. Digest size, 60 pages, black and white.

Sean Christensen makes really amazing formalist comics that don't feel at all austere or removed, but instead highly involving and human. Christensen's interest in what comics can do and how to push their language, coupled with his personal feelings and thoughts, create a unique experience. Christensen is one of the heroes of underground publishing, his work is a vital part of this.