North Star by Thomas Herpich. $6.95, magazine size, color cover, black and white interiors, 24 pages. Published by Adhouse

Herpich is quietly one of the modern masters of the form. He draws with one of the most perfectly beautiful lines in comics, so beautiful in fact that the subtlety and intelligence of his writing is often obscured. But, like any real cartoonist, both things are united and on display in all of his tremendous comics.