Tomorrow is Thanksgiving for some of us. And along with stuffing our pie holes with … well pie, it is time to give thanks. And as I have done for the last few years I’m going to name some of the things I’m thankful for in comics this year. POSITIVITY!
Marvel Loving Ladies. Marvel has continue to show that it is commited to having female leads in its books. Despite the cancellations of Journey into Mystery (sniff) and Red She-Hulk and Fearless Defenders, they are back next year with Elektra, Black Widow and Ms. Marvel as well as a new #1 of Captain Marvel.
And speaking of Ms. Marvel …
Ms. Marvel. I know a lot of focus has been on the fact that Ms. Marvel has a Muslim teenager who is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants as its lead. And that the book is written by a woman, G. Willow Wilson. But the other cool thing? This is the first instance where of a female-led legacy spin-off book in superhero comics. Think about that.
Early morning digital comics. I still drop in the LCS once a week but it is pretty great to be able to wake up and grab most of my comics before work. Except Marvel. Getting going on that Marvel.
Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick. I’m going to couple these two together because, well they are a couple, but beyond that because pound by pound I think they have contributed a lot of enjoyment to my comic reading this year. Captain Marvel, Ghost, Avengers Assemble, Pretty Deadly, Hawkeye, Satellite Sam, FF, and Sex Criminals. That’s ALOT of great reading. Keep it up!
Image Comics. Thanks for Saga, thanks for Lazarus, thanks for Mara, thanks for Glory, thanks for Sex Criminals, thanks for Fatale, thanks for just some of the best comics this year.
Superman Unchained. The real Superman and Lois Lane still exist at DC Comics and thanks Scott Snyder for giving them to us (Jim Lee too).
The return of Stephanie Brown. Thanks DC Comics for bringing back Stephanie Brown. Now bring back Cass Cain.
Women Speaking Out. Well it certainly has been a sad few weeks hasn’t it? You can take all the wonderfully positive things I’ve listed about women in comics and lay a big fat bag of harrassment stories in the middle of it and it really stinks up the room. But you can’t clean out the room unless people are willing to step forward. So to all the women who have spoken out about their experiences and commented on the experiences of others, thank you.
True Social Media. Say what you want about Twitter and the comments sections of blogs, I am so glad for you because you have introduced me to and helped me create friendships and mutual admiration societies that I could never dreamed would exist. And this year I met many of them in person. Growing up it was very difficult to find people to hang out with who also enjoyed comics. Today there is an endless stream of folks who I can chat with, joke with and, of course, complain with. It really is so much fun and I am thankful for all of you. Well most of you, the trolls and backbiters can … well GET STUFFED. It’s Thanksgving after all!
What’s on your list of things?
Greetings fellow comics fans as we celebrate the best day of the week - Wednesday aka New Comics Day. (Although with DC Digital everyday is new comic day so check that out as well).
As usual I’m going to start you off with a first issue. I don’t know about you but I have been enjoying the hell out of Simone’s Red Sonja. This week brings more of her Sonja plus new stories by Nancy Collins and Devin Grayson.
You can also pick up Simone’s Movement this week
I’m sure you all have heard that there is a new Ms. Marvel character debuting in February. But the character whose old title she is taking is still very much around and this week we have a special double issue.
And yes that is Kelly Sue DeConnick on the cover. Pizza dog is there too.(and inside? You”ll see)
So Earth-2. Can we talk about this book for a minute? So much good but the slow paced meh and refrigerating drove me away. But the book now has a new writer. So that’s good, right? Okay the writer is Tom Taylor who killed off Lois Lane in the Injustice Gods Among Us. But Lois is dead so but … but hey it’s Nicola Scott art!
Still enjoying this - give it a try.
It’s been awhile but Superman Unchained is back and isn’t Lex Luthor by Scott Snyder worth waiting for?
I’m still enjoying Ghosted - have you tried it yet?
I’m a big fan of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray so I’m going to try and pick up the new Pain Killer Jane this week.
That’s it for me. What’s on your list?
It’s Wednesday where for many people it’s hump day but in the world of comics it’s new comics day! Here are some comics you may want to consider this week.
As always I try to start with a first issue and this week there are several including a big one from the fine folks at Marvel Comics.
I had a chance to read an issue earlier this week and I liked it. I really wish Marvel would stop giving work to Greg Land but Ewing’s writing is snappy. But Al? The trench coat was GREAT!
This is the beginning of the end for Locke & Key and I’m going to miss this series so much.
If you like cocky psychic goverment agents, you might want to try Brain Boy by Fred Van Lente and R.B. Silva. More here.
Also from Marvel this week is X-Men #5 from Brian Wood which is the best female team book in comics.
Also this week is Fearless Defenders #9. Hmm, is Marvel creating a Ladies Week like DC Does?
And speaking of lady led books, you are reading Rachel Rising, right?
And speaking again of lady led books, I’m really enjoying Gail Simone’s run on Red Sonja. This issue has a lot of back story for Sonja.
I’m also going to put another plug in for Ghosted by Josh Williamson, which I have really been enjoying.
DC Comics, of course, has its Villain’s month going on. I picked up two issues last week and while they were good, I am not feeling like these are essential. As a result, I’m going to save my money and maybe pick them up in trade. If I were picking up any issues I’d probably pick up Lobo, because I was impressed by Maguerite Bennett’s first issue for DC and Killer Frost by Sterling Gates because he writes interesting female characters.
But there are two great DC Comics to pick up this week:
Wonder Woman shows up in Smallville. I like this Wonder Woman.
Look Talia al Ghul and Damian. I like Li’l Gotham.
That’s it for me. What’s on your list?
I’ve been off holidaying for the last few days so I’m a bit late in my comics to buy this post. It’s a small list week dominated by the insanity of Spider-Man #700 (I
spoiled told my nephew on Christmas Eve about it and he just didn’t believe me) but there is one comic I want to put a spotlight on:
Brian Wood practically has a Good Housekeeping seal of approval when it comes to writing comics and writing comics with great female leads. And this story plays to Woods’ strengths - future society, world building and introducing a lead character layer by layer. Mara Prince is a sports star in a future where sports are intregal to society. In this first issue we meet her, learn her history, her family and hints of her current life.
Wood is one of the few writers who always surprises me with his writing even if I have no idea given his output (X-Men, The Massive, Conan, Star Wars and this) he ever sleeps.
Wood is matched here by artist Ming Doyle. I’ve been a fan of Doyle’s work for a few years and its nice to see her getting this high profile gig. She works very well with Wood and her strength at capturing intimate moments with characters which I’ve appreciated in her prior pieces is on full display here.
The team is rounded out by Jordie Bellaire shows once again why she is one of the best colorists in comics today.
Mara #1 is available now by digital download or in your LCS. Give it try and let me know what you think.