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Oct 8 '14

Comics to Read, 10/8: Which Witch is Which Edition

There are signs that Halloween is on its way, for example, not one, not two not three books but four books debut today focusing on witches.

Let’s start with my pick for book of the week:

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Kelly and I interviewed Scott Snyder about the book on 3 Chicks this week so go give a listen. We also reviewed the book and both agree it is one of the best things Snyder has done. This is scary. But so good.

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If you have been reading Afterlife of Archie you’re going to love this. If you are interested in a dark look at Sabrina you’ll like this. If you just like good comics, you’ll like this.

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Steve Niles takes your whatever warmth you might have towards families like the Munsters and The Addams family and kinda bleeds it out. There’s witch in this family along with … just read the cover. Buy it just for the Damien Worm art which is amazing.

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Klarion the Witch Boy was created by Jack Kirby was most recently in Morrison’s Seven Soliders and Miller’s Batgirl. Now he has a book of his own. The fine folks at DC Comics sent a review copy over and I have to say this looks like the best work I’ve seen from Trevor McCarthy to date at DC. And Nocenti seems like a good fit for this book. The issue starts off stronger than it ends but has the potential for being fun and creepy.

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Don’t know if you heard but DC Comics has a new Batgirl. She’s still named Barbara Gordon but this character looks and sounds different from the last version of Barbara Gordon. The book, or at least this issue of which I was given a preview copy, also looks and sounds very different from just about any book that DC Comics is now publishing particularly due to the “where the heck did she come from?” fresh art from Babs Tarr. While I’ve heard some comments that this version of Batgirl channeling the Miller/Steph Brown run it reminds me more of Beatty/Dixon/Martin’s decade old Batgirl: Year One. That’s a good thing. I still have issues with how DC Comics has managed the Batgirl character in the new 52 so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to continue to read this book.

But.

This rebooted Batgirl along with last week’s terrific Gotham Academy, makes it is clear DC Comics is trying to offer books that will appeal to readers outside its traditional demographic specifically younger females. As someone who has been advocating for them to do this for years I’m thrilled to see them trying. 

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Josh Williamson’s Nailbiter has been on of my favorite new comics this year. Today he launches a new series which examines what happens when a child disappears into a fantasy world and then returns home. Think Wendy and her brothers post Peter Pan. Williamson is joined Andrei Bressan on art. It’s an intriguing idea and the team deliver a strong first issue. 

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Yes that’s the Justice League. But there’s much more. Get it and read it early if you don’t want to be spoiled. Thankfully that $4.99 price tag won’t last more than a few issues. Which is good since you’re going to want to read this arc - there’s some crazy stuff coming up.

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Marcio Takara on art AND cats. Carol is so lucky.

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The first issue of this was a surprise for me. Did you pick it up?

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As was the first issue of this. Who is reading?

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Vertigo is forgoing covers this month but here’s yet another witchy book for you.

UPDATE! Missed these earlier

Marguerite Bennett writing Sleep Hollow? I’m in!

Kelly and I loved the first issue - Jen Van Meter rocks!

And that’s it for me. What’s on your list?

Oct 1 '14

Comics to Read Today, October 1 

Greetings comics readers! Sorry to have missed last week due to work travel abroad. This week we have a very, very important week for comics and in particular around women and comics. Why? Because both of the big two are launching books that are specifically being marketed to female readers. Let’s go.

If you’ve read this blog, listened to the early review on the podcast I co-host on CBR, or have followed the semi-official Tumblr I created, you know I am excited about this book. As the mother of a teenage girl I have a DC Comic I can unflinchingly share with her. As someone who has been writing and writing about the potential of the female reader, I have book that recognizes that potential. And as someone who loves terrific fun sequential art, I have a wonderful new monthly title. Go read and let me know what you think!

Marvel’s Ms. Marvel is, of course, the ground zero of the “WUT women will start reading comics if we offer them something new, non-problematic and available easily on digital? Whudda thunk?” mode that we see in comics. Now we have them raise the ante by giving the moniker of one of their most visible heroes to a woman and “Not a hoax! Not a dream!” Marvel actually announced this book on The View which, although not my choice, does target women. Marvel, however, did not provide me with a review copy of this book so I can’t really tell you much about it other than Aaron is a good writer and the art is pretty. If you pick it up, let me know what you think.

The first issue of The Fade-Out was great and this second issue proves this is going to be another great series for Brubaker/Philipps

I am totally in love with book … and Dick … and Helena.

Phil Noto did a sketch of Laura for me at a show a few years ago and if that doesn’t tell you about how excited about this issue than I’ll just say “I’m excited.” 

Oh man the JayToddz fans are going to be all over this.

I made the first issue of this a pick of the week and a lot of you said you enjoyed it. So pick up issue #2!

I have not been reading Batman/Superman due to budget issues but, damn, this Jae Lee cover of Supes, Catwoman and Bats is so good I might have to dig for some pocket change.

That’s it for me. What’s on your list. What do you think I missed?

Aug 27 '14

Comics to Read Today, 8/27 

The traditional rather than official end of summer is here. I’m sad to see summer go but there so many comics to look forward to in the fall it helps mitigate it. Here’s some to close up the season.

I don’t have any official first issues for you this week but I do have an issue that is good for you to jump on to a series.

I’ve included this book in my picks for awhile and this starts a new arc where Gail Simone is joined by Rhianna Pratchett the writer of the Tomb Raider game this comic is based on. I’m not a gamer and really only know Lara Croft from the movies but I still enjoy this comic which has a well-written female lead. Give it a try.

If you didn’t pick up the first issue of this grab it and then read this one.

Have you been reading this? What do you think? I’m actually enjoying it more than The Walking Dead …!

Bad ass Mother-in-Law. Bad ass babysitter. Together they fight crime (just kidding but you would read that, wouldn’t you?

Alfreeeed!

When Conner/Palmiotti came on board they tweaked Harley’s costume to look more like roller derbier. And there you go.

It appears both 4 & 5 are out today. 

And that’s it for me … maybe. Lois Lane, who you may have heard is getting a YA book next year, is on the cover of two DC Comics this week - Futures End and Batman/Superman. I’m tempted to get them but my budget is so small. Let me know what you think …

Jul 23 '14

Comics to Read, BATMAN DAY!

Today is Batman Day! Why? Because DC Comics has declared it to be so in celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary. And given that my love of comics began with Batman why wouldn’t I connect all comics to 

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But just because it is Batman day and there is a Batman comic out does not mean he gets to come first. No, I am going to start with a very special first issue.

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Storm finally gets an ongoing. Well that didn’t take too long.

And you know who is writing this book? Greg Pak who also writes Superman/Batman for DC Comics. Because it’s Batman Day.

Any week Saga is out it goes to the top of my pick list. But oh my that last issue! Anyway, you know who wrote Batman? That’s right Brian K. Vaughan who wrote the False Faces arc. Because it is Batman Day.

Did you give a listen to the long interview Kelly and I did with Ed Brubaker on the newest 3 Chicks Review Comics now available on iTunes? This is such a good book and you should pick it up. Also Ed Brubaker wrote Batman.

Sabrina is getting her own book in the mode of Afterlife with Archie and this issue is all about her. This is not for kids but it is great for teens above. Oh and the art is by Francesco Francavilla who drew on of my Batman arcs ever. Because it is Batman Day.

This issue ends the first arc of Gail Simone’s rather fun Tomb Raider. Simone has written Batman a few times although my favorites were when being trolled by Canary. 

And now on to the man himself, Batman! And he does seem to appear in quite a few comics, doesn’t he?

This is the final issue of Snyder and Capullo’s Zero year arc and, really, what better what to end it then to have Batman fighting the Riddler accompanied by two lions. Why? Because he’s Batman, damn it! 

Can I just say that’s an amazing cover? Batman Eternal also has internal art by Nguyen this week so that’s a bonus. Batman is Eternal!  (I’d say Batman Forever, but that’s the name of one of the movies).

And that’s it for me this week. What’s on your list?

Also those of you traveling to SDCC have a fun trip and let me know if you see anything interesting!

Jun 25 '14

Comics to Read, June 25 - The Super Summer Edition!

Once again I want to thank the many folks who drop me notes thanks for these updates and telling me they bought something (and liked it!) because of my recommendation. I love hearing from you and I love that you’re finding new comics to read. So keep ‘em coming.

Now on to this week! And we have several first issues for you!

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So. Superman. Yeah. Aside from a few bright moments (Superman Unchained by Snyder/Lee, the very first issues of Action Comics by Morrison come to mind. Oh and every issue of Smallville by Bryan Q. Miller) the Superman books have struggled over the past 5 years both quality wise and, more importantly for DC, sales wise.

Today they launch their AA+ team on the book, Geoff Johns (who has been one of the better Superman writers through the years) and John Romita Jr., the venerable JRJR of Marvel and Millarverse fame. Can they save Superman? ONLY YOU CAN DECIDE!

This guy Robert Kirkman, I hear he had some success with a Zombie book. This book is going to sell a bazillion copies and is already being made into a TV show by Showtime. The pitch? Demonic possession as a disease.

Six months of Cartoon Network villain and hero crossovers. Mojo Jo Jo < or > than Lex Luthor? You know someone should ask the writer of this, Louise Simonson. I hear she moved a lot of Superman comics back in the day.

If you have a YA level reader and are looking for summer reading materials give this one a try. Or just read if you like quirky, independent, intelligent female characters.

And on to the rest.

Lots to pick this up for this week - Timmy vs. Harper (also it seems that Tim is now as tall as Alfred. Is this a new thing?) Babs vs. Jason and Julia vs. her Dad. 

That cover, right? Zero Year is coming to a close. I thought it was interesting that they referred to it in Batman Eternal this year. Or MAYBE NOT!

The art on this is the book is gorgeous. I’m still loving the conceit of the book - 60’s union activists as superheroes - the pace and quality of the storytelling, while good, could use some more focus. 

The solicit says “Something terrible happens” - I am very afraid and Image didn’t send out the usual review copies. OMGOMGOMGOMG.

You Kamala, I Kamala, we all Kamala. I smile a lot while reading this book.

I hope you took advantage of the weekend sale on this book!

Oh hey Tumblr (waves) I know there a lot of Simone fans out there and really I’m once again going to recommend this book to you especially this issue which has some nice moments between Lara and her girl friend which have the patented Simone - “wait, are they girl friends or girlfriends?” vibe. Also kickassery.

And finally. It’s summer and here’s another recommendation for those of you who have kids or are looking for something nostalgic for yourself 

Are you a Betty or a Veronica? 

That’s it for me this week! What’s on your list?

Jun 18 '14

Comics to Read, June 18

It is almost summer here in the states, or in comics world almost time for SDCC. Here’s some books that you might want to give a look to this week. And as always I start with a first issue so you can jump on a series at the start. And I have two flat out terrific first issues for you this week.

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Gellen and McKelvie have sadly moved on from Young Avengers but are now putting out their own creator owned comic at Image. If you loved YA and you loved PHONOGRAM you’ll love this comic that imagines Gods as who reincarnate every 90 years at teenage uber-celebrities and in this story they are pop singers. Go pick it up and let me know what you think.

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I loved this! Dark Horse is very dependable on bringing classy horror tales to the pages of comics and this continues the trend. This title combines the Victorian detective story (which is a sweet sport for me) with Lovecraftian horror. This is a great first issue. Give a try.

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Sex Criminals is back and with a much darker arc but still some of the best writing in comics. Oh, and still lots of sex (and pooping .. and Kegel face).

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Ugh, that cover. Moving on, it seems that Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely snuck in and wrote an issue of this book. And I don’t mean that in a bad way.

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Kate’s old girlfriend (no not THAT one) shows up.

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Ivy’s back. Oh, will you two just get a room?

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Love this cover by Jenny Frison but it does make me think whether they had bikini waxes back then. 

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The art on this book is beautiful but the pace of the first two issues were a little slow for me. Perhaps this will pick up. By the way, this is a variant cover by Amanda Conner so I can tell you this piece of comic trivia - Conner was a model for Elektra in Elektra: Assassin

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As mentioned Summer is almost upon us and when I was a kid summer meant tons of Archie comics. Archie is consistently the most dependable reading for kids (and adults who love the Riverdale gang) but in the past few years they have also become one of the most progressive comic publishers in addressing diversity. This week sees the debut of a new character, Harper (that name is the “Jessica” of the 2010s apparently) who provides comics with a much needed (and missed much) female PWD. 

That’s it for me. What’s on your list?

May 14 '14

Comics to Read Today, 5/14

It’s a short list this week but there are a few comics to bring to your attention

Oh those Lodges. It’s Archie meets Zombies with amazing art. Trust me you need to read this.

Oh boy it’s scrunchie time! This book is great for kids and anyone who went to camp. Or who likes quirky non-traditional characters. 

The second issues continues to flush out the weird world of Kate Kristopher which includes Gorillas who are doctors and Krazy Kats serve up food.

There’s a interesting moment in the back end of this book in which the lead discusses things with the villain. Also lots of asskicking.

Marvel does not provide me with review copies but I’m picking up these two comics.

You had me at Powers.

Carol Corps now and forever!

And that’s it for me. What’s on your list?

Feb 12 '14

Comics to Read Today, 2/12

What a week! Not only do we get Batman #28 which I posted on earlier. we get some first issues.

I love books that have a historical “what if” angle and this week’s debut The Royals: Masters of War goes all in with a “what if the royal family had superpowers during WW II.” You had me and royal family and superpowers, Vertigo. The art by Simone Coleby looks great. Can’t wait to read this one.

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While I don’t write about her a lot,  I really do love Jen Walters. Love her break the third wall series by Byrne, like a lot of what Slott did with her and enjoyed her series She-Hulks as well. And most recently I adored her in FF by Fraction and Allred. Let’s shed a tear for that book. But Marvel has given her her own title again and it debuts today. Charles Soule is writing and Javier Palido (who has most recently filled in on Hawkeye) is on art. The preview looked good and while Marvel does not provide me with review issues, I have been told by those that they do that this is very good. 

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Antony Johnston hit my radar with Umbral last year making me excited to read this. It’s a police procedural in space with a nice to see pairing in comics - young man of color and older woman. The art by Justin Greenwood does so nice world building. This is fun, give it a try.

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This is one of the best comics available right now, why aren’t you reading it?

Still enjoying this series - are any of you reading this?

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That’s it for this week. Probably. What’s on your list.

Jan 22 '14

Comics to Buy, 1/22

Another snow storm in Boston today but lucky for me I can get most of comics without leaving the house. Here’s somethings you might want to take a look at this week. As usual I am starting with a first and, very very sadly, a last issue this week.

Let’s say goodbye first. 

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Today’s issue is the last for FF and I am very sad. This was a fun book, a lovable book, really, and it never failed to me smile. 

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This is dark, daaaark story (i.e. violence and suicide) by Rick Remender but also exhilarating in places. A street kid in the 80s find himself taken in by a mysterious group. The utter dank of the Reagan airs is on full display although they are much prettier due to the art of Wes Craig and colorist Lee Loughridge. This first issue is all set up and I’m looking forward to the next issue to learn more about this group of kids.

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Annie Wu + Kate Bishop + Fraction = My Money Gone.

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Phil Noto’s art went a long way towards me loving the first issue. To be fair Nathanson had a lot to do in the issue - both reintroduce the character and drive a first adventure. With that out of the way I’m looking forward to seeing him strut his stuff in this issue.

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I’ve got a bit of variant fatique with DC but this cover is adorable (and a 180 degree from the regular Capullo cover. I’m going to try and pick this one up in a shop whenever the snow lets me. Looking forward to continuing Snyder’s take on Batman’s first year. I do hope Bruce grows his hair out soon.

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What are you thinking about this book? I adore Rios’ art and I’m constantly surprised with what DeConnick has up her sleeve.

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Looking forward to reading this - preview here.

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The book Harley Quinn deserves.

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I wish DC would make it easier to find their previews especially for a book on the bubble like this one. I had to search around the web to see anything about this issue. The art on this actually looks good. Still despise Condor.

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You can tell Gail Simone is having fun with this book where she teams female writers with various artists to tell out of continuity tales about Red Sonja. Nicola Scott is one of the writers here and I hope its the start of a new aspect of the artist’s career.

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The Lone Gunmen meet the Ghostbusters. For some folks that all that needs to be said. You know who you are.

Also as you are in money spending mode please make sure to check out the Kickstarter for my pal Kelly Thompson newest book. If you one of the many, many people who bought The Girl Who Would Be King you’re going to like Storykiller. The line-up of artist is amazing - Dustin Nguyen, Ross Campbell and Ming Doyle to name a few. She’s blew through over 50% of her goal in just 7 hours so get in on this now! 

That’s it for me this week. What’s on your list?

Nov 27 '13

Things I’m Thankful for in Comics This Year

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!

More ladies making comics. This year saw Annie Wu, Marguerite Bennett and Caitlin Kittredge joining the ever expanding list of women in corproate comics. Let’s keep that up!

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?

Nov 6 '13

Comics to Buy, November 6

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.

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You can also pick up Simone’s Movement this week

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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.

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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?

Sep 11 '13

Comics to Read, September 11

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. 

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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.

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If you like cocky psychic goverment agents, you might want to try Brain Boy by Fred Van Lente and R.B. Silva. More here.

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Also from Marvel this week is X-Men #5 from Brian Wood which is the best female team book in comics.

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Also this week is Fearless Defenders #9. Hmm, is Marvel creating a Ladies Week like DC Does?

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And speaking of lady led books, you are reading Rachel Rising, right?

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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. 

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I’m also going to put another plug in for Ghosted by Josh Williamson, which I have really been enjoying.

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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:

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Wonder Woman shows up in Smallville. I like this Wonder Woman.

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Look Talia al Ghul and Damian. I like Li’l Gotham.

That’s it for me. What’s on your list?

Dec 27 '12

Make Sure to Pick up Mara #1 this Week

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.