This latest round at the comic book shop brings four comics I am so excited about that I am drooling.
Giant Days #1 from Boom! Box by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Whitney Cogar
Locke and Key Vol.6 Alpha & Omega
Most of my fangirling is centered around Giant Days, a new comic from Boom! Box, and Locke and Key Vol. 6, the final chapter in the series. I want to devour all of these comics right now but I am having a slight first world nerd problem. In anticipation of the premiere of Season 5 of Game of Thrones, HBO has a GOT marathon on and I can’t look away. Yes, I have seen all these episodes before (more than once) and yes, I have HBOGo and can watch them whenever I want. HOWEVER, it’s like when ABCFamily does a Harry Potter marathon. I own all the movies and have seen them a million times but I still watch them anyway, on TV with commercials. Why?? I just can’t look away.
First world nerd problems for sure.
What are you reading/watching this weekend?
You can always count on a cat to sit on whatever it is you need at that moment in time. Bear is currently posing on top of my two Friday reads – I’m taking today off to take care of Mark who had his wisdom teeth taken out this morning (or as I like to say, forcibly ripped from his skull).
Outcast by Robert Kirkman (creator of the Walking Dead) and Paul Azaceta is a new comic from Image, Volume 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him comprises issues #1-6. Leaving the world of zombies behind, Kirkman and Azaceta explore a new kind of horror in demonic possession. Kyle has always been surrounded by demonic possession ever since he was a child, now as an adult he is beginning to comprehend how he fits into a larger war being fought between good and evil.
Outcast isn’t as creepy or unsettling as Wytches but it definitely has potential to get there. I am not familiar with the Walking Dead comics (I consume TWD a la television) so I can’t speak to Kirkman’s earlier work but I like the story, characters, and artwork of Outcast. I’m looking forward to Kyle learn about his ability to possibly exorcise demons and get some more information on the war that God seems to be losing.
Side note: I need Wtyches #5 already!
Next up with Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu. I went to an author event last year featuring Veronica Roth and Marie Lu and I received a signed copy of Legend with my ticket (and a copy of Four by Roth). I just got around to reading Legend earlier this month and I was so surprised at how much I liked it!
While I love me some YA, I have grown a little weary of the YA dystopian genre. Surprisingly, I found Legend to be refreshing – thorough world building, distinctive dual POV, and no love triangle! We learn about the futuristic state of the Republic through the eyes of Day and June, both legends in their own worlds. June is a military prodigy being groomed for the highest leadership roles within the government while Day is one of the most wanted outlaws in the Republic. Their lives collide when Day is framed for murdering June’s brother. As June hunts Day down, they both come to uncover secrets about their pasts and how they are mere pawns in the larger conspiracy of the Republic.
I tore through Legend and just started Prodigy, the trilogy finishes up with Champion and I can’t wait to read it!
Seems like weekend comic book updates are becoming a regular segment! Up this weekend are Ms. Marvel #13, Southern Cross #1, and Star Wars #3.
Ms. Marvel continues to be one of my favorite comics as we follow Kamala Khan navigating Jersey City as a Pakistani-Inhuman American. Kamala is learning what it means to be inhuman as she balances superhero training with her familial obligations – Kamala’s parents may or may not be trying to set her up with the son of a family friend, someone with a few secrets of his own.
Southern Cross is a new comic from Image written by Becky Cloonan and art by Andy Belanger and Lee Loughridge. Alex Braith is taking a space shuttle to the mining planet Titan to investigate her sister’s suspicious death. First impressions: 1) great artwork – I really like the blue and green tones, the character drawings, and the details of the space ship inside and out, 2) finally is a character named Erin (woot woot) who is also investigating Alex’s sister’s death, and 3) quite the cliffhanger ending. Sign me up for Issue #2 in April.
Lastly, Star Wars #3. This issue was alright, my initial excitement of the reboot has waned and even though the trio was battling to escape from Lord Vadar, the issue felt like mostly filler. On the plus side, Star Wars has been a successful gateway comic book for my husband who has now read the new Darth Vadar, Saga, Outcast, Y the Last Man and has started Locke and Key #squee!
What are comic books are you reading this week?
My weekend kicked off by hitting up Criminals Records. There was only one lonely comic in my cubby – Saga #26 but I also picked up a newbie – Descender #1 by Jeff Lemir and Dustin Nguyen from Image Comics (aren’t they the best?!).
Each issue which features the ever adorable Gus is amazing! Also, Lying Cat, it was a double delight. However, I can’t say I was a fan of how the issue ended – I haven’t been a fan of that particular story line. I am interested to see how both Marko and Alana fare with their respective sketchy alliances.
Descender is a new comic from Image with stunning watercolor artwork. I was really impressed with the groundwork laid for the series in which a futuristic coalition of intergalactic worlds are nearly wiped out by unknown planet-sized robots. The aftermath of the massacre leads to a government sanctioned slaughter of all robotic entities however one small robot boy was forgotten on a distant moon and he suddenly finds himself the universe’s number #1 target.
What are you reading this weekend?