Comics Roundup #4:

Good morning, beautiful comics people!

The sky is blue, I saw some daffodils today, and my favorite writer Kelly Thompson is teasing a secret new project on Twitter. I will be glad for anything she chooses to put forth, but I am desperately dreaming of a reimagined Nancy Drew? Maybe? PLEASE?

Also, Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing Captain America. Every once in a while there is a piece of news that makes me think that perhaps we don’t live in the WORST nightmare timeline, but rather the medium-worst. 10th-worst. In the worst timeline, we’d never get such a wonderful gift.

Anyway, onto other things: what I’ve read this fortnight!

The Long Ones

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I got my hands on a copy of The Prince and the Dressmaker a little early, and I loved it precisely as much as I thought I would. From the moment I first held that library book in my hands, I knew that I would need one to call my very own ASAP. It’s a gorgeous, weighty book in addition to being a gloriously fun read. I would recommend this to anyone, and although it is mainly shelved with teen books, I think it would be an excellent middle grade read as well. Speak, the graphic adaptation of the seminal teen novel, is breathtaking in its scariness, and while I am a self-professed Emily Carroll fanatic, I think, objectively, that she was the absolute perfect fit for this project, and her talent for absolutely freeze-in-place terrifying images carried the text into 2018 perfectly. Those were the two most perfect books I read this time around, though I liked Shattered Warrior much more than I believed I would (thanks in part to Molly Ostertag’s great illustrations) and liked Spinning by Tillie Walden fine, though the art style makes it hard to follow the story and distinguish which character is which. The only miss for me among the standalone books I read this month was Taproot. This is a classic example of good concept, poor execution. I appreciated the love story, but the plot was incomprehensible and the worldbuilding was poor. I hope to see this creator build on this book in the future.

The Short Ones

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I finally finished the Stewart run with Batgirl vol. 3, and while I will always have a place in my heart for this version of Barbara Gordon, I am glad to be done with it. Elements of this run were far too cutesy and “current” but I still thought it was fun, and I am excited to see where Hope Larson takes the characters in the newest iteration. I also continued on with my slog through the post-hiatus Runaways with Runaways vol. 5, and I have to say that I’m excited to see what happens when Victor shows up on the Hulu series. He’s probably my favorite character. I’m still a big fan of this series despite the unfortunate and distracting art style. Same goes for a new series I started last week, Kim Reaper. I loved this first book a lot even though it is drawn in a way that would not normally entice me. My girlfriend LOVES this one, and I get why: it’s campy and silly while still being about death. What’s not to like?

And finally: Hawkeye vol. 1. This has been on my list since the beginning, and I finally made time for it. I’m glad I did! It is a hugely popular and much-loved title. Do I like it better than other books I’ve read about Hawkeye? Probably not. At this point I need to admit to myself (and to all of you) that men as superheroes simply does not light up my life the way, say, Kate Bishop does.

(Kate Bishop is everything, and I won’t hear a single word against her.)

That’s it for February! A piece of exciting personal news: I’m now a reviewer for No Flying No Tights, a wonderful graphic novel review site for librarians/teachers/book-buyers. When I have new reviews up, I’ll link them here! I’m reading some great stuff right now, so you’ll be able to see those reviews over there posthaste.

If you have any bones to pick or reading recs to share, please do so!

Comics Roundup #3: Wickedness, Divinity

Welcome to mid-February, aka The Worst Month Ever…

…usually! For me, it’s been a lovely (and weirdly warm) couple of weeks filled with awesome comics.

First off, in book news: I’m SO excited that Melanie Gillman’s As the Crow Flies was named a Stonewall Honor Book at yesterday’s ALA Youth Media Awards. It’s awesome to see small press publications winning mainstream awards, and C. Spike Trotman & co. deserve a ton of credit for the work they do. Congrats to all!

Alright, let’s dive in to my current reads!

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I eschewed all of my actual goals for this month once I started reading The Wicked + The Divine. Y’all, I was completely hooked. There are points throughout the series where I felt like I had almost no clue what was happening, but it was chaotic in an exciting, diverse, and hilarious way. It’s charming without being excessive, complicated without being boring, and cutting-edge without being (too) smug. I LOVE this book. So excited for when it eventually resumes.

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The other volumes I read this month are a mish-mash of things I’ve been meaning to read. I’m still loving the Archie comics, and trying to grow less surprised about how much I love them. I read an awesome piece about how this new, edgy Archie brand came to be, and I just think every day about how brilliant Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is. In related vintage-turned-edgy news, The Flintstones has been getting a ton of press lately for being…weirdly good. After reading, I get it! It examines the elements of the original TV series we took for granted as cartoon silliness (the animals-as-appliances thing, for one) and extrapolates all of it into a surprisingly complex story with funny moments as well as serious ones. I don’t necessarily think I need to read more of this one, but this first book was interesting!

Moving on to girl power: I found Batgirl vol. 2 forgettable, and I see why this series fell short of most people’s expectations. Sitting here now, I’d have to flip through the book again to remember a single plot point. Oh, wait! There is one: her ex is back in town, and he’s an absolute archetype of the dashing-but-douchey leading man. No thanks! I also found Slam! to be overly…straight. My girlfriend described it as “The Whip It of graphic novels.” What roller derby team is made up entirely of straight girls (or at least girls who don’t talk about their significant others). It was totally distratcing despite the beautiful illustrations and sweet story.

That’s it for me so far! May I catch up to my goals in the second half of the month.