Comic Books Out 2 October

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Bizarro #4

I was not 100% in love with this book at first, to be perfectly honest. I love that each issue has a guest artist for one illustration (this issue has a Darwyn Cooke-drawn Zatanna poster!) But the story, while fun and light-hearted, and the art, though loose and cartoony, have both been a bit on the weak side. But darn it, I keep getting sucked into this book, with its deep, deep DC universe references and it’s heartfelt emotional appeal. I’m bummed that it looks like the next issue is the last one.

Jem and the Holograms: Outrageous Annual #1

I bought this for my seven year old daughter and, to be honest, she hasn’t really let me get my hands on it. It’s a framing story of a slumber party for the Holograms (though they’re sisters who live together) where they all have different dreams. The dreams include a horror movie/teen wolf homage, a Mad Max mashup, a riff on Star Wars, and of course Jem and the Hologram babies. It’s fun and looks great! I just wish that it was a bit cheaper; it’s relatively short and nearly $8! (Maybe I’m just spoiled with Island’s page count at the same price point.)

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3

Ryan North, writer of Squirrel Girl (and the early issues of Adventure Time, The Midas Flesh, and Dinosaur Comics) is one of my all-time favorite internet people. His writing style somehow is one of the smartest and silliest, simultaneously. I love Erica Henderson’s cartoony art, I think it fits the book perfectly. This book does for the Marvel universe what the Bizarro book tries to do for DC. It’s a lot more fun and exciting though.

From Under Mountains #1

This book, written by Marian Churchland and Claire Gibson and with art from Sloane Leong, exists in the same universe as the 8House series, and it will eventually cross over. It’s beautifully, dreamily-drawn high fantasy that starts right in the middle of things with no explanation whatsoever. I’m still sucked in and planning to keep reading, but some of this book is a bit impenetrable. That stabby ghost monster, though. I can’t wait for more.

Godzilla in Hell #3

This series is a treat. It’s just wall-to-wall action of Godzilla battling and destroying monsters. This one has a crazy crystal-infected moon Godzilla (uh, I don’t know much Godzilla lore) battling our hero and it’s crazy. It’s crazy!

Over the Garden Wall #2

The Over the Garden Wall animated television miniseries is really an incredible achievement in American animation and this book is perfectly timed for this fall. Series writer Patrick McHale expands the show with a great side story from a formerly-honest horse that gets right into that sweet spot between funny and spooky without being too obvious about it.

Comic Books Out 26 August 2015

26 Aug 2015

I bought four books this week.

Prez #3

Prez is the best comic book that DC is putting out right now, and, from what I understand, it’s not selling well. I guess people are confused, possibly because it stars a girl and uses bright, pretty colors, and no one punches anyone.

No punching. In a DC book.

But the book is incredible. It’s the second coming of Transmetropolitan, but without the winking ‘this is the future’ irony. The book is literally just as absurd as Transmet, but it’s so much more world-weary. Whereas Spider Jerusalem alternatingly reveled and was disgusted by in the filth and insanity of his future, Beth Ross just can’t even with this time she lives in. Sometimes, I just can’t even with the time I live in. BUY THIS BOOK.

Godzilla in Hell #2

I added this to my pull list because James Stokoe did the first one. And his previous Godzilla book was literally the best Godzilla media that the 21st century has produced. I did not realize that each issue is a different creator (or creative team) doing a no-holds-barred monster battle. This issue, featuring incredible oil paintings by SF/Fantasy/Horror artist Bob Eggleton, is the closest I’ve seen kaiju mingle with fine art, even if the narration is a bit overwrought. It’s giant monsters fighting, though, so overwrought works.

Zodiac Starforce #1

I bought this book half for myself and half for my 7 year old daughter. The art is gorgeous and vibrant with tons of incredible colors, and the story is far from your standard magical girl book. Taking a page from Steven Universe (et al), we come upon this super team who has all but disbanded and whose relations are pretty strained. It’s an interesting premise and the way the backstory develops as the story moves forward is going to make or break this book. I am excited about the group of “evil girls” who remind me a lot of the main gang from Curb Stomp.

Over The Garden Wall #1 (of 4)

If you haven’t watched Over The Garden Wall, Patrick McHale’s animated miniseries, it’s going to be tough to describe the singular tone of that world. It’s a place that macabre but never really dark; it’s absurd and funny but juuuuuuuuuuust keeps you on edge. This book captures that beautifully with a ridiculous tale of a pair of sisters with chores that they never fully articulate. Jim Campbell’s art captures the feeling of the characters without letting them seem static, a tough chore for a cartoon adaptation. (I picked up the Steve Wolfhard cover because I think he’s a rad dude.)

In Real Life

I remember when this was a short story by Cory Doctorow (one of those boingboing.net editors) that I listened to in the car driving home from school (I did that a lot). It was one of my favorites, and Jen Wang’s interpretation of it elevates this story to a classic. I have always loved books that deal with the mundane life and its intersection with another more charmed world, even if it’s just a MMORPG. The story doesn’t rely on easy answers and addresses some real world issues in a sane and honest way. In classic YA fashion, there are certainly lessons learned in this book, and I can’t wait until my second grader can read this and grasp its lessons.

Also the art is GORGEOUS OMG.

 

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