Pull list for June 22 2016
I’ll go to the store for: Bitch Planet #8, by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro; Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #8, by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos and Tamra Bonvillain; Ms. Marvel #8, by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyagawa and Ian Herring and Irma Kniivila; Nighthawk #2, by David Walker, Ramon Villalobos and Tamra Bonvillain; Power Man & Iron Fist #5, by David Walker, Flaviano Armentaro and John Rauch; Pretty Deadly #10, by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Rios, Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles; Ultimates #8, by Al Ewing, Kenneth Rocafort and Dan Brown.
I’ll also review: Deadpool vs. Gambit #1, by Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Danillo Beyruth and Chris Peter.
So that’s 7 comics I’m picking up, and, uh, one review. Wow.
I’m most excited for . . . wow, all of them. Pretty Deadly! The end of the second arc! Which is sad. But also exciting. I love Pretty Deadly. After a long wait, Bitch Planet is back, and that’s definitely something to get excited about. Moon Girl is an adorable series. Ms Marvel is Ms. Marvel. PM&IF has been loads of fun, and I’m enjoying the racial politics in Nighthawk. And Ultimates is a good high-concept book. So, yeah, lots to be excited about.
September solicits are out. My Marvel pull list for that month: A-Force #9, ANAD Avengers #14, Silk #12, Spider-Man/Deadpool #9, Black Panther #6, Mockingbird #7, Ms. Marvel #11, Hellcat #10, Silver Surfer #8, Vision #11, All-New Wolverine #12, Power Man & Iron Fist #8, Captain Marvel #9, Moon Girl #11, New Avengers #16, Nighthawk #5, Ultimates #11, Squirrel Girl #12. 18 titles.
I finished The Jewel and Her Lapidary, by Fran Wilde. My review:
This was pretty good. Some solid writing. Well-done world-building, even if the world didn’t really interest me, and some very strong character work. The characters are fairly archetypal, but well-constructed and believable. It’s a novella, so it’s short, but it tells a complete story in that space, while also setting up a much larger story. It is a very dark story, with a whole lot of death, including one particularly gruesome death near the end. Wilde has a very strong writing style, able to evoke strong feelings, and keep readers’ attentions.
This was good.
I also finished Shadoweyes, by Sophie Campbell. My review:
As a disclaimer: I read a recent re-release of Shadoweyes, with some re-mastered art and dialogue, and which collects both of the current volumes. This is fantastic work from Sophie Campbell, who is a fantastic creator. Her art is gorgeous, with detailed backgrounds, distinctive- and diverse-looking characters, expressive faces and body language, and is just all-around great. The writing is excellent, as well, sharp and clever and realistic. Characters talk like people, with stops and pauses and filler words and all that. And, much like with the visual designs, characters have distinctive voices, as well. Scout is a pitch-perfect emo teen, while Sparkle is adorably upbeat and energetic, Scout’s mother is Best Mom, and all the characters are really good. They’re all good people, but they’re all screwed-up a little.
Interestingly, one of the characters is intersex, and Campbell doesn’t shy away from the treatment intersex people put up with. There are a couple parts where people call her a boy, and even Scout, the protagonist, tries to appropriate the girl’s struggle, and immediately gets called out on it.
This is great work, and I very highly recommend it. Read this if you can.
It’s really great, guys. I love Sophie Campbell’s work. I wasn’t able to get int Wet Moons, because I found all the characters in the first volume to be kinda bad people. But even then, I admired how great the writing and art were. And anything else I’ve read from her has been great. Of course, that mostly means Jem & the Holograms, which is a legitimately great series, it really is. I said on Twitter a few days ago that Sophie Campbell would be my dream artist for a Miss America solo series. I would love if she did some work at Marvel. She’s done a few covers, but no interiors. I’d love it if she did.
And I read Love Not Found, by Gina Biggs.
This was a really good book. It was really sweet, and really cute. The basic premise is kinda weird – humanity has decided that touching is really weird and gross, for some reason – but sure, let’s roll with it. Because the story it results in is really good. Abeille is a great character. She’s kind and fun and a total sweetheart. And Miel, likewise is kind and a sweetheart. There’s a lot of sweethearts in this book, actually. There are some jerks, too, but we’ll just ignore them. There’s great diversity among the characters – Miel’s parents are both women, one Indian and one black, Abeille’s best friend is black, there’s an intersex character who uses gender-neutral pronouns (zir, zhe), and there’s a casual bisexuality that seems to be treated as the norm. There’s also some pretty nice body diversity, which is always nice to see.
But mostly, it’s a really sweet romance story. One where you keep shouting at the characters, “Kiss, you fools!” Oh, and really nice art, too. It has some distinct manga influences, but Biggs’ style has definitely become very much her own. So, yeah, I enjoyed this.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Red String, by Gina Biggs. You can read it all online free, or you can buy it to read in physical form. It’s a good comic about love. It’s sweet and cute and definitely worth reading. Biggs also founded Filthy Figments, a site featuring porn comics by women, for women. There’s a lot of really cute comics in there. And some really hot ones. It does require a subscription, though.
There’s a couple Kickstarters I should mention. Hidden Youth: Speculative Stories of Marginalized Children is an anthology of stories about young protagonists – all under 18 – many from marginalized groups. It also features plenty of minority creators. So if you support diversity, this is worth backing. There’s SIN: A Graphic Novel Anthology, which is a Canadian anthology of comics about the 7 Deadly Sins. Again, there’s some nice diversity among the creators. Plus, you know, Canadian.
My schedule for the week: Friday 10-4:45, Saturday 2-8:45, Sunday 10:15-5, Monday 9-3:45. So posts on Thursday and Tuesday. Maybe Monday, depending how I feel.
And that’s it for this week.