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Pull list for July 20 2016

July 19, 2016

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). I work until 11 tomorrow. So reviews will probably be up at, like, 3 in the morning.

I’ll go to the store for: A-Force #7, by Kelly Thompson, Ben Caldwell, Scott Hanna and Ian Herring; All-New Wolverine #10, by Tom Taylor, Ig Guara, Bob Wiacek, Victor Olazaba and John Rauch; Nighthawk #3, by David Walker, Martin Morazzo and Tamra Bonvillain; Patsy Walker aka Hellcat! #8, by Kate Leth, Brittney Williams and Rachelle Rosenberg; Snotgirl #1, by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung; Ultimates #9, by Al Ewing, Kenneth Rocafort and Dan Brown.

I’ll also review: Deadpool and the uuugh, I don’t want to talk about that one. Fine. Deadpool and the stupid frigging Mercs For Money, by Cullen Bunn, Iban Coello and Guru eFX; Spider-Man/Deadpool #7, by Gerry Duggan, Scott Koblish and Val Staples; Uncanny X-Men #10, by Cullen Bunn, Ken Lashley and Nolan Woodard.

So that’s 6 comics I’m picking up, and 4 reviews, for a certain value of “review.”

All 6 comics look great. A-Force has been fun, and more Dazzthor can’t be a bad thing. Wolverine’s been awesome, and the last issue had a neat cliffhanger. Nighthawk is proving itself one of Marvel’s smartest and most political titles, and I love it for that. Hellcat’s been loads of fun, but the new issue looks like it’ll be some heavy drama, and even if that makes me want to cry, I am 100% on board for it, because I’m confident it’ll be amazing. Ultimates is smart, and should bring an interesting perspective to CWII. As for Snotgirl . . . it’s Bryan Lee O’Malley. I’ve loved all his books. Part of that was his unique art, but most of it was the writing. And Leslie Hung’s art is gorgeous. Forget the gross name, this is a book you should check out. Especially if you’re Canadian. Support diverse Canadian creators!

I finished The Dog That Laid Eggs, by Jonathan Maas. It was not a good book. Here’s my review:

This book . . . man, this book was not good. There’s some stuff in it that could’ve been good. There are parts of a good book in here. Constable Bumford, and the young Hitch, are reasonably good characters. There are some parts that are well-written and interesting.

But for the most part, the book sucks. There’s an over-reliance on humour, and the humour just isn’t funny. Almost all characters have pun names, for no real reason other than to have pun names. For example, Hitch’s parents are Jethro Tull (you know like the band hahahaaa!) and Vera-Lee (because it sounds like “verily” which is a real word hahahahaa!). There’s all sorts of names like that, and it’s just stupid. There’s a woman named Demi Gogg, who’s there purely for Maas to talk about how stupid conservative pundits are. I’m about as liberal as it gets, and I still found that to be stupid. The book is just so full of such stupid, terrible attempts at humour, and it’s just unbearable.

This book could have been OK if it had toned down the humour. But it kept trying to be funny, and every time it tried to be funny, it fell completely flat and just got annoying.

Don’t bother with this book.

It was just so frigging stupid. This book sucked so hard. On a happier note, I also finished Yes, Roya, by C. Spike Trotman and Emilee Denich. My review:

This was great. On multiple levels. The development of the relationships was compelling to watch unfold, with a great chemistry between the three leads. The exploration of the life of a cartoonist was cool. It’s set in the ’60s, with the main character trying to get work doing cartoons for a magazine, but I suspect a lot of the struggles and obstacles are probably relevant to the modern comics industry, too. And, of course, the sex stuff is super-sexy. (I may as well warn that there is explicit gay sex, so if that’s something that bothers you . . . maybe try growing up and getting over your hang-ups? I’m a straight guy, so the gay sex didn’t turn me on, but I had no problem with it being there.)

The art is excellent. Body language and facial expressions get across plenty of nuance even without dialogue. The sex, as I said, is sexy. Not just the sex itself, but everything around it. The flirting. Emilee Denich is sometimes tasked with drawing fully-clothed people who are simply talking about sex, and she fills the panels with sexual tension. Roya’s body language in these scenes might be hotter than the sex itself.

So, yeah. As long as you’re OK with very explicit sex, this is a great comic, very much worth reading.

And I also read Humanescent, written by Jacques Nyemb, with multiple artists.

This was good. I enjoyed it. All the stories are enjoyable, some more than others. A few of the stories are especially great – the story of a superhero in the ’50s, fighting crime while secretly dating a black woman, might have been my favourite. A few stories are wordless, which shows an immense amount of trust in the artists, as they have to carry the story entirely on the visuals. They all succeed. All the artists do great work, though some styles will appeal to different people more than others.

On the whole, this is a very good collection of short stories, and worth reading.

These were both projects I backed on Kickstarter. I’m glad I did. But speaking of Kickstarter . . .

I’ve got quite a few projects from there I want to encourage you to back. First up, Ladies’ Night Anthology Vol. 4: Eat It Up!. A comic anthology featuring work from 19 female creators. There’s also The Dream Cluster: An Illustrated Anthology, with 50 diverse artists doing pieces on dreams. It looks like a really cool book, full of gorgeous art, but sadly, it has less than two days to go and still has to raise nearly $5000. So it’s not looking good. Still, every bit helps, and if it doesn’t reach the goal, then it doesn’t cost you anything, so throw a little love its way.

There’s Heathen Vol. 2, by Natasha Alterici. I haven’t read any of this yet, but I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about it. It’s got a unique art style, a lesbian protagonist, and Alterici herself is queer, so it’s nice to support queer voices in comics. In The Element: Reunion, by Ray Ruzzo, a comic about 5 female superheroes, all of them queer (lesbian, trans, ace and pan, are the four listed). It looks like it’s probably pretty good. It still needs a few hundreds by the end of the month, so hopefully it hits the goal. The Blueprint 2, by Identity Comics Studio. Another anthology, four short stories, created by people of colour, starring characters of colour. Each story seems unique, and all four look pretty cool. One is about a devil girl having to go to an angel school. It looks adorable.

The Hero Twins, a Native American comic by Dale Ray Deforest. And OK, there’s a lot of talk about diversity in comics. That conversation seldom brings up Native Americans. And I think that’s a shame. Native Americans absolutely deserve a place at the comics table, too. Deforest is adapting Diné folklore to create a unique story. And I think it deserves some support. The Wolf, by Ron Robledo, a comic about a Latino superhero, created by a Latino. It’s got a cool hook, too, as the hero’s powers are killing him. Again, support diversity in comics.

And finally! I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this one before: Elements: Fire, an anthology from Beyond Press. An anthology by creators of colour. It’s exceeded its goal, and has hit $40 000. So this book’s getting made. And with nearly two weeks left to go, there’s plenty of time to get it even higher. Every $5000 raised means another $50 goes to the creators, which is great. The more they get paid, the better. So throw it some love, if you haven’t already.

My schedule: 5:30-11:15 tomorrow, 11:45-8:15 Thursday, 3:15-10 Saturday, 10:45-5:30 Sunday, 11:15-7:45 Monday. So, posts Friday and Tuesday.

And that’s it for this week.

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