Pull list for August 10 2016
I’ll go to the store for: A-Force #8, by Kelly Thompson, Paulo Siqueira and Rachelle Rosenberg; All-New All-Different Avengers #13, by Mark Waid, Adam Kubert and Sonia Oback; All-New All-Different Avengers Annual, by *deep breath* G. Willow Wilson, Mark Waid, Natasha Allegri, Faith Erin Hicks, Scott Kurtz, Zac Gorman, Mahmud Asrar, Chip Zdarsky, Jay Fosgitt, Tamra Bonvillain, Megan Wilson and Steve Hamaker; Black Panther #5, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story and Laura Martin; Spider-Man/Deadpool #8, by Joe Kelly, Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales and Jason Keith; Vision #10, by Tom King, Gabriel Walta and Jordie Bellaire.
I’ll also review: All-New X-Men #12, by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy and Nolan Woodard; Deadpool & the Mercs For Money #2, by Cullen Bunn, Iban Coello and Guru-eFX; Old Man Logan #10, by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo.
So that’s 6 comics I;m picking up, and 3 reviews. Good week.
I’m excited for everything. Vision is one of Marvel’s best books ever, and it’s getting more intense every issue, and it’s building to a big climax. Spider-Man/Deadpool is the best Deadpool series in years. Black Panther is telling a fantastic political story, and for those who hoped for more badassery from TChalla, it looks like this issue will deliver that. A-Force has been a lot of fun, but now that it’s getting into CWII, we should see some great drama. ANAD Avengers has been OK. But the big one this week, the book everyone’s excited for, is the ANADA Annual. Fanfics! It’s going to be amazing. It’ll be the best thing. I’m really excited for it. And yay for Faith Erin Hicks, too! I love Hicks, so seeing her work with Marvel characters – Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl at that! – will be a real treat.
So, today, we learned two things from Marvel. First, Red Wolf will be in Occupy Avengers. That’s really cool, and I’m eager to see what Walker does with the character. But in bigger news: New Ghost Rider ongoing! Written by Felipe Smith! Yes! I am so happy. Danilo Beyruth will do line art. But man, Smith back on Robbie Reyes makes me so happy. I loved All-New Ghost Rider, and seeing him get another chance is great.
I read Sarong Party Girls, by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan. My review:
This was a great book. It starts off really fun and light, but as it progresses, there’s a lot of drama and tension and emotion. Interestingly, for all that finding a husband is the protagonist’s main goal, the book largely avoids romance. There’s a real cynicism when it comes to romance, which was unexpected, but enjoyable. The protagonist isn’t looking for love, she’s looking for a rich husband who can provide her a good life. That makes her sound bad, and she’s definitely not a great role model, but there is a sense that she’s a good person who’s just become jaded from all she’s seen in Singaporean society.
Which leads to the best part of the novel, for me: The exploration of Singaporean culture. The book is written in Singlish, of course, which is really interesting. It’s easy to follow, so there’s no need to look anything up, and it’s actually a very cool way of speaking. But it’s the larger cultural stuff that held my focus. It paints a picture of Singapore that’s deeply misogynistic. Men view women as being there mostly to look pretty and do what they’re told. The book mostly deals more with the upper-class, the rich folks, who are the worst. The few lower-class men we see come across much better, despite the protagonist’s clear contempt for them. But the rich guys? They’re awful. They all sexually harass women (who have no real choice but to put up with it), cheat on their wives, and at one point the protagonist is, essentially, raped. She doesn’t say it, and she convinces herself it’s consensual, but the truth is, it’s rape. So, uh, trigger warning on that.
So there’s a lot of content that is very uncomfortable. And yet, the protagonist’s narration is so fun, so charming, that it’s infectious. It still ends up being a quick, breezy read. It’s quite the accomplishment.
It’s an excellent book, and I very highly recommend it.
Now, Alphabet, an anthology of queer creators from Prism Comics. And I got Women In Practical Armor in the mail today, so I’ll probably read that next.
A new Luke Cage trailer came out today. Holy shit. That show is looking amazing.
My schedule for the week: 1:45-8:30 tomorrow, 8-12:15 Thursday, 7:45-2:15 Saturday, 4-10:45 Sunday. So posts Friday, Monday and Tuesday, and probably Thursday. (Not Saturday, since I’ll be hanging out with a friend.)
And that’s all I’ve got for this week.