Pull list for September 14 2016
I’ll go to the store for: A-Force #9, by Kelly Thompson, Paulo Sequeira and Rachelle Rosenberg; Animosity #2, by Marguerite Bennett, Rafael de Latorre, Rob Schwager and Marshall Dillon; Black Panther #6, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story and Laura Martin; Mockingbird #7, by Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, Sean Parsons and Rachelle Rosenberg.
I’ll also review: All-New X-Men #13, by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy and Nolan Woodard; Deadpool #18, by Gerry Duggan, Mike Hawthorne, Brian Level, Terry Pallot, Jordie Bellaire and Rachelle Rosenberg; Old Man Logan #11, by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo; Uncanny Avengers #14, by Gerry Duggan, Ryan Stegman and Richard Isanove.
So that’s 4 comics I’m picking up, and 4 reviews. Decent week.
Four great comics this week! A-Force has been solid, and an arc focusing on Nico, with Elsa Bloodstone as a guest star, is bound to be good. It started well, this issue looks like it’ll do a good job continuing the story. Animosity got off to one hell of a start, and I’m really excited to see where this story goes. I love Bennett as a writer, so I’m in for this. Black Panther has been a great exploration of political theory, and this issue will have the Panther finally turn his attention to the Midnight Angels and their revolution, which should make for fantastic stuff. And Mockingbird is just really, really fun.
I finished Hen & Chick #1: The Marauder’s Island, by Tristan J. Tarwater. My review:
This was great. It’s a really interesting, unique fantasy novel, one that avoids most of the cliches and tropes of the genre. It’s an all-black cast (by a black writer), to start with, rather than all the white people who dominate the genre. It doesn’t draw from European culture to people the world. The cultures in the book are unique, but if there’s any real-world inspiration, it’s from the Caribbean. The main relationship in the book is between a girl and her mother, with all the love and tension that goes along with that, which is rarely explored in fantasy. There’s no focus on romance, though there is some definite attraction between the protagonist and another girl on the ship, and I look forward to seeing more of that in later books because they’re adorable. (Side note: Another girl on the crew is trans. Neat!) Tarwater clearly worked very, very hard to make this different from a normal fantasy novel, and it shows, and it makes for a much more unique and interesting read.
The writing is excellent. Descriptions are vivid, characters have plenty of depth, the story moves along briskly, there’s a lot of emotional weight. Tarwater’s great at what she does, and provides a thoroughly enjoyable read. It’s a unique, diverse, exciting YA fantasy, and I highly recommend it.
This is one that I backed on Kickstarter. And I finished My Monster Boyfriend, an anthology. My review:
This was great. As a Smut Peddler publication, it is porn by women, for women. It does include quite a few stories of gay sex, but as a straight man myself, I want to note that if that bothers you so much, you should probably get over yourself. The stories are all great. Some are really fun, some are really sweet, all are really hot. The art is fantastic. All the artists involved are top-notch talents with really appealing stories. The writers are all excellent at what they do, as well, and help to imbue the characters with a lot of personality.
This is porn with personality, and it’s wonderful and a delight and I definitely recommend it.
Another one I backed on Kickstarter. And speaking of Kickstarter, I want to mention Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology. It just looks really cool and I think you should back it. There’s also still a couple days left to get in on the Sweaty Palms anthology about anxiety, which has reached its goal and looks good; the Moonshot Indigenous comics collection, which is still a bit short of its goal (the project is run by a Canadian small-press publisher, so if you’re American, it’s actually cheaper for you, and if you’re Canadian, then come on, support Canadian comics!); the La Raza anthology spotlighting Latinx creators; the IF anthology of superhero stories; Finding Molly, a story about a catsitter (cats!); Happily Ever Aftr, about a Princess using a dating app to find a Prince to rescue her from the girl holding her captive out of loyalty to family tradition; and Erstwhile, a Grimm’s Fairy Tale anthology by three female creators, focusing on women and POC characters. All worth backing!
My schedule for the week: 11:15-7:45 Thursday, 2:45-9:30 Friday, 3-11 Saturday, 3:15-10:45 Sunday, 3-9:45 Monday, 1:15-9:45 Tuesday. So I won’t be able to post at all this week. Wee. This sucks. Ah, well.
And that’s it for this week.