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Jan. 3rd, 2017 01:18 pm
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So I've started reading comics again after Marvel + logistics bogged me down last year. *shakes fist at Secret Wars*

I have a few ground rules for myself now: Trades only, because I hate single issues. I hate reading them, I hate owning them. And almost no Big 2, although I just got the first volume of the new Black Widow and have a couple others on my list for when they come out.

Harrow County vol. 1-3 - Benn/Crook
This book is the BEST, I want EVERYONE to read it. It's put out by Dark Horse, and it's the story of a young woman on a farm in the 20s-ish who discovers a whole bunch of life-altering things about herself, her dad, and her community. It's billed as horror, but that's more the elements than the treatment, IMO Emmy Rose is a fascinating character. She also has a femslashable BFF (who happens to be black).

But most of all, omg, the art. The art is incredible. These really charming pencils/inks, and then just look at the watercolor (larger version here:


Paper Girls vol. 1 - Vaughan/Chiang
Everybody seems to love this, but I did not. This was described to me as "kind of like Stranger Things, but with girls," which sounds appealing, but in fact it's if Stranger Things had space travel and time travel and possibly the Rapture and definitely pteranodon riders. It was more zany than anything, there were so many big things happening that I never got a feel for what the book was supposed to be about, I didn't feel like I got to know the characters at all, and the last issue in the volume ended with a splashpage gotcha on par with what you'd get out of Morning Glories. Also, some of the zaniness involved writing tics that I recognized from Saga, and I'm not feeling too kindly towards Vaughan about Saga right now. So, pass.

Lady Killer vol. 1 - Jones/Rich
I loved the pitch, which is "Bored 50s housewife is an assassin on the side," but the comic itself disappointed. It's very, very pretty, so no complaints there, but after a whole trade I still didn't have any idea WHY our protagonist murders people for money. I got no emotional sense of her at all. There also didn't seem much promise of her developing interesting relationships with anyone. Probably will not get another volume of this.

Black Widow vol. 1 - Waid/Samnee
I'm not sure if the story here is necessarily good or groundbreaking, but it's at least way stronger than the Edmondson/Noto book, Samnee's art is an utter delight, and guys, I missed Natasha so much. I hadn't realized. I shamelessly, 100% love this book. I'm not sure I even realized how big a Natasha fan I was until I read this and then started paging back through my Tumblr reblogs of her.

Monstress vol.1 - Liu/Sana
High-fantasy worldbuilding, a story in which almost every character with lines is a woman (of one species or another), body horror and a dark destiny: this book has A Lot. It's dense and took some effort for me to get into - I think it took me four days to finish the trade. (It's also a big trade. You really get your money's worth.) But once I did I found myself really enjoying it. This is clearly a story with legs that Liu is just beginning to lay the groundwork for, and I'm really interested to see where she goes.

Guys, I just want to marvel: That is five titles, all of them starring women, two of them with female creators, and I wasn't even trying. The diversity of stories available to read in mainstream comics has exploded even in the three or so years since I started reading them. It's incredible.

Date: 2017-01-03 11:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shapinglight
The diversity of stories available to read in mainstream comics has exploded even in the three or so years since I started reading them. It's incredible.

This is true. It's a very positive sign.

Date: 2017-01-04 08:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shapinglight
True - though I must admit, I've cut back my comics reading an awful lot recently. I'm down to the Buffy book, one X-Men title (probably not the one you would choose) and the Rivers of London series. Other things I catch up with over time in TPB form, but these days, except in a couple of cases, I'm more inclined to follow particular writers I like rather than characters.

Date: 2017-01-05 09:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shapinglight
It's possible there's something you're missing, but since I only read books that feature Magneto (a character I've found fascinating since the 1980s, but who I'm sure I remember you saying you have no interest in) I wouldn't really know. And I know what you mean about the X-books being problematic. I have the sneaking suspicion Marvel would like to do away with them -and the mutant concept - altogether because of the row over film rights and have concluded they can't because the X-Men are still too popular. Every protestation I read on the part of the Marvel PTBs that this isn't so just convinces me more and more that I'm right.

Yes, we live in a post-truth age. ;)

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