Normally I include my comics in my monthly reads post, but well, given that I’ve started a few new titles, I thought I’d give them their own post this month. Not quite sure how I’ll separate these out going forward, but I know I do want to give a little more coverage to comics on their own.
» Ms. Marvel #8: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson | Marvel – Kamala’s still up against the Inventor, but now she’s got a new, huge, partner joining her. Lockjaw! Everyone’s favorite teleporting dog. In this issue we get more of Kamala’s home and school life. With all this super hero stuff going on in her life, I think it’s also important to remember that she’s still a teenager with all that everyday teenager stuff she’s dealing with. Also, a little bit of a cliff hanger… This is a setting up a new chapter in this arc, and I am definitely curious where it’s going.
» Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #0 by Gerry Duggan | Marvel – Squee! Ok. Yes. I am most definitely fangirling over this book. I’m still new to both characters — I’ve only been able to read the first volume for Hawkeye’s new run. And that’s really it. But I’ve been drawn to both of these guys for a bit now. I love both of their personalities. Mix them together, and yes, as some people have put it, you’ve got a new Odd Couple. I want to be their BFF, or their neighbor, or all of the above. I know this is only going to be a short run, but I am super excited about this duo. Plus, now I need 100% more Deadpool in my life. And more Clint Barton, too.
» The Whedon Three Way | Dark Horse – I probably wouldn’t have picked this one up if I hadn’t seen that this book was only $1. It’s got three stories in it, which is way more than your buck is worth. First up is Buffy (Season 10 #1). And then there’s Angel & Faith (also Season 10 #1). Both of those stories bleed into each other. And then there’s Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1. First off: FEELS. Oh Hoban Washburne. For the most part, the dialogue read true to the tv series, which I appreciated. Also, holy coupling! Anyway, this intro reminded me how much I miss the world of Firefly… I think I might have to go back and pick up the original Serenity series…
» Batgirl: Future’s End #1 by Gail Simone | DC – MORE FEELS. Oh Babs. We just want you to be happy, to be able to live your life, to find love… In this one-shot, we see the original Batgirl, Barbara Gordon, go some place dark. Barbara becomes Bête Noire. We also see a small army of Batgirls. The return of Cassandra and Stefanie. And I believe the introduction of Tiffany. All awesome on their own levels. (But Babs will always be my batgirl.) Even though this is a world I would not like to see my Batgirl in, not the pain I’d want her to go through… I thought this was pretty great and would like at least 5 more issues to expand the storyline. But I think Simone did a wonderful job with the page space she had.
» Edge of Spider-verse #2 by Jason Latour | Marvel – I was beyond pumped when I first saw that Gwen Stacy was going to be Spider Woman in this alternate universe where she gets bit and Peter Parker doesn’t. I mean, seriously, check her out. the art is great, she looks great. Like, I want to cosplay Spider Gwen every single day. Did this comic completely wow me and live up to my every expectation? No. Not really. BUT, but. I really do think there is tremendous potential, and I really, sincerely hope that they find a way to make this an on-going series. Because seriously, we need more women in comics like this version of Gwen Stacy. And we seriously need more of this art, too. I think that was the main draw back, I needed, and most definitely wanted, more.
Read also: Here’s a really good review of this comic and issues with Spider Gwen.
» The Storyteller: Witches #1 by S.M. Vidaurri | Archaia – I have a special place in my heart Jim Henson. And the Storyteller shows were a favorite of mine. Really, anything that makes use of the Creature Shop in a fantastical way. This series keeps in the heart of the Storyteller — though we do miss seeing him and his faithful dog. Anyway. This particular issue focuses on the story of the Magic Swan Goose and the Lord of the Forest. And it’s basically a short folklore tale told as if the Storyteller was reading it to us. The art in it is beautiful. I reminds me of tapestries. Each issue is a contained story, and I definitely plan on picking up each one.
» Lumberjanes #1 by Noelle Stevenson | BOOM! Studios – FINALLY got to read this! Thanks to National Comic Book Day, Comixology had this and other issues for free. I’d been wanting this for ages, but sadly, haven’t had luck getting issue 1. It’s a fun story, and it starts off immediately with action. I guess normally I’m used to just a little bit of backstory and build up, but it looks like we’ll be getting pieces of that as we go along. So far we’ve got a group of girls at summer camp (for hardcore lady-types) fighting mysterious, magical beasts. I look forward to reading ALL of these books, hopefully soon. Friendship to the max!
» The Woods #1 by James Tynion IV | BOOM! Studios – I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Woods. I was told it was dark and intriguing. And well, it was another NCBD freebie. A high school is transported to a terrible, terrible woods — and it is completely not safe. In looking ahead, it appears there will be power struggles and more terrible beasties… And, you know, I think this one’s a keeper.
» Princess Ugg #1 by Ted Naifeh | Oni Press – Another NCBD grab. Norse viking princess who rides a war mammoth? Yes please! This is a fun title that’s basically poking fun at all the princess tropes we know. Princess Ülga heads down to the bright and sunny and worry-free kingdom in the valley to attend Princess School. She’s a battle-axe wielding, no-nonsense, fur-clade princess. It’s not a leap at all to know she’s going to be an outlier with all the other princesses. Over all, I thought this was a really fun read and I’d like to keep up with the series. Only downside was that as they were doing the dialogue, rather than sounding Norse, she and her clan sound Scottish. I mean, “Wee bonny berserker”??
» Winterworld #1 by Chuck Dixon | IDW – Post-apocalyptic world covered in ice. Scully and his teenage ward, Wynn, are trying to survive — and find Wynn’s parents. Oh, and pet badger? Color me intrigued. This series is based off the Chuck Dixon/Jorge Zaffino classic of the same name that was released in the 80s. It’s an interesting premise, and also interesting characters. I’m actually sad that I do like this one so much because I can’t afford to keep up with all of these series!
» Ragnarök #1 by Walt Simonson | IDW – More norse mythological storylines! I’m not quite as invested in this one. We’ve got a dark elf starting her quest towards the dead god… and well, that’s sort of the gist of what I know is going on thus far. This one’s definitely a bit more on the epic fantasy side of things. Which, there’s not anything wrong with it. Just compared to everything else I’ve read this month, this wouldn’t bump anything off my pull list.