I did not get much time to get out to my comic book store like I had wanted. Partially due to my personal schedule, but also because I let my pull list get out of hand and overwhelm me — and now? Ugh. It’s like a mile long. Now I’m debating whether I try to pick everything up now and catch up on my reading, or wait until after I move… (Also, need to find a new store when I move!)
So this month, my New-to-Me list is fairly short. Just two titles. But great titles.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Vol 1 – The Long Way Home
Written by: Joss Whedon
Art by: Georges Jeanty (and Andy Owens and Dave Stewart and Richard Starkings)
Published by: Dark Horse Comics
Synopsis: Since the destruction of the Hellmouth, the Slayers-newly legion-have gotten organized and are kicking some serious undead butt. But not everything’s fun and firearms, as an old enemy reappears and Dawn experiences some serious growing pains. Meanwhile, one of the “Buffy” decoy slayers is going through major pain of her own.
Why I picked it up: This was an amazing, and amazingly generous gift from Natasha! I’ve seen all of the tv show, but that had been a while ago. My only experience with the comics had been just one story in the Joss Whedon Three Way issue. This is just the first section of the first volume of this season.
My initial thoughts: I most definitely need to re-watch the series. Thankfully, I mean, I know who the key players are… But it’d be nice to remember the events that lead up to where they are. Some of it I do remember, but again, not all. Overall, though, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to plowing through all four volumes of the season.
On the pull list: Well, given that I now own the complete 8th season, I don’t need to add it. And like I said, this is just one storyline in the first volume. I’ve got 4 more to go in this book alone, then it’s on to the next 3 books.
The Wicked + The Divine, vol 1
Written by: Kieron Gillen
Art by: Jamie McKelvie
Published by: Image Comics
Synopsis: Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.
Why I picked it up: This has been on many people’s must read lists lately. I was going to pick it up anyway, but it was offered on NetGalley, so of course I requested it as fast as possible.
My initial thoughts: Loved it. In looking into my potential anthropology courses, I realized I’m going to have a lo of chances to study folklore as well — something I’ve been interested in since I was a wee kid. With W+D, you get various gods brought back into the modern world, but as pop stars. And I’m completely fascinated by it all. I’ve noticed that a lot of the individual gods have a tie to war, so I’m really curious to the larger story this series will provide.
On the pull list: Yes. The first volume collects issues 1-5, so I will happily continue with this one. (While the TPB is awesome for collecting everything in one spot, if you can pick up the single issues, do so — the art is just fun and great. Simple and fitting really.) Issue 6 comes out December 17th.
What new comics did you read? What new titles would you recommend to me for December?