Paper Girls, Vol 1
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
In the early morning following Halloween 1988, a group of newspaper delivery girls find that they’re the only survivors of a mysterious event that caused everyone in town to disappear. Pursued by people riding strange winged beasts, the girls strive to survive long enough to figure out what happened.
I went into “Paper Girls” rather blind, only knowing that it was set in the 80’s and that it was going to be a little weird. Since I like weird things and the 80’s, I figured this would be right up my alley. Continue reading
I Kill Giants, Issue 1
Writer: Joe Kelly
Illustrator: J.M. Ken Niimura
I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about “I Kill Giants”. So, I’m dipping my toes into the series with the first issue.
Barbara Thorson is a quirky bunny ear wearing girl. In her mind, she’s the hero of an epic fantasy. The lone misunderstood giant slayer. The people around her don’t understand what it’s like to bear this burden and Barbara has little patience for participating in general niceties. Her lack of conformity either puts people off or causes trouble for her. Continue reading
Storm, vol 1: Make it Rain
Writer: Greg Pak
Illustrator: Victor Ibanez and Matteo Buffagni
Rating: A –
Storm has always been an X-man that’s interested me. Her backstory and powers are really fascinating. So, I was excited to dive into Storm, vol 1: Make it Rain, especially when I found out that Greg Pak was the writer.
There isn’t really a cohesive plot running through this collection. It’s mostly Storm attempting to find her footing and discovering that the old ways aren’t always the best. The description of the volume makes it sound like this entire volume is her mourning the death of Wolverine, but really that’s only the very last part of the collection. If you haven’t been following the death of wolverine arc, you’re going to be a little confused here. Continue reading
Doctor Strange: Season 1
Author: Greg Pak
Illustrator: Emma Rios
Doctor Strange: Season One was my first exposure to Doctor Strange. So, I went into this knowing next to nothing of the character. I picked it up primarily because it’s written by Greg Pak (X-treme X-men) and illustrated by Emma Rios (Pretty Deadly).
Doctor Strange: Season One is an origin story and, in all honesty, a pretty cliched one. Stephen Strange was a gifted surgeon until a car accident crushed his hands, leaving him incapable of operating. In a quest to gain back what he lost, Strange embarks on a spiritual quest that starts his life down a new path. Continue reading
Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike
Author: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Illustrator: Emma Rios
Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike by Kelly Sue DeConnick is a comic that borrows from several genres. The most prominent ones being western, folktales and horror. In 2014, it was nominated for a handful of Eisner Awards and I can see why. The illustrations by Emma Rios are gorgeous and the writing, as always with DeConnick, is fabulous.
I blasted through this volume pretty quick on a 45 minute bus ride one morning. (Warning: for those of you who like to read on your commutes: if you’re considering doing that with this one, you probably don’t want to take that empty seat next to the little old lady. There is nudity and sex on several pages, which makes for some “I’m judging you” side-eye. Don’t be like me.) Continue reading
Chew, Vol 1: Taster’s Choice
Written by: John Layman
Illustrations by: Rob Guillory
After the bird flu wiped out 23 million people, the government outlawed the consumption of poultry. Tony Chu is a vice cop who is a Cibopath. Cibopath’s are a version of a touch psychic, but instead of getting a reading off of something by merely touching it, they have to eat it.
In Taster’s Choice, Tony and his partner are on a case to bring down a chicken smuggling ring when things take a wrong turn. Suddenly, Tony finds himself with a dying serial killer on his hands and the only way he can think to get the names of the killer’s victims is to eat him. As it turns out, his department isn’t cool with that. But the FDA is and Tony is quickly recruited into their ranks.
Chew is glorious with its fun dark humor, oddball characters and warped version of reality. At this moment, I’ve read the first three volumes of the series and Taster’s Choice is definitely the most solid one. It’s largely an introduction story, working to set-up the world, characters and what will be the main arc of the series but it’s done incredibly well. The story is tight and all the characters who take up page time are given distinct traits that make you want to know more.
I highly recommend this to anyone with a taste for dark humor and a bit of mystery.
Lumberjanes, Vol 1
Writers: Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Illustrated by: Brooke A. Allen
There’s quite a bit of hype going around about Lumberjanes at the moment and I was more than willing to jump on that band wagon. How could I resist when I heard it takes place at a camp called Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiul Crumpet’s camp for Hardcore Lady Types? The comic was originally supposed to be a short series geared toward tween girls. However, due to the amount of interest it quickly generated, it was picked-up as a ongoing series. It’s still largely written to a target audience of 13 year olds but it was rather enjoyable to my twenty-something cartoon watching self. Continue reading