First new comics of the new year! I got to Blastoff Comics (my local comic shop and home to my pull list) later than I’d hoped this week, as I didn’t have time yesterday to get my books hot off the presses, but I went there today, and I wanted to share what I was reading this week!
First, there are the regular titles that are already reserved on my pull:
Bitch Planet #6 (IMAGE) – written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, art by Taki Soma
I’m really looking forward to reading this. Not only is BP one of my favorite titles (and if you’re not reading this amazing, feminist masterpiece, you should be!), but this issue tells us the backstory of Meiko Maki, an amazing character we said goodbye to in the last issue.
Toil and Trouble #5 (ARCHAIA) – written by Mairghread Scott, art by kelly & Nicole Matthews
I have to admit, I’ve fallen a couple of issues behind on Toil and Trouble. Nothing to do with the quality of the book (it’s a unique, intriguing female-centric retelling of MacBeth! Come ON!), and everything to do with the fact that comics have become like TV shows to me now in that there are so many titles I’m interested in, it’s difficult to keep up with them all. But the issues have been accumulating in my pull, so I’ll be binge-reading the most recent two issues this week so that I can be ready for the final issue of this limited series next month.
This Damned Band #6 (DARK HORSE) – written by Paul Cornell, art by Tony Parker
Though Paul Cornell is one of my favorite writers in any medium, I have to say that this limited series has not been one of my favorites. I’m not really into the 1970s rock aesthetic to begin with, so that might be the problem right there. But that, along with this being a very testosterone-addled story, and the fact that the pacing was a bit wonky and it feels like this is trying to be a film rather than a comic (complete with documentary film motif), and the result hasn’t been that successful. Still, this is the last issue, so I will finish the series regardless, and despite this not being a book I enjoyed all that much, I will never regret throwing money at Cornell’s work. Here’s hoping his next comic fits me better.
Paper Girls #$ (IMAGE) – written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Cliff Chiang
BKV is another one of my favorite writers in any medium (really, his only misstep in my book so far was Ex Machina, which I wasn’t crazy about), and Paper Girls is an amazing series so far. I can’t wait to find out what the deal is with the robot/alien teenagers! Hell, these pre-teen girls are so interesting, I’d read a comic about them on their own without the sci-fi trappings. This is one I’m excited to read!
And lastly, something that wasn’t on my pull. Whenever I pick up my reserved titles, I always give the shelves a quick glance to make sure I don’t miss anything new that I might be interested in. This week, I needed to pick up…
A-Force (MARVEL) – written by G. Willow Wilson, art by Jorge Molina
I gotta say, while I was so happy to read A-Force during the Secret Wars event, because it put all its focus on some of Marvel’s best female superheroes, I was a bit disappointed by the story. It was just so….boring. And because the cast of characters is so huge, I didn’t really feel particularly attached to any one. I did, however, love Singularity, both for her sweetness, and for her beautiful powers and character design. She’s pretty much what has me coming back to A-Force. She’s on the cover, so despite it not looking like she was coming back at the end of last year’s A-Force, it seems like she’s back after all, and I want to see how she evolves, as well as whether or not A-Force is something I’m going to want to read in an ongoing way.
Well, that’s what I’m reading this week! What I hope to do every week is tell you the new titles that I’ve picked up, as well as give short reviews on last week’s titles, should you care what I think. 🙂
And now that that’s out of the way – what are YOU reading this week? I’m all about recommendations, so if you think there’s something I should be reading, make sure to let me know about it in the comments below!
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