I finally made some time for some graphic novel reading. Pleasantly surprised at the selection I checked out from my local library. And a friendly PSA - you should totally check out your library's graphic novel collection. Save yourselves some money, give them suggestions, and enjoy. Chances are your library also has access to a digital collection through Overdrive or Hoopla.
(There, I've done my librarian duty. And this librarian ALWAYS appreciates suggestions for purchasing, especially when it comes to manga and graphic novels :)
Star Wars: Princess Leia
Author: Mark Waid and Terry Dodson (artist)
Info: Marvel, copyright 2015, 120pages
Takes off immediately after A New Hope. Leia wants to be a part of the Rebel Alliance, but they're trying to pigeonhole her as a royal, putting her on the sidelines to keep her safe. Bad call to try to bench a woman who is stubborn and independent-minded. The Empire is rounding up the remaining citizens of Alderaan scattered across the galaxy, and Leia, as their princess and soldier, wants to save them.
A decent storyline that fits with canon. You see Leia before her more stoic (angry? bullheaded?) portrayal in The Empire Strikes Back, still young and quick to dive into trouble. You also get a glimpse of the relationship between her and Han (which, of course, is one of my favorite parts)
Not my favorite in this round up, but worth the read.
Grayson Vol 1&2
Author: Tom King/Tim Seeley and Mikel Janin/Stephen Mooney (artists)
Info: DC Comics, copyright 2015
Thought to be dead, Dick Grayson (aka Nightwing) is now an agent of Spyral, well, double agent, because he's totally still in cahoots with the Caped Crusader. Basically Grayson, and his partner, Agent 37, go out on mission (all James Bond-like), saving people, stealing things, finding themselves into trouble.
Not a great summary. Sorry. I'll admit I haven't read any Nightwing (going to now!), so I was a bit confused at the beginning, but then I figured, what-evs, I'm just going to roll with it. Not sure what Spyral is or what's up with the Spyral leader, Mr. Minos who doesn't have a face, but the story was funny anyways. Definitely like the character of Dick Grayson and the way he points his toes all acrobatic like when he's flying through the air.
I will most definitely be reading more of this series and going back for context.
Fade Out Vol 1-3
Author: Ed Brusker and Sean Phillips (artist)
Info: Image Comics, copyright 2015
A Hollywood Noir tale about the death of an up-and-coming actress, the screenwriter that found the body, and the dark side of the business. Think L.A. Confidential and Black Dahlia.
Definitely an "adult" title with several suggestive storylines and images, but a great story. I love the setting of 1940s Hollywood. Everything seems all glossy and beautiful on the outside, but underneath it's dark and ugly. Not that I like dark and ugly. It just makes things interesting.
I'll be checking out more of Brubaker's non-superhero comics.
We Stand On Guard
Author: Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce/Matt Hollingsworth (artist)
Info: Image Comics, copyright 2016
Set in the future, war between the U.S. and Canada has swept through the northern Canadian territories. The U.S. needs water, the last of its reserves running dry, and a small band of Canadian rebels is fighting to defend their homeland.
You had me at Brian K. Vaughan. Seriously. I was going to read this regardless of what it's about, and as always I got awesome storytelling partnered with spectacular art. It's no Saga, but entertaining and thoughtful nonetheless. Read it.
Descender Vol 2
Author: Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (artist)
Info: Image Comics, copyright 2016
In volume one, androids have been outlawed, and the secrets of the robot uprising lie in the head of a young "boy" named TIM-21. Now bounty hunters are scouring the galaxy for androids in fear of their power, and TIM-21 finds himself at the planet of the robot, still looking for the only family he has ever known.
Good round up when it includes both Brian K. Vaughan AND Jeff Lemire, my other favorite comic book author. Good stuff here. Dustin Nguyen is a genius. The artwork is beautiful and the storyline sucks you in. Can't wait for volume 3!
Giant Days Vol 2
Author: John Allison and Whitney Cougar/Max Sarin/Lissa Treiman (artists)
Info: BOOM! Box, copyright 2016
The continuing escapades of Susan, Esther, and Daisy at university. There's a dance, a couple new boyfriends, and a questioning sexuality.
This is my guilty pleasure read. I love these girls. They are completely insane, but oh-so-loveable. And they're British with British humor. Adore this one and the artwork.
That's it for this round up! I've got Lumberjanes vol 2 & 3 and some more Star Wars ready and waiting for me to devour. Any suggestions on what I should read next! I'm willing to try anything (but just a heads up, I like DC better than Marvel when it comes to my glossy reading :)