Venneh

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  1. Harrow County vols 6 and 7: The threads are finally all coming together, and Crook does amazing art work over these two volumes. Can’t wait to see how it ends. Astonisher v1: Part of Lion Forge’s Catalyst Prime line, and a hell of a comic about mental health and also superheroes and also Tony Stark IRL. Arts pretty solid. The Priest oneshot in the back has me interested in some of the other stuff from the line. Black History In Its Own Words: Ron Wimberly’s illustrated quote collection about black history. Good quick read, includes lots of lesser known individuals. Afar: Graphic
  2. The Ancient Magus’ Bride vol 1-8: They had a manga library at C2E2. I decided to get acquainted with the manga version of one of my favorite recent series. A bit more expanded out than the recent show, but still pretty 1:1 in terms of content. Some gorgeous double page spreads too. Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card Arc 2: CLAMP is getting back to form, the mystery deepens, it’s great to have it back. Dead Rabbit 0: Ashcan/intro to the new Duggan/McCrea series. It’s not anything new, but it’s done well so far. The Highest House 1: Carey and Gross come back for some good old Europea
  3. 34. The Story of My Teeth, Valeria Luiselli (translated by Christina MacSweeney): This is a hell of a book. The book was written in collaboration with workers at a juice factory in Mexico as a way of bridging an art gallery and the workers at the juice company that funded the art collections at the gallery. The result is an amazing story about an auctioneer that you think is one thing, turns out to be entirely another, and has a chapbook added on to it by the translator, all in just over 150 pages. I need to find more of Luiselli’s work if it exists in translation, I think. In my top five for
  4. I’m hearing that Simons just jumped ship after getting promoted to EIC. It’s pretty yikes.
  5. Bride’s Story v9: I love that they go out of the way to focus on the side characters of the story in these later volumes. Still gorgeous, still low key adorable. Single Issues: 56 Trades/Tankobon/Graphic Novels/Anthologies: 15 Omnibuses: 1
  6. Land of the Lustrous v5: More revelations, more wonderful ruminations on depression. This is the first volume where I felt Ichikawa might’ve been a bit rushed, but there are pages that more than make up for it. These are coming slower now that they’re catching up to the Japanese, which sucks bc it means longer between fixes, but it’s still pretty. Jessica Jones 18: Well that was... a thing. WicDiv 35: McKelvie and Wilson continue to go god mode on the art. More revelations on the story front that I think I’m starting to get the shape of the story on. [REDACTED XXX]: I’m just g
  7. 33. Empty Chairs, Liu Xia (translated by Ming Di and Jennifer Stern): Learning that I can count on Graywolf Press for good fucking poetry collections. Liu Xia has now been missing, or at minimum not appearing in public, since her husband’s death last summer. And frankly, that adds a new dimension to an already pretty heartbreaking collection. You can see the years wear down on her as the dates on the poetry get closer and closer to the present. Liu Xiaobo has always said that she’s the more talented poet between them, and this collection proves that’s true. I’m not sure if more of her work exi
  8. Pacific Rim Uprising: Man I am conflicted about this. When it gets the tone right, it gets it fucking right. But the first hour or so is real rough, and it doesn't really kick off for me until The cameraman has a dutch angle fetish which is frustrating, and the color and score felt super muted compared to the last one.
  9. 31. The Lathe of Heaven, Ursula K. LeGuin: I honestly haven't read a lot of LeGuin, and when this deal came through for $2 through Kindle, I thought I should take advantage of it, and I was right. The premise is what if a man had the power to change the world through his dreaming, and what happens when a psychiatrist with a mild god complex gets his hands on it. It's also low key a horror novel with everything that ends up happening, and has some absolutely gorgeous lines in it. It's under 200 pages, and a fast paced read besides. Definitely worth your time. 32. Iron Council, China Miévil
  10. 29. Hunger Makes the Wolf, Alex Wells: Picked this up at Emerald City. It’s a combination of a dystopia by way of miner’s union (what if the company controlled a planet?) and what Firefly could’ve been if Joss cut the bullshit and had fully committed to the concept, with a heavy dose of weird. The narrative voice is excellent, and it’s a solid dose of genre scifi with a bit of union anger and Sons of Anarchy. If Angry Robot comes to your con, and does its multiple books for cheap deal, definitely pick this up with Under the Pendulum Sun. I’ll be picking up the sequel for this if I see them at
  11. Runaways 4-7: Rowell really feels like she's got the voices of the kids down, and Anka and Wilson is a next level teamup on the art front. Single Issues: 53 Trades/Tankobon/Graphic Novels/Anthologies: 13 Omnibuses: 1
  12. Delicious in Dungeon v2 + 3: More forays deeper into the dungeon, party bonding, and flashbacks, along with weirdly delicious looking meals. Baking with Kafka: A collection of a bunch of those comics you’ve probably seen on Facebook. Pretty solid. Strangers in Paradise v10: The midpoint of the series, I believe, and just wonderfully done. I should really try to find the omnibus collections of these. Taproot: Keezy Young’s webcomic about gardening, ghosts, and being queer, collected in one volume by Lion Forge (and at a super affordable price, too). Definitely worth a read.
  13. Wonder Woman/Shade the Changing Girl: Set in the middle of the Milk Wars crossover, so mostly I don't have a goddamn clue what's happening here. But it's Mirka Andolfo, and the weirdness of Shade combined with the creepiness of Retro Co. Fun one shot, if nothing else. Mister Miracle 1-7: So, Gerards does some great stuff with panel breakdown here, which I'm really impressed with. The story... we have something interesting going on for issues 1-6, with New Genesis and Orion and Granny and some genuinely interesting plot beats. Issue 7 slam cuts to the delivery of Scott and Barda's baby, t
  14. I should reread that, it’s been a few years since I have.
  15. 28. Jade City, Fonda Lee: This is a fun novel that you can totally tell was a world that Fonda’s been building for a while. Reductive way to describe it would be “Hong Kong fantasy mafia Godfather with jade magic”, but it’s a well paced, fun read with great world building. There’s only a few flaws - time jumps that don’t always make sense, minorly awkward info dumps. Also some of the ensemble members don’t get as much attention as the others, which doesn’t help how some of them take prominence later in the narrative with seemingly no motivation, but given that this book is marked Book One, I’d
  16. 27. Under the Pendulum Sun, Jeanette Ng: So, I am of two minds on this. On the one hand: this is an expertly written gothic novel - amazing descriptions, heavy dose of salvation and damnation, creepiness, angst, repressed sexual desire, forbidden things, and wound with the creepiness of the Fae (and Queen Mab in particular), a dose of the Apocrypha, and two missionaries trying to bring the word of god to the Fae, and you have an amazing book. On the other hand: a discussion that will require SPOILERS, if you care. I’d love to read a follow up to this, but if it’s goin
  17. My take on it is that it was Taika Waiti being very aware that he was making a Kirby as fuck movie, and went full Silver Age with this shit.
  18. I'm so fucking in. Also - COUGH COUGH COUGH
  19. 26. In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez: Historical fiction based on the Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic. Emphasis on the fiction part apparently - the afterword emphasizes the fact that she took considerable liberties, and that the sisters are based more on the sisters in her head than the historical reality of the sisters. I read this back in middle school after seeing the movie that was made based on this (which had Edward James Olmos and Salma Hayek??), and vaguely remember this, but it’s nice to read it again.
  20. Girl in the Green Silk Dress: Midquel comic that serves as a good lore introduction to Seanan McGuire’s first book in the series and a refresher for the new sequel. Britt Sabo does great work here. The Fish Wife: One of Mel Gilman’s 24 hour comics that I picked up at ECCC. Queer mermaids with a horror undertone that turns sweet at the end. Sweet Rock: Another of Gilman’s 24 hour comics. Queer giantess romance, sweet and bitter and wonderful. East of West 36: Still not sure what’s happening overall here, but vaguely remember enough that I can follow what happens in the issue. Mo
  21. 25. The Wonder Engine, T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon): HOT DAMN. This was the perfect follow up, and doesn’t hesitate to ensure that there are consequences to EVERYTHING. Which I really appreciate. Also the real dark shit is balanced out by good laughs, and now may have me going back to read the first book to see if a slightly unexpected twist was actually hinted at in the first book or not. The cast is great, the descriptions are amazing, and you should really, really read this.
  22. The Terrifics 1: Read this on the plane. Art had some real stunning splashes, story was pretty solid. Low key boggling at them blatantly using more of Moore’s characters. Agents of the Realm v1: Got this on Thursday at the con, I’ve been following the welcomic for a while but hadn’t read it from the start yet. It’s neat to see Mildred’s style evolve as time goes on, and the story start to come together more. Looking forward to the next collection. Speak: The Graphic Novel: Counting this in my book count and my comic count, because Laurie did rewrite some of this to acknowledge shit
  23. 22. Crash Overdrive, Zoe Quinn: Half memoir of GamerGate, half “this is what to do if you are being screamed at by anime nazis”, half “oh god the internet is kinda terrible at this”. Not a happy read by any stretch of the imagination but Quinn interjects plenty of dark humor and a bit of hope to help. And admits the limitations of the perspective, which is good. 23: Star Wars: Canto Bight Anthology: Four novellas by names like Saladin Ahmed and Mira Grant. Each story is its own thing, but ties into each other with other characters showing up. It’s a good touch. Grant’s story was far and
  24. 19. The Odyssey, Homer (translated by Emily Wilson): You’ve probably heard hype about this translation by now. It lives up to the hype. Amazing work by Wilson, gorgeous turns of phrase, and some casual gut punch lines. Skip the (eighty page, Christ) intro, but do read the translator’s notes. 20. The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander: Goddamn, I’m looking at likely one of the novella nominees for the big sci-fi awards next year. AU of events that happened to the radium girls and to Topsy the elephant (look it up), interwoven with a future narrative that doesn’t quite resolve and
  25. Delicious in Dungeon v1: Manga about a band of D+D adventurers trying to save a party member's sister from being digested by a dragon, are broke as fuck after a reset, and trying to save money by cooking what they find in the dungeon. A crazy dwarf who's been living in the dungeon for at least a decade joins them and shows them how to survive. I bet I could figure out equivalent real world ingredients to use for the fictional ingredients here. First volume has me interested, will probably borrow the rest from our DM. Dry County 1: Upcoming Rich Tommaso comic about a cartoonist who is cle