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  1. Bitch Planet Triple Feature 4: Not my favorite stories of the bunch so far, with the exception of Vita Ayala's story at the end. Still solid. Codename Baboushka: Ghost Station Zero 2: Ooof. The art is... a lot rougher than I remember from the first arc. Story seems a bit more suited to the John Wick director's interpretation of Lorraine (from Coldest City/Atomic Blonde). Mage: The Hero Denied 2: Yup. Still super 90s. Not my thing. Spy Seal 2: Again, Tintin/Scarry aesthetic, but with WAY too much in the word balloons. Zines: 9 Single Issues: 261 Trades/Graphic
  2. FFXII: Zodiac Age: We've got Reddas, my favorite guest character now, and I've been trying to hold off on the plot for as long as possible so I can a) use him as a wonderful fourth character to make the Hunts easier (we're down to 1 mil plus dragon fucker and Gilgamesh) and b) put off losing him from the party. We're probably about forty to fifty hours in gameplay wise I wanna say, in speed mode, and we're already at Pharos. This really benefitted from the HD remake (we're into the really pretty shit like Giruvegan and the Pharos). (Also love that the female characters for the most part get to
  3. Provenance, Ann Leckie: ARC of Leckie's follow up to the Ancillary trilogy. No one from the original trilogy shows up, and events are referenced in ways that would make sense for people hearing it a system or two away, which I really like. The best way I can explain this is that it's like a Shakespeare comedy of errors, but writ on an interstellar scale; and applied to items of cultural importance. I really like how the story unfolds, and how the story frames family, it's characters, and the importance of cultural artifacts. I got through this in about three nights, roughly. There will b
  4. Note on the Cat Staggs stuff: most of the stuff she's worked on has been licensing stuff where the characters looking like photoshop traces is actually an asset. That's all I'll say. Motor Crush 6: Flashback issue focusing on Domino's dad and fleshing out a bit more of his backstory. The art this time is Cameron Stewart trying to look like Babs Tarr (with Babs and her normal colorer on the coloring), which can get a bit weird at times. Good issue to ease us back into things. Seven to Eternity 9: Well, SHIT. Opena and Hollingsworth kick it out of the park, and Remender ends the arc
  5. The Five Daughters of the Moon, Leena Likitalo: From's novella program, basically a light fantasy reimagining of the fall of the Romanov empire. I have a feeling that this was originally a full length novel that got split in half bc she realized she was more likely to get it published with them as two novellas; you can see the place for an easy split at the end of this novella. It's a quick paced read, with each Daughter getting a chapter and character building and each pov building on the last, with the pov characters not knowing what we know. I'm definitely interested in the sequel,
  6. Rapture 4: Chess piece storytelling to get Shadowman where they need him to be for the 2018 series, was tempted to burst out laughing for most of the issue, but the charmingness in the last two pages softened me a bit. Still not sure why this was an event? And while I get what they were going for with the lettering for Babel in his dialogue heavy sections it just felt like they got the letterer drunk and told him to go nuts. Wonder Woman: Earth One v1: Finally read through this. This is... I'm still not sure how to parse this one honestly. On the one part - there's a very interesting st
  7. Satin Island, Tom McCarthy: I'm of two minds on this. On the one hand: this got shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, it's got some absolutely gorgeous writing, it's under 200 pages, McCarthy is an experimental writer, and I can see the larger point that the format/way the novel turns out is trying to make about the search for meaning in life. On the other hand, I was hoping there would be some kind of arc or resolution to the things that were laid out, in some fashion? This just kind of peters out and then the novel just ends, with no resolution. Immediately after finishing it I t
  8. Deadly Class 30: What's happening to Saya? Who gives a fuck! Road trip! I'm really getting frustrated at the priorities of the plot and the convenience. The issue itself is pretty fun when it decides to not focus on the larger plot, but bringing it back in just makes things awkward. Redlands 2: I'm happy with how they chose to follow up here, and interested to see where the series goes. Del Rey and Bellaire working together is some amazing stuff. Black Magick 7: I keep reading this because we get free review copies and I'm determined to see what people love so much about th
  9. Shutter 23-30: Amazing, perfect wrap to this series. 29 and 30 straight up made me bawl. Interested to see what Del Duca does after this Demo 12: Essentially a one shot that contains what's basically a song set to a comic, and Cloonan and Wood switching artist/writer duties. Interesting to see this in the single format. Early Cloonan, so it leans a bit more manga than her later stuff, but it's still gorgeous. Casanova: Avaritia 1-4: I only followed this in the collected hardcover from Image, so it's really interesting to see how the single issues flowed. Still probably my favorite
  10. local AV Club dude had a comics sale today. Also I bought a bunch of shit at FlameCon. Expect a bit of catch-up the next few days. Wolverine 6: Aka that one with the Esad Ribic porn looking cover. Kurt and Logan talk in a bar. Also something with some lady that has to do with the larger plot I guess? Scarlet Witch 11, 15: As I said to the dude this afternoon: the reason I read this is not because of James Robinson. The rotating artist here is very interesting and I'd like to think he writes to let the artist take the lead. Let me have my dreams. Del Duca is lovely, and Del Rey brings
  11. Camanchaca, Diego Zúñiga (translated by Megan McDowell): A 110 page novella about a trip across a desert, a son, his fractured (and abusive) relationship with his parents, and the secrets and silence that bind them all together. Interestingly structured (no more than a paragraph per page), which makes for an interesting and quick read. Worth your time. Books read: 64
  12. Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors, Susan Sontag: I was directed towards this by The Shock Doctrine. Sontag discusses all the metaphors and myths around TB, cancer, and AIDS and how they add to the suffering and stigmatization of patients. Almost 200 pages, not a light read by any means, but definitely worth your time. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman: This is something that I've been meaning to read since college (it was required reading in our medical anthropology course, and it
  13. Many Waters, Madeline L'Engle: You might know this one from this cover. This is the one that gets real weird. Sandy and Denny, side characters in the previous three books, suddenly become main characters, and get inserted into the story of Noah and the ark. It's kinda bible fanfictiony, because there's an unmentioned daughter of Noah and she's totes in love with them but also the seraphim love her too. There's also real vague mentions of sex in a way there wasn't in the last books. Worth a read, still wonderful, but definitely just a bit weird. The Chronicles of Bustos Domecq, Jorge Luis
  14. Ooku: The Inner Chambers v1: Alt history of Japan where 75% of the male population dies due to a disease, and women take over the public roles, and men are the ones cloistered and sheltered. Mostly focuses on the harem of men who serve the female Shogun, and all the tiny politics therein. The character I thought was going to be our main character only appears to have been around for one volume, so I'm kind of interested to see how this will play out in the long run. And there's only minimal instances of Fumi Yoshinaga dude character sameface! The main thing hindering this is the damn translati
  15. A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Madeline L'Engle: A bit disjointed, but again, another logical outgrowth of the series trajectory to this point. This one focuses a bit more on Charles Wallace and his special abilities, but Meg, a bit older and pregnant, still holds a strong part in the story. Have to say, the idea of a kid time traveling with his unicorn to save the world from a mad dictator threatening the world with nuclear destruction and changing subtle things in the past and making it so that the guy's been a peace lover the whole time is really appealing in light of current events. Books
  16. Mister Miracle 1: Very intriguing first issue. Interested to see where this goes. Bitch Planet Triple Feature 3: Again, doing better with the uniting theme, and it's interesting to see other members of the Milkfed team (Kit Cox teams with Vanessa DelRey for one of the more interesting shorts of this issue.) Descender 23: Shit continues to escalate, and it's neat to see how Nguyen tackles action sequences with his watercolors. I Hate Fairyland 15: Interesting to see an issue switch that's entirely to goody Gertrude, and the twist at the end of the issue promises to be a fun one
  17. June Fourth Elegies, Liu Xiaobo (translated by Jeffrey Yang): Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, and died a few weeks ago after being granted medical parole for terminal liver cancer. I had purchased this remaindered earlier in the summer, and this was next on my reading pile. Liu Xia, his wife, described him as an awkward poet, and the translator tries to keep that awkwardness in the translations. He also includes notes in the back for references that may not always land. These poems don't always hit home, but when they do, they're amazing. The introduction we get from Xiaobo makes me
  18. WicDiv 30: The plot happens, but honestly, the meat of this issue is with Dionysus. Fuck, man. Wilson shows why he got the Eisner for color. Zines: 9 Single Issues: 200 Trades/Graphic Novels/Anthologies: 80 Omnibuses: 4
  19. A Wind in the Door, Madeline L'Engle: A quasi-sequel to Wrinkle in Time that manages to take the same basic formula and extrapolate out the stakes to a cosmic and microscopic level, while still being understandable to a kid. She's really onto something with the science with mitochondria for being back in 73, though I really wonder if she were alive today what she'd think about *gestures vaguely to state of world*. Again, super strong Christian themes but in a larger cosmic good/evil way, not the way I've seen them used through most of my life. Reading these again is a hell of a thing, and the
  20. By Chance or Providence: Becky Cloonan is already real fuckin' good, but add Lee Loughridge on colors for these short stories, and it takes it to the next level. (If you read nothing else, read the colored version of Demeter. Holy shit.) Zines: 9 Single Issues: 199 Trades/Graphic Novels/Anthologies: 80 Omnibuses: 4
  21. A Wrinkle In Time, Madeline L'Engle: My partner got me the exact versions of the book that I had as a kid and got lost in various moving upheaval, so I'm reading these again. Obviously, went a lot quicker as an adult, but I'm stunned at how much Camazotz got to me as an adult. There's stuff with God that feels a bit eyerolly at times, but they don't overtly frame it as the Christian god. Ending still seems kinda abrupt compared to the buildup of the rest of the book. Still fantastic read even as an adult, and I can't wait to see the newest adaptation tbh. Books read: 55
  22. Bayonetta: It's real fun and real well thought out in terms of controls. Absolutely bonkers, which is always a good time. Not pictured: us screaming as we die for the nth time because we messed up the jumping puzzle by a few seconds.
  23. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, Carrie Brownstein: The memoir of one of the members of Sleater Kinney. Combination of stories about her, about her music, about the band, and all things in between. Gorgeous prose, and a quick read; I read through this over the better part of a week in the evenings right before bed. Found it remaindered, but it's worth your time even at full price. books read: 54
  24. October: The Story of the Russian Revolution, China Mièville: China Mieville does a deep dive into the months between February and October 1917. I've not seen him do nonfiction before, and he's very well suited to the task, shifting between the big picture and small anecdotes, and covering a period of time that doesn't get covered a lot in history. Each chapter (with the exception of the first and the afterword) covers a month, which means that some chapters are longer by necessity, but I still got through this in five days of commute at a chapter each way. Mièville also includes further readi
  25. Hellboy Library Edition v6: Mignola is amazing, Fegredo/Stewart is god mode, and it's amazing to watch his arc for Hellboy come to a conclusion. The one-shots that made up the back half were pretty damn fun too. Looking forward to the library edition for Hellboy in Hell in October. Zines: 9 Single Issues: 199 Trades/Graphic Novels/Anthologies: 79 Omnibuses: 4