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  1. Can you explain this? I like the trailer, interested mostly in Wakanda, and the costumes/world building look amazing.
  2. To elaborate: the monologuing felt super ham fisted to me, if trying really really hard to recall Milestone. There are parts of continuity that seem to be straight up ignored or thrown out. Also, the Chicago/Emanuel stand-in stuff, the latter of which could potentially lead to some REAL fucking stupid awful Jewish stereotypes depending on where they take it next issue. Admittedly, I was led by Mike and Jim's reactions, but even without that, that this is the guy who's apparently writing and coproducing on the Hulu series for Runaways is... not real encouraging tbh.
  3. The Oracle Year, Charles Soule: Meh?? This feels like a failed comics pitch. It's a solid thriller, and reads quick, but it drops threads, straight up makes me roll my eyes in places, and doesn't bother with character development for any of its multiple main characters. Books read: 83
  4. Falcon 1: I just spent ten minutes reading this and yelling at Jim in the other room. Christ. This is fucking embarassing. Zines: 15 Single Issues: 282 Trades/Graphic Novels/Anthologies: 95 Omnibuses: 4
  5. Bitch Planet Triple Feature 5: Fraction and Charretier lead with the first short story, which is in my opinion, the strongest. Tsuei does one about Asian actors in Hollywood, and Bassey/Eyang/Nyambi Nyambi do a great one about white women's appropriation of black culture. Descender 25: Feels like the best parts of Pluto and Astro Boy mixed with Nguyen's watercolors. Shit's jumping off again in a big way. Zines: 15 Single Issues: 281 Trades/Graphic Novels/Anthologies: 95 Omnibuses: 4
  6. WicDiv 32: And fuck, there's the arc closer. Double whammy this issue, and McKelvie and Wilson go overtime/overboard on these sequences. One more time. Redlands 3: Gatormen, sex, chihuahuas biting off dude's dicks, and potentially one of the mystery parts already wrapped up. Alright. Jordie Bellaire's got some shit to get out of her system, and Del Rey does an amazing job drawing it, especially the sex. Seven to Eternity v2: I read selected bits of this in the singles, but having the full story arc together definitely helps the story cohere. Leans pretty heavily on some Remender stan
  7. Wild Hundreds, Nate Marshall: A short poetry collection mainly centering on the neighborhood he few up in in South Chicago. Some really good poems, but for me, the standout is Chicago High School Love Letters, which are scattered throughout the book and recontextualized by a single footnote at the end of the last of them. The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, Jeff Hobbs: On the one hand, this is a thorough examination of a young man's life, a solid deep dive into what he went through and how everything went down, and doesn't try to attribute any grander lessons to it. On the other ha
  8. The Black Tides of Heaven, JY Yang: Chronologically first of the twin novellas that JY Yang released this week, and the one I will recommend coming at first. It's a good introduction to the twins, and to the world/core conflict, and follows them as they grow up. The world building is exquisite (and is silkpunk in a way that doesn't make me want to put a brick through a wall), but never feels like an infodump, and comes to us naturally as the twins grow older and experience the world. The most chronologically jumpy of the novellas, but allows for stories to be filled in if the series sells well
  9. I think whoever the initial editor was who pitched this to Rivera somehow absolutely missed the core of this character? (According to a Refinery29 interview, Moss reached out to her because he thought she'd be an amazing fit.) If true, everyone involved has somehow missed the entire goddamn point of America. Rivera should've also been given something else before a solo series. The issues where she had Kelly Thompson cowriting Hawkeye were slightly less awful. But all she's written before this has been one YA novel that is very much for the tumblr crowd (and that I have not read and
  10. Here's the thing: we get process pieces each issue, and the base line work isn't awful! But then the photoshop comes in and ye fucking gods. if nothing else, this comic is proof that Image has no editorial team, for better or for worse.
  11. Komodo, Jeff VanderMeer: One of VanderMeer's first longer pieces after the end of the Ambergris trilogy, originally published in a sci-fi journal in the UK that had Mieville visiting some squid and octopi and Atwood published in an earlier issue, and was rereleased on Amazon. Pitched as ghost frogs, psychotic angels, transdimensuonal Komodo dragons, and undead bears, but as with VanderMeer, it's so much more than that. You can see the roots of Southern Reach's environmental concerns, and further seeds of what would later become Borne. Quick (29 pages), weird as fuck, and a hell of a ride once
  12. Virgil and Two-Step were real fun. America 6-7: Because I am secretly a masochist, I decided to check this series out again. Hoooooo boy. 6 was a weird little luchador diversion, the writing still is not fantastic but improving (they added Kelly Thompson, one of their workhorses, on as a cowriter for the Hawkeye bits, and it does seem to be helping a bit). There's some very painfully clear moments where the fill in artist takes over from Villalobos (including some damn embarassing background art.) This is the one where they accidentally published the 4chan letter mocking them. 7 is..
  13. Beneath the Sugar Sky, Seanan McGuire: ARC of the next book in the Wayward Children series, due out in January. I'm really impressed with this. A continuation of the first novella proper, with time loops, new and old characters, and tours of more doors/possibilities. The two things that stuck most with me: really well done fat representation, and the fact that the time traveling daughter is named after a reference to the same in the Sailor Moon dub. Absolutely read this series. Books read: 74
  14. This is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz: The only work I've read of Diaz's is the story that closes out this collection; this is my first experience with him in general as an author, and I'm intrigued. This is a collection of all of his short stories published in the New Yorker, and from what I can tell, they're all the same POV character at different points in his life (with the exception of one story that might be from his father's mistresses POV, not sure), with different POVs used. I read through this in this in three or so nights, a few stories a night. Really good writing, there is frequent
  15. Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions, Valeria Luiselli: A short (100 pages without sources/references) but brutal read about how the US treats undocumented children immigrants, primarily focusing on immigration courts in NYC, the authors experience as an immigrant, and as a translator for children caught in these courts. Read this. You'll be done with it in an afternoon, but it'll stick with you. Books read: 72
  16. Destiny 1: Shoots happen. Bungie destroyed the grimorie cards/tracker because they're not in Destiny 2 so I have no idea what's going on. Hell, even with them I don't think I'd know what's happening. But it's fun watching Jim's face when there's another dumb platforming section.
  17. *bangs fist on table* BRING UNTO US THE WILSON
  18. Insexts 13: Sad to see this end, but man that was a good issue to go out on, especially that last double page sex spread. Land of the Lustrous v2: Some potentially interesting plot threads in the background, but mostly some real goddamn gorgeous art (pretty enough to rival Kaoru Mori). I'm in. What Did You Eat Yesterday v12: Good recipes, cute individual developments, all in all another solid volume. Zines: 15 Single Issues: 265 Trades/Graphic Novels/Anthologies: 94 Omnibuses: 4
  19. Taste of Marrow, Sarah Gailey: Sequel to River of Teeth, in that it actually looks at the emotional fallout of the last novella, and continues the story in an unexpected but interesting way. I also get the sense that there's another one of these in her if they do well. Eternal love for a fat bi lady who is one of my most recent favorite characters, period. You can get through this real quick, and it continues to be wonderful besides. Books read: 71
  20. December: A Diary Comic About Depression: Zine I picked up at FlameCon. Extremely accurate depiction of how I experience depression at times. Sailor Moon Tribute Zine: Pretty much what it says on the cover. Trung does line work that's really well suited to Sailor Moon in general. The Magic Fish: A collection of two comics Trung started but has not yet finished. One's a Little Mermaid adaptation, the other is a Vietnamese Cinderella variant called Tam Cam. The collection starts out with Trung's personal relations to both these stories, and his art is amazing. My Neighbor Jiaoj
  21. Death's End, Cixin Liu (translated by Ken Liu): Finally fucking done with this. 600 pages, and at times, some of the most dense technical writing I've ever read. The scale is immense - through hibernation and the simple scale of light speed travel, several thousand years are covered. All the threads of the previous books come back and are wrapped. It's bleak as fuck, and it feels like a fucking hammer just swinging away at you, but still manages to end on a bit of hope that feels genuine. The pros: Liu does an amazing job on the translations, and this book flows a lot better than the last
  22. The Brightest Fell, Seanan McGuire: Seanan kind of has two modes with her Toby Daye novels. Plot light, and plot heavy. This is the latter. The shit that goes down in this book, both in the main plot and in the novella in the back, is heavy. What starts out as one of the funnest moments in a Toby Daye novel goes the darkest that she has so far with these. I mainlined this in most of a night. If you want to read 11 books of a really well plotted fantasy series, go read this series; you won't be disappointed. Books read: 69 (nice)
  23. Bombshells United 1: Wonder Woman takes on the order for Japanese American internment by saving a train bound for the camps, and also Clayface shows up as a soldier. Also, puns. A damn good start to the second series. Lucifer v1: The recent continuation. I have some issues with the logic of the continuation, but otherwise, a solid murder mystery, and a neat interim story with art by Stephanie Hans that seems to lead into the next arc. If I can find vol 2, I'll give it a read. Zines: 9 Single Issues: 262 Trades/Graphic Novels/Anthologies: 90 Omnibuses: 4