Bitch Planet Volume 1 – I have decided Kelly Sue Deconnick can do no wrong. Think Margaret Atwood meets Inglourious Basterds.¹ I feel like this is the best description possible. Besides the story, there is so many great things going on here; commentary on body image, race, sexuality, politics, and just about anything noncompliant can get you arrested and sent to Bitch Planet, a horrible prison where terrible things happen. That makes it sound terrible, but it really isn’t. It’s empowering, it’s outspoken in all the right ways, and it never apologizes. Great stuff.
Captain Marvel Volume 2: Stay Fly – Again with the Kelly Sue Deconnick! Seriously, you can’t go wrong with her. Captain Marvel is great fun. Carol Danvers’ space adventure continues, with her cat Chewie and her stowaway Tic in tow. Guest appearance by Rocket Raccoon is much appreciated (because I like that crazy raccoon) and the storylines are just fun. Carol is my favorite Avenger.
Captain Marvel Volume 3: Alis Volat Propriis – Last Kelly Sue Deconnick. Really. It’s the last of her arc with Carol Danvers and I’m sorry to see her go! This did feel the weakest of the series and I didn’t appreciate the random issue from another series, but the ending was beautiful and I am interested to see where Marvel takes the character next.
Jem and the Holograms Volume 1: Showtime! – OMG YOU GUYS. I am a total 80s kid and I watched Jem RELIGIOUSLY. Jerrica and the girls were so cool and so fun and so COLORFUL. And they still are. This reboot is just as fun, just as cool, and just as colorful. I found it to be a great reboot. It takes what made the cartoon as success and builds on it while making it feel modern and fresh. There is still a lot of pink glitter involved, but also brings in new diversity in race, sex, and body type. The girls are back, and better than ever.
Morning Glories Volume 1: For a Better Future – A prep school. For truly…exceptional…children. All the students are brilliant. They were all born on the same day. And they all have no idea what they are getting themselves into here at Morning Glory Academy. Next volume please!
The Sculptor – I have never read a book by Scott McCloud and I now consider this a travesty. This book appears to be quite divisive, especially in regard to the ending, and for me, it was perfect. I loved every panel. The art, the story, the ideas. I loved it all. I don’t even know how to describe it. The protagonist, David, is lonely, conflicted, and ambitious. He’s an artist. An artist that no one will work with. All he wants to do is share his art, to make people feel, and he just can’t make it happen. He’s at the point where he might just give up, when he meets his Uncle Harry, his Dead Uncle Harry, who gives him an offer he can’t refuse: the ability to mold anything out of anything with his bare hands, but only for 200 days. Then David’s life is forfeit to Harry. All is fine and dandy until he meets Meg. Ugh. I can’t do this books justice.
This isn’t all the comics I read in February! A few may get their own reviews. Stay tuned!
ps: all links go to Amazon, where, if you should buy a book, I’ll get a small cut