Inbox/Outbox: May 8, 2015

In Inbox/Outbox, we document the rhythm of readers’ lives by sharing comics we acquired, the comics we finished, and the next comics we plan to read each week.

Inbox (Comics Acquired)

the-life-after-vol-1The Life After, Vol. 1 by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo (Oni Press)

This comic is about a guy who realizes he’s in purgatory and decides to change the afterlife. With Ernest Hemingway.

Yes, you read that right.

How can I NOT want to pick up this book? Plus I love what Oni Press puts out, and their values as a company (emphasizing diversity).

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (First Second Books)

This is a book that revives a 1940s era comic book hero, the Green Turtle, who was the first Asian American superhero. I’ve read great things about Yang and Liew’s revival, and really I’ll read anything First Second puts out, so it wasn’t a difficult decision to pick this up.

Outbox (Comics Finished)

giant-days-1Giant Days #1 and 2 by John Allison and Lissa Tremain (BOOM! Box)

I’m keeping an eye on everything BOOM! puts out these days, so it was with relish I picked up Giant Days #1 and 2. It’s set at a college, the story of three roommates, Susan, Esther, and Daisy, who have become fast friends. It seems like a simple story of navigating the treacherous college waters, but it’s more complex than it seems, and the humor is just on point. I’m loving this series.

Secret Wars #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic (Marvel Comics)

Yes. I caved. It was more about needing to know what’s happening in the Marvel Universe because I want to be able to do my job than really being interested in this comic, but I was surprised to come away from it intrigued and emotionally connected. If you haven’t been following Hickman’s Avengers, you’ll probably be lost on the overarching story, but there’s enough in here that you can get an idea of what’s happening.

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

kill-my-motherKill My Mother by Jules Feiffer (Liveright)

I love noir comics, so that’s enough to sell me on a book. But the fact that this comic focuses on five different women makes me want to read it anymore. The art in this just looks incredible; this is a book I’d pick up based on the cover alone.

Rat Queens, Vol. 2 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Stjepan Sejic (Image Comics)

I fell behind on Rat Queens after the artist shuffle (and more specifically, what caused it) but I’ve been hearing great things about the directions this series has taken upon its return, as well as its new artist. Now that the second volume is out as a trade, I figure it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up on this comic. And if you haven’t read Rat Queens, well, if you like your ladies to be ass-kicking, then this is for you.

 

How about you? What comics did you read this week?

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