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)
Harbinger, Vols. 1 and 2 by Joshua Dysart, Khari Evans, Lewis Larosa, and Ian Hannin (Valiant Comics)
I’ve been looking for a place to dive into the Valiant Universe, and looks like I found it. I loved these trades, about an angry teenager named Peter who is on a dark, delinquent path, which is made all the worse by the fact that he has ridiculously powerful supernatural powers. There was a lot to love in this series: the diversity, the body image issues, the questions of violation and consent, and more. Peter’s difficult to like, but that makes him all the more complex and interesting.
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm (Graphix, August 25)
I know I’m not the only person who has been looking forward to this, so I was really excited when it showed up at my house. I’ve really been enjoying the resurgence of all-ages comics, as I get asked for kids’ recommendations quite often.
Outbox (Comics Finished)
I’ll admit it: I stopped reading Rat Queens awhile ago. I thought it was fantastic, but the issues with the original artist left a bad taste in my mouth and though they replaced him quickly, I didn’t get back into it. But with the news that Tess Fowler is going to be the new artist has me completely back on board with the series. This is a series that should be drawn by a woman, and the amazing Braga special, which I finally read this week, shows why.
Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash (Candlewick, September 8)
This YA graphic memoir is beautifully drawn and is a coming-of-age story about first love and understanding yourself. It’s set at an all-girls’ camp, and Thrash tackles subjects such as the complicated relationships between women, both in terms of friendship and crushes, and societal pressures to hide who you really are. This is a graphic memoir I can already tell I’ll be recommending right and left.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
Rocket Girl, Vol. 1: Times Squared by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder (Image Comics)
I picked this up (it’s about a teen cop sent back from the future to 1980s New York City. Yes? YES.) and got it signed at Special Edition NYC and it’s been patiently staring at me from my shelf since then.
Behind Story, Vol. 1 by Narae Ahn (Netcomics)
I’m trying to read more manga, so this August release is one I’ve had my eye on for awhile. It seems to be about a boy who falls in love with the new (male) transfer student, but a teacher who is in love with the main character makes things complicated. Color me intrigued.
How about you? What comics did you read this week?