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)
Epileptic by David B. (Pantheon)
I love graphic memoirs (as evidenced by my round-up of graphic memoirs about aging parents), so I was intrigued when I discovered Epileptic. It’s a six-volume memoir about growing up with an epileptic brother, and all six volumes have been collected into this single book. I am so here for this.
Usagi Yojimbo Saga, Volume 1 by Stan Sakai (Dark Horse Comics)
With Dark Horse’s amazing Comixology sale last week in honor of SDCC, the Panels back channels were singing the praises of this book. It was hard to resist picking up some Usagi Yojimbo at those stellar prices, so I’m looking forward to settling down with this and seeing if I share everyone’s love for this.
Outbox (Comics Finished)
Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly)
This was a quick read, but man was it powerful. Through a young Japanese man and his girlfriend, Tomine takes on cultural stereotypes, conventional views of beauty, and the clash between American and Japanese identities. It’s so incredibly well done; I just can’t believe it took me this long to read it.
Blue Pills by Frederik Peeters (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
This graphic memoir, about a man who falls in love with a young woman who is HIV positive (along with her young son), is out of print, and it’s a shame. It’s a great, insightful, and personal read, and if you can find a copy second hand or digitally, it’s absolutely worth it.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
Hawkeye #1-22 by Matt Fraction, David Aja, Annie Wu, and Others (Marvel)
It’s finally finished. After a VERY LONG wait for the last issue (so long that I’m going back to read the entire thing to remind myself what’s happening), this brilliant series comes to a close. If you’ve never read Marvel, if you’re intimidated on where to start, Hawkeye is a great choice—you don’t need background in the larger Marvel Universe to understand and appreciate it, and now that the last issue is out, you can read it beginning to end!
Seraphim: 266613336 Wings by Mamoru Oshii and Satoshi Kon (Dark Horse Comics)
This manga comes highly recommended, and since I’m always looking to read more manga, I’m totally up for reading it. It’s set in a dystopian Earth, featuring an “angel plague,” and a mysterious young woman who may be connected to the plague. I’m sold.
How about you? What comics did you read this week?