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)
Still Life Las Vegas by James Sie and Sungyoon Choi (St. Martin’s Press, August 11)
This is a combination prose/graphic novel about a young man named Walter, whose mother abandoned him at the age of 5. Now he’s 17 and living in Las Vegas, where he meets Chrysto and Acacia, a brother and sister who open his eyes an shatter his world. This novel promises to be a sharp coming-of-age mixed with family ghosts, two things I love in a book.
Dear Beloved Stranger – Dino Pai (Top Shelf Productions)
It’s the art that attracted me to this comic, a sort of graphic memoir styled as fiction about the author struggling to create a comic. It’s an interesting story, but the watercolor artwork is simply breathtaking.
Outbox (Comics Finished)
Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes (First Second, September 29)
Not only is this a fun and entertaining all-ages comic, but it’s one in which both young and old can learn something! Yang wrote this to introduce young readers to computer coding, and it’s incredibly effective. The dialogue is sharp, the art is whimsical and fun, and readers will actually be interested in solving the puzzles the book presents. Kudos to Yang and Holmes for doing this so well!
Infinity Gauntlet #3 – Gerry Duggan, Dustin Weaver (Marvel)
Hoo boy. This is one of the few Secret Wars series I’m following, and it’s so good. A black family, a mother gone to war, a father and grandfather left to care for the children in the ruins of a city–it is so well done. Throw in Thanos, a few Infinity Stones, and some very familiar faces, and this issue is scream-worthy.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
Heart in a Box by Kelly Thompson and Meredith McClaren (Dark Horse, September 29)
You’ve all probably heard of Kelly Thompson because of her insane, awesome, and well-deserved success at the helm of the Jem & the Holograms reboot. But now she’s putting out her first graphic novel, a fantasy in which a young woman wishes away her broken heart, and then must cross the country to gather the pieces back together.
The Spire #1 by Simon Stokely, Jeff Spurrier, and Andre May (BOOM! Studios)
Multiple people have been telling me just how awesome this comic is, so I’m definitely going to get to it this week. It’s set in an “apocalyptic fantasy future” (sold) about a string of murders that a woman, the only member of her species in existence, must solve. I’m on board for this.
How about you? What comics did you read this week?