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)
Alex + Ada, volume 3, by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn
Alex + Ada is one of my favorite series right now, and I’m still in denial that it’s ending earlier than planned. I managed to avoid spoilers when it was released in single issues, but I’m thrilled the trade paperback is finally out. I’m curious to see how their story shakes out. The only upside to no more A + A is now we’ll see new projects from Vaughn and Luna! Gotta look on the bright side as I clutch this final missive and sob.
The Divine by Boaz Lavie, Asaf Hanuka, and Tomer Hanuka
I’ve been eyeing this book for several weeks now, but when it was featured on the Oh, Comics! podcast recently, I knew the time was right. The art is breathtaking, and the plot–about covert military operations in a small Southeast Asian country called Quanlom–is right up my alley as well.
Outbox (Comics Finished)
Fresh Romance #1-3, by Kate Leth, Arielle Jovellanos, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Winifred Searle, Sarah Kuhn, Sally Jane Thompson, and many others
I absolutely love this series; I can’t believe it took me so long to read it. Each issue contains three installments of separate stories–all of them charming and funny and touching. I got so wrapped up in each story, I would pull up the next issue and read on for each sequel. I can’t choose between a favorite–“School Spirit,” “Ruined,” and “The Ruby Equation” are all very different and all very compelling. Now I’m hooked, and yearning for another issue!
Mulan Revelations #1 by Robert Alter, Marc Andreyko, and Micah Kaneshiro
I was among those uninformed individuals who didn’t realize there was anything to Mulan beyond Disney. (I really should have known better.) I loved how this issue introduced us to two Mulans: the warrior of mythical proportions who gave her all for China, and a technofuturistic Mulan who has, like her ancestor and namesake, been chosen to protect her homeland from a different kind of invader. I am also a sucker for stories about health and social strata, so this first issue hit all the right notes for me.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
DC Bombshells #1 by Marguerite Bennett, Marguerite Sauvage, Wes Abbott, and Ant Lucia
World War II-era Batwoman? I am ready for it. I am already intrigued by the pinup-style art, and I can’t wait to see how the Marguerites and co. treat history, feminism, and (from what I’ve heard) LGBT themes. These are a few of my very favorite things.
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
Fun Home is one of those books that pops up on every list of classic graphic memoirs everyone should read (right alongside Persepolis.) I expect that it will be, to quote Mr. Frost, “lovely, dark and deep,” and I’ve been saving it for the right moment. This is my next book club pick, and I can’t wait to discuss it. Also, the musical based on the memoir just won a Tony Award. So that’s pretty cool!