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)
Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory
Chew is one of those comics recommended to me as soon as I began reading comics. I hesitated to begin because it’s already several volumes deep–but that just shows how awesome it is, right? This premise–an FDA agent investigating the crime of eating or possessing chicken–sounds like a fantastic combination of two genres: foodie narratives and crime stories.
Fables by Bill Willingham, Lan Medina, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Craig Hamilton, and others
Speaking of comics everyone else has read! I know I’m late to the party, but the outpouring of warmth for Fables when it ended this summer sold me on finally beginning the series. Also: modern retellings of fairy tales? I will never not be there for that.
Outbox (Comics Finished)
Lady Killer by Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich, Laura Allred, and Crank!
Josie Schuller looks like the perfect 50s housewife–impeccably dressed, with a tiny waist, perfect makeup, and a knack for getting stains out. That’s a skill that really comes in handy for her secret life as a cold-blooded assassin. But it’s tough to get workplace respect as a woman–especially when dealing with associates like Josie’s. Don’t worry; she’s got a few tricks up her sleeve!
Bitch Planet #5 by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Cris Peter, Clayton Cowles, Rian Hughes, Laurenn McCubbin and others
What’s that? You want even more badass ladies who aren’t afraid to get a little dirty? Then you’ve come to the right comic. Yet there’s a great deal of depth to the narratives in Bitch Planet; it’s not just kickass women rising up against the patriarchy. Each character is unique and memorable, and their motivations are often shadowy and complex. The ending to this issue in particular just ripped my heart out. NC 4 Life!
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds
ODY-C by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward blows my mind–sometimes, a little too much. There are moments when I can’t quiiiite figure out what’s happening or what the characters are saying. And it’s time for a confession: I never finished Homer’s epic poem. So what better way to catch up on the story that to read this graphic interpretation? Also, Gareth Hinds will be at the Fall for the Book Festival on September 29, so I’m reading up on his work before attending his session.
Raven: The Pirate Princess by Jeremy Whitley, Rosy Higgins, and Ted Brandt
I absolutely love Princeless, so this spin-off immediately caught my eye. Adirenne’s new friend is bent on revenge, and she won’t take no for an answer. Yep, yep, yep, I’m ready for it. The third issue was released digitally this week, and I can’t wait to get caught up!