Inbox/Outbox: October 16, 2015

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)

zana-emetZana #1 – Jean Barker and Joey Granger (Emet Comics)

This comic is set in South Africa and asks the question, “What if apartheid never ended?” It features two young girls as main characters and an angry ancestral spirit. Emet Comics, take my money.

Samurai Omnibus – Jean-Francois Di Giorgio and Frederic Genet (Titan Comics)

This series, originally published by Marvel, is being collected for the first time by Titan, and it’s one I’m looking forward to. It’s about a man named Takeo who has worked hard to become a samurai and finally achieved his dream. But there’s a mysterious prophecy (because of course) and forces at work that might ruin everything. So excited to read this.

Outbox (Comics Finished)

survivors-club-1Survivor’s Club #1 – Lauren Beukes, Dale Halvorsen, Ryan Kelly, Eva de la Cruz, Bill Sienkiewicz (Vertigo)

If Survivor’s Club is indicative of the Vertigo relaunch, I’m sold. This comic is intense and creepy, and sets up a fascinating premise—a woman finds a list of names on the Internet, and everyone on that list except for six people are dead—that I’m really excited to dive into. I love Lauren Beukes’ prose fiction, and it looks like her comic is going to measure up.

Lazarus: Book 1 by Greg Rucka, Owen Freeman, and Michael Lark (Image Comics)

I’ve heard many, many, many, many good things about Lazarus, so when I saw the hardcover at my LCS (containing the first two volumes), I didn’t hesitate to pick it up. And everyone was right—this story, set in a future in which wealthy families control the different areas of the world, and featuring an immortal woman who works for one of these families—is incredibly good. I can’t wait to pick up the next trade.

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

color-of-earthThe Color of Earth– Dong Hwa Kim (First Second)

This coming-of-age story features a young girl named Ehwa whose father is gone and her mother runs a tavern in Korea. It’s the first part in a trilogy, and I don’t even know what else to say about this because I’m so ready to devour it. Coming-of-age stories are my jam, so I’m going to end up reading this in one sitting.

Aama, Vol. 2: The Invisible Throng by Frederik Peeters and Edward Gauvin (SelfMadeHero)

I loved the first volume of this series, which features a main character that wakes up on a distant world with no idea how he got there. The second promises to delve into even more mystery and intrigue. I love sci fi comics (a new obsession? Quite possibly!) and this one is just excellent.

How about you? What comics did you read this week?

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