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)
Feathers by Jorge Corona (BOOM! Studios)
This hardcover beauty arrived on my doorstep this week, and damn if it isn’t pretty. It’s about a boy who was born covered in black feathers and abandoned in the slums of a maze where everyone lives…until someone escapes. It sounds like a great mix of fantasy story and social commentary, and given the gorgeous art, I’m here for it.
Sleepless and Other Stories, Vol. 2 by David Chelsea (Dark Horse, April 5)
I’m not one for short stories in prose, but for some reason, they work much better for me in comics. These are a series of black and white comics, each written and drawn in 24 hours. I’m eager to dive in and see what’s what in this collection.
Outbox (Comics Finished)
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks and Jordie Bellaire (First Second, April 5)
I’ve been looking forward to this book since the second it was announced, and it did NOT disappoint. The story is gripping, the characters are vivid, and Jordie Bellaire’s colors are INCREDIBLE. It’s set in a Jerusalem-esque city during a time period like the Crusades and follows a boy and a girl from different walks of life who strike up an unlikely friendship. It’s the first in a series, so make sure you grab this as soon as it comes out.
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (Knopf)
Less a comic and more an illustrated prose novel, Murakami’s strange fantasy story is…well, strange. It’s hard to make heads or tails of it, and it’s actually a rerelease of an older story that the famed author wrote in his younger days. If you’re familiar with Murakami’s work, you can tell the prose is a little less polished, but it’s still worth reading if you enjoy either the author or illustrated stories.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie – Anne Martinetti, Guillaume Lebeau, and Alexandre Franc (SelfMade Hero, May 10)
A graphic biography of Agatha Christie. I can’t even contain my excitement. And really, that’s all I have to say because IT’S A GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY OF AGATHA CHRISTIE.
How about you? What comics did you read this week?