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)
The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon (Simon & Schuster, March 22)
I am always interested in takes on nerd/geek culture, and this look at its rise through the lens of Batman seems right up my alley. It’s prose, not a comic, but you can bet I’ll be reading this and loving it.
Gotham Academy, Vol. 2: Calamity by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl (DC Comics, March 16)
I love Gotham Academy so much, I could cry. I love the characters. I love Olive’s white hair. I love the spooky gothic feel and look. I love the incredible colors. This comic is so incredibly good, so I’m really excited that the second trade is releasing soon. I can put it in everyone’s hands!
Outbox (Comics Finished)
Poorly Drawn Lines: Good Ideas and Amazing Stories by Reza Farazmand (Plume)
Stop the presses. I think I’ve found one of my favorite comics ever. I didn’t know Poorly Drawn Lines even existed before this book showed up on my doorstep, but I already know I’m going to start following it religiously. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, and…well, I’ll save my expanded thoughts for the Best Comics We Read in February, because I already know this is it.
I’m really thrilled with the books that DC is putting out aimed at younger readers through Scholastic. There’s some DC Superhero girls stuff, but the Secret Hero Society features a young Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, and Diana Prince at school together that happens to be, unbeknownst to them, an EVIL SCHOOL. It was adorable and Nguyen’s art was great. If your late-elementary or middle-school aged kids are into superheroes, definitely pick this up for them.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
Letter 44, Vol. 1 by Charles Soule, Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque, Guy Major, and Dan Jackson (Oni Press)
Aliens. NASA. A comic. GIVE ME THE PRECIOUS.
How about you? What comics did you read this week?