Inbox/Outbox: May 13, 2016

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)

planetesPlanetes Omnibus, vol. 1 by Makoto Yukimura (Dark Horse)

Space junk! I’m very excited to finally crack into this much-loved series about blue collar workers collecting space debris and living their lives out in the black.

Darth Vader #20 by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca, Mike Norton (Marvel)

I neglected to mention this one in this week’s pull list feature, which explains the tightness I’ve been feeling around my collar in the days since. Fantastic political intrigue and even some laughs! Easily my favorite in Marvel’s line of Star Wars titles, and that’s really saying something.

Outbox (Comics Finished)

Star-Wars-Bloodline-by-Claudia-Gray-via-Del-ReyStar Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray (Del Rey)

Speaking of Star Wars, this week was all about Claudia Gray’s truly delightful prose novel, Bloodline. Set in the years leading up to The Force Awakens, this political thriller follows Princess Leia and her young staffers as they work some diplo-magic in the darkest corners of the galaxy. The senate is divided into factions of Populists, like Leia, and Centrists, who like to work vintage Stormtrooper armor into their office decor. Gray nails Leia’s voice and had me chuckling with glee throughout.

 

 

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

komaKoma by Pierre Wazem, Frederick Peeters (Humanoids)

This one’s about a precocious young chimbley sweep, and some magic realism. From what I’ve read about it, I’m in for some whimsy and absolute heartbreak. So grateful to pubs like Humanoids and Dark Horse for bringing us new translations of these true gems from the masters in Europe.

Preacher, Book One by Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon (Vertigo)

With the AMC show descending from on high and a Book of the Month special in the works on Oh, Comics!, it’s time to revisit my favorite long form American comic of all time.

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

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