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)
Nothing Whatsoever All Out in the Open by Akino Kondoh (Retrofit Planet/Big Planet Comics)
I love what Retrofit Comics has been doing, and Big Planet Comics happens to be my LCS, so I got a whole bunch of these indie floppies when I was at the store. They’re gorgeous, high quality, and I can’t wait to dive into them. I’ve already read a few, and they’re awesome.
Emma, Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori (Yen Press)
This is an incredibly popular manga series set in Victorian England that features a servant named Emma, who falls for a member of the family she works for. I’ve never read this, but it’s being rereleased in hardcover and it’s really gorgeous.
Outbox (Comics Finished)
Ann Tenna by Marisa Acocella Marchetto (Knopf, September 1)
This graphic novel, from the author of Cancer Vixen, isn’t out until September, but I got an early look at it. It features a main character named Ann Tenna who runs a gossip website and is an all-around horrible human being. A close encounter with death means she has to change her ways, whether she likes it or not. The story might sound like that’s been told over and over, but Marchetto puts some interesting twists on it. To be honest, I’m still figuring out how I felt about this graphic novel, but it’s one people will be talking about.
A-Force #1 by G. Willow Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, and Jorge Molina (Marvel Comics)
We’ve been waiting for this for awhile. Did it deliver? I’m intrigued, certainly. I have questions, and I don’t think this comic is as accessible as it could have been (we have a post in the works on what you need to know if you’re JUST picking up A-Force and not any of the other Secret Wars comics), but I did like it.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
The Evil Queen by Jessi Sheron (Webcomic)
I’m moderating a panel on creating awesome female characters at Awesome Con in Washington, DC, so I’m starting to dive into my panelists’ work. I’m so excited to have discovered Jessi Sheron; how GORGEOUS is that cover?
Sex: The Summer of Hard, Vol. 1 by Joe Carey and Piotr Kowalski (Image Comics)
My comics shop guy recommended this to me as a comic that’s been flying under the radar and deserves more attention. It’s about retired superheroes trying to adjust to civilian life (with some sex, apparently?). I’m looking forward to diving into this one.
How about you? What comics did you read this week?
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