Inbox/Outbox: August 21, 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)

Cover: Lee Bermejo

Cover: Lee Bermejo

We Are Robin #1-2 by Lee Bermejo, Jorge Corona, Rob Haynes, Trish Mulvihill, Khary Randolph, Emilio Lopez, and others

“A new Robin? No, HUNDREDS of new Robins!” Sold! I’m still pretty new to capes-and-tights comics, so series like these serve as an excellent introduction to the DC universe. I don’t need to know a lot about Robin–just that he was influential in the lives of scores of Gotham teens. This story reminds me of the Batman imitators in The Dark Knight–but instead of being used as Bat-bait, these teens are about to kick some serious butt.

Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
I love graphic memoirs, and this book was shortlisted for several of my favorite awards. (I know–I’m a bit of an awards geek.) While caring for elderly parents is not the most optimistic subject, it is also an opportunity to dig deep into some of the most difficult and meaningful questions adults face–while also infusing painful situations with humor and grace. I’m really looking forward to this.

Outbox (Comics Finished)

Cover: Jamie McKelvie

Cover: Jamie McKelvie

The Wicked + the Divine, volume 1, by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, and Clayton Cowles
Every ninety years, the gods walk among us. They are attention-hungry pop stars who can kill with a snap of their fingers… but after two years, they must themselves die. What happens in those two short years? I had high expectations for this story, and even so I was blown away. Mixing myth and the cult of celebrity, with gorgeous colors and snappy dialogue, The Wicked + the Divine is also wonderfully diverse, representing different ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations. The good news is, I’ve already got volume 2 to tear through!

Power Up! #2 by Kate Leth and Matt Cummings

This is only the second issue of six planned issues, and I’m ready to sign a petition to keep the series going. I love everything about it–how Amie processes what happened to her by binging on Netflix for two days; how fabulous Kevin looks; how easily Sandy takes charge; how flipping awesome Silas is. The jokes are funny, the art pops, I want to be friends with every single character…. yep, I’m hooked.

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

Silk Issue 1

Cover: Dave Johnson

Silk by Robbie Thompson, Stacey Lee, Ian Herring, VC’s Travis Lanham, Dave Johnson, and others
Cindy Moon was bitten by the same radioactive spider that so altered the course of Peter Parker’s life–but her story took a very different turn. Now, she’s trying to piece together the last decade, while also searching for her family. Oh, yeah, and fighting crime. I LOVED the first two issues of Silk. I tried to wait for the first trade to come out, but I can’t wait until December! I’m gonna keep reading this story in issues. (And let’s be real–I’ll also buy the trade paperback, because that’s how I roll.)

Steven Universe, volume 1, by Rebecca Sugar, Jeremy Sorese, Coleman Engle, Sam Bosma, Kali Ciesemier, Josceline Fenton, and others
Steven Universe, based on an animated television series, follows the young resident of Beach City as he explores his dual identity–half human, half Gem. The Crystal Gems, alien warriors with gemstones at their core, protect the world from evil (with Steven’s help, of course!). I can’t wait to read all about it.

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