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)
A Bride’s Story #1-6 by Kaoru Mori (Yen Press)
Set on the 19th century Silk Road, A Bride’s Story is about a 20-year-old woman who marries a 12-year-old boy. That’s all I know about it really, but that’s enough to hook me. The gorgeous hardcovers make me want to dive into these books immediately.
A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Drawn and Quarterly)
This graphic memoir begins with the surrender of Japan after World War II, when the author was 10 years old, and tells the story of the next 15 years of his life. I’ve been reading (and loving) Showa, so this seems to be right up my alley and was recommended by a friend I trust. I can’t wait to dive in.
Outbox (Comics Finished)
Messenger: The Legend of Joan of Arc by Tony Lee and Sam Hart (Candlewick)
Candlewick has been putting out some great comics lately, so when I saw this, I immediately knew I wanted to read it. It starts with Joan as a teenager receiving her first visions and continues through the salient parts of her life to her death. It’s gorgeously drawn, and very well put together (high quality, glossy pages for color books get a lot of points with me).
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
The Invisible Lesbian by oceanrosemarie, Murielle Malegin, and Sandrine Revel (Delcourt)
I’m here for this graphic memoir, about Oceanrosemarie’s questions on whether or not she is a lesbian. She’s been attracted to women her whole life, but she also likes flowers and dresses and lipstick and pretty girly thing. This not only promises to be an interesting exploration of life and love, but also gender and queer norms.
The Fade Out: Act One by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image Comics)
I’ve been hearing a lot about this series, so it was a no-brainer to pick it up, especially because I’m obsessed with film-noir type comics. It’s set in the last days of the Golden Age of Hollywood, and features “A movie stuck in endless reshoots, a writer damaged from the war and lost in the bottle, a dead movie star and the lookalike hired to replace her.” Yes, I will read this.
How about you? What comics did you read this week?