Inbox/Outbox: February 19, 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)

brobotsBrobots by J. Torres and Sean K. Dove (Oni Press, May 25)

A playful take on kaiju-mech stories? I’ll take it. This comic follows a band of robots who travel together and protect innocents from monsters. I’ve already thumbed through it, and the art looks to be whimsical and fun, and it has a sense of humor I can already tell I’ll love. This is pretty high on my to-read list.

Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft, and Life Outside the Box – Leonard S. Marcus (Candlewick, September)

This isn’t out until September, but a black and white version landed on my desk this week, and I’m already excited to thumb through it. It asks awesome people such as Gene Luen Yang, Hope Larson, and Kazu Kibuishi about how they became the awesome, respected comics creators they are today.

Outbox (Comics Finished)

brides-story-7A Bride’s Story, Vol. 7 – Kaoru Mori (Yen Press)

I’ve written about this comic before, but now that I’m caught up, I just wanted to reflect again on how great Mori’s art is. I love this journey through the Silk Road, and how Mori changes the narrative between new characters and old. As characters travel the Road, readers get glimpses into new and varied cultures, and the art. OH THE ART. Mori’s intricate, detailed work is simply stunning. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Groot – Jeff Loveness and Brian Kesinger (Marvel)

I read the first few issues of this Secret Wars series and adored it; now that the entire mini has come out in hardcover, I wanted to really savor the read through. It’s so funny and enjoyable and sweet; it doesn’t matter if you’ve read Secret Wars, it doesn’t even matter if you’ve never read Marvel comics and only know the character from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie—if you like Groot, you’ll love this comic.

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

delilah-dirk-kings-shillingDelilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling – Tony Cliff (First Second, March 8)

I’ve heard great things about the Delilah Dirk series, though I missed the first when it came out, so I’m all for getting on board with the second book. I love adventure series, whether prose or comic, and I was just lamenting how few of them feature women. Then I remembered this series existed, and lo and behold, this book arrived on my doorstep and it was like it was meant to be.

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

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