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)
Batman Noir: Black Mirror by Scott Snyder, Jock, Francesco Francavilla (DC Comics)
Right on time for Scott Snyder’s milestone 50th issue on Batman, DC Comics has reprinted “The Black Mirror,” collecting his Detective Comics work with Jock and Francesco Francavilla from those halcyon days leading up to the New 52. As part of the Batman Noir line, this edition leeches all the color, leaving us with a black and white presentation highlighting both artists’ harsh line and stark shadow. I adored this period in Bat-history, with Bruce sidelined and Dick Grayson in the role of Dark Knight. It’s a whale of a tale, Junior.
Doom Patrol, vol. 1 by Grant Morrison, Doug Braithwaite, Richard Case, Scott Hanna, John Nyberg, Carlos Garzon (Vertigo)
DC just started reprinting this batshit classic from 1989 in chunky paperback omnibuses. For those unfamiliar with the titular super team, just imagine a slightly less adjusted iteration of those filthy X-Men. This 424-page whopper opens on a night terror about a gristly Formula One crash and ends on a lusty gorilla’s beret landing atop a jar with a brain in it. You know. Comic books.
Outbox (Comics Finished)
Black Widow #1 by Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Matt Wilson, Joe Caramanga (Marvel Comics)
Waid and Samnee take a swift departure from the introspection of their previous collaboration on Daredevil with this slick, raucous, largely wordless action set piece. This first issue functions as a rollicking cold open. The whole Panels team has been absolutely daffy about this one.
The Ark by Stephane Levallois (Humanoids)
Another largely silent work, this one’s a bit of a fever dream about a figure in an antique diving suit towing a massive, wooden ark through a desert. There’s poetry and I don’t entirely understand it, but its surreal and oddly compelling.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
The Omega Men #1-9 by Tom King, Barnaby Bagenda, Romulo Fajardo, Pat Brosseau (DC Comics)
Criminally late to the party on this one, but I’m racing to join the bandwagon despite my typical lack of enthusiasm for all things Green Lantern. Tom King is doing very exciting work, and I’ve heard a lot of excitement surrounding the structure of these issues.
The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon (Simon & Schuster, March 22)
Swapna mentioned this one last week, so I’ll be brief. Thrilled to finally have my mitts on Weldon’s followup to his excellent Superman book. One of the funniest and most insightful commentators on comics and pop culture in general.
How about you folks? What did you read this week?