Inbox/Outbox: April 8, 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)

hot dog taste testHot Dog Taste Test by Lisa Hanawalt (Drawn and Quarterly, June 14)

I was ready to pick this book up based on the title alone, but the premise—a skewering of foodie subculture—let me know that I’d probably adore this book. I haven’t had the chance to flip through it yet, but I’m already salivating (ha!) over it.

Doodle Adventures: The Search for Slimy Space Slugs by Mike Lowery (Workman, May 17)

This book sounded adorable just from the title, but I got really excited by the premise: You doodle your own character into the adventure! It sounds super cute for younger kids, but I have a feeling I know a lot of adults who’ll enjoy this one as well.

Outbox (Comics Finished)

black pantherBlack Panther #1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, and Laura Martin (Marvel)

Who didn’t pick this comic up this week? I really enjoyed this setup, and the fact that they paired the new-to-comics-writing Coates with a seasoned vet like Stelfreeze. You don’t get the rockiness that often comes with the transition into comics writing, just a smooth, intriguing story with incredible art. I think everyone is with me when I say I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Poe Dameron #1 by Charles Soule and Phil Noto (Marvel)

Yes, I know I’m usually an indie-comics heavy reader, but this week had such great releases, I couldn’t resist. I’ve been waiting for this comic since the second it was announced, and it didn’t disappoint. Noto’s art is on point, as always, and Soule really got Poe’s personality perfectly.

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

something newSomething New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley (First Second, May 3)

I’ve had this sitting on my shelf for a couple of weeks now, and I can’t believe I haven’t dived into it yet. I love Lucy Knisley, and part of me is saving this because I know once I start it, I’ll basically inhale it.


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