Inbox/Outbox: April 22, 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)

An_20Entity_20Observes_20All_20Things_20cover_20small_originalAn Entity Observes All Things by Box Brown (Retrofit)

I feel like it’s to my benefit that I know whatever there is to know about this entity. Not just because of its alleged omnipercipient senses, its nigh Santa Clausian gaze. It just seems like I ought to catch up with the cartoonist behind Andre the Giant: Life and Legend and the forthcoming blockbuster, Tetris: The Games People Play. I love me some high low unibrowed science fiction, and this looks to be just the ticket, with multiple stories of magnets, pizza, and time travel, and pizza. And pizza. Let’s get effing weird, youse guys.


Outbox (Comics Finished)

OWARV1-COVER_finalOyster War
 by Ben Towle (Oni Press)

“Set in the late 1800s, this is the tale of a local war raged between a budding seaside city and a group of pirates. The cause is oysters.”

Isn’t it always the way? Anyways, Preeti mailed me this one in a bid to clean out her disaster stone of an office, and I’d actually been hoping to check out since it debuted last year. I adore the large format and colorfully salty cast of sea dogs. Perfect timing, as it was just nominated for an Eisner in the Best Publication for Teens category. Well deserved.

The Walking Dead: The Alien by Brian K. Vaughan & Marcos Martin (Panel Syndicate)

This is kind of a neat one, well worth your time even if, like me, you’re not the biggest fan of the franchise. Take a look at that creative team again. Rub your eyes. Once more. Okay. Now that you’re with me. This is an exquisite black and white one-shot with a very compelling tie to the main series, but it works about as well if you’ve gleaned second or third-hand understanding of those key players. I think it could’ve benefited from a bit more page real estate in the final scene, but overall it’s a real head-turner. Leave the pun alone, Paul. Leave it be. Suffice to say, Marcos Martin absolutely slaughtered hereAnd as with any Panel Syndicate offering, you name the price.

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

5000km5,000 km Per Second by Manuele Fior (Fantagraphics)

That cover? That title? How can you gosh dang not, right? This is basically a series of vignettes, shuffled slices of life from a relationship that spans many years and many countries. Hook being, those chosen slices are mostly set during the intermissions when Lucia and Piero are apart from each other. And it’s in atmospheric watercolor, meaning the stains from your tears will be camouflaged to some extent. So that’s good.



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

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