Inbox (Comics Acquired)
Space Brothers vol. 1 by Koyama Chuya (Kodansha)
Two brothers from Tsukuba, one an astronaut selected for humanity’s first moon base, the other a newly unemployed schlub, reunite to make good on a childhood pact. I’ve been eyeballing this one for a bit, and luckily this first volume is now available as a free download as part of the ComiXology Unlimited program.
Murder She Writes by John Allison (Scary Go Round)
I picked this one up in part of an indie sale on ComiXology, and the title immediately leapt out at this avid Murder, She Wrote superfan. It’s about an author and her plucky young intern at a writers’ retreat in Wales. Somebody gets murdered and, while unfortunate, it happens at a writers’ retreat in Wales, so it can only be delightful, ultimately.
Outbox (Comics Finished)
Hellboy in Hell #10 by Mike Mignola, Dave Stewart (Dark Horse)
It’s the end of an era as Mike Mignola steps away from comics to try his hand at painting. If this is the end of Hellboy, all told, it’s a poetic finale. Our boy cleans house down in the pit, laying waste to the last vestiges of the fallen host. Haunting and profoundly beautiful to behold, like cascading shards of stained glass.
You’ll see plenty of Rebirth coverage over the next weeks and months, but permit me to reiterate what seems to be the consensus praise for this satisfying return to the swashbuckling Ollie and Dinah of old. This is an instance where DC looking backwards is actually the best way forward, at least with Green Arrow. There have been things to like about television’s Arrow and the emerald archer of the New 52, but none of it has to do with the de-characterization of Oliver Queen into what is essentially a humorless Batman clone. Percy and Schmidt rekindle some of the magic that made Ollie so charming in the first place, a lovably flawed and hopelessly romantic Robin Hood of the modern age. And gosh is it a looker. An early favorite of the new line.
How’s about you folks? Read anything tremendous lately?