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)
SP4RX by Wren McDonald (Nobrow, December)
This one’s about a hacker who stumbles upon a mega corp’s sinister plot to enslave the poor through a scam involving post-human augmentation. I loved McDonald’s mix of cyberpunk and ramshackle, Jeffrey Brown-esque abandon in Cyber Realm, so SP4RX simply cannot be denied.
Sandman Mystery Theatre: Book One by Matt Wagner, Guy Davis, John Watkiss, R.G. Taylor, David Hornung (Vertigo)
Preeti has been bugging me about reading that other Sandman book, but I’m far more interested in revisiting the pre-WWII adventures of Wesley Dodds and Dian Belmont from the mid to late 90s. Keep your rain sticks and Doc Martins. I’m all in for some Nick & Nora intrigue! Sweet dreams are made of this.
Outbox (Comics Finished)
Darth Vader #22 by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca (Marvel)
Marvel’s output of Star Wars titles have delivered big on fan service, but Darth Vader has consistently done it with the most panache and thoughtfulness. Here, Vader doesn’t just take on a rancor, but one nearly as enhanced as he is, more machine now than beast.
Oh, and there’s a star whale. So.
On the Blotter (What I’m Reading Now)
The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years Edited by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (Thomas Dunne Books)
Star Trek gave us Doctor Leonard “Bones” McCoy, likely the greatest character in the annals of science fiction. Its development, production, cultural impact, and ongoing evolution are also endlessly fascinating, especially given the egos involved. Well. Ego. You know which one. Anyway, I’m thrilled to delve into this one, and a second volume due out in August.
How about you? What comics did you read this week?