{February 28th} Comic Pull List

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It’s a good thing I’ve gone two weeks without purchasing a single comic because overall this month has been a doozy. (Far too many good graphic novels have been coming  out lately!) While I have a couple “Might Buys” this week like Legion #2 and Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1, there are four very important books I’m super psyched to grab, and the two single issue comics might even be my most anticipated series of the year.

Pull List

labyrinth-coronation.jpgJim Henson Labyrinth Coronation #1 by Simon Spurrier, Daniel Bayliss

Acting as prequel to the film, Labyrinth: Coronation features another young girl battling against a Goblin King. This time, however, she’s trying to save a boy named Jareth from his clutches. The art for this series looks gorgeous, and obviously, I am already sold on the plot. I cannot wait!



lockjaw.jpgLockjaw #1 by Daniel Kibblesmith and Carlos Villa

Lockjaw turned out to be one of the few redeeming qualities of the Inhumans TV series (which I have not finished. . .oops), and now he has his own solo comic. He’s always a very good boy, and I love whenever he shows up as part of the Pet Avengers. I fully expect to be awwing all over this thing.




Crosswind Vol 01 by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs

What if a hitman and a housewife swapped bodies? Well, that’s the idea behind Gail Simone and Cat Staggs’ violent, Freaky Friday-esque Crosswind. The first issue was fantastic with a awesome concept and grungy art. I’m excited to read more.





Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 7: Been Waiting for Squirrel by Ryan North and Erica Henderson

The always amazing Squirrel Girl is on her seventh volume! I always look forward to reading the next Unbeatable Squirrel Girl regardless of what adventures our plucky heroine embarks on–which reminds me, I’m several volumes behind on this series. *Heads to library and grabs volumes 5-6*


What are you picking up this week?


Six Marvel Shows I’d Rather Watch Than Marvel’s Inhumans

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The trailer for Marvel’s Inhumans series dropped today, and I must say I’m completely underwhelmed. From the first photos of the cast in costume, I’ve been dreading the release of this series. From the horrible red wig to the nondescript outfits, this show looks bland at best and downright awful if you’re being pessimistic. Take a look:

With the exception of Lockjaw, nothing in the trailer speaks to me. Instead, I find myself distracted by Ramsay Bolton as Maximus, THAT AWFUL WIG, and how mundane this Sci-Fi epic looks. I can’t say I’m completely surprised by my reaction. I may be in the minority, but I have a terrible time caring about the Inhumans plot-lines in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. When it comes to oppressed powered people, I prefer the X-Men, and it still grates on me that the Inhumans were such a big deal in the comics until recently (presumably because Disney, owner of Marvel comics, doesn’t have the film rights to those characters). I don’t really want more Inhumans-focused storylines–particularly in a show that doesn’t contain any of the recent, fan favorite Inhumans.

There are many ABC/Marvel shows I’d rather watch than this one. Some would contain Inhumans, but others would just be fun, adventure series that would pair perfectly with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at its best.

Six Marvel Shows I’d Rather Watch Than Marvel’s Inhumans


Ms. Marvel Unlike a lot of people, I’m not the hugest Ms. Marvel fan, but even I can acknowledge that this comic series is great for teenagers and could potentially make a fantastic show. If you want to make a show about Inhumans, why not spring for Lockjaw’s best friend instead of Woman-in-a-Horrible-Red-Wig and company?  




Squirrel Girl ~ Technically, there is going to be a Squirrel Girl show, BUT wouldn’t it be better if this series was an hour long dramedy rather than a half hour comedy? After Powerless, I question the wisdom in making half hour long superhero shows. It’s not that they are inherently bad. It’s just that I don’t know how many people will be drawn to watching comic book stories in that format. Squirrel Girl deserves more than half a season on a doomed comedy. Hopefully, she’ll get more than that, but I have my doubts.



Moon  Girl and Devil Dinosaur ~ If we’re going to get Lockjaw-level special effects in the Inhumans series, perhaps ABC and Marvel could have digitally created Devil Dinosaur instead. (I love you, Lockjaw. This isn’t about you. I swear.) In Season Four of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., there were definitely Moon Girl vibes coming from Mack’s Framework daughter, Hope. It made me wish they had let his daughter live so that she could have become Moon Girl–a definite candidate for a spin-off series.  




Kate Bishop a.k.a. Hawkeye ~ Since we already have Clint Barton in the MCU, there couldn’t be any harm in bringing the other–arguably cooler–Hawkeye into the fold. Kate Bishop is amazing and it’d be fantastic to have her lead a show that could potentially expand to include the other members of the Young Avengers (much like Smallville grew to include the Justice League).




Mockingbird ~ Before Inhumans, Marvel tried to make a Bobbi Morse/Lance Hunter spin-off happen. It didn’t take–which I can’t say I’m sorry about. I adore Bobbi Morse, but Lane Hunter of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was one of my least favorite characters on that entire show. IF a show focusing on Bobbi and not her husband could happen (you know, maybe Lance could be fridged), it would be a blast–particularly if it was in the style of Chelsea Cain’s Mockingbird series.



Agent Carter ~ And finally, the wisest choice would have been just to renew Agent Carter. It wasn’t a perfect show, but it had so much going for it. The cast was brilliant. The fashion to die for. And the historical setting lent itself to exploring areas of the Marvel Universe that get overlooked by the films.  I mean, we didn’t even get to meet Tony’s mother!! That is a complete shame.



All this isn’t to say I won’t give Marvel’s Inhumans a chance. I’ll watch it in the hopes that it’ll be better than it looks in the trailer. I just wish Marvel and ABC would have taken a chance on another Marvel story–one that could have appealed to those who really just want to see their favorite, female heroes on the screen.

What Marvel Comic Series Would You Like to See On TV? Are You Excited About Marvel’s Inhumans?

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Top Ten Graphic Novels for Summer Vacation

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Joining in on The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday again. This week’s theme is Summer Reads!

When the days turn warm and the sun starts shining, it’s time to put away comics filled with horror, dystopia, and darkness and turn to lighter fare. Tales of friendship, adventure, and mystery can be a welcome relief from all the monochrome and murder–especially when illustrated in radiant pinks, yellows, and blues.

If you’re looking for something to tuck into your beach bag or read at the park on a sunny day, these ten graphic novels suit as well as any breezy beach read.

Top Ten Graphic Novels for Summer Vacation   

  • Archie Vol. 1: The New Riverdale by Mark Waid, Fiona Staples, Veronica Fish, and Annie Wu ~ If you’ve never read Archie Comics before, The New Riverdale is the perfect place to start. The art is breathtaking and the writing is guaranteed to make you giggle. This sure isn’t Riverdale–which makes it perfect sit in the sunshine reading.
  • Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh ~ Brosh’s comic deals with heavy topics like depression, but it’s also sprinkled with HILARIOUS stories about her childhood and awkward misadventures. Warning: Do Not Read This Book In Public Unless You Are Comfortable Getting Weird Looks From Strangers Because Of Laughter.
  • Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra by Kenneth Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau ~ Do you like magic girls? Yes? Then read Zodiac Starforce! It’s about teen girls saving the world with their magical abilities–all while wearing cool outfits and being BFFs!
  • Patsy Walker a.k.a Hellcat Vol. 1 by Kate Leth,  Brittney Williams, Megan Wilson, Joe Sabino, and Clayton Cowles ~ Patsy Walker, unfortunately, wound to a close a couple of weeks ago, but it’s a series that’s highly worth checking out if you’re up for female friendship, cat jokes, and butt-kicking.  
  • Mockingbird Vol. 1: I Can Explain by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk ~ If you like how awesome Bobbie is in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., this is a series for you. It’s funny, bright, and features a strong female character who breaks that now-traditional mould. There’s also Hawkeye in a swimsuit, if that suits your fancy.
  • Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton ~ One rule of recommending comics is to always recommend Kate Beaton. Her work is the perfect mix if you’re drawn to pop culture nerdery and riffs on history and literature (i.e. if you majored in History or English).   
  • Groot by Jeff Loveness and Brian Kesinger ~ You shouldn’t need a reason to read a Groot comic, but the selling point for this volume, in particula,r is that it contains art by Brian Kesinger–an animator who worked at Walt Disney Studios. The art is very Disney-fied as a result and absolutely adorable.
  • Grayson Vol. 1: Agents of Spyral by by Tom King, Tim Seeley, Jeremy Cox, Mikel Janin, Stephen Mooney, Guillermo Ortego, Juan Castro, Jonathan Glapion , Carlos M. Mangual ~ A little something for the ladies! Grayson is an action, adventure spy comic written by the fabulous Tom King (check out his current run on Batman and his work on The Vision for non-Summer appropriate fare), but of course, the writing isn’t what’s most memorable about Grayson. It’s the art. The very, very nice art.  
  • Green Arrow Vol. 1 by Benjamin Percy and Otto Schmidt ~ Green Arrow is one of the most memorable DC Rebirth titles. The art, in particular, is lovely and Black Canary absolutely rocks as she goes toe-to-toe with Ollie once again.
  • Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams ~ Goldie Vance is a modern Nancy Drew with mad driving skills and a nose for trouble. Basically, there’s nothing to dislike about this fun romp of a series.

What comic would you recommend reading this Summer?

Ten Comics to Grab On Free Comic Book Day

Ten Comics.jpgThis Saturday, May 6th, is Free Comic Book Day a.k.a. one of the best geekified days of the year!! I look forward to Free Comic Book Day every year because it’s an awesome way to load up on comics to read for weeks (or months depending on how many you score) to come. Yet again, I’ll be mostly unable to take part in the festivities. I intended to ask for May 6th off work, but of course, I forgot to mark our department’s calendar until too late.

Sigh. Next year, I’ll get to take part. Next year, for sure.

As it is, my very kind mother will be checking the local comic book shop for me since the best I’ll be able to do is run to the downtown shop on my lunch break. (The downtown shop is not my local comic shop so it doesn’t really count in these matters.) If I have time to take pictures, I will–otherwise just expect a comic haul next week.

In case you–unlike me–are able to check out your local shop this Saturday, I concocted a list of ten of the coolest comics to keep an eye out for. (Also, if you don’t know where to find a shop hosting an event, check out this handy-dandy Store Locator.)

Ten Comics to Grab On Free Comic Book Day



Betty & Veronica #1 / Boom Studios Summer Blast / I Hate Image / Doctor Who / Fresh Off the Boat / Buffy the High School Years/Plants Vs. Zombies / Briggs Land/James Cameron’s Avatar / All New Guardians of the Galaxy #1 / DC Superhero Girls Summer Olympus / Tokyo Disney’s Descendants (Manga)

There’s quite a variety of comics this year, but as always, I’m most excited for Boom! Studios Summer Blast. I adore compilation comics, and theirs always has a fantastic assortment of short stories. I’m also weirdly psyched about the Disney’s Descendant‘s manga. I still haven’t watched the TV movie (something I’ll have to remedy soon), but there’s no way I’m going to miss that issue.

As for a comic that might be suspiciously missing from my list, well, I think I’ll just stick with avoiding Secret Empire like it’s a rotten banana for now.

You should also know that, according to Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets‘ Twitter account, there will be a new Valerian comic tomorrow. It’s not listed on the Free Comic Book Day website so I’m not entirely certain how easy it will be to find (which is why I didn’t include it in my list). If you do come across it, I highly recommend picking that up too!

Oh, one more thing before you go, here’s my list in a shiny and simple image in case you need a little reminder tomorrow!

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So what are you hoping to pick up on Free Comic Book Day?

{Short Takes} Three Graphic Novel Reviews

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Secret agents, fairy tales, and high school drama. It’s been a good reading week for graphic novels!  


Mockingbird Vol. 1: I Can Explain

Writer: Chelsea Cain

Artists: Kate Niemczyk & Ibrahim Moustafa

Bobbi Morse, ace S.H.I.E.L.D agent, struggles with nearly constant doctor checkups. She’s been dosed with both the Super Soldier Serum and the Infinity Formula, and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s worried she might develop negative side effects.

They’re right about the side effects. Not so right about the negative part.

Bobbi doesn’t let any of this effect her in the field or keep her from saving her ex (Clint Barton), her new “boyfriend” (Lance Hunter), or protecting teenage girls from other themselves.

Bobbi’s story in Mockingbird Vol. 1 is a blast to read. Chelsea Cain brings humor and adventure to the comic while the artists, Kate and Ibrahim, bring eye-popping action and the female gaze. I loved that Bobbi was the type of snarky, capable hero you don’t often see in female characters. It was such a relief to read a comic with a female lead that was sexy, angst-free, and fun. It’s a shame that this series was cancelled. I am glad, though I still have one more volume of Bobbi’s story to read. It’s definitely high on my TBR.


30073153Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Tales

By Cory Godbey

Labyrinth Tales collects three stories set within the universe of the 80’s film.  The stories are short, sweet, and make perfect bedtime stories (which just so happens to be when I read them). Some might be familiar to you from Free Comic Book Day or the Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Comic released last year, but in spite of their familiarity, I think Labyrinth Tales is worth the purchase. It’s hard covered–and so more durable than a floppy comic–and Godbey’s breathtaking art looks fabulous and glossy on the page. Definitely a must-buy (or, at the very least, a must-read) for Labyrinth fans.


25852959 (1).jpgArchie Vol. 1: The New Riverdale

Writer: Mark Waid

Art: Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, and Veronica Fish

Archie and Betty broke up. The cause has something to do with a certain “lipstick incident,” but no one at Riverdale knows exactly what that means. Unfortunately for the rumor mill, the ex-golden couple refuses to say anything. Thankfully, when the theories begin to run dry, drama arises when new girl, Veronica, turns Archie into her errand boy. Will Betty and Jughead be able to save Archie from her clutches or is he truly lost to his newest crush?

Archie Vol. 1 is my first introduction to the world of Archie comics, and surprisingly, I loved it. I somehow missed out on reading Archie as a kid, but Mark Waid and Fiona Staples’ work has gotten me curious as to what I’ve been missing all these years. I know this rebooted Archie isn’t exactly the same thing as old-school Archie, but I’m going to delve into it all the same. I loved the humor, drama, and wackiness of The New Riverdale, and I have a feeling that that is what’s been carried over from the older Archie comics.

Besides, I want more stories about these teens–especially Jughead!
What comics or graphic novels have you been reading lately?

Graphic Novels on My TBR

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I’ve been bad about reading comics this year. The only series I’ve followed in single issues are New Romancer, Venus, Green Arrow Rebirth (which just started), and Goldie Vance. Thankfully, with DC Rebirth happening this summer, there’s a lot of series I hope to add to my pull list. I know I’m at least going to try Batgirl, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, Superwoman, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad, and The Hellblazer. I’m crossing my fingers that half of those series are as good as Green Arrow. I need more superheroines and anti-heroes in my life.

As bad as I’ve been with single issues this year, I’ve been even worse with trades. I’ve read maybe eight volumes–which is really low for me (I read 35 last year). I probably wouldn’t even have made it to eight if it wasn’t for all those Star Wars series. I’m not even caught up on them. Maybe I’ll get to Vader Down before Rogue One is released.

In general, I think this lack of comics enthusiasm’s in part because I started associating comics with depression thanks to my binging of X-Men when I was feeling really, really low last year. I’ve been trying to read comics when I’m feeling okay in 2016 to break that correlation.

It’s working. Sort of.

I still catch myself saving up comics and graphic novels to read when I’m feeling bad. The way I figure I can best circumvent that is to read more comics. That way I don’t have to hoard them for bad days. There can be enough to go around on the good days too.

To see if my plan works, I’ve made a proper Graphic Novel to-read list. This way, when I’m wondering what series I should read next, I can just check my handy list.

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  • Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North ~ Choose-Your-Own-Shakespeare-Adventure by the writer of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl? Yes, please!
  • Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Stephane Roux, Alex Sinclair, Paul Mounts ~ I’m very much looking forward to Margot Robbie as Harley in The Suicide Squad. Somehow though, I’ve never actually read any Harley-related comics. I need to remedy that before August, and I figured I’d start with The New 52 and move out from there.
  • Birds of Prey by Gail Simone, Ed Benes, Adriana Melo, and Alvin Lee ~ Gail Simone introduced me to the world of DC Comics with her Wonder Woman and Batgirl series. I haven’t ever picked up her Birds of Prey, but with the new Rebirth series coming out and me having Barbara Gordon withdraws, I figured now was as good of time as any to start it.  
  • Constantine: The Hellblazer by Ming Doyle and Riley Rossmo ~ I read the first issue of Constantine and loved it. I meant to keep buying it in single issues, but I sort of missed the second issue and never caught up.
  • Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, and Matthew Wilson ~ Unpopular Opinion: I don’t care for Brian K. Vaughn’s writing. I’ve heard that Paper Girls is sort of “The Goonies with Girls” so I’m going to give it a try anyways. The 80’s nerd in me wants to like it.  
  • Archie by Mark Waid, Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, and Veronica Fish ~ Time for another confession: I’ve never read any Archie comics in my entire life.  With Riverdale coming to the CW, I want to finally change that.
  • DC Bombshells by Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage ~ I read the first issue of DC Bombshells and it just didn’t capture my attention. I love the art though and I’m going to give it a proper chance now that it’s in trade.  
  • Black Canary by Brenden Fletcher, Annie Wu, Pia Guerra, and Sandy Jarrell ~ The only thing I liked about the new Batgirl run was Black Canary. From what I remember, she was grumpy and all around lovable. Since I’m also adoring the character in Green Arrow Rebirth, I want to go back and read through her solo series. After that I might try to track down the Black Canary and Zatanna series too.
  • Power Up by Kate Leth and Matt Cummings ~ I know I can always rely on Kate Leth for a fun read. I haven’t read any Power Up yet, but it looks pretty adorable. (Released June 28th!)
  • Captain Marvel by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Dexter Soy, Emma Rios, Richard Elson, Karel Kesel, and Al Barrionuevo ~ I’ve read the first volume in DeConnick’s Captain Marvel before, but I didn’t like it (I actually gave it one star on Goodreads). Recently, I decided to try Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps and I really, really liked it. It’s about time I gave this series another chance.  

What comics are you loving right now? Anything good on your TBR?

Graphic Novel Review: Hinges


Clockwork City is a town populated entirely by automatons and dolls. Each automaton starts as a blank slate. They are given a name, clothes, and their choice of odd (a plushie companion) and then introduced to the city and assigned a job.

Orio, the heroine of Hinges, awakens and goes through all the steps. Unfortunately, when she makes her choice of odd, she chooses Bauble–a troublesome creature who causes so much mayhem that she’s unable to find a position.

Life gets more complicated for Orio when something begins murdering automatons. Bauble tries to help, proving that there might be more to him than being a troublemaker after all.

Hinges started as a webcomic created by Meredith Mcclaren. Image published the graphic novel edition, but the original is still available online (so you don’t have to worry about tracking down the graphic novel to read the story). There are further adventures of Orio and Bauble on Mcclaren’s blog too–which is great because I’m, at least, looking forward to reading more about Clockwork City and its collection of characters.

I first discovered Hinges while browsing the Graphic Novel section at a bookstore. Its art and overall look immediately caught my attention. The sepia tones and stark loveliness of Clockwork City made me need to read the story. It’s not often that art draws me in, but Mcclaren’s style was just so different that I got caught up in it.

Reading Hinges was actually almost like watching a silent movie. There was some dialogue, but it was the characters’ expressions and the world around them that really told the story.

My only qualm about the art (and it’s not a huge one) was that the action sequences were a bit rough. Occasionally, I was taken out of the story when trying to decipher what exactly was happening in a certain panel, but I’m hoping that as the story goes on the style of the more action-heavy pages will get smoother.

As for the characters, I really liked Orio and Bauble. Orio didn’t utter a word until the last page, but I felt like I got to know her all the same. Bauble, on the other hand, was hilarious and brave, and he 100% made me wish that I had my own odd. (Furbies are the closest thing the real world has to odds and that’s just unacceptable!) The side characters were great too and almost all women–which I obviously liked. I definitely want to see Floyd (a haberdasher) and Orio working together in the next “Books.” I think Floyd’s curmudgeonly attitude will be an interesting foil to Orio’s sweetness.

Hinges was a very cute and entertaining graphic novel. It’s technically an all-ages comic, but I think it would appeal more to teens and adults than the “Ages 9+” that it’s suited for.

I’d highly recommend checking Meredith Mcclaren’s work out–especially if you’ve ever wanted to have a walking-talking plushie companion of your own.
Is you could have a stuffed animal companion, what would it be?

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Graphic Novel Review: Shadow of the Queen


The Evil Queen concocts a new plan to find Snow White. With the help of the werewolves, she will finally track down her nemesis’ hiding place. She sends her Huntsman to the mines to collect the silver needed to “persuade” the wolves to help the queen. The queen’s newest plan, unfortunately, places the Huntsman into a difficult position. His actions will lead to many deaths. He may not have control of his heart, but that doesn’t mean he has no conscience. 

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