Well I was getting ready to make a thread for this, then I found out this existed.
Series I am Actively Following-
The Walking Dead
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Legendary Star Lord
I tend to wait to pick up trade paperbacks, because I like reading whole story arcs. To that, here are my last three selections.
Atomic Robo Volume 9 "The Knights of the Golden Circle"
A very strange (AND CLIFFHANGERY. DAMMIT ROBO, YOU SAID YOU’D NEVER DO THIS TO ME) entry to the robo saga, but it fits very well into the “monster of the arc” style of play this series has already made itself famous for. After the events of the Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur, Robo is flung back in time to the 1800s, where he gets to play cowboy for a bit. Interesting play, as robo is usually very high-concept science, and here you only get to see a few quips about time travel. Historical co stars are Doc Holliday and US Marshall Bass Reeves, who make up the majority of this entries comedic points. Ends on a very stark note (which is rare, given the usually upbeat nature of this book. They’d mentioned wanting to work in a bit more of an overarching arc, so I’m going to bet the next series is going to have to cover a lot of ground. Overall, good storytelling and good humor, but not really up to par for normal robo standards. I’ll give it a solid 6.7 out of 10.
Quote of the book:
“THIS IS NO WAY TO TURN ME IN ALIVE.”
“Choctaw say a man can’t die till his time. Say it makes 'em unkillable.”
“EVERYONE IS UNTIL THEY DIE!”
“Then the choctaw’s right.”
“You… that… I should not have lost this argument.”
- Doc Holliday and US Marshall Reeves debating the finer points of immortality.
The Walking Dead, Volume 22 "A New Beginning"
Warning - spoilers ahead for both comic book fans and fans of the TV show. I’ll be trying to hide everything with the spoiler tag, so your well being is your own here.
Honestly, this was one of the best walking dead trades I’ve read in probably two years. Mostly because this feels like the only time the mood has really changed in a long time. The gang are holding alexandria strong after ousting Neegan. They’ve developed defensive channels and trade, and show how far “book learnin” can go during the apocalypse. We get some much needed human interaction from Carl, as well as Rick showing how “not really ok” he is, despite showing a very calm exterior. It feels like the group finally has a place to live and not just a place to survive, and I’m hoping this changes the tenor for the series moving on.
That being said I can’t not talk about the talking dead. Just when I think that kirkman has no where else to spin “crazy people in the apocalypse”, we end up with people wearing zombie skin and walking among roamer packs. It’s obviously way to too early to tell, but I can’t help but feel like this ground has already been treaded by Max Brooks in World War Z (look up “Quislings, World War Z” if you can stomach it), but seeing something similar in art is amazingly horrifying, and I usually don’t like the walking dead’s artwork.
7.9 out of 10. Kirkman really stepped it up this time around, let’s hope he keeps it up. The dead are getting stale, but this smells freshly turned.
Quote of the Book:
“We whisper and the dead don’t mind. You’ll see.”
The Legendary Star Lord, Vol. 1 "Face it, I’m Awesome."
I’m going through a bit of lust for the guardians of the galaxy right now, and this was sitting out front and my other option was Magneto’s new solo book. Mags always tempts me, but I was in the mood for lighter fare, and this did not disappoint. It largely covers star-lord falling into “con/crazy situation” of the week, tying things together into an attempt on Thanos to end the truce they created in… whatever tie in marvel was doing with that. Honestly, I want to criticize the pacing and the fact that they continue to to try to hump new people into the marvel universe for no reason, but honestly reading it was great. Basically the equivalent of a popcorn action movie in your hands. I love the artwork in this (I’m a bit of a sucker for the cartoony style), and I rather like the line that they have with Peter/Kitty trying to work with a “long distance relationship”. It makes me giggle. Worth a read if you’re not into anything deep and want a few laughs and some well drawn action.
Quote of the Book-
I’ll let it speak for itself.
So those are my reads right now. I’m always on the look out for light material, considering WD and Invicible usually take up all the time I have for melodrama. I’ve been thinking about looking into the She Hulk and Captain Marvel, as I’ve heard they tend to do well and have (gasp) well thought out female characters, but I don’t know alot about either universe.
What about everyone else, how’s their bit been going?