Comics – What I’ve Been Reading (Captain Marvel, ODY-C, Squirrel Girl, Borderlands)

Another batch of comics I’ve been reading, mostly lady-centric… I swear that’s not the only thing I read (not that there would be anything wrong with that, mind you). I have to write a post about Nailbiter, Inhuman, and some others too. But here’s this batch for now…

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 and #2 by Ryan North and Erica Henderson

I admit, I wasn’t that excited to try out Squirrel Girl. I know almost zero about her character in the Marvel comic universe, but you know… quirky comic with a female lead. Of course I’m gonna give it a shot. I’m happy I did! It’s so fun! It’s always nice to see a normally-sized girl of normal beauty in heroic role, but Doreen has lovely, blunt, fresh-faced optimism and sass that I LOVE. I adore her cat-and-knitting-obsessed roommate Nancy, and her squirrel sidekick Tippy-Toe. I just love it all so far. SO adding to my pull list.

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Captain Marvel: Volume 1 and Volume 2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and various artists

Sure, the Captain Marvel movie isn’t going to be out for like 3 years or so, but I wanted to learn more about Carol Danvers. I also wanted to read more Kelly Sue DeConnick (who is doing Bitch Planet right now and kicking ass at it). I ordered these right after Christmas, and just recently finally started to flip through it – I ended up devouring these! The writing is fabulous and feminist-y and genius. The art, at least for most of the series, is BEAUTIFUL. Dexter Soy did an absolutely gorgeous job. I am less of a fan of Emma Rios and Filipe Andrade’s art (I kind of hated Andrade’s… sorry, but it didn’t work for me in this). Anyways, I loved learning more about Captain Marvel and I’m excited to take on the newer run, which I believe it currently still going.

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Borderlands #5 and #6 by Mikey Neumann and Augustin Padilla

The Tannis and the Vault arc is so much fun. I love these comics for how closely they resemble the video game, but I’m really enjoying learning more and more about the characters. Tannis is insane and sad and fun – actually kind of perfect for my mood right now.

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ODY-C #1 and #2 by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward

The Odyssey, but with all-female characters and set in space. Sounds genius! Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m going to continue on with this one. I appreciate the amount of work that clearly went into it… but the art is too weird and psychedelic for me, and the story is very passable to me right now. It’s very… detailed and expansive. Maybe I’ll try again later when it has a volume out, but the writing just isn’t hooking me. It’s also possible that I’m just not a Matt Fraction fan – I read 7 or 8 issues of Sex Criminals but gave up because I felt so “meh” towards it.

Have you read any of these? Or are any on your to-read list?

~Sarah

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