Ideally, I would’ve had a book review or two to post this week, but things just didn’t work out that way. Hell, I meant to get this post up on Wednesday, but sick / busy / blah blah blah. But here we are, so let’s talk about the comics I’ve been reading.
Lady Killer #1- #3 by Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich
Josie a 50’s era housewife whose day job is actually Bad-Ass Assassin. She’s balancing a husband, kids, and a lucrative career as a killer – and it’s not always easy to keep the two separate. Maybe it’s just me, but it’s super fun to see this doting wife and mother pretending to be volunteering and selling Avon when in actuality she’s a contract killer. I think this is going to be a mini-series of 5 or 6 issues, and after issue 3, I’m a little nervous about how things are going to happen, but I’m enjoying it enough to see if through to the end.
Nailbiter #11 by Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson
It’s a bit boring to say that this series continues to be awesome, but it does. Finch is trying to get answers out of the Nailbiter and the anticipation in this issue is just delicious. It also has some of my favorite pages of the series, 20 small panels on each of two pages, going back and forth between Finch/Nailbiter and Agent Barker’s predicament and it’s just done SO well.
Rat Queens #10 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Stjepan Sejic
I’m kind of cool to see this run/ story arc tie up – the switch between artists and the break between issues because of it left it feeling just a bit disjointed. And I’m still getting used to the new art, but maybe it’ll take a couple issues to start to feel normal. (Did the new artist make Sawyer’s skin lighter??) That being said, Violet and Orc Dave foreverrrrrr!
Birthright #6 by Joshua Williamson & Adriano Lucas
THE PLOT THICKENS. We get some bro-bonding time here, and it’s nice. I love what a brutal and tragic character Mikey is so far. And I’m loving the creative storytelling and mystery happening. I’m already anxiously awaiting the next issue.
The Invincible Iron Man: Vol 1 & Vol 2 by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca
Iron Man is one of my favorites (just based on my limited character knowledge), and I heard that this was a good starting point for him. Volume 1 was about a crazy terrorist kid hijacking Stark technology and taking suicide bombing to a whole new level, and it was SO insane and good. Volume 2, if I’m not mistaken, takes kind of a weird narrative jump and it took most of the volume for me to get comfortable enough with it. Aaaand now I’ve already started Volume 3. Fraction’s writing is pretty solid, but Larroca’s art is hit-or-miss for me. Sometimes it looks fabulous, and sometimes it looks horrible and like the angles are just all wrong. And just thank goodness for Scribd, man, because I could not afford to buy all of these volumes right now but I’ve been wanting to read some Iron Man for ages.
Alright, so all good things! The 24-Hour Readathon is next weekend, and I’m thinking about making it mostly/all comics that day. That’s mainly what I’ve felt like reading lately anyways, and I have a lot of volumes and stuff to catch up on. I have The Sculptor out from the library and I’ve been saving it for that weekend. And besides, it’ll just be fun to have a theme.
Are you readathoning next weekend? Going to have any comics in your pile?