Daredevil: Guardian Devil by Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada
Alright, so this was my first ever Daredevil comic experience. I absolutely LOVED the Daredevil show, and I want to read a whole bunch of Daredevil comics. Someone suggested I start with Daredevil: Guardian Devil by Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada. My library had it in stock, so here we are. In this arc, Daredevil is stuck with a baby in his care – a baby that some say is the Anti-Christ, and some say is the Savior. He doesn’t know what to do.
I did not enjoy this first foray into the Daredevil character. I generally like Kevin Smith – I will always crack up at his movies (except for Clerks, god I hate Clerks). But he doesn’t have the best handle of writing women, necessarily, and that really came through in this story. I didn’t appreciate the way he wrote any of the female characters. Daredevil himself thinks some pretty shitty things about females – granted, by the end there was a reason for it, but I didn’t like the reason either. It was a lousy plot device that I won’t spoil for you, just in case you want to check this out. So this was a fail for me, but I’m REALLY looking forward to diving into some of the Miller/Brubaker/Bendis backlist for Daredevil.
Manifest Destiny:Volume 1 by Chris Dingess and Sean Macikiewicz
Lewis and Clark aren’t just exploring the new land – they’re on a mission from the President himself to catalog new species and destroy any monsters that stand in the way. I admit to not remembering a ton about Lewis and Clark from history, but this is fun. Sacajawea is a bad-ass and there are monsters, what more could you ask for?
Copperhead: Volume 1 by Jay Faerber and Ron Riley
This actually might be my favorite trade of this post. Copperhead is about a woman and her son who move to Copperhead because she’s taking the position of Sheriff. Copperhead is a mining town on a outskirt little planet, and it has a lot of issues – including the massacre that happens on Sheriff Bronson’s first day. I really liked seeing a female taking a position of authority and totally living up to it, and there’s a lot of plot to work with already. The citizens are wondering who Sheriff Bronson really is and why she’s come to this lonely outpost. And Copperhead seems to hold plenty of its own mysteries and shady characters.
Fables: Volume 2 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham
I really enjoyed the first volume of Fables, but I was still a little nervous about going on to volume 2. What if it wasn’t as good? And it took place on a farm? What? Yeah, I’m an idiot, it was really good and man why don’t I have volume 3 yet. I need it. NEED IT.
Alex + Ada: Volume 1 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn
I definitely forgot that I had the first volume of Alex + Ada on the Kindle from a Humble Bundle purchase a while back. One of the comic shop guys mentioned it when it was recommending some stuff, so I finally went and read it. It was… interesting? I can’t decide if I want to continue on with it or not.
A man who is kind of drifting through life, kind of lonely, gets a present from his rich aunt – a companion android. Androids are a hot topic after some recent sentience problems, and the idea of having a “companion” that’s technically a robot is still strange to most. Alex goes to send the android back… but changes his mind.
The idea of a man falling for an android woman is fun, and I like stories that play around with concepts like that. But it’s usually one I approach in novel format, and I’m not sure I’m completely sucked in yet for this story, in this format. I don’t get enough of what’s going on inside the character’s heads. I may try getting the other volumes from the library as they come out, and we’ll see if I develop strong feelings either way.
Alright, that about catches me up on trades… what have you guys been reading?