Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Comics Reviewletts: Lumberjanes, Ms. Marvel, Locke and Key

I've been reading LOTS of comics lately. Let's call it homework for Panels, shall we? At any rate, it's the most fun I've had doing homework since grad school (when I also studied comics). Note: I bought or borrowed all of these. And they are awesome. 

 

First off, I must recommend Lumberjanes (Ellis, Stevenson, Allen) AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS. It's about a group of girls away at camp (think Girl Scouts) who find there are unsettling and creepalicious things going on in the woods around them. Yep, that's a river monster on that cover. I think what I love most about Lumberjanes is the smart wit behind it. Each girl has a specialty, or an outstanding attribute, and they depend upon one another to solve problems by playing to their strengths. Also, the artwork is dynamically delicious with rich, vibrant colors, unusual placement of the frames, and lots of action that seems to burst off the page.


After listening to Swapna and Preeti chatting about it on Twitter, I downloaded the first two issues of Ms. Marvel (Wilson, Alphona, Herring 2014). In this re-do of the original blonde, busty Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, a teen from Jersey City, finds herself in a position to be a superhero. She's smart, she's geeky, she's normal. This one subverts our expectations of the female superhero in the most marvelous (see that!) ways. 

Finally, perhaps the best-known of the comics in this list is Locke and Key (Hill, Rodriguez). First off...these are damn creepy. In the first installment, a troubled teen shoots his guidance counselor and the man's family moves to Key House, an ominous mansion with hidden keys that do some mysterious, maddening things. 

For instance, in the second volume, which I just finished, a key can open a person's head, allowing them and others to peruse their memories and even remove them. On the flip side, it's pretty great for cramming since you can drop in a math book and recall all of the knowledge therein. 

The artwork in this one is suitable to the overall mood of the comic. At first, I thought they looked plastic or wooden...a bit like marionettes. I still think that, but it just increases the unnerving nature of the stories. Everyone looks slightly "Chucky." 


I can recommend every one of these without any hesitation whatsoever. Whether you're feeling energized, invincible, or you're in the mood to be scared...there's something here for everyone. 






22 comments:

  1. I didn't realize that you are writing for panels. Congratulations! Exciting stuff.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am! I'm so so so so excited! I need to get to work. I have 2/3 drafts of initial pieces done. Woot!

      Delete
  2. After all your raving, I downloaded Lumberjanes from Comixology. I can't wait to dive in!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. YEAH!!!! I hope you love it as much as I did! I can't wait for the newest issue.

      Delete
  3. Lumberjanes sounds like so much fun. Hooray for smart and fun heroines!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is SO much fun! Highly recommended. :)

      Delete
  4. I am going to get Lumberjanes sooner rather than later! (I didn't go for the Humble Bundle because I was short on $$ that week haha)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Definitely check 'em out when you get a chance, Monika! So. Much. Fun!

      Delete
  5. I just read the first Lumberjanes and it is wonderful. I'm excited to get into that one more soon.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Isn't it? I couldn't imagine I'd love them as much as I do. It's magic!

      Delete
  6. I really, really enjoy Locke and Key, especially the later ones. These are ones I need to own!

    I have added the others to my TBR list. You know I'm always looking for more good comics/graphics!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I enjoyed the second Locke and Key more than the first. I cannot WAIT to read more! I hope you like the others!

      Delete
  7. I'm loving the new Ms Marvel, makes me want to read more comics. Will have to try some of these ones

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. YES! It's fantastic. So witty and smart as a whip.

      Delete
  8. New Lumberjanes today!!!!! Sooooooooooooo excited.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. HAAAA! So glad it came out.

      Delete
  9. I haven't really checked out comics yet, but I think I should start with Lumberjanes and Ms. Marvel!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think you'd totally dig them, Leah!

      Delete
  10. Lumberjanes sounds clever . . . I was just in Maine, and we watched a lumberjack show (there is such a thing! and it's very entertaining), led by a woman who calls herself Timber Tina. She also runs a traveling show of women lumberjacks called the LumberJills.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is the most amazing thing I've heard in a while, Leila! I think I smiled all the way through your comment. LumberJills!!!

      Delete
  11. Ms. Marvel = yay! I think the art is lovely, and I'm excited to see where the story goes. I love that Marvel is diversifying their comic books so much -- it's lovely to see, and I think it can only improve the quality of their books. Er, but next I would like to see them also diversify their writing staff. That would be swell.

    ReplyDelete
  12. SO LOVE Locke & Key--they only get better, so you're in for much more creepy fun! You definitely have me wanting to find Ms. Marvel now!!! And it sounds like I really much try Lumberjanes too. Gotta admit that the idea that each of them has a "specialty" sounds gimmicky, but I'm guessing for you and Heather to both love them so much it doesn't really come off feeling that way, huh?

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for taking the time to comment! Blogger has been a beast lately, so I hope you do not have any troubles leaving your thoughts.

 
Images by Freepik