I'll be reviewing Lucy Knisley's previous graphic travelogue, An Age of License, later in the week. I have to admit that it wasn't my favorite, but then I picked up her most recent travelogue, Displacement, and I was completely won over. This one is about a cruise she takes with her grandparents because their health and mental states are in decline, and they need someone to help them on the trip. Lucy volunteers, and the experience is both enlightening for her and nearly heartbreaking. This one struck home so acutely for me having watched my own grandparents' decline and helping take care of them in their later years. A beautiful, beautiful book about the happiness, love, frustration, guilt and other emotions wrapped up in facing our own mortality and the mortality of those we love.
Of the single issues I have to read, I finished up my available Ares & Aphrodite (3-6) by Jamie S. Rich and Megan Levens. I just love this series. It's so damn cute, and it's a digital first, so it's inexpensive (via Comixology.com) and it's been releasing every week. I'm not sure how much longer this run will last, but I can't get enough.
Bitch Planet #2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine DeLandro is a little on the "out there" side for me. DeConnick is a legend in comics circles, and this series is about a future Earth where female criminals are relegated (rightly or wrongly) to a brutal outpost affectionately referred to by the men in charge as "Bitch Planet." The women here aren't pulling any punches. They are fighting for their lives against the system and sometimes among themselves. I was really unsure if I wanted to continue this series after the first installment, but after reading the second, I'm definitely more invested.
Alex + Ada #12 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn. I continue to swoon over this series. Every issue just gets better. Read my review.
Gotham Academy #4 by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher is so fun! The students of Gotham Academy are on the hunt for a ghost! There's no telling what they'll find in the fire-eaten North Hall or even behind the walls of their dorm rooms.
Wild's End #6 by Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard continues to be absolute perfection. If it's possible to meld quaint British anthropomorphic animals and The War of the Worlds, it's been done here. This is the last issue in the run, and I hope it picks up again quick!!!
Edward Scissorhands #1 by Kate Leth, Drew Rausch, and Gabriel Rodriguez is a must-read for anyone who liked the film. This is not an adaptation, but it is a continuation of sorts. This is what happens two decades after the end of the film when one young lady goes looking for the secrets her grandmother shared with her. The artwork is impeccable and really pays homage to the look and feel of Tim Burton's film creation.
What are you reading this weekend? Novels or comics or both?
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