A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{October 28, 2012}   Comics and manga of the week (64)

Black Butler, volume 11 by Yana Toboso

  • The greater part of this volume is used to explain the murder mystery that concluded in volume 10. Completely unnecessary if you ask me. There is however also the beginning of a promising mystery about a secret society that claims to be able to bring the dead back to life.

Journey into Mystery, volume 3: The Terrorism Myth by Kieron Gillen

  • Loki is plagued by nightmares about his role in Thor’s death. But this is about more than guilt: the lord of nightmares is collecting people’s fear in order to create an impossible crown, killing them in the process. Loki sets out to stop him as only he can: through lies and trickery. There is also an adorable Yule story about Loki trying to find homes for a litter of hell hounds. I continue to love this series: it is witty, fun and it perfectly captures Loki’s personality. One of my favorite Marvel titles.

The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal, volume 2: Wanderlust Kings by E.K. Weaver

  • TJ and Amal’s crazy road trip takes a turn for the romantic in this second volume. Their growing affection for each other is both hot and touching and perfectly captured in Weaver’s beautiful art. Don’t believe me? Read the webcomic and be hooked: tjandamal.com.

Lost Dogs by Jeff Lemire

  • On a trip to the city, a giant of a man is attacked, his wife and daughter killed. Lost Dogs is Lemire’s first published comic. Its black, white and red art is sketchier that the art that I’ve grown to love but it perfectly suits the emotional tone of this tale of loss and pain.

X-Factor, volume 16: Together Again for the First Time by Peter David

  • Madrox returns from the dead only to find that Havoc is leading X-Factor in his stead. While the team deals with his rebirth and an overabundance of leaders, someone starts brutally killing amateur superheroes in Chicago. Madrox and Shatterstar go undercover to find the killer. David adds a lot of jokes about the classic incarnations of the characters to his usual action and humour.

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