A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{July 7, 2013}   Comics and manga of the week (97 & 98)

cat-vs-human-20110517-083053Cat vs Human by Yasmine Surovec

  • A collection of comics from the tublr of the same name on the subject of humans and the cats that own them. As an unapologetic cat lady, I saw myself in so many of these strips.

Fatale, volume 3: West of Hell by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

  • Immortal, beautiful Josephine uses the strange power over men to help her find out more about her origins and her terrifying nightmares. But most of the volume is actually dedicated to other women throughout history who shared her strange powers. Their link is not yet clear but their stories were riveting.

No Longer Heroine, volume 1 (French) by Momoko Koda

  • Hatori is in love with her childhood friend Nita. All the girls in school are. And though he has a lot of girlfriends, she isn’t worried; they’re meant to be. After all, doesn’t the guy always end up with his childhood friend in shojo manga? But when Nita starts dating Adachi, Hatori begins to suspect that she might not be the heroine of this particular love story. This is a very fun, meta manga that plays with the conventions of the genre. I’m not very attached to the characters but Koda surprised a laugh out of me more than once.

Princess Jellyfish, volume 8 (French) by Akiko Higashimura

  • The  geek girls’ fashion show was a smashing success and now they must find a viable way to manufacture their clothing line. Kuranosuke has put himself in charge of finding start up funds. But it is absolutely not because he’s in love with Tsukimi. That would be crazy. This manga continues to be both silly and charming.

Saga, volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

  • Hazel continues to narrate the story of her parent’s forbidden romance and their flight from the authorities (an exes) of both their worlds. Her grandparents have joined them on the tree-ship and they are none to pleased to learn of their son’s marriage. It is bloody and graphic and it is also absolutely brilliant. Possibly the best sci-fi I’ve ever read in comic form. The characters, the world building, the art… I’m melting.

Sweet Tooth, volume 6: Wild Game by Jeff Lemire

  • This is the final volume of Lemire’s brilliant post-apocalyptic comic. We finally find out the origin of the plague and the hybrid children like Gus and there is one last battle against the cruel men who have been chasing them. There are a lot of sacrifices and a lot of pain. I found myself gasping as if in pain myself. But ultimately the ending is about hope and family. Though I’m sad to see such a good series go, it ended on a high note.

X-Factor, volume 20. Hell on Earth War by Peter David

  • I’m not even sure how I feel about this one. It wasn’t bad at all but… remember when X-Factor were private investigators? I miss that. In this one it turns out the various hell gods are waiting for the birth of the 7 millionth person because the one who kills this person will rule over all the others. And this 7 millionth person just happens to be Wolfbane’s child. End of the world. Blablabla. Honestly I’ve seen it before; I’ve come to expect a different kind of super hero story from X-Factor.

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