It was a light comics week–I’m behind in getting through my stack of library books!–but I did read a few gems. Happy reading!
Top Comics of the Week
Cognetic by James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan
In brief: an all-powerful psychic being on a mission comes to modern day New York City.
In my opinion this is an example of a perfect short comic. The story built quickly, the characters were complicated and interesting, and the world-building was solid. I’ve read a few comics that I didn’t enjoy because I just couldn’t understand them—either the authors were trying to build a world too quickly, or backstories were never fully explained, or they simply moved too fast. Cognetic was the opposite of that. It only took a few pages for me to understand the basic tenants of its world, and yet it was still mysterious and intriguing enough to be interesting. The characters were honest and whole. I was deeply moved by the story, despite it being less than one hundred pages.
I especially loved the artwork, although I won’t go into detail because I don’t want to give away any of the story. Cognetic was about identity—on a grand scale—and it was beautifully and chillingly drawn.
Saga, Volume 7 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
I wasn’t going to mention it because I’ve already gone on at length about how much I love Saga…but Volume 7 was as gorgeous and haunting and smart as ever. The sheer humanity of the story astounds me. I keep wondering if they’ll be able to keep it up, having set such a high bar, and with every volume, they surpass my expectations. But Volume 7 was especially good. I’m not going to tell you why—you’ll have to read it for yourself—but the last ten pages of this book were, in my opinion, truly incredible. Those ten pages felt like something I had never experienced in literature before. Whether or not they were groundbreaking pages or not, I’m still thinking about them weeks later, and I expect I’ll be thinking about them for weeks to come.
Not Quite Gobble Worthy Comics I Enjoyed
Husbands by Brad Bell & Jane Espenson
I can’t remember where I found this comic (I need to get better at tracking where I learn about comics!) but it was an entertaining and enjoyable read. Two newlyweds travel through time, space, and genre in six short stories where they appear as detectives, Medieval princes, soldiers in an intergalactic war, superheroes, high school students, and secret agents. Each story is drawn by a different artist. I enjoyed the mash-up of styles, the light humor, and the happy endings.
Angel Catbird by Margaret Atwood and Johnnie Christmas
I just started this yesterday, so I don’t have much to say about it other than that I wasn’t going to miss out on a comic created by Margaret Atwood!
Kindred by Octavia Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy and John Jennings
As a treat to myself this winter/spring, I’ve been trying out various different literary subscription boxes. There are many wonderful book boxes out there, and I can’t afford half as many as I’d like. Right now I get My Lit Box (which I absolutely love), and this month I’m giving Noir Reads a try. The graphic novel adaptation of Kindred came in this month’s Noir Reads, which is fantastic, because I’ve been wanting to read it ever since I heard about it.