In which, every Friday, I tell you all about the best comics I’ve read this week, the comics I’m currently reading, and what webcomic rabbit holes I’ve fallen into recently.
Top Comics of the Week
Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch by Kelly DeConnick and Valentine De Landro
If you’re not reading Bitch Planet yet, you’re in for a treat. Volume 2 delves into the backstories of several of the characters. It’s brutal, but it’s also fierce. Bitch Planet is violent and often terrifying, but it’s also pretty amazing inspiration for the resistance. There’s a new character introduced in this volume that I cannot wait to read more about.
While I’m waiting for the next volume (which could be a long wait), I’ll have plenty of time to reread this volume and the first one–there is so much packed into this comic that it merits multiple readings for sure.
March, Book 2 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
I read the first book in John Lewis’s civil rights trilogy last year; I don’t know why it took me so long to get to the second volume, but it absolutely blew me away. Book 2 focuses on the Freedom Riders and the March on Washington. The way the art and words worked together in this one was just astounding. Obviously the story of the civil rights movement is important and powerful on its own, but I found the graphic medium to be a particularly powerful way to tell this history. I can’t wait to read the third book.
The Other Side: The Queer Paranormal Romance Anthology edited by Melanie Gillman and Kori Michelle Handwerker
So far I’m not enjoying this one quite as much as some other queer comics anthologies, but I still love the mix of styles and stories represented and the wide range of queer and trans protagonists who get their happy endings. Reading comic anthologies is also one of my favorite ways to discover new creators. Even if I don’t love all the stories in the collection, I usually find one or two new comic artists whom I really love. Lots of the creators whose work appears in this book also write ongoing webcomics, so it’s a great way to expand my knowledge of awesome free comics written by queer folk.
The World of Webcomics
I’ve been reading a lot of webcomics for a Book Riot project. It’s astounding how many amazing webcomics there are out there! In the newest section of Comics Gobble, I’ll share one completed (usually short) webcomic and one ongoing webcomic I’ve enjoyed recently.
Finding Home by Hari (ongoing)
This ongoing comic is my newest web obsession. It’s about two people on a journey–a magical being and a human. The art is extraordinary and the world is lush and fascinating. I may get overly excited when it updates because I just want to sink into the artwork and the story.
Spread Your Wings by Wendy Lian Martin (complete)
A young girl is used to hiding her wings at school and around people. But her wings have a mind of their own. This is a sweet, lovely, and exuberant comic that will take you less than 15 minutes to read.
Saga, Volume 8 by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Because it’s my favorite favorite favorite comic, and I’ve been saving it.
That’s it for me. What comics have you enjoyed recently?