It was a light week for comics, but a good one. Any week that includes Saga is a good week.
Top Comics of the Week
Saga, Volume 8 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
I plan on reading comics for the rest of my life. I look forward to hundreds of wonderful words, characters, and stories. But Saga is my comics equivalent to The Lord of the Rings. No matter how many incredible books I read, nothing will ever lodge in my heart in quite the same way. It is its own category.
In Volume 8, many of the characters and storylines absent from Volume 7 reappear. As always, the art was breathtaking, and depth of the storytelling–the complexity and nuance of the world and characters–continued to amaze me. But what struck me the most was how incredible it is that Saga continues to surprise me. There is always something new–a creature, a character, a plot twist, an idea. The sheer ongoing creativity of this work is unparalleled. It sets a staggeringly high bar for itself and always, always clears it.
Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
This was an utterly delightful and surprisingly moving little book about a group of Iranian women–Satrapi’s relatives and friends–gathering over to tea to talk about sex, love, men, and marriage. Read my full review here.
Rat Queens, Volume 1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch
I’ve heard so many good things about this comic from so many bookish people. Hence, it’s been on my TBR forever, and I’m finally getting around to it.
The World of Webcomics
Private I by Ann Uland and Emily Willis (ongoing)
Set in 1940s Pittsburgh, Private I is about a queer detective down on his luck and struggling to find clients. Things get interesting when he stumbles across a mystery surrounding a wealthy socialite. This comic is fairly new, but it pulled me right in and I absolutely love the art.
Galanthus by Ashanti Fortson
An utterly lovely queer fantasy space comic about a girl named Farah who accidentally stows away on a smuggling ship after escaping from the factory where she’s been enslaved as a worker drone. This one has great art, an engaging story, great characters, and plenty of adventure.
Abandon the Old in Tokyo by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
I recently read How to Be Happy, a collection of graphic short stories by. Eleanor Davis. I loved it so much that I’ve been looking for more graphic literary short stories. A little poking around led me to Yoshihiro Tatsumi, who was famous for pioneering literary graphic stories in Japan. His style utilizes a different aesthetic from traditional manga and focuses on short, realistic stories. I’m excited to dive in.
That’s it for me. What comics have you enjoyed this week?