For as many graphic novels as I list as being read in my Goals and Libroqueue posts, one thing I don’t do much of anymore is read new comic books. Weird, huh?
I just haven’t really gotten into new comic books as they are released day & date. If I remember them later on when they come out in a collected edition, I might read them then. But otherwise, not so much. Yeah, I’m a bad comic fan.
But then, just before we left for SoCal, I decided to browse Comixology and I bought four first issues of titles that have all been released within the last five months. I can’t even remember why I did it. I just did. As I discovered a new title, I’d see recommendations for other books, read about them, and then pick them up as well.
Now that I’ve finished the four issues, how about some reviews?
Eve, Issue 1, May 2021, BOOM
The first I read was Eve, written by Victor LaValle and illustrated by Jo Mi-Gyeong. It’s the story of Eve, a young girl who wakes up one day to discover that all her memories to that point are implants and she’s been in a suspended state of animation since birth awaiting the time when the world, now completely underwater and with poisoned air, would be in a state where she can actually do something about it. Basically by herself… except for an android teddy bear named Wexler.
It was okay. Didn’t really grab me the way I’d hoped it would. I’m not sure I’ll keep going.
The Good Asian, Issue 1, May 2021, Image
Edison Hark is pretty much the only Asian detective on the force in 1936 San Francisco in a world that is decidedly anti-Asian. He must balance his overriding need to be a detective and fit in with his fellow gumshoes while also wanting to protect those with whom he shares his heritage. And both come crashing together with his new case.
Noir cop stories are always a lot of fun. At least the ones I’ve read so far. The art is fun, the language is unique, all that jazz. Attach Pornsak Pichetshote, the creator of Infidel, one of my favorite horror comics in recent years, and I was really looking forward to this title. Alas, it was really dry. Drier than noir cop comics usually are. Maybe I was in the wrong frame of mind when I read it. I was tired and on a plane that had its lights dimmed. I may read it again before I pass judgement.
Shadecraft, Issue 1, March 2021, Image
As soon as I saw the name Joe Henderson on this title, I put it in my cart. Then I read what it was about. Henderson was responsible for one of the last titles I read day & date, Skyward. Plus, artist Lee Garbett, was back on board. I just had a good feeling about it.
Zadie is a teenager who is not only having difficulty navigating the normal strangeness that is adolescence, but she’s doing it while being known as sister to “Coma Kid” because her über-popular older brother has been in a coma for the last year. Combine this with the sudden feeling that shadows are coming to life around her and, well, things can get rough.
I loved this. Immediately. And I’ve already picked up issue 2. And there are a few more out there so I’m sure I’ll nab those and this may become the first comic I’ve subscribed to in several years.
Basilisk, Issue 1, June 2021, BOOM
In an alternate reality, small towns are being terrorized by five people whose minds are connected and each of whom has supernatural powers. When one of them breaks away from the hive, a survivor of one of their attacks captures her to get answers. But the fit hits the shan real quick and everything kicks into high gear.
Cullen Bunn’s story is pretty engrossing and I really enjoyed Jonas Scharf’s artwork. The story has an occult feel to it which isn’t always my thing but, as it stands right now, I’m intrigued enough to check out issue 2. I’ll play it by ear after that.
Any new comics you’re reading these days?