Today is a special Review Day Tuesday. Rather than reviewing one book, I’m reviewing a slew of Marvel (and other) books at once! All of these books have been out for a while, whether it’s a year, a month, or a week. Still, if you don’t visit a comic shop very often, I hope these are helpful.
Now, since I’m reviewing more than one book, these reviews are going to be as concise and short as possible. Like, one paragraph (ish) each.
Captain Marvel #1
Writing by Kelly Sue DeConnick and art by David Lopez and Lee Loughridge.
The colors are a softer quality to me, but it works well with the dialogue and the environments the characters are in. The characters themselves are fabulously relatable and have great moments with each other. The first issue doesn’t have a whole lot of action in it, but for a first issue, it doesn’t have to. It can just show off the characters, and this issue does it well.
Fun fact: Kelly Sue DeConnick is married to Matt Fraction? What the hell?
Rocket Raccoon #1
Writing and art by Skottie Young.
It’s good to see Skottie Young do something besides Oz titles (but after reading this book I really want to read them). His playful lines and vibrant colors makes the sci-fi space adventure really stand out in comparison to other sci-fi space titles. Seriously, it’s a breath of fresh air in a genre full of gritty technological realism and drama.
Plus, you know, Rocket Raccoon and Groot are fun characters in general.
Ms. Marvel #1 and #2
I have to review these two together because reasons.
Writing by G. Willow Wilson (whom you might remember as my favorite comics author after I read Cairo, another title of hers). Art by Adrian Alphona and Ian Herring.
I adore this series. Absolutely adore it. G. Willow Wilson’s writing is, of course, stellar. I wasn’t sure how she would write these teen characters, but she did a lovely job. I also love seeing into the life of an Islamic family in America because it’s not a perspective you see often (there need to be more of those stories in general, not just comics).
Also, the art is bright, softly lit, and full of great expressions and character moments. These are great gestures captured here in this comic.
I’ve blathered on enough. READ THE DAMN THING.
Writing by Kurtis J. Wiebe. Art by Roc Upchurch.
Oh hey! An IMAGE title!
Anyway, if you’re a woman who loves playing Dungeons and Dragons, this is a must read. It reads like a D&D session, but without a pesky DM (or if the DM is there, the presence is weak). Reading the adventures of these ladies is risque, raunchy, and even very bloody at times thanks to a group of assassins out to get them for some reason. I’m sure future issues will explore what the assassins’ intentions are, and I look forward to reading them because these ladies (though not fully developed yet) give enough of a glimpse of their characters to keep me intrigued.
Have you read any of these titles? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you tomorrow with some new sketches.