Friday, January 12, 2018

FRIDAY FIVE: Favorite Comics of 2017

I had to separate these from my prose books list because I would've ended up with more than five! Without further ado:

Morning Glories, Nick Spencer, Joe Eisma
Technically, I read the first volume of this in December 2016, but I read all the rest in 2017. I've been thinking a lot about it since I watched Marvel's Runaways last week, although there aren't too many similarities beyond focusing on a group of six teenagers whose lives become crazy. This series certainly kept me reading in order to find answers, and Casey's one of my favorite comic characters. Unfortunately, the ten-book series ends on a cliffhanger. Hopefully there's more to come, but in the meantime, I might reread this one.

The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, Michael Dante DiMartino, Irene Koh
I miss this show, and this was a wonderful continuation. It was nice to drop back into this universe, but I did think it was a little short, leaving some of the scenes too abrupt. I'm excited for volume two, though, which comes out toward the end of the month.

Bombshells, Vol. 2: Allies, Marguerite Bennett, Marguerite Sauvage, Laura Braga, Mirka Andolfo, Sandy Jarrell, Maria Laura Sanapo
Hey, I loooove this series, and this is my favorite volume out of the five. I loved seeing Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batwoman, and the rest of the DC heroines in this alternate-WWII era. One of my favorite developments involved sisters Kara and Kortni, and I love that this series always has commentary on the power of stories.  "Symbols and stories got power, sugar. Fairy tales and propaganda. It's all in the story you tell. It's all in the story you sell. Never trust the man with the microphone. Write your own ending." - Batwoman to Stargirl

The Legend of Wonder Woman: Origins, Renae de Liz, Ray Dillon
Hands down, this is my favorite Wonder Woman adaptation. Maybe because I came late to reading comics, by which point Diana's history was difficult to dive into. But this is a wonderful introduction to the character, and I was really drawn to the fact that she's searching for her place in the world. My very favorite aspect, though, is the emphasis on Diana's friendship with Etta and the Holliday girls and even takes precedence over her relationship with Steve. Also, the art is lovely. Very happy with this one and very sad it got canceled.

Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood, Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
Look. I can't even be coherent about this one, okay? Everything about it is incredible--the art, the characters, the premise, the world. I should probably go read it again before #13 comes out in 12 days, shouldn't I? Yeah, I should.

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