What I’m Reading Today: 12/23/2015

Hi all! Been a few weeks. I’m on a very limited budget due to moving and the holidays, so I have had to forgo comics, which is sad for me. But this week a friend deposited some money in my Paypal account to pay me back for the Star Wars tickets I bought, and instead of saving it I decided to spend it on comics! So I have a mix of some of this week and a couple of last week. Much fewer than normal, but it’s something. Let’s get to it!

DC Comics

Gotham by Midnight #12
Writer: Ray Fawkes
Artists: Juan Ferreyra, Saida Temofonte (letters), Bill Sienkiewicz (cover)

Ah, Gotham by Midnight. The little, weird book that couldn’t. I really liked this book. For the past year, it’s brought a different tone and style to the otherwise very cookie cutter storytelling and art of the Gotham titles (not that that’s a bad thing, I’m enjoying a lot more Gotham titles than I have in the past). It also brought Kate Spencer back to me (and continuity), even if only for a few issues. And it had a certain Gotham Central-y vibe to it that I think Detective Comics has been trying (and only partially succeeding) to recapture. I liked the Lovecraftian feel of the book, and the team’s willingness to tell and show stories that are a little off kilter. I’ll miss it.

The wrap up was a little abrupt, but there was a lot of good stuff packed into it, including the Spectre and Justine (as the Nun of the Narrows) fighting on a kaiju-like scale across Gotham’s streets, and a good speech about the darkness that lives inside all of us. I wish we’d gotten a few more pages to say goodbye, but I’m not disappointed. RIP, Gotham by Midnight.

Favorite panel:

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Dark Horse Comics

Dragon Age: Magekiller #1
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artists: Carmen Carnero (pencils), Terry Pallot (inks), Michael Atiyeh (colors), Michael Heisler (letters)

I’m not sure this is really a book for someone who hasn’t played the Dragon Age games. If you just picked this up because you like Greg Rucka (and what’s not to like?) you might be a little lost. It’s not really that there’s in jokes (though there’s definitely a great one in there), it’s that there’s a lot of lore in there that seems sort of relevant, like why people hate Tevinter. Or mages. Anyway, if you have played the Dragon Age games, and are, like me, a Bioware nut, you’ll like the book. Because Greg Rucka is a great writer, and the Dragon Age setting is a great place to see him flex his muscles with interesting characters in an interesting world. So this is the story of Tessa and Marius, two mercenary mage hunters. We get their story in the form of Tessa’s voice over. She’s funny, and cool, and is simultaneously another great Rucka heroine and another great Bioware woman. Most of what we get here is character stuff, but the book leads to a cliffhanger that absolutely has me interested. So! Would I recommend this book if you don’t care about Dragon Age? No. But if you do, it’s fun, and has a lot of promise.

Favorite panels:

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Marvel Comics

Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #1
Writer: Kate Leth
Artists: Brittney L. Williams, Megan Wilson (colors), VC’s Joe Sabino & Clayton Cowles (letters)

HEY EVERYONE HELLCAT IS GREAT PLEASE READ THIS BOOK SO IT LASTS FOREVER.

Thanks.

Okay, but seriously (actually I was totally serious above), this book is a diverse, fun-in-tone superhero book with punching and friendship! With queer people and books called Butts and shenanigans and it’s fun and I love it. Patsy can’t be Jen’s investigator anymore (see Soule’s She-Hulk, because if you haven’t you should) because Jen can’t afford her (see Gwen-Pool Annual, because if you haven’t you should) so she’s got to come up with some other way to make a living. Luckily she runs into a new Inhuman on the street, and he leads her (eventually) to a great idea, which is on the first page of the book but I won’t spoil it anyway because it’s great.

Read this book.

Really!

Favorite panel:

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Also on my radar: Lucifer #1Angela: Queen of Hel #3, and all the comics I’m missing due to budget constraints. <3

 

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