What I’m Reading Today (1/20/16)

Hi all! My budgetary limitations continue, but there were a couple first issues I just had to try today, so I bit the bullet, tightened the belt, and here we are.

DC Comics

Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #1 (of 6)
Writer: Amy Chu
Artists: Clay Mann (pencils), Seth Mann (inks), Ulises Arreola (colors), Janic Chiang (letters), Mann w/Laura Martin (c0ver)

Okay, so. I love this. Let me get that out of the way. The writing is good, the art is lovely (I was a little worried), and while I can see the broad structure of the ploy (Ivy finding her humanity again) I’m happy to take this journey. Chu has already done really well by Ivy, IMO, and also Harley who, of course, shows up. My reservation is this: Harley showed up and then they had a fight and there were two random dudes kissing but Harley and Ivy, who are in a relationship (though apparently Harley is wondering about that also), barely touch. However, if the main arc is really going to be about Ivy reconnecting to her humanity, which I hope so because we don’t see that story for women very often, I imagine by the end of the miniseries we’ll come back to Harley and see some reconciliation. I hope there’s kissing. I know I can sometimes seem sort of one note with this stuff, but. Representation is important?

Anyway, it’s a good first issue. It sets up a story, ends on a cliffhanger, and has some nice art. If you’ve ever been a fan of Ivy, or if you’re looking for a place to start reading about her, this seems like a great jumping on point.

Favorite panel:

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Marvel Comics

Captain Marvel #1
Writers: Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters
Artists: Kris Anka, Matthew Wilson (colors), VC’s Joe Caramanga (letters)

Yay, Carol is back! I know she’s been doing stuff in Secret Wars, but I didn’t read Secret Wars so I’ve been without my beloved Captain Marvel for awhile. I was excited when they announced that the showrunners of Agent Carter were going to be taking over the writing duties, but I was also a little worried. Kelly Sue and Carol Danvers are so tied together in my heart that, even if my mind could handle the shift, I wasn’t sure I would really like it.

Well, fear not! Fazekas & Butters get it, and they get Carol. Her voice is spot on. And along with Carol, we get some great Abigail Brand, Puck (I’m looking forward to more Alpha Flight!), and a few new characters to boot. Also Rhodey was there and even though I pine forever for Carol and Jess Drew to finally smooch (#ClassicSam) their scenes together were nice and I like them just fine. So Carol’s taken on a new job running a space station, and even though everyone thinks it’s going to be a desk job, which is what it’s supposed to be, this is Captain Marvel and that’s just not how it’s going to go.

Kris Anka’s art is amazing, and Wilson’s colors pop off the page in a way that’s simultaneously classic and modern. I know that probably doesn’t make sense, sorry. I like the bold lines of Anka’s style, and the brightness of the colors feel like classic scifi pulp. It’s good comics.

Welcome back, Cap!

Favorite panel:

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Patsy Walker a.k.a. Hellcat #2
Writer: Kate Leth
Artists: Brittney L. Williams, Megan Wilson (colors), VC’s Joe Sabino & Clayton Cowles (letters)

It’s an a first issue, but I read it before I hit “publish” on here and also it’s DELIGHTFUL, so I figured I’d write a quick paragraph about how, you know, THIS BOOK IS DELIGHTFUL. Tonally, it’s similar to Squirrel Girl  and Howard the Duck, but it carves its own niche, and it’s a beautiful niche that I would like to crawl into and live in forever. This issue, Patsy works retail, we see her frenemy Hedy (I ship it) for the first time, and then she calls an emergency burger meeting of some of the most amazing women of the Marvel universe.

Gosh I love this book.

Favorite panels (not really my fave, my second fave, but I don’t want to ruin a great visual gag):

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