What I’m Reading Today: 3/9/2016

Hi all! It’s been awhile. I apologize. For budget reasons, I couldn’t really keep current with a lot of comics I was reading. There were some weeks I couldn’t get any comics at all. I think I’ve mentioned this in the past, but anyway today’s a day where I could get a few! So here we are. An interesting thing I’ve noticed is that Marvel is no longer discounting older issues (at least digitally), so I’m probably not going to catch up on stuff like Ms. Marvel or start The Vision anytime soon. It also helped me to drop weeklies like Batman and Robin Eternal, which I really did like in early issues but is a) expensive when done weekly as one of many books and b) started to focus on characters I don’t care much about. So anyway it wasn’t all bad to have to really think about the comics I’m reading, and even though some decisions were hard, it was a good excuse to cull away some books I was just reading out of habit.

Anyway, enough about that. I’ve got two new releases today, let’s talk about those!

DC Comics

Starfire #10

Writers: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Artists: Elsa Charretier, Hi-Fi (colors), Rob Leigh (letters), Conner w/ Paul Mounts (cover)

I didn’t get to talk about this last month, but Elsa Charretier is probably one of my favorite artists working in comics right now. She has a very particular style, so I can understand if it’s not for everyone, but I love it. She was the artist on the fantastic French sci-fi comic The Infinite Loop (which I talked about here), and I was thrilled when they announced her for Starfire. Her artistic style fits the tone of the book perfecty, in my opinion. And I wasn’t wrong! So the last issue started an arc of Kori, Atlee, and Stella going to Atlee’s world. There were some nice character moments in it. I really like the relationships of the three women, who are all very different from each other, and we got to see some of that as they traveled in a bubble under the Everglades. This issue was mostly battle/fighting (wit a side story about Kori’s extraterrestrial pet making Sol kiss his partner whose had a crush on him for ages, which I guess will make drama but I’m uninterested in Sol so whatever?), and Charretier handled it really well. I had some issues with colors, only when it came to reading red text on black word bubbles, but for the most part it was a lovely issue. It also gave Kori access to some new abilities, and gave us a really lovely view into both Stratan culture and Atlee’s relationship with Stella (which, you know, I’m here for). And in the next issue they party! I’ve said before that this comic, like Harley Quinn, toes the line between good representation and exploitation, and I think the addition of Charretier has helped keep it on the right side of the line. I know the series is most likely (definitely? it’s confusing) ending with/after Rebirth, but I’ll enjoy the ride while it lasts.

Favorite panel:

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Marvel Comics

Mockingbird #1

Writer: Chelsea Cain

Artists: Kate Niemczyk, Rachelle Rosenberg (colors), VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters), Joelle Jones w/ Rosenberg (cover)

You may remember last year, during the S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary Celebration, the Mockingbird special written by Chelsea Cain. I read it, I loved it. And I was excited when Marvel announced a miniseries, starring Bobbi, written by the same author. And Mockingbird #1 didn’t disappoint! It’s a story told in flashback, mostly taking place in a secret medical clinic run by S.H.I.E.L.D. and narrated by Bobbi. She’s undergoing a lot of tests, physical and mental (and psychic), related to an injection that Fury gave her to save her life (no idea when that happened, but okay!). I love Bobbi, mostly for various fannish reasons, and it’s really exciting to read this version of her. This seems to fit in with the tone of the Marvel books I like the most (Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel, Patsy Walker: Hellcat, etc.) and I’m glad that Marvel is carving out a place for these funny-but-smart dramedy books. My only disappointment is that it’s only a five issue miniseries.

Favorite panel:

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