What I’m Reading Today: 4/13/2016

Hello! My day-of comic reading is so irregular now. I’m sure I’ve mentioned my budget 400000 times so I won’t get into it again. Hopefully things will be settling out soon. In the meantime, I did get comics today and that’s a great thing because it’s Xena day! Yay! I’m behind on a lot of other stuff I used to read regularly (Black CanaryMonstress) but I still was able to grab a bunch of books today. So let’s get to it!

Boom! Box

Goldie Vance #1 (of 4)
Writer: Hope Larson
Artists: Brittney Williams, Sarah Stern (colors), Jim Campbell (letters)

What a joy to read! I’ll admit, I picked this up because I love Brittney Williams’ work on Hellcat (p.s. read Hellcat). But the idea of a plucky young amateur hotel detective in the Florida of the early 60s (late 50s?) seemed pretty great. And it is! It’s fun book, and Goldie is a great character who could (and should) stand toe to toe with the cast of Lumberjanes, or Squirrel Girl, or Gotham Academy.  In this issue, Goldie finds a missing kid and a missing necklace, plays wingman for two friends, and wins a drag race (the kind with cars, not the kind in drag). She’s awesome! The art is bright, and the characters are fun. So glad I picked this book up.

Favorite panel:

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Aftershock Comics

Jackpot #1
Writer: Ray Fawkes
Artists: Marco Failla, Stefani Renee (colorist), Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt (letters), Brian Stelfreeze (cover)

This one I grabbed for the writer, Ray Fawkes, who wrote the extremely excellent run of Gotham by Midnight that should never have been cancelled and should still be going strong today. This issue is an introduction to a group of thieves (a group that includes women and people of color, and I can’t wait for the day when that’s no longer a notable thing worth pointing out). Also apparently there will be gods involved at some point? I love me some modern day gods stories (I’d love to read a novelization of WicDev some day). Anyway, it’s a great introductory episode that sets up each person and their role, while hinting at their relationships with one another. I like Failla’s art, I’m not familiar with him from anything else (or if I am, I don’t know it) so that’s a pleasant surprise. I’m looking forward to seeing where this book goes.

Favorite panel:

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Titan

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1
Writer: Cavan Scott
Artists: Adriana Melo, Matheus Lopes (colors), Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt (letters)

I’ve had some mixed luck with the Doctor Who ongoings, but I love the ninth Doctor so much and didn’t get enough of him on my screen, so I had to check this out. And I was pleasantly surprised! This is a fun little slightly meta Doctor Who story, with the team of the Doctor, Rose, and Jack. They land on a planet to investigate a signal from past!Jack, and find that the Doctor is a local celebrity, star of a show called Doctor Who? about himself and his companion, Penny. Hence the meta. The banter between the team is nice, and the voices are pretty close to how they are on the show. The reveal of what’s going on is also pretty great, in that I should have guessed but didn’t, and it definitely got me to crack a smile. I can’t wait to see how this plays out.

Favorite panel:

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Dynamite

Xena: Warrior Princess #1
Writer: Genevieve Valentine
Artists: Ariel Medel, Nanjan Jamberi (colors), Rob Steen (letters), Jenny Frisson (cover)

In case you’ve never read anything I’ve written ever or don’t know the first thing about me, I love Xena (really, that’s the first thing about me). When this comic was announced, I was excited. When Genevieve Valentine was named as the writer, doubly so. Her run on Catwoman was so so so so so very good. So it was with great trepidation that I cracked (er, clicked?) this issue open. And it’s good? I mean, it’s Xena. Valentine obviously knows and gets Xena. It’s the first part of a multi-issue story, and it hops right in, which I like. It takes place after the Twilight of the Gods storyline of the show, which is cool. We didn’t really get a ton of time there in the show itself. It also makes it fairly inaccessible to someone who didn’t watch the show. You could read it, sure, but there’d be a lot of things that wouldn’t register that… it wouldn’t detract from the story, but I think the story is fuller with them? Anyway, I like the introduction of the Harpies, a group of women who basically mess with Rome. For a few pages I was confused, because Xena met some harpies in the Underworld in “Mortal Beloved” and I thought that’s what we were talking about. But it’s not! And these Harpies seem way cooler than those Harpies. Anyway, I’m in this one for the long haul, because it’s Valentine and it’s Xena. There’s certainly a lot of promise in the book and I look forward to seeing where Valentine takes these characters.

Favorite panel:

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Also on my radar: Mockingbird #2Starfire #11

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