Wow! I am having so much fun reading lately. This episode, I have a couple of favorites from my pull list, and the next installment in the Wonder Woman series. Firstly, her star-spangled self.
I am so happy to be getting into the Gail Simone run of Wonder Woman. After some frankly mediocre storytelling, we finally get some 3 dimensional characters with honest feeling human motivations. The ladies of the Circle are flawed and frightened, but willing to fight to defend what they cherish. The story continues on with some of the plot points from the prior stuff, but is much more satisfying. The art is still exceptional and gorgeous with more work from the Dodsons’ as well as some very good stuff from Bernard Chang in the Green Lantern story in the back of the book. I do feel like it could be confusing to try to pick up the Wonder Woman title with this book, and I am glad that I deferred to Andy’s suggestion to start with Who Is Wonder Woman. But this really is the good stuff.
Next, I am so glad that Chew is finally out collected so that I can tell you to go and read it. This is one of the weirdest books that I get, but I love it so much. It has sold out every single issue so far, and for good reason. Chew is the story of Tony Chu and his very special talent. Tony is a cibopath. That means he is a psychic who gets impressions from the things he eats. Fruits, vegetables, meat. People. You know. The story takes place in a sort of darkish future where chicken is outlawed, and only outlaws eat chicken. Like I said – weird, but one of my very favorite things on my pull list. Rob Guillory does the art, and as fun as the story is, I don’t think it would be half as successfull under a different artist. Rob and writer John Layman should stick together, they make a great team.
Lastly, I have The Unwritten. This title, like Chew, I am subscribed to in single issues. When I saw the first issue in Previews months ago, I knew that there was no way I was not going to sign up for it. Written by Mike Carey with art by Peter Gross? Automatic addition to the pull list right there. Combine that with a story about the power of stories and it goes right to the top of my stack every month when I take it home. My only complaint about this series is the covers. I actually like them as art, but as something to sell a non-reader on the series, they are disappointing. If I were just scoping out the wall looking for something cool, I would almost certainly pass these by. That would be a crying shame because this is one of my favorite titles since the Books of Magic series (also with art by Peter Gross). This feels like the Vertigo stuff that got me to read comics in the first place. Yay!
This was a fun podcast to do from a gear aspect as well. I have a new microphone, and I really like the warmth I am getting out of it. Now I just need to work on my guitar playing and I can start writing angsty folk songs about the tragedy of secret identities, and how no one understands how alone super heroes are. Or maybe I’ll leave the nerd music to talented people like Kirby Krackle.
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