This book is another Read Harder Challenge twofer. I don’t read a lot of comics; it’s a style of book that isn’t as natural for me as it so obviously is for others. While I was reading through this year’s tasks I saw there were two that related to comics and I knew that I would have to step out of my comfort zone (which is the entire point) to get them done. But… it was much easier than anticipated. Either my tastes are broader than I give myself credit for or my sleuthing skills have improved over the years. […]
Living in a pretty small, remote town, we make certain to take the kids (yeah…the kids) to a comic book store whenever we are in a bigger city. I walked in to one this winter, and all packaged up just like they knew I was coming, there were the six issues in the limited run World of Wakanda comic series. It hit all the right buttons: Black Panther, so hot right now! Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey, interesting feminist thinker and poet, first two black women to write for Marvel! Female artists, I like it! Dora Milaje focused, representation is […]
The end of batman is always a fascinating concept, because Batman can’t die. Not really. He’s not a mortal man, he’s an idea a legend which is what makes him able to still be alive after so many years, changing and evolving to be a vigilante in whichever time period that doesn’t need him, but totally deserves him. The story takes place at the wake of Batman. We enter a small Gotham City bar in an alley where a lone bartender guards the entry to the back room. During the wake all the characters from the universe appear. The joker, […]
The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente is a super meta, feminist, hilariously sarcastic novella about women in comic books. I’ve said before that Valente can be hit or miss with me, I love her and even the misses are still fantastic but sometimes her books don’t resonate with me. This one though? This one I devoured and I am considering going back for a second helping. It’s… great. If I’m really honest, it’s probably more of a four and a half star read (partly because I have higher expectations for a Valente book) but I’m rounding up to five. […]
I love the rat queens. The first book was amazing, fresh and funny. The second book was fast paced and hilarious. Before I read the third volume I went back and re-read the second one. That when I realized it was like a whole new book. I couldn’t remember anything about it at all. Apparently this series quality is deteriorating. And fast. It’s been a week since I read the third one. And I can’t really tell you what it’s about. There is a bunch of flashing back and forth, and a weird plot about a university take over that […]
I read this twice. The minute I finished it, I turned right back to the front and I read it all again. Shepherd Book is one of the quieter characters in Firefly. Mostly, he stays out of battles and on the edges of the scenes. It’s easy to forget those people sometimes, the ones who support the big damn heroes. But the Shepherd held the ship together. His mere steadfastness was what everybody on that ship needed. And the fact that he was a little too proficient with a gun for a shepherd…well it’s not like you have a lot […]
Wonder woman was not simply a story of One Exceptional Woman who is as good as men…. No, Wonder Woman was about more: the value of women and female relationships, unimpeded by male authority. … This was a radical idea at the time, and was certainly not reflected in any other mainstream comic book. … And the idea is still important and meaningful today. Some people may insist that we actually do live in a post-feminist world, where men and women are judged on the same criteria and have equal opportunity in all things. But it’s not the case–not in […]
Gotham is a monster. Gotham is the dark. Gotham lives and breathes and eats. It creates the Bat and the Bat creates it. And no one knows for sure if either deserve saving.